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  COLD COLOURS
'Cold Colours'
(Sleaszy Rider Records)


jools green

Jools Green



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Cold Colours was originally intended to be Brian J Huebner's solo studio project and called Wolfthorn, before he changed the name after releasing a couple of demos and involving other musicians.

Over the last three albums the sound has been varied with the ever changing line-up; ranging from Goth influenced progressive rock to an almost power thrash sound with the previous release 'The Great Depression'.

With this fourth and self titled release he has taken full control of the sound, aiming to return to the original concept of dark and heavy doom/Gothic Metal, the self title marking a new beginning for the band.

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Musically this is a very good album, with Brian handling vocals, which are excellent; harsh, rasping and very varied in their depth and inflection, along with handling guitars, bass and keyboard duties. Additional help comes from Aaron Lott on guitars and David Richardson on drums and vocals.

Consisting of nine tracks in total, eight of which are his own compositions, the album opens on 'Orifice', a beautiful acoustic instrumental that repeats and builds as more layers are added. Although 'Disgust' is a short track, it gets down to business quickly and I love the balance of rasping vocals against the beautiful, emotive, repeat guitar segment that emerges here and there, something that is revisited on the next track 'The Process Of Dying' which has a darker feel to the vocals and a sombre edge to rhythms, something that sits so well against those beautiful guitar segments, a complete directional change half way through acts almost to a forewarning of the next three tracks become increasingly dark, plunging into the dark abyss of misery.

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The descent begins with the beautifully doom laden 'This Devotion' where the vocals take on a deeper darker feel but intermingled are more intense, faster segments and a harrowingly mournful guitar solo. 'Suffering God' is doom laden and tortuous with dark deep harsh rasping vocals, with well placed guitar squeals that add much to the agonising atmosphere.

Finally 'A Loss Of Faith' is dark and intense but atmospheric and mood rich after the initial reflective opener, the first track to contain some clean vocals.

You start to emerge from the abyss into a miserable wilderness with the sombre reflective 'Of Sand And Tears', which contains a lot more clean vocals which do balance well against the harsh and give them a more intense feel. There is a very slight Goth feel to 'Silent Speech', coming from the combination of clean vocals and keyboards in places, but to the greater part it is just darkly depressing, another track with some really good guitar segments dotted in here and there.

Finally 'Cold Colours' (Rotting Christ cover from the 'Sleep Of Angels' album) which as a track considered on its own merits of delivery and performance is good, but when viewed from the perspective of a Rotting Christ fan, like myself, the unique guitar sound which makes their songs so stunning is absent, so from that perspective, sadly, it's not a patch on the original or as good as the previous eight tracks.

The aim of this release, without the influence of others, was to achieve the feel aimed for the project when it was originally conceived, of dark and depressing Metal music; I think he has, to a certain extent, achieved this, with the songs still managing to contain a deeply emotive beauty.

An album that is an enjoyable listen and that gets better with every play.




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16.9.13





WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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