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  SEVENTRAIN
'Seventrain'
(So Cal Records)
Release Date: Out Now!


Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus



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Life has an interesting agenda for each and every one of us doesn't it? Or do you prefer to avoid believing in Fate? Maybe coincidence and spontaneous decisions guide you through the complexities of the existence we have carved out for ourselves on the surface of this humble planet?

Whatever is your outlook on life, thanks to power Metal guitarist Eric Horton known for his work with Cage, we can now wrap our ears around the debut self-titled album by Seventrain.

The axe-wielding Horton brought together some local musicians to play a memorial gig for a local highly regarded sound technician and bassist, and during their performance in 2012, within the location of San Diego, they must have experienced a truly excited sensation. They now reveal an album of eleven tracks which has a hint of the well-respected band Badlands about their sound. (They released two truly awesome albums before disintegrating. Check out their self-titled debut album from 1989 and their follow-up 'Voodoo Highway' which were both recently given a remastered and reissued treatment!)

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If you were fortunate enough to have stumbled across a versatile and excellent five track E.P. called 'This Is...24-7 Spyz!', then the drummer on that awesome audio ride is none other than Joel Maitoza. He is responsible for the drumming on this self-titled album and also handles production duties too. So far, things are sounding rather impressive are they not?

With these talents becoming apparent, naturally you hope for good results and when you set this CD to stun, it delivers thankfully.

It isn't strictly a direct copy of Badlands, but you can see why comparisons are made in places. The vocalist Jon Campos, holds his own although I couldn't help but notice that his voice is deep in the mix. At times with the instrumentation being so large and prominent, it felt like the vocals sounded overwhelmed and swamped. The sound of the guitar throughout is awesome and the drumming as you'd expect is top draw. Check out 'Never' for some cool riffs and the backing vocal outbursts.

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Opening track 'Bleeding' resembles a live version of full-on Badlands style Blues Hard Rock and sets things up nicely. 'Rays Of The Sun' dabbles in some virtuosity during the short instrumental section which sounds very cool. 'Change' on the other hand opens up with a nod to Black Label Society before finding the groove that was evident with the preceding tracks.

The longest track on their self-titled debut is 'Broken' which showcases an acoustic display. Accompanied on the swaying chorus is an army of cymbals and some raw emotion captured within the atmosphere.

Album closer 'Let It Out' starts off with an acoustic presence before bringing out some chugging distortion. It isn't the strongest song of this set and to my ear lets their benchmark down a bit. 'How Does It Feel' in complete contrast does show the band in a good light, as it provides a break from the rockier material and flows with a loose groove.

In the aftermath of several spins of 'Seventrain', I can comfortably say that this release isn't bad. Most of the material from this album has danced inside my head and has provided a cohesive offering mixing subtle melody lines with some furious guitar. Flurries of change break up any monotony and keep the process interesting.

Perhaps 'Bittersweet Seduction' and 'Let It Out' let them down. With the questionable mix of vocals within the music that is on offer also distracting, giving the impression that it's a live affair as opposed to being recorded in a studio environment, I'm torn whether to say that these guys intended it to be like that?

This latter observation or gripe is only a minor one regardless of the bands intentions. Ultimately all you need to know is that 'Seventrain'has soul; Rocks hard at times and is an honest piece of work.

Bleeding
Rays Of The Sun
Change
Broken
Pain
Trouble
Never
Bittersweet Seduction
How Does It Feel
Carry The Cross
Let It Out


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6.1.14







WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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