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'Prison Of My Mind'

Andy Millen

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Hailing from Kharachi, Slaves Awakening are a five piece thrash band causing waves both in the local scene and worldwide.

Two of their tracks, 'No Way Out' and 'Prison Of My Mind' have had radioplay on BCFM here in the UK, so any readers that are are listeners of Jon's show will be very aware of them.

They have an eEP of sorts available on both Soundcloud and Reverbnation, with both their own tracks and covers and also videos available on Vimeo. A full length album is underway, and projected to be released in June this year.

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They topped the bill on last year's 'Resurrection' concert in Kharachi, along with Khorne who I reviewed in an earlier column. Lyrically they cover themes such as confinement, revenge, imprisonment, religion, war and death.

Well, 'Prison Of My Mind' is a ballad, a haunting riff takes you through the majority of the song, mostly bass and acoustic guitars and Waheed Abro's vocals here are very good. He knows when to sing softly, putting just the right amount of emotion in. Three minutes in, the whole things revs up; distorted vocals and instruments kick in and Umair Khan pulls a top drawer solo out, before the acoustic reprise.

Slaves Awakening

The second original so far is 'No Way Out'. This track tips a nod to Black Sabbath, a very bassy heavy riff underlies everything, vocals with just the right amount of distortion, all balanced nicely with drummer 'Wakky' keeping time at the back.

Finally comes 'Voice Of Silence' and a very bassy riff underpinned with Wakky's drumming keeps everything together. Umair's soloing here is very crisp and not overplayed and for a demo version it all sounds pretty tight.

Slaves Awakening

Despite the nod to bands like Sabbath, Motorhead and Children Of Bodom, Slaves Awakening have their own distinct style which should gel well with listeners over here. Catchy riffs together with choruses that you will be singing along to make these songs stick in your head. Another plus is that Wakky's drums are 'live drums'.

This is a band to watch and I look forward to reviewing the full album in June, when the 'rough' versions will be properly mixed. Until then, enjoy the very finished 'Prison Of My Mind'.

Waheed A. Abro | lead vocals (2011-present)
Umair Khan | lead guitar (2011-present)
Toheed Ahmed | rhythm guitar (2012-present)
Waqas 'Wakky' Kayani | drums (2013-present)
Arbab 'Panda' Fahim | bass/rhythm (2013-present)


Slaves Awakening





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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