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the agonist prisoners

So how can The Agonist top their previous release, 'Lullabies For The Dormant Mind'? Personally I thought that album was stella and it worries me when I love an album so much that the band will not be able to achieve with their follow up. Well fear not for The Agonist have not failed with their third album, 'Prisoners'.

Within minutes of the album starting the potential is realised and you really start to see how the band has matured and refined their sound by pushing harder and being more ballsy, not necessarily heavier or more melodic, but certainly hitting with a harder punch. The eleven tracks display how thorough the band have been in writing the album, creating deep emotions and precise layers of melodies.

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'You're Coming With Me' starts with Spanish guitarring and then kicks straight into business, storming through to the finish with multiple layers of solos and offering a more classic guitar solo than you hear with modern Metal. Imagine a bit of Slash, with other great examples being in 'The Escape' and 'Ideomotor', which also has a two minute instrumental reprise - just in case you didn't get enough from the previous six minutes.

'Dead Ocean' offers us a change in tone, but not in pace, with a striking resemblance to Opeth complete with acoustic slowdowns. 'Everybody Wants You Dead' comes full of energy with some hints of Pantera, which the band have also cited as an influence with this album.

'Predator And Prayer' starts off with a child's choir, which I always hate, but thankfully this is very short and only used again quietly in the background and made up with an awesome solo, sounding a little less widdly than 'Sinister Gates'. 'The Mass Of The Earth' has a section with an odd out of time flan (a type of hit on the snare drum), but both of which otherwise being kick ass tracks, and that's basically the only negative I can find with this album.

I feel a great pace from 'Prisoners' with the tracks being tied together with a common theme of morals. The album attracts you further into itself not lasting too long nor rushing by too quick. The musicianship is outstanding, from Alissa's gutsy growling and ability to switch to clean singing and stunning operatics. Danny and Paco's guitarring ranges from fast and furious, sweeping melodies and rock n' roll solos.

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Simon's ability to drum so fast and yet be so tight and clean in delivery fascinates me and I think he's one of the best drummers out there at the moment, the best stand out track being 'Panophobia' with wicked snare rolls, fills and morphing rhythms.

This leaves us with bassist Chris and man, what a player. I don't know technicalities about bass playing but there's one trick up his sleeve which just sounds awesome, like some kind of sweeping tapping or something. Think along the lines of Mudvayne, perfect example at 1:33 in the opening track.

Without a doubt there is no reason you shouldn't have 'Prisoners' in your collection as it will appeal to all Metal fans, especially of Mathcore and Metalcore.





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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