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'Age Of Calamity'
(Independent release)

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Jools Green


Sceptre, from Mumbai, formed in December 1998 and fifteen years as a band is a noteworthy achievement in a country like India where it's even harder to make an impact on the Metal scene, particularly globally, than for a band from Europe or the US and as any Metal band will tell you its hard enough anyway.

Sceptre also deserve respect for this release; they certainly have mine, because unlike the usual lyrical themes chosen by Metal bands, their latest album is unusually about female empowerment.

'Age Of Calamity' is their second full length and follow up to 2008s 'Now Or Never' and their self titled EP in 1999. It's a concept album and addresses issues regarding the attitude towards women as well as society in general. This message is conveyed not only through its lyrics but also the cover artwork, making it a highly thought provoking release.

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Musically it's pretty hard-hitting, a blend of old school and contemporary, rage filled thrash with an infusion of groove that makes it exciting and in your face but at the same time highly listenable. The vocals are a typical thrash scream; they are good and do the job required.

Beginning with 'Solitude', a brief, female vocal led intro, setting the conceptual scene before the thrash onslaught that is to follow and although it is a very up tempo album it's not full tilt mayhem end to end, which I think is a good aspect. There is a lot of tempo and direction change across all the tracks which keep it interesting, particularly on 'Prophesy Deceit' and 'Fatal Delay'.


'Lake Of The Traitor' is a particularly interesting listen, it has an evocative opener that builds in pace and depth of sound before switching tempo and direction and a regular repeat of this switch keeps your focus on the track.

The fastest and most exciting listen is the hyper speed 'Parasites (Of The State)' and although it drops away midway, the attitude from the vocals builds in the place of speed. A great track and probably my favourite of the album.

This is an album that certainly leaves you with a lot to think about as well as being a pretty good listen.

Sceptre's fifteen year anniversary edition of 'Age Of Calamity', with the all new artwork (the original version was released in February 2013) was released officially at the Thrashfest in Thane, India on February 9th and all proceeds from the sales go to a girl's orphanage. The album is also available as a digital download from

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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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