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It's only a short release at just six tracks and twenty-eight minutes but less is definitely more where Thyruz are concerned, regarding this, their third full length release and the fact that their former label Twilight went bankrupt hasn't phased the band in the slightest. This is quite clear from the quality of this self financed, independently released, third full length album.

'Svik' follows the 2010 release 'Diesblot' from the Norwegian black Metal quintet and it is nothing short of excellent. Sound wise it is dark, sinister, hypnotic, and intense as well as being full of drama epitomising everything I would expect from a black Metal album from a band born out of the SWOBM era.

The production is quite clean but not so much so that it affects the atmosphere, just enough to make it a high quality product because atmosphere is something that this release has by the bucket load.

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The musicianship is equally superb across the board, with intense riffling and well phrased vocals, a dramatic deathly gurgle, and when I hear an album this good it reminds me just how good Norwegian black Metal is. I love that some of the lyrics are in Norwegian also, lending an even darker air of mystery to those tracks.

Opener 'Prodita' may only be the intro but it sets the scene for the subsequent five tracks perfectly and everything about the first actual track 'Dødsriket' is darkly dramatic, from the pace, which has powerful pounding riffs, to the vitriolic vocals, a stunningly good track.

'The Final Holocaust' is a much more intense offering without being overpowering because of the good use of tempo and direction change.

On 'All Flesh' there is switching between a blackened melody and intense elements which kept my interest, the vocals are superbly broad ranging and dramatic particularly against the midpoint drop-away including venom filled, spoken segment.

Longest track at seven minutes long, 'Svik' is a slow dramatic builder with the pace remaining much slower and darker than previous tracks and the brilliantly broad ranging vocals continue, from gurgles to screams from vocalist Hedin Varf.

Final track 'Darkness Illuminates All' is another chunky and intense track with very dramatically phrased riffs, the brutal drum work and the vocals continuing to be superb to the end.

'Svik' an excellent release from underground black Metal veterans Thyruz and is everything I want in a black Metal album.

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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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