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'Tesis' EP
(3rd Track Productions)

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Jools Green


After two full length releases, 2009s 'The Purpose Of Existence' and 2011s 'A Force To Recognise', Mesetiah, the brutal death Metal quartet from Kokkola, Finland, are back to appease their fans hunger with their latest EP, 'Tesis'.

They take some influence from the Florida death metal scene, but there is also a strong Scandinavian feel to their particular blend of brutality. They also find lyrical inspiration from subjects such as human weakness and violence and yet there is a highly catchy and listenable quality to their sound.

The first thing that struck me was that they have kept it simple and not tried to be over complex, focusing on keeping a strong yet brutal groove and maintaining interest with the use of great riffs, well applied drum patterns and strong bass lines. This is nicely finished with a clearly definable, deep, rich and brutal vocal growl from vocalist Marko Rintala, which is nothing short of superb.

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They have also tightened up the line-up, reducing from a five piece to a four piece since their 2011 release and the fact that the remaining members Toni Olkkola, guitars, Matti Olkkola, bass and Juha Olkkola, drums, are brothers helps maintain a tightness to their sound that seems almost instinctive.

The EP is just twenty minutes and six tracks, but it certainly grows on you very quickly with repeat listens. I don't have any particular favourite track; all are equally good and equally listenable.

On the opening track, 'The Abnomation', I loved the strong bass emphasis and riff chunks and even though the track is under three minutes long a midway direction change and ramping up of the tempo adds a lot to the overall feel of the track making it a strong opener. 'Legacy Of The Damned' has a catchy chugging groove and a small solo in the latter part of the track.


On 'Into The Abyss' I particularly liked the opening drum work and this element returns during the choruses, there is also at times a lovely gritty aspect to the guitar sound. 'Contagious' has a faster, racy tempo, great riff patterns and I love the blasts from the drums that pops up on the choruses.

'Cause Of Anger' has an intense quality and great bass lines. Final track 'Mother Of All Executions' is another intense pounder of a track with great riffs, a good ender that encourages you to give the EP another listen.

OK, so it may mot not cover any new ground musically but 'Tesis' is a well executed album born out of a formula that is tried, tested and loved by many, including myself. Anyone who loves straightforward death metal with a brutal edge is going to love this release, it's a great listen.

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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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