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'Grindermeister' is the sixth full length release from Italy's death grind maestros Natron and marks the twentieth anniversary of their own personal brand of Extreme Metal. The follow up to 2009s 'Rot Among Us', 'Grindermeister' isn't an album of new tracks but what it is, is a complete reworking of the some of the tracks from both their 1996 EP 'Unpure' and their first full length, 1997s 'Hung, Drawn And Quartered'. The idea was to still maintain the original brutal feel but add a modern, higher quality production.

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Opening with 'Morgue Feast', a haunting sound bite of an intro greets you, then the brutal vocal growl and musical onslaught hits you. This frantic speed and intensity continues across the whole album.

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On 'Leechlord' I was particularly impressed by the drum work which was varied, interesting and well executed. The insane speed continues with 'Quarantine Of Leprosy' and on 'Flesh Of A Sick Virgin' there was yet more impressive drum work, capped off with an insane guitar solo.

'The Stake Crawlers' has a malevolent quality with squealing guitars and effective atmosphere building tempo change and there were subtle technical elements woven into 'Undead Awake' which caught my interest. 'Elmer The Exhumer' switches seamlessly from brutal mania to a slower groove and back; an excellent track.

The final track is a tribute to the late Jesse Pintado in the shape of 'Dead Shall Rise' (Terrorizer cover). I am notorious for disliking covers as from my perspective they rarely stand up to the original but I absolutely loved this, a fitting tribute indeed, just awesome.

'Natron' certainly take deathgrind to a whole new level. Their sound is varied and exciting and I was smitten with both the vocal growls and the drum work. The guitars were insanely fast and frantic yet precise and despite the sheer brutality of sound there was still a bit of an underlying groove running through, not enough to dilute the sound but just enough to keep you nodding along appreciatively and keeping your mind on the music.

'Grindermeister' is definitely an album I will be listening to a lot in the foreseeable future. At the time when these tracks and albums were released they were considered both innovative and brutal but the sound and production from that era, at times, left a lot to be desired. This time around the band has succeeded in maintaining that original brutal edge whilst upping the production quality.

'Grindermeister' is out now on Southern Brigade Records.




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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