Showing posts from February, 2019

Batushka - Litourgiya

Key Facts Country: 🇵🇱 Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date: 4th December 2015 Record Label: Witching Hour Productions UK Album Chart Position: N/A Band Members: Disputed - due to current legal dispute there are currently two different versions of the band with both sides in an ongoing court battle. Production Personel: Unknown Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘 Favourite track(s): Ектения III: Премудрость, Ектения VI: Упование An album that caught me completely off guard. I did the one thing I hate doing with albums, judged it by it's artwork and shoved it under the carpet thinking it would be that standard stereotypical occult type album, but I was very wrong. Once I revisited the album, I realised that Batushka had stumbled across something truly mesmerising. Building on the traditional black metal foundations, Batushka built a completely different, if not more Orthodox, house on those foundations.  Litourgiya is the tenses

Vanaheimr - The Story Behind As Above, So Below

Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Genre: Progressive Blackened Death Metal Release Date: 6th July 2018 Record Label: Mórrígan Records (My own Independent Label) Band Members: All music written, performed, recorded and produced by Thomas Fordham (a.k.a FJORDHAMMER) Fictional Band Members: ÁMSVARTNIR - Vocals  KVELDÚLFR - Guitars/Synths  NAGLFAR - Guitars  NÁSTRǪND - Bass  SÆHRÍMNIR - Drums  Production Personel: FJORDHAMMER - Engineering, Prodution, Artwork Introduction Vanaheimr started off as my third year major project for university, but I later discovered that the project created a focus point for all my musical creativity and vivid, highly active imagination. After really delving into black metal during my second year, whilst researching and writing an essay on the genre, I became addicted. I had become bored of the super clean studio production of modern metal bands, I was searching for something raw and cutting, something

Heavy Trip (Hevi Reissu)

Key Facts Country: 🇫🇮 Genre: Comedy, Music Release Date: 9th March 2018 IMDb rating: 7.2/10 Directors:  Juuso Laatio, Jukka Vidgren Writers: Juuso Laatio, Aleksi Puranen, Jari Olavi Rantala and Jukka Vidgren Main Cast: Johannes Holopainen as Turo Moilanen Samuli Jaskio as Lotvonen Antti Heikkinen as Jyrki Kalevi 'Jynkky' Pätsi Max Ovaska as Pasi Minka Kuustonen as Miia Ville Tiihonen as Jouni Tulkku Rune Temte as Frank Massegrav Summary (IMDb) ;  Turo (25) is trying to overcome his fears by leading the most unknown heavy metal band in Finland, Impaled Rektum, to the hottest metal festival of Norway. The journey includes heavy metal, grave robbing, Viking heaven and an armed conflict between Finland and Norway. Trailer Review Rating (Out of 10 🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Possibly one of the funniest metal films I have seen, the Finnish certainly have a great sense of humour and definitely nailed the metalhead tr

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

©  Black Sabbath ©  Black Sabbath Key Facts Country: England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Genre: Heavy Metal Release Date: 13th February 1970 Record Label: Vertigo Highest UK Album Chart Position: 8 (7th March 1970) Band Members: Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals, Harmonica Tony Iommi - Guitar Geezer Butler - Bass Bill Ward - Drums Production Personel: Roger Bain - Production Tom Allom - Engineering Barry Sheffield - Engineering Marcus Keef - Graphic Design, Photography Review Rating (Out of 5 🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track: The Wizard/N.I.B Where to start with this monolithic piece of heavy metal history? An album that is considered the birth of heavy metal, an album that has influenced so many bands and artists with its doom laden grooves and heavy blues riffs. For me though, and to be completely cliche, it is the lighting of a very passionate fire that still burns very brightly to this day. Black Sabbath paved the way for so many of us and 50 or

Saor - Forgotten Paths

Andy Marshall - Saor Saor Key Facts Country:🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Genre: Folk Black Metal Release Date: 15th February 2019 Record Label: Fortriu Productions UK Album Chart Position: N/A Band Members: Andy Marshall - Vocals, Guitar, Bass (all music performed and composed unless stated otherwise) Guest Musicians: Carlos Vivas - Drums Neige (Alcest) - Guest Vocals Sophie Rogers - Guest Vocals Kevin Murphy - Bagpipes Lambert Segura - All Strings Mirko Albanese - Composition (Exile) Glorya Lyre - Composition/Performance (Exile) Production Personel: Atteringer - Album Artwork Anaïs Chareyre - Layout Artwork Justin Weis - Mastering Spenser Morris - Guitar re-amping/Mixing Reni McDonald Hill - Recording/Editing Review Rating (out of 5 🤘):🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track: Forgotten Paths (ft. Niege of Alcest) I fell in love with Saor after listening to Forgotten Paths predecessor, Guardians , and have been hooked ever since! Soaring, gi

Behemoth - I Loved You At Your Darkest

©  Copyright - Behemoth © Behemoth, Nuclear Blast 2018 Key Facts Country: Poland  🇵🇱 Genre: Blackened Death Metal Release Date: 5th October 2018 Record Label(s): Nuclear Blast, Metal Blade, Mystic UK Album Chart Position: 42 Band Members:  Adam "Nergal" Darski  –  lead vocals ,  guitars Zbigniew "Inferno" Promiński  –  drums Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski  –  bass ,  backing vocals Patryk "Seth" Sztyber  – guitars, backing vocals Production Personel: Daniel Bergstrand - Producer Gurpa 13 Slawek Wieslawscy Wojtek Wieslawscy Review Rating (out of 5  🤘) ;  🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track: Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica Being the follow up of groundbreaking album The Satanist was no easy task, but Polish legends Behemoth are never afraid of a challenge or pushing the boundaries! I Loved You At Your Darkest (ILYAYD) stands out as one of my essential metal albums of 2018.  Whilst it is known that  A