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'Nightmare Vortex' (FDA Rekotz)

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Jools Green


'Nightmare Vortex' is the full-length successor to the limited cassette demo, 'Cosmic Horror', from the German duo Slaughterday, who have sought lyrical inspiration from subjects such as horror and The Ancient Ones.

They have an insane yet classic Death Metal sound that sits somewhere between Autopsy's Mental Funeral and Hypocrisy's Penetralia.

The album keeps your attention from one end to the other; it sounds gritty and dirty and is awash with stunning guitar melodies, fat bass lines, hellish vocals in the form of a wonderfully brutal, harsh growl but with lyrics that are comprehensible and drums that annihilate when necessary without being excessive. The overall sound is so intense it's hard to believe there are only two of them, with Jens Finger handling guitars and bass duties and Bernd Reiners on drums and vocals.

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Your attention is captivated across all eight tracks, nine if you buy the vinyl, because the tempo varies across each one, ranging from speeding ferocity to a crawling crush.

I love the whole album, all the tracks re so well constructed but the first two tracks are the standout tracks for me, the intense 'Unearthly Evocation', the first track to demonstrate that skilfully placed tempo switching, an aspect which makes all of the tracks so interesting, along with the sheer catchiness of the riffs giving them the ability to stick in your mind. The other favourite is 'Nightmare Vortex' which has a stunningly good repeat riff before it's decent into dark doom laden oblivion.

Included on the album are the best two of the four tracks from the demo, released in March 2013, title track, 'Cosmic Horror', when a track opens with a shred and a roar, you just know it's going to be good and there's also a solo midway. The other is the slow and doom laden to open, 'Cult Of The Dreaming Dead' that builds in speed and intensity with an exotic repeat riff that emerges as the track progresses.

The album is out in CD, LP, and digital formats but if you buy the vinyl version you also get 'The Ghoul' (Pentagram Cover) as a bonus track and the cover artwork is by Mark Cooper.

  Nightmare Vortex' is strongly influenced by 80's and 90's Death Metal and although it may not be anything new it still remains an exciting listen and a well executed album that also serves as a homage to classic Death Metal, as far as first releases go, it's damn good and I love it!

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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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