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Darkthrone - The Hardship Of The Scots

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Genre: Black N Roll, Black Metal, Doom Release Date: April 24th 2019 Record Label(s): Peaceville Records Highest Chart Position: N/A Album Release Date: 31st May 2019 Band Members: Fenriz (Gylve Fenris Nagell) - drums, rhythm guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, lyrics Nocturno Culto (Ted Skjellum) - vocals, lead guitar, bass, producer, lyrics Song Video Review Rating (Out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Black metal legends, Darkthrone, are back with a riff laden, doom bringing, new single from upcoming album Old Star . The Hardship Of The Scots incorporates everything I love about Darkthrone, with elements of Sabbath inspired doom, segments of black 'n' roll and passages of their traditional riff heavy black metal with vocals that are raw and unforgiving. In summary, it is no nonsense heavy-fucking-brutal-metal. Firstly, I love the way this single was announced to us, straight through Darkthrone's social media with no hy

Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 24th May 1994 Record Label(s): Deathlike Silence Highest Chart Position: N/A Band Members: Attila Csihar – vocals ร˜ystein "Euronymous" Aarseth – guitar Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes – bass guitar Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg – drums Per "Dead" Ohlin – lyrics Snorre "Blackthorn" Ruch – guest songwriter for lyrics/guitar Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿ’€): ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€ Favourite Track(s): Freezing Moon, Funeral Fog, Pagan Fears, Buried By Time And Dust One of the most influential and era defining Norwegian black metal albums of the 1990s and all time. With the blood of suicide and murder coursing through its icy core,  De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is instantly recognisable as Mayhem's magnum opus and a significant piece of metal history. First, a summary of the chronology of the events behind the album... The debut album from Mayhem,  D

Amon Amarth - Raven's Flight and Crack The Sky

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Genre: Melodic Death Metal Release Date: Raven's Flight - 19th March 2019,  Crack The Sky - 17th April 2019 Record Label(s): Metal Blade, Sony Music Album Release Date: 3rd May 2019 Band Members: Olavi Mikkonen − lead guitar Johan Hegg − vocals Ted Lundstrรถm − bass Johan Sรถderberg − rhythm guitar Jocke Wallgren − drums Raven's Flight Music Video Crack The Sky Music Video Review Rating (Out of 5๐Ÿค˜):๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Now, for me, I can't call my blog Fjordhammer without mentioning Swedish melodic death metal heavyweights Amon Amarth, considering I'm also heavily inspired by Norse mythology. The worlds favourite Vikings are back with two new singles, off of upcoming album Berserker , due to be released on the 3rd May.  Amon Amarth have been a band now for nearly 25 years, so we've become accustomed to their musical style and epic story telling of the mythology, history, villains and heroes of t

Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult - Mardom

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช/๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 12th April 2019 Record Label(s): War Anthem Records Highest Chart Position: N/A Band Members: Onielar (Yvonne Wilczynska) - vocals, rhythm guitar  Velnias (Sven Galinsky) - lead guitar Horrn (Michael Pelkowsky) - drums, percussions Adversarius (Tobias Lachmann) - bass  Review: Rating (Out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Mardom - Echo Zmory, Exaudi Domine A traditional black and demonic metal onslaught with shrieks of blasphemy and devilish torture. I love it when I get an album like this, straight to the point, raw and brutal with no fucking about in between. I first listened to Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult when I came across 2010's Saldorian Spell (which is also a killer album that you should listen to) and as much as their name suggests it definitely feels like I should be hailing Satan with a Trve Kvlt. I was quite surprised when I found out they had released another

The Defiled (1888-2016)

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Formed: 2005 (Disbanded in 2016) Genre: Industrial metal/metalcore Record Label(s): Nuclear Blast Releases: 2 Albums, 1 EP, 1 Live Album FFO: Bury Tomorrow, Rammstein, Marylin Manson Band Members: Stitch D - Lead vocals, Guitar The AvD - Programming, Synthesiser, Keyboards, Backing Vocals  Vincent Hyde - Bass Needles - Drums Aaron Curse - Guitar Bio "The Defiled were a four-piece [originally five but Aaron Curse left the band in 2014) British industrial metal band from London, England mixing groove-laden hardcore/metal with electronic music influences. They have been described by Kerrang! magazine as "The saviours of UK Metal" and championed by Metal Hammer as one of the leaders in a new wave of British metal along with bands such as While She Sleeps, Bury Tomorrow and Devil Sold His Soul." (Wikipedia, 2019) Key Albums 1888 - EP  Released: 2009 Label(s): IATDE Records Favour

Heilung - Norupo

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช/๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ/๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Genre: Experimental Folk (the band call it Amplified History) Release Date: 3rd April 2019 Record Label(s): Season Of The Mist UK Singles Chart Position: N/A Album Release Date: 28th June 2019 Band Members: Kai Uwe Faust Maria Franz Christopher Juul Bandcamp Link: Futha by Heilung Review: Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Another brand of folk music that never fails to inspire me, along the lines of Wardruna but with a more Central European Germanic twist, Heilung are back with a primal Viking sounding single and I couldn't be more excited for the new album!  The band stated what Norupo was all about: " Norupo is based on the poem known as “the Norwegian rune poem”. The poem was preserved in a 17th-century copy of a now lost 13th-century manuscript. The Norwegian rune poem gives a complete description of all sixteen runes of the younger Futhark, also commonly known as the "Viking runes&qu

Rammstein - Deutschland

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Key Facts: Country: ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Genre: Neue Deutsche Hรคrte (New German Hardness)/Industrial Metal Release Date: 28th March 2019 Record Label(s): Universal Music GmbH UK Singles Chart Position: Unavailable Album Release Date: 17th May 2019 Band Members: Till Lindemann – lead vocals, harmonica Richard Z. Kruspe – lead guitar, backing vocals Oliver "Ollie" Riedel – bass guitar Paul H. Landers – rhythm guitar, backing vocals  Christian "Flake" Lorenz – keyboards, samples, synthesizers, trumpet  Christoph "Doom" Schneider – drums, percussion  Music Video: Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ It's been 10 years...that's right 10 whole years since any new music came from the German giants Rammstein. It's seems like only yesterday my younger self was just discovering them for the first time, watching the video for Sonne on Scuzz (RIP). Having lived in Germany in my even younger years, I fell in love with them

Whitechapel - The Valley

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Key Facts: Country: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Genre: Deathcore Release Date: 29th March 2019 Record Label(s): Metal Blade UK Album Chart Position: Unavailable Band Members: Phil Bozeman – vocals Ben Savage – lead guitar Alex Wade – rhythm guitar Gabe Crisp – bass Zach Householder – third guitar Production Personel: Unavailable Review: Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Hickory Creek, When A Demon Defiles A Witch, Doom Woods It's been a while since I was so emotionally moved by an album. I'll never found myself in the same situations Phil was in drowning up, but the lyrics in this album (especially Hickory Creek ) have had a real effect on me. In short this album cuts you and cuts you deep. It really is an emotional journey through some tough subjects. Overall the album as a whole is a breath of fresh air that sees Whitechapel with a few things but still remaining true to who they are. They're doing musical progression ri