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the amenta chokehold

I always find the music from Australia has an interesting edge to it, and include extreme industrial death Metal five piece The Amentia in this statement, having first crossed paths very favourably with the band when they opened for Deicide last year.

They describe their sound as, "An amalgam of the extremes of musical expression. Combining the uglier aspects of modern black Metal, the atonality of death Metal, the grit and grime of extreme industrial and dub wise, ambient Electronica", a pretty accurate description.

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As a precursor to their forthcoming album, 'Flesh Is Heir', due out in 2013, they have released a five track EP, 'Chokehold'. This EP, a digital release, serves as both a useful introduction for new listeners to the band and a means to satiate the hunger of current fans, consisting of two new tracks, a remix and two live tracks.

The first new offering, title and opening track 'Chokehold', barges into your attention in an abrasive way, yet has such a catchy appeal in the repeat patterns from distorted guitars, complemented with sonic keyboards and overlaid with harsh and distorted vocals, beautifully sinister, harsh and intense, an impressive opener to the EP.

The second new track, 'Christ Bait', is a cover of Godflesh's classic 1998 track and unusually for me, I like it better than the original. This is a very good cover and more than does the original justice, with a modern approach, better production and sound quality and with much more depth of sound also.

Both of these tracks were influenced by and recorded as a modern take on the Godflesh influential 'Street Cleaner' album.

The next track is 'VO1D' (remix), which was the new track on the EP of the same name, released last year and first to feature the vocal talents of Cain Cressall, who despite the harshness of his vocal style, executes the lyrics are in a clear manner, another good track.

The final two tracks, 'Sekem' from their 'Occasus' album and 'Vermin', from their 'N0N' album, are live recordings from the band's 2011 'VO1D' Australian Tour. Although the sound drops away a little on the live segment compared to the studio segment, these tracks demonstrate that the band can certainly, as I found out when I saw them, 'cut it' live.

I really enjoyed listening to this EP and suspect that I will continue to listen for a considerable time to come; it certainly will keep fans happy until the release of 'Flesh Is Heir', sometime around March 2013.

The 'Chokehold' EP is available from iTunes.




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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