Wacken Open Air 2015 Adds Kvelertak, Combichrist, Mushroomhead, Obituary, etc. To Perform

Wacken 2015

Wacken Open Air has confirmed more bands for the 2015 edition, which will be held from Thursday, July 30 to Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany.

Kvelertak
Waltari
Combichrist
Noctiferia
Bembers
Mushroomhead
Skindred
Obituary
Morgoth
Karbholz
M.O.D.
Zodiac

They will join the complete list of confirmed acts:
Alkbottle
Amorphis
(special “Tales from the Thousand Lakes” Show)
Anaal Nathrakh
Ancient Bards
Angra
Annihilator
The Answer
Armored Saint
Asrock
At the Gates
Avatar
Baltic Sea Child
Bembers
Biohazard
Black Label Society
Black Spiders
Bloodbath
Blood Red Throne
The BossHoss
Butcher Babies
Cannibal Corpse
Combichrist
Cradle of Filth
Crossplane
Cryptopsy
Danko Jones
Dark Tranquillity
Deadiron
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exumer
Falconer
The Gentle Storm
Godsized
Grailknights
Ill Niño
In Extremo
In Flames
Judas Priest
Kärbholz
Kataklysm
Khold
Kommando
Kvelertak
Lord of the Lost
M.O.D.
Mantar
Morgoth
Mushroomhead
My Dying Bride
New Model Army
Noctiferia
Nuclear Assault
Obituary
Opeth
Powerwolf
Queensrÿche
The Quireboys
Rob Zombie
Rock Meets Classic
Running Wild
Sabaton
Samael
Savatage
Sepultura
Shining
Skiltron
Skindred
Stoneman
Stratovarius
Subway to Sally
Tears for Beers
Thyrfing
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Truckfighters
U.D.O. & Bundeswehr Musikkorps
Waltari
Within Temptation
Zodiac

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Sleep of Monsters – Produces Reason

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Babylon Whores are the single most underrated band of all time, and Cold Heaven (Misanthropy, though recently re-released on vinyl by Svart) is the greatest undiscovered gem of all albums, so it is with anticipation most foul that Sleep of Monsters’ debut Produces Reason (Svart) saunters into our musical consciousness, being as it is the new vehicle for the distinctive crushed velvet pipes of Ike Vil, former ‘Whores mainman.

It can often be unfair to compare a new venture to a participants old wares, but when the vocal cords are as instantly recognisable and perception shaping as Vil’s it’s hard not to. Accompanied by songwriter and guitarist Sami Hassinen (Blake) and former members of Waltari and HIM, Produces Reason kicks off with a pair of rockers, as if Ike’s former occult troupe had been polished by the HIM hit machine, ‘Nihil Nihil Nihil’ dark, catchy and understated, with a strong vocal chorus hook.

As the album unveils, the rock element is toned down and replaced by a more gothic, sedate feel, led by Vil’s characteristic delivery and melancholic lines, and flashes of Sisters of Mercy, Beastmilk and even Simple Minds decorate their Gothic rock. ‘Christsonday’ liberally dips its toe into Queensryche’s ‘Eyes Of A Stranger’ and emerges with the guitar motif intact, dropping the familiar lick over their death rock, while ‘Magick Without Tears’, the true closer for this album (additional track ‘I Am The Night, Colour Me Black’ is superfluous and dynamically doesn’t work) kneads in the vocal talents of the “Furies”, a trio of female vocalists whose harmonies proliferate the album at various points, over a Pink Floydian organ-led flick.

Managing to retain the core elements of its participants former endeavours, weaving and celebrating their individual talents and ideosyncracies, Sleep of Monsters have produced a credible dark pop debut, reflecting the pasts of its’ creators, and one that leaves the promise of something even more grandiose and fruitful in their future.

 

7.0/10

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STEVE TOVEY