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Heilung - Futha

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Key Facts Country: ðŸ‡©ðŸ‡ª/🇩🇰/🇳🇴 Genre: Experimental Folk (the band call it Amplified History) Release Date: 28th June 2019 Record Label(s): Season Of The Mist Band Members: Kai Uwe Faust Maria Franz Christopher Juul Heilung - Norupo Review Rating (out of 5🤘): ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ Favourite Tracks: Norupo, Galgaldr, Othan, Vapnatak, Elddansurin, Hamrer Hippyer From the very start this is a very beautiful and equally mystical, haunting and spiritual album. You feel connected with the gods of old and the album stirs up an unbelievable urge in me to reconnect with nature and the environment around me. Drawing on a multitude of historical and cultural influences this album lives up to the bands 'Amplified History' ideology. With Heilung meaning healing this album definitely relaxes your spirits and helps you shut off from the real world for a few moments. Using a Proto-Germanic/Norse language is something I'm not stranger to hearing but the way Heilu

Bathory - Blood Fire Death

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Key Facts Country: ðŸ‡¸ðŸ‡ª Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 8th October 1988 Record Label(s): Black Mark/Tyfon, Under One Flag, Kraze Band Members Quorthon – guitars, vocals, percussion, effects, producer, engineer, mixing Vvornth – drums Kothaar – bass Production Personel: The Boss (Börje Forsberg) – producer, engineer, mixing Peter Nicolai Arbo – album cover painting, The Wild Hunt of Odin (ÅsgÃ¥rdsreien) Pelle Matteus – sleeve photography Bathory - A Fine Day To Die Review Rating (out of 5💀): ðŸ’€ðŸ’€ðŸ’€ðŸ’€ðŸ’€ Favourite Track(s): A Fine Day To Die, Dies Irae, Holocaust, The Golden Walls Of Heaven One of Sweden's most famous musical exports, a founding member of the first wave of black metal alongside Venom and Celtic Frost as the bands first credited with the black metal sound. Bathory is known worldwide in the metal community, a lasting legacy that still inspires to this day. Blood Fire Death would contain within it Bathory's most famous son

Necronautical - Nihil Sub Sole Novum

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Key Facts Country: ðŸ´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 14th June 2019 Record Label(s): Candlelight Records, Universal Operations Ltd. Album Release Date: 30th August 2019 Band Members: NAUT - Vocals, Guitar CARCARRION - Guitar ANCHORITE - Bass Guitar SLUGH - Drums Necronautical - Nihil Sub Sole Novum Review Rating (out of 5🤘): ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ From the depths of the dark North West of England, Necronautical make a triumphant return with new single  Nihil Sub Sole Novum . Bringing their distinctive and unique amalgam of extreme, melodic, aggressive music and in depth exploration of concepts surrounding death, history and mythology to unleash hell once again. I first heard of Necronautical whilst watching a documentary on British black metal and I was very impressed by their sound and imagery. If it's one thing that the English can do well it's create this impending sense of doom in the most gothic of settings and  Nihil Sub Sole N

Hecate Enthroned - Embrace The Godless Aeon

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Key Facts Country: ðŸ´ó §ó ¢ó ·ó ¬ó ³ó ¿ Genre: Symphonic Black Metal Release Date: 25th January 2019 Record Label(s): Salem Rose Music Band Members Nigel Dennen - guitar Dylan Hughes - bass guitar Andy Milnes - guitar Pete White - keyboards Gareth Hardy - drums Joe Stamps - vocals Hecate Enthroned - Temples That Breathe Review Rating (out of 5🤘): ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜.5 Favourite Track(s): Temples That Breathe, Revelations In Autumn Flame, Goddess of Dark Misfits, The Shuddering Giant From the land of the dragon, Hecate Enthroned embrace the godless with symphonic flame on the winds of doom! This is the sixth album from the Wrexham sextet, packing a wealth of songwriting and compositional experience to rival any other symphonic black metal band out there. Many have drawn comparisons with Cradle of Filth in the bands early releases but  Embrace The Godless Aeon  is a complete contrast to those earlier records and is a fire breathing monster in its own right

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Stockholm Syndrome

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Reflecting On The Week Well, what a week for my musical ventures it has been! My review of Svatan's Blazing Winds Of Transcendence  being shared by the band bringing so many new Brazilian readers with it and then Vanaheimr's Pagan being featured on DJ Crusher's Scrap Metal Show via Metal Messiah Radio was quite a surreal feeling (click here to see the video on my Facebook). Just in time for my new single release on the 21st! It just reminded me that the hard work I'm putting in now will pay off later, it's also quite mad knowing you created a song in your bedroom that has now had airplay on an international radio, goes to show that the DIY musician/songwriter/producer is going to be a big thing in the future music industry with all the access we have to reasonably priced recording equipment and software. In all this reflection I've also been deeply missing the wonderful city of Stockholm. I spent two weeks there last October and I just fell in love with

Thy Art Is Murder - Death Squad Anthem / Human Target

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Key Facts Country: ðŸ‡¦ðŸ‡º Genre: Deathcore Release Date: 7th June 2019 Record Label(s): Nuclear Blast Album Release Date: 26th July 2019 Band Members Sean Delander – rhythm guitar Andy Marsh – lead guitar Kevin Butler – bass Chris "CJ" McMahon – vocals Jesse Beahler – drums Thy Art Is Murder - Human Target Thy Art Is Murder - Death Squad Anthem Review Rating (out of 5🤘): ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ Following up 2017's Dear Desolation was never going to be easy for Thy Art Is Murder, but with latest singles   Death Squad Anthem and Human Target , the Aussie deathcore legends are back with relentless brutality! Its definitely been a good year for deathcore so far with Whitechapel, Carnifex and now Thy Art putting out awesome albums/singles and proving why they are all still top of their game. While Whitechapel have experimented with their sound Thy Art have stayed true to their roots and demonstrated the quintessential deathcore sound to deva

Carnifex - No Light Shall Save Us ft. Alissa White-Gluz

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Key Facts Country: ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ Genre: Blackened Deathcore Release Date: 7th June 2019 Record Label(s): Nuclear Blast Album Release Date: 2nd August 2019 Band Members; Scott Lewis – lead vocals Shawn Cameron – drums, keyboards Cory Arford – rhythm guitar, backing vocals Fred Calderon – bass Jordan Lockrey – lead guitar Carnifex - No Light Shall Save Us ft. Alissa White-Gluz Review Rating (out of 5🤘): ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ Carnifex are back with an all destroying new single  No Light Shall Save Us , featuring the awesome Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy. I remember seeing Carnifex as part of the Impericon Never Say Die! Tour way back in November of 2016, they shared the bill with some bands you might have heard of; Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Fallujah, Obey The Brave, Make Them Suffer and Polar. It was a phenomenal night, and I just remember Carnifex crushing the stage under their blackened deathcore weight. They'd released sixth album Slow Death i

Stormlord - Far

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Key Facts Country: 🇮🇹 Genre: Symphonic Black Metal, Power Metal Release Date: 24th May 2019 Record Label(s): Scarlet Records Band Members: Cristiano Borchi - Vocals Francesco Bucci - Bass, Vocals  David Folchitto - Drums  Gianpaolo Caprino - Guitars, Keyboards, Effects, Vocals Andrea Angelini - Guitars  Riccardo Studer - Keyboards  Stormlord - Leviathan Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Leviathan, Mediterranea, Sherden, Crimson, Invictus, Levante Another epic Italian band hailing from the mighty Rome! Stormlord bring the orchestra into their blackened death metal and power metal fusion into their embrace to devastating effect with new album Far . With highly a professional production, Far is an elaborate and powerful performance from the Italian veterans. Taking us on a journey through history and mythology this album is definitely one for fans of Amon Amarth and Sabaton. The album has a very unique sound, with

Enthroned - Cold Black Suns

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Key Facts Country: ðŸ‡§ðŸ‡ª Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 7th June 2019 Record Label(s): Season Of The Mist Band Members Nornagest - lead vocals, guitar, background vocals Neraath (formerly Nerath Daemon) - guitar, keyboards Shagãl - guitar Norgaath - bass guitar, vocals Menthor - drums Enthroned - Hosanna Satana Review Rating (out of 5🤘): ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ Favourite Track(s): Hosanna Satana, Vapula Omega, Aghoria, Beyond Humane Greed, Son Of Man Enthroned is a name that is no stranger to black metal fans. For 25 years the Belgian outfit with 14 very notable releases to their name. Cold Black Suns is their first release since 2014, and their first on new label Season Of The Mist. With the bands constant revolving door of members, this incarnation of the band has released a cold and dark album that even in the middle of June made me feel like my body was covered in frost.  Musically, it has a very strange feel to it. I felt tense listening to

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Riffing It Down To The Devil's Sound

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A Short but Elaborate Introduction Now that Fjordhammer has got a decent following, I thought it'd be a good idea in my infinite wisdom (which is not very infinite) to give you an insight as to what goes on in this wandering mind of mine. Various thoughts and perspectives on various subjects within music and just generally what the hell I'm doing. As you can tell already this is going to be the more informal section of the blog where I write exactly what my mind is processing at the very moment I write a post. I'll still be doing Vanaheimr/Fjordhammer updates focused mainly on just that, so don't think that this will replace that, no no, this is literally the wanton ideas and ramblings of a very mad musician! As you can see in the photo I've selected I'm very often away with the Fairies (or should that be spelt Faeries?  I digress) and often look like a bit of a dork but it's something I take pride in. My imagination is very vivid so it makes it very

Svatan - Blazing Winds of Transcendence

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Key Facts Country: ðŸ‡§ðŸ‡· Genre: Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date: 16th March 2019 Record Label(s): Drakkar Productions Brazil,  Misanthropic Records Band Members: Foizer - Keyboards, Guitars, Bass (2015-present) Lamferniis - Vocals (2015-present) Absiel - Bass (2018-present) Perversor  - Drums (2018-present) D.Katharsis - Guitars (2018-present) Svatan - Infernal Sworn Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): The Oath Of White Horse, Diabolical Thrive Of Sorrow, The Birth Of The Black Sun, Occult Gateways, Absolute Transcendence, Infernal Sworn Brazilian black metal wizards Svatan summon the demons from across the far reaches of the universe with hypnotic and ritualistic album  Blazing Winds of Transcendence . I've always felt that black metal from the Latin American countries have a lot more edge to their albums in this modern age of black metal. Mainly due to the fact that Catholicism is still a

Gaahls WYRD - Gastir (Ghosts Invited)

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Key Facts Country: ðŸ‡³ðŸ‡´ Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date: 31st May 2019 Record Label(s): Season Of The Mist Band Members: Gaahl (Kristian Espedal) – vocals Lust Kilman (Ole Walaunet) – guitar Eld (Frode Kilvik) – bass Spektre (Kevin KvÃ¥le) – drums Gaahls WYRD - From The Spear Review Rating (out of 5🤘): ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜.5 Favourite Track (s): From The Spear, Ek Erilar, Ghosts Invited, Veiztu Hve, The Speech and The Self It's been 4 years in the making and in 2019 we can finally hear what Gaahl has been up to! Gastir is an equally strange and interesting album, that incorporates black metal with haunting synthetic atmospheres and Viking style chants to create a very obscure album indeed. With this in mind, it certainly makes me feel like there is an ancient Norwegian presence in the room with me as I listen to it! The word WYRD derives from and Anglo-Saxon concept roughly corresponding to fate or personal destiny, with all the recent

Darkthrone - Old Star

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Key Facts: Country: 🇳🇴 Genre: Black Metal, Doom Release Date: 31st May 2019 Record Label(s): Peaceville Records Band Members: Fenriz (Gylve Fenris Nagell) - drums, rhythm guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, lyrics Nocturno Culto (Ted Skjellum) - vocals, lead guitar, bass, producer, lyrics Darkthrone - Duke Of Gloat Review Rating (out of 5🤘): ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¤˜ Favourite Track(s): The Hardship Of The Scots, Duke Of Gloat, I Muffle Your Inner Choir Mighty Darkthrone are back with their 18th studio album and keeping the 80s metal sound of Bathory, Celtic Frost and Hellhammer alive in new album Old Star ! Another awesome album from the black metal legends, a consistency that we've grown to know and love from them. While Darkthrone do whatever the fuck they want with their music, no matter how far away they go from their roots, it always sounds like Darkthrone,  Old Star is no different. It brings the darkness, doom an evil through hypnotic and crushin

Krzysztof Drabikowski's Батюшка - Панихида

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Key Facts: Country: 🇵🇱 Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date: 26th May 2019 Record Label: Sphieratz Production Highest Chart Position: N/A Band Members/Production: Krzysztof Drabikowski - Everything Батюшка - Песнь 1 Review Rating (out of 5🤘):🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): ÐŸÐµÑÐ½ÑŒ 1, Песнь 3,  ÐŸÐµÑÐ½ÑŒ 4, ÐŸÐµÑÐ½ÑŒ 7 As many people are saying, and I agree with them, this is the rightful successor to Litourgiya . Everything from its songwriting to it's production contains everything that makes up Батюшка.   Krzysztof Drabikowski has made yet another masterpiece of a black metal album, packed with atmosphere and massive riffs. Despite this I am interested in what Bartłomiej Krysiuk puts out with his version of Batushka, but I doubt it will match this. I am in awe of Drabikowski's songwriting and production, now I've heard Песнь 1 within the context of the rest of the album,  Drabikowski created the perfect intro to a phenomenal piece