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Never judge a book by its cover or even a cassette by its name or lack of, something that is never truer than with this six track (plus one secret track on this cassette version) 'Demo' from 'Napalm Christ', a four piece from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.

Add to that the genre description of grind/doom and whatever you imagine, doesn't come close to what you actually get.

The band consist of current and ex-members of 'Rwake', 'Shitfire' and 'Shredded Corpse' and the 'Demo' is described as being "Filled with a wall of Filthy Grinding Doom with influences ranging from all angles" in the bio, which it certainly is, but done with a surprising degree of sophistication and as first demos go, or even first albums quite often, is a pretty impressive and unique approach to grind/doom.

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The musicianship is good, the construction of the tracks interesting and I love the vocals, harsh, laboured, sometimes snarling with at times a tortuous edge. These sit well alongside the dark doom laden elements creating a dirty yet melancholic feel to a lot of the tracks particularly on the ones with a more drawn out and reflective ending; they also sit equally as well alongside the grind elements. There is also in places, an almost blackened feel to the sound.

I love the extreme range within the tracks, one minute sludgy and doom laden the next, seamlessly switching gear to a frantic paced grind fest.

This extreme range, frantic and spiralling one moment then depressive and drawn out the next is present across almost all the tracks, but particularly well represented in the two longer tracks, 'Reclaimed By The Earth' and 'Burning Away The Scourge', both over seven minutes long and it is impressive just how slow these guys can play.

On 'Life Is Dimming' the pace descends to a crawling riff as the track drags itself to a close and on 'Nuclear Holy War' there is even a brief technical element in the first half of the track. The shortest track, 'Despoilment Of Will', was also interesting, short and sharp at under two minutes with a dirty almost sleazy spiralling groove to the grind but my favourite track was the opening track, 'Idols Of Evil', thick and sludgy as it opens breaking into a death grind before descending back into doom.

On the cassette rather than the digital download, the bonus track, 'The Seasons Of Dirt' is sludgy sleaze alongside manic grind and well worth a listen.

Recorded at Hell's War studios (Little Rock, AR) by Alan Wells with assistance from Keith Bracy and mastered by Collin Jordan at Boiler Room Mastering (Chicago, IL), the artwork and logo are both by Dennis Lee Hughes.

This is a really good release and so in some ways Napalm Christ may have done themselves a disservice just making this a demo rather than making it a debut album, the quantity and quality is certainly there or maybe there is just a bigger picture waiting to be revealed, I hope so.

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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.

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