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'My Only Shelter'
Release Date: 22nd November 2013

Ian Sutherland

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Life can be full of surprises. I stuck this album on having had a look at the band biography and the only fact that stuck out originally was that Darkhaus contained two members of hardcore band Pro-Pain and called themselves an "international modern synth-rock group", whatever that meant. A side project from a shouty, heavy hardcore guys? The last thing I expected was this little pop-goth gem!

Gary Meskil and Marshall Stephens from Pro-Pain in the US have combined with a Scottish singer, an Austrian electronic music wiz and a German drummer(don't ask me how, I haven't a clue!) to take influences from old goth and punk bands, modern electronic and industrial sounds and combined them with a flair for melodies and hooks to create a great modern sounding rock album with a dark edge.

Imagine the techno influenced metallic drive of Sweden's Pain married with the gothic pop sensibilities of Him at their best and you get some of the idea.

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The album is full of songs with great memorable choruses combined with punchy guitar riffs and driving synth sounds. Kenny Hanlon's vocals are strong and melodic and they even throw some nice vocal harmonies into the mix. Above all though this is an album about songwriting, despite the fact that their are 16 songs on the album there aren't really any bad ones, a real rarity these days!

There is some breadth amongst all these melodic electro goth rock sensibilities, some songs move into Depeche Mode territory with pumping synths mixing with the driving rock guitars ('Life Worth Living'), some are radio-friendly rock anthems ('Son Of A Gun'), there's pure pop-rock ('Looks Like Rain') and a couple of remixes with the synths dominating if that's your thing. There's even a Nickelback/Alter Bridge style epic ballad ('Apostle').

Verdict: This is an album of disparate influences, some of which are far from metallic. Don't let this put you off though, this is a superbly crafted slice of commercial electro influenced rock, great songwriting with melodies and hooks and at its' heart some loud guitars.

Play this when you're driving and I'll guarantee you'll be singing along and pounding the wheel in time with the drums in no time. I hope it surprises other people like it did me!

Line Up:
Kenny Hanlon - Vocals
Rupert Keplinger - Guitar, Synth
Marshall Stephens - Guitar
Gary Meskil - Bass
Paul Keller - Drums


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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.


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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