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'The Living Magisterium'
(Deepsend Records)

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Jools Green


'The Living Magisterium' is the second EP from Wisconsin based blackened death Metal quartet Emblazoned and the follow-up to 2005s 'A Ceremony Of Hellfire' and 2001s demo 'Nocturnal Arsonist' and is nothing short of superb.

Given the listenable quality of this album you can more than forgive the band for the big time lapses between releases but it is hardly surprising it is so good given that this project features Kevin Forsythe (ex-Jungle Rot) on guitar, A.J. Lewandowski (Decrepit Birth, ex Enfold Darkness) on bass, Jeff Plewa (ex-Micawber) covering vocals and Alex 'Pulverizer' Pulvermacher (ex-Decrescent) on drums.

A good pedigree of musicians and when they produce something this good, you don't mind the wait.

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The whole thing is deeply brutal with a unique blending of genres that is so flawless you can hear them all combined cleverly together but there is no separation, they just exist as one. The vocals from Jeff Plewa are magnificent, a harsh, deep growling gargle with a lot of variety and range and richness to them.

This is intended also to be a lyrically thought-provoking piece of work that challenges traditional religious dogma to legitimize itself in the modern era, something that also gets my interest and approval.


There are just five tracks overall, totalling fifteen minutes and opening with 'Premonition', a short haunting noise-scape intro and from the remaining four full tracks I am hard pressed to choose a favourite as there is something about each one that catches my attention.

'Extinction Of Creation' is fast, chunky with spiralling blackened riffs, a catchy track. Across the whole album the guitars are good but on 'Bound By Eternal Penance' they just take it a little bit further, a great break midway and well garnished with harsh, vitriolic vocals.

After the dark haunting opener on 'Refuge In Darkness' the track builds and as it opens out there is a beautiful intense quality to the drum and guitar work. The final track 'In Ex Cathedra' begins with a classic blackened plodding rhythm to it before shifting up a couple of gears, culminating into an intense, pounding and exciting end to the EP.

'The Living Magisterium' was produced by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin and the cover art was created by artist Raf The Might (Too Many Skulls).

At just fifteen minutes this is very much quality over quantity, it leaves you craving a full length release, but if you want more just put it on repeat play and enjoy the brutality over and over. I did!

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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.


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.


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.


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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