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Release Date Europe: February 24th 2014
Release Date: Germany: February 21st 2014

Andy Millen

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Hailing from Orange County, Southern California, Throwdown have been blasting their Metalcore sound out with various line-ups since 1997, and return with their seventh studio album, 'Intolerance', after a hiatus of five years.

Band leader Dave Phillips has this to say about the album: "Completing this record felt great in so many respects, most important of which was the opportunity to finally give longtime supporters of the band this music that I've had swirling around in my head over the past four years.

"The variety of people from different places and scenes who have found the band through vastly different avenues over the past 15 or so years will each get into it for their own unique reasons, I think. And for those who think it’s junk, it's only about 28 minutes they have to regret."

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Judging by comments on their Facebook page, opinion is divided on this album - it seems to be their version of Marmite. The question remains then, is it a good album, or is it, in fact, junk?

To start with, this is a very different album than its predecessors - the main difference is shorter, simpler songs. The big sound is still there, but this is very much stripped back, no six minute epics like 'The Blinding Light' or 'Godspeed', instead the longest songs come in at a fraction over three minutes.

As such, the album is much more focused on the lyrics rather than long instrumental breaks and harks back to earlier albums such as 'Haymaker' and 'Beyond Repair', but keeping hold of that no trademark big sound, with a nod to the doomier elements of 'Deathsteeler'.


As to the lyrics, well, they are as unforgiving and powerful as the music. On the face of it, having personal empowerment as a theme does seem a bit, well la-di-da, but this is all about being empowered in the face of adversity, having the strength to carry on through all the shit and fight those who would do you down.

This was recorded at Hurley Recordings in Costa Mesa,California with up and coming producer Davey Warsop and mixed at Planet Z, Alongside Dave Peters and Mark Mitchell, Dave Nassie (Bleeding Through, No Use For A Name, Infectious Grooves) lends his soloing skills and Jarrod Alexander (American Nightmare, Suicide File, My Chemical Romance) returns again to drum on this album, although Tim Watts will again fill this role live.

This is a beast of an album, a true return to the style they showed in their earlier recordings; but with the very much developed sound that so characterized the previous two releases. Simple and unrelenting, it is very worthy of the 4 1/2 beers I am giving it.

1.    Fight Or Die
2.    Borrowed Time
3.    Avow
4.    Hardened By Consequence
5.    Defend With Violence
6.    Suffer, Conquer
7.    Cut Away
8.    Intolerance
9.    Without Weakness
10.    Born And Buried Alone
11.    Condemned To Live






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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