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'Age Of Perversion'

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Jools Green

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French Metal hasn't really managed to make much of an impression on me, until now. This all changed on hearing 'Age Of Perversion' by brutal death Metal five piece Offending. Clearly I have been listening in the wrong place.

Initially, I actually thought this band was Polish, such was the quality of the blackened brutality contained within this album. They would certainly stand well alongside some of Poland's big names in extreme Metal.

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This is the band's second full length and the follow up to 2010s 'Human Concept' and on this album the band's aim is to go deeper and darker, giving a brutal impression of darkness. You only have to listen to the doom laden, bleak, atmosphere building intro on opening track, 'Infested By His Burden', to realise that this is not going to be a stroll in the sunshine, thankfully.

Given the dark haunting nature of the extended intro on this track you could also easily expect this to be a black Metal album but just before the second minute of the track, the tempo changes up about five gears, the brutality kicks in; fast as hell riffs, relentless battery from the drums and excellent harsh, deep, growling vocals.

The band maintain this intensity pretty much throughout the album and as well as having a strong brutal edge to the sound there is a technical element also, as on 'Within This World' and 'Modern Enslavement' which really add to the listening enjoyment.

The black Metal element woven into the band's sound, adds so much more atmosphere, depth and interest to their sound, as on title track 'Age Of Perversion', rather than just pure brutality. All this is matched, throughout the album, by the Satanic and blasphemous lyrical content, a perfect balance.

The album ends in a similar atmospheric blackened way to how it began, with the darkly emotive instrumental, 'Devotion'; it builds in intensity, gradually and is awash with some excellent guitar work.

I can't pick out a favourite track on this album at all, nor can I find a fault. 'Age Of Perversion' is a beautifully constructed face ripper of an album from start to finish, forty two minutes and nine tracks, all of which are an excellent balance between blackened melody and brutal technicality.

'Age Of Perversion' was mixed and mastered by Xort/Drudenhaus Studio and is out now on Deepsend 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.

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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