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The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Pathetic Fallacy For My Gothic Tendencies

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Rain & Darkness Yes, the weather and nights are drawing in and there is a true stirring of my spirit as I read Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde for the first time since school. Last nights thunder and rain that woke me up at 4am, perfectly sets the mood as to how I've felt that last few months musically and creatively. Overwhelming chaos with mindless noise. I've completely lost my inspiration, so I will be focusing on regaining that soon, this is where Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde come in, I'm hoping exploring some gothic fiction will help me rediscover some of the topics that have fascinated me over the years. Like the duality of man, immortality and just overall ghost stories from that era of amazing gothic writing. In the mean time, I've been cracking on with all the stuff in life that has kept me away from days at a time writing music. This has been a regular feeling for most of my musical friends too, so as long as we reinsure ourselves we can get through the cre

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (23rd September 2019)

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The Reign Of Darkness Begins! Another week and another selection of hard hitting metal from around the world to feed your insatiable appetite for darkness and riffs! I'm always finding gems in unexpected places now I've started doing these weekly lists, it has opened me up to some great underground music from awesome bands in the far corners of the world. From the tip of Chile to the farthest parts of Russia, my music taste has become truly international as well as expanding itself at home in the UK. This week's lists will a bit of  a multicultural homage to metal, and how such powerful music can unite us.  Singles Of The Week I. Mord'a'Stigmata (๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ) - Between Walls Of Glass (Pagan Records), Black Metal  II. Arthedain (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ) - A Testament To Failure (Naturmacht Productions), Black Metal III. Ordoxe (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ) - Tie It Around My Neck (Galy Records), Black Metal IV. Sarke (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด) - Ties Of Blood (Indie Recordings), Black Metal V. Insomnium (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ) - H

Lindemann - Steh Auf (Stand Up)

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Key Facts Country:๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช/๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Genre: Industrial Metal, Neue Deutsche Hรคrte Release Date: 13th September 2019 Record Label(s): Lindemann, Vertigo Berlin Album Release Date: 22nd November 2019 Band Members Till Lindemann – vocals Peter Tรคgtgren – all instruments, orchestra arrangement Lindemann - Steh Auf Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ The German Swedish mega-combo is back in action as Lindemann return with a massive new song, Steh Auf (which means Stand Up for us non-German speakers). Its hard not to compare anything that Till Lindemann to Rammstein as his deep vocals have become synonymous with the German metal giants, but Lindemann gives us a taste of something similar but different. That injection of Swedish metal pedigree from Peter Tรคgtgren (of death metal band Hypocrisy) opens us up to something ultimately more epic. Musically, in my opinion the song carries on from where Lindemann last left off with 2015's Skills In Pills . Wit

Necronautical - Apotheosis

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 30th August 2019 Record Label(s): Candlelight Records, Universal Operations Ltd. Band Members: NAUT - Vocals, Guitar CARCARRION - Guitar ANCHORITE - Bass Guitar SLUGH - Drums Necronautical -All Is Vanity Review Rating (out of 5 ๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): All Is Vanity, Nihil Sub Sole Novum, Lure Of The Abyss, Here Begins The Fall A haunting and mesmerising album that is sure to stir the demons of discordance in your blackened soul. From soaring symphonic melody to crushing brutality, Necronautical are back with an exquisite new album that demonstrates the raw power of English black metal. With themes of existential death and nihilism running through the album, it is sure to make you ponder life's meaning accompanied by the frost and bone-chilling ice that this album contains.  Musically, there are all the hallmarks of symphonic black metal in the vein of Emp

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (16th September 2019)

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The Nights Are Getting Colder It's another week into September and we are getting closer to brown, red, orange and yellow falling leaves, basic bitch pumpkin spice lattes and nights in with our favourite horror films. There has been some interesting releases the past couple of weeks that I've found small pockets of time that will feature on this weeks lists! The music is getting as dark as the nights here at Fjordhammer and I am loving every second of it. Even though we're still trapped in the mire of changing seasons which has brought about some unseasonably irritating humidity and heat, I'm starting to come out of my summer hibernation, just like all my other goths who have waiting a long 6 months to come out from the shadows. Singles Of The Week I. Negator (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช) - Sangvis Serpentis (Massacre Records), Black Metal  II. Lindemann (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช) - Steh Auf (Universal Music), Industrial Metal III. Cattle Decapitation (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ) - One Step Closer To The End Of The

Ghost - Seven Inches Of Satanic Panic

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Genre: Psychedelic, Occult Rock Release Date: 13th September 2019 Record Label: Loma Vista Recordings Album Release Date: N/A Band Members Cardinal Copia - Vocals A Group of Nameless Ghouls – guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, backing vocals Ghost - Kiss The Go-Goat Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ We all know that Ghost have had a very strange and unique sound, that's what has rocketed them to fame in the first place. I remember being in Stockholm and seeing their image everywhere, big cardboard cutouts of Papa Emeritus and Cardinal Copia. However,  Seven Inches Of Satanic Panic sees the band go back even further in their influence archives to a very 60s occult rock sound. Also, being release on Friday 13th has given it an extra layer of pop spook. This vintage occult pop rock (or whatever you want to call it) its catchy and a refreshing return to the vintage 60s sound through modern eyes. The world's favourite ABBA of Metal

Imperium Dekadenz - When We Are Forgotten

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Key Facts Country:๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Genre: Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date: 30th August 2019 Record Label: Napalm Records Band Members Vespasian - Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keyboards Horaz - Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals Imperium Dekadenz - Transcendence Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜.5 Favourite Track(s): Transcendence, When We Are Forgotten, Bis Ich Bin, Frozen In Time, Owl Of The Black Forest, My Solace I & II German bringers of doom and sorrow Imperium Dekadenz are back with a beautifully melancholic and sombre album. Harnessing all the powers of thought and transcendence,  When We Are Forgotten is a journey through reflection and the curse of wisdom in the medium of crushing black metal. A slightly more restrained yet experimental album compared to 2016 predecessor Dis Manibvs in my opinion, it is a strangely therapeutic listen that is sure to captivate and intrigue it's listeners. Musically, it leans more towards the a

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (9th September 2019)

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You Merely Adopted The Darkness, I Was Born In It! The nights are drawing in at an alarming rate, but I know we all love it. With the increasingly autumnal weather really getting me into the mood for some of the more gothic and dark styles of metal, (I'm sure there will be a Type O Negative special in October) I'm starting to feel my creative flow slowly coming back. It is strange to think that it is September already though, 2019 has already been such an insane year. Anyway, time to crack on with this weeks lists as we watch the rain crash against our windows, it's time to get the horror movies on and some classics played on the speakers. Singles Of The Week I.  Entrails (๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช) - Crawl In Your Guts (Metal Blade Records), Swedish Death Metal II. Dictated (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ) - Hypso (Self Released), Death Metal III. Don Broco (๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ) - Action (feat. Tilian Pearson, Tyler Carter, Caleb Shomo and Taka Moriuchi) (Sharptone Records), Post-Hardcore IV. Mistur (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด) - Dow

The HU - The Great Chinggis Khaan

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณ Genre: Mongolian Folk Metal Release Date: 23rd August 2019 Record Label(s): Eleven Seven Music Album Release Date: 13th September 2019 Band Members Galbadrakh Tsendbaatar a.k.a. "Gala"–lead throat singing, morin khuur Enkhasaikhan Batjargal a.k.a. "Enkush"–lead morin khuur, throat singing Nyamjantsan Galsanjamts a.k.a. "Jaya"–Jaw harp, tsuur, flute, throat singing Temuulen Naranbaatar a.k.a. "Temka"–Tovshuur, backing vocals Touring Members Jambaldorj Ayush a.k.a "Jamba"–support guitars, backing vocals Batkhuu Batbayar a.k.a "Batkhuu"–support bass, backing vocals Odbayar Gantumur a.k.a "Odko"–support drums, backing vocals Unumunkh Maralkhuu a.k.a "Ono"–support percussion, backing vocals The HU - The Great Chinggis Khaan Review Ration (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ A rather unique entry on the Fjordhammer blog with this one. The HU

Vanaheimr/Fjordhammer - Update 5th September 2019

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Vanaheimr/Fjordhammer - Update 5th September 2019 It's been a bit quiet on the Vanaheimr front, of which I can only apologise. With the mass release schedule unleashed its hell and the heat dragged me to the depths of Dante's inferno, it has been hard to engage with my music the past month or so. However, From The Darkness They Came is now available for your listening pleasure, I was very excited to share those alternate mixes with you as Adam (of Adam Adams Music ) did such an epic job of mixing them.  You may have also noticed a picture on my facebook page, this is the new album artwork for Vanaheimr III. I've been sat on this EP for a while now, long enough that EP IV is now in its early writing stages. I have been reluctant to release this forthcoming EP so soon after From The Depths Of Darkness , and I think I will have to make you wait a bit longer as in release terms its a shorter gap of time compared to As Above, So Below to From The Depths Of Darkness

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (2nd September 2019)

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Does This Guy Do Anything Else Other Than Sit And Listen To Music? Another amazing week for music, with Mayhem releasing new music and just loads of other great music springing up from out of no where. 2019 has been an awesome year so far, I've lost count of how many new albums I've heard and how many I've gone back to. Having recently secured Slipknot tickets expect a the 9 to make one or two appearances in this weeks lists! We're now coming out of festival season too, so I'm expecting a lot more releases over the coming months as tours get announced. Behemoth's new EP being a tour only release could be a possible point of contention for some people. I thought it was an interesting marketing campaign but if it sells tickets who cares really? Anyway, as the nights start to draw in and the temperature drops, get your headphones on and get listening to these monster songs in preparation for spooky season! Singles Of The Week I. Mayhem ( ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด) - Wort