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'Haselupker's Ink'
(Independent release)
On general release July 1st.

Michael Foley

michael foley


I'll be honest here, dear readers, I was predisposed to like the debut album from Noterminus before I'd even heard a note of it. I looked at the artwork and was intrigued by the Tolkeinesque images, and thought "Yay, Prog"! A quick study of the titles and band logo had me wondering if this could in fact be metal. From the first spin of the CD I knew I was listening to music that whilst containing elements of both, is so much more than prog-metal. I heard folk music, mediaeval music, hints of choral music, even spaghetti westerns, along with the aforementioned prog and metal sounds.

Such an eclectic mix is rare in modern music, as many bands decide on a style, and just go with it. Husband and wife team Owen and Maria Owen- Midlane, the creative core of the band, have more ambition than that, and that is to be applauded. The mix of genres and sounds to be found on 'Haselupker's Ink' certainly makes for an exhilarating, if not always an easy listen. That's not to say that this is difficult music, rather it's a challenging listen. The sometimes abrupt changes in sound can take one by surprise; a heavy riff driven song suddenly morphs into a two part vocal harmony, before returning to full on metal. It did take a few listens before I was fully comfortable with this collision of styles, and that's not a criticism.

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Melodically the eight songs here are initially quite discordant sounding, although after a couple of play throughs the charms of the melodies really did worm their way into my brain. The lyrics too are consistently thought provoking and certainly complement the music, or maybe that should be the other way around. Either way the music and words fit like a glove and other similar cliches! I won't review this as a list of songs, as that will spoil it when you hear it yourself but I will single out the title track for particular praise. It has everything I've mentioned above and is a fantastic showcase for all that is admirable about the album.

The bands performance is passionate, especially the lead vocals of Maria who can sing with the grace on an angel, or the snarl of a demon, often within the same song. She has a truly remarkable vocal style, which is best described as a blend of Siouxsie, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush, and a touch of Yoko. The perfect voice for this music in fact. Her voice is ably supported by that of Owen, who has a lovely warmth to his singing, and their harmonies are superb. He also plays a mean bass, with the flashy guitar solos being provided by Paul Reynolds. Maria is a fine guitarist too, whilst the deliciously named Vinden Wylde (I so want that to be not made up...) handles the drums.

To sum up, this might not be the easiest album to appreciate on a casual listen, for this is music that demands the listeners full attention, otherwise you will miss out on the rich rewards to be found here. In 'Haselupker's Ink' Noterminus have produced an excellent debut album, and I recommend it to anyone keen to try something a little different. I love it, and it's fully deserving of four pints of foaming ale.

Line up:
Scott Owen-Midlane: Bass/ Vocals
Maria Owen-Midlane: lead/ rhythm guitar/ vocals
Paul Reynolds: Lead/ Rhythm Guitar
Vinden Wylde: Drums

Track listing:
- Tarnished Halo.
- Hilary.
- Muted Creatures.
- Fast One.
- Moon and Sun.
- Hell No.
- Crawling Seasons.
- Haselupker's Ink.

The album is on general release from July 1st, although it will be available at their tour starting June 13th.





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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.


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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.

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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.

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