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Mayhem - Daemon

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 25th October 2019 Record Label(s): Century Media Record Band Members Necrobutcher – bass Hellhammer – drums, percussion Attila Csihar – vocals Teloch – guitar Ghul – guitar Mayhem - Of Worms And Ruins Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜.5 Favourite Track(s): Agenda Ignis, Falsified And Hated, Worthless Abominations Destroyed, Of Worms And Ruins, Malum, Invoke The Oath, Daemon Spawn That's funny, I too was on my way to kill Euronymous when this album was released. All jokes aside, this is easily one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2019, despite using a band member's murder for promo (which is the most Mayhem thing to do anyway). Coming off the back of their 25th Anniversary tours of the infamous and genre defining De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and straight into creating this Daemon (pun intended) of an album, sees Mayhem return to greatness. Definitely a more comp

Alcest - Spiritual Instinct

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Genre: Blackgaze Release Date: 25th October 2019 Record Label(s): Nuclear Blast Band Members Stรฉphane "Neige" Paut – lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass Jean "Winterhalter" Deflandre – drums, percussion Alcest - Sapphire Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s):  Les Jardins De Minuit, Sapphire, Protection, L'รฎle Des Morts For the record, Alcest did not have to go so hard on this album, but they did and I have entered a new realm of living. For me this is a phenomenal yet chaotically beautiful album that showcases the talent that these guys have. This is such a mystical album and there is a lot to interpret and decipher but ultimately it is an album the sees Alcest reagin the form of early Alcest, harking back to albums gone by such as 2010's  ร‰cailles de Lune and my personal favourite (until today) 2012's  Les Voyages de l'ร‚me . This album really does get into you

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (28th October 2019)

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The Clocks Have Gone Back And The Weather Has Gone Back To The Ice Age I can tell you something, I was very thankful for the extra hour in bed I received on Saturday night that's for sure! At last British Autumn/Winter has begun and the weather has happily complied this year, by not having summer like days in October. With all the horror and thrills coming at you this week it's always good to make sure you have the right soundtrack, at The Lost Boys and Trick Or Treat will agree, rock and metal is perfect for the spooky season, so without further ado, here are some recommendations for your night of evil and darkness! Singles Of The Week I. Ohhms (๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ) - Murder Is Murder Is Murder (Holy Roar Records), Sludge Metal II. Sarke (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด) - Rebellious Bastard (Indie Recordings), Black Thrash Metal III. Acranius (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช) - Shanty Towns Hooker (Rising Nemesis Records), Brutal Deathcore IV. Skeletonwitch (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ) - Fen Of Shadows (Prosthetic Records), Melodic

1349 - The Infernal Pathway

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 18th October 2019 Record Label(s): Season Of Mist Band Members Olav "Ravn" Bergene – lead vocals Tor Risdal "Seidemann" Stavenes – bass, backing vocals Idar "Archaon" Burheim – guitars, backing vocals Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad – drums 1349 - Stand Tall In Fire Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Stand Tall In Fire, Enter Cold Void Dreaming, Dรธdskamp, Striding The Chasm, Deeper Still A scintillating rollercoaster of brutality and ruthlessness, 1349 are once again pushing the boundaries of black metal with new album  The Infernal Pathway . Arguably one of Norway's most underrated black metal exports and know they are both better at the basics than most yet still hellbent on getting weird and progressive at the right moment. This is a band that has fascinated and bewildered me in the best way possible, when you think

Arx Atrata - The Path Untravelled

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Key Facts: Country: ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date: 18th October 2019 Record Label: Independently Released Band Members: Ben Sizer (a.k.a B.S.)- Everything Arx Atrata - An Undying Verse Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): To Be Reborn, An Undying Verse, Elmet, The Wriath, Brethren And Betrayer Beautifully melancholic and thought provoking atmospheric black metal once again coming from England's own Arx Atrata. Back for his third album, B.S. has crafted an impressive and epic album filled with multiple layers and textures that take you on a journey unlike anything you've been on before. As someone who I consider a flag bearer of British black metal scene alongside; Fen, Saor, Winterfylleth and Necronautical, amongst many others, has once again proved why Arx Atrata deserves to be in the highest echelons of the British black metal scene with  The Path Untravelled . A follow up to 2016's Spir

Type O Negative - October Rust

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Genre: Goth Metal, Doom Metal Release Date: 20th August 1996 Record Label(s): Roadrunner Highest Chart Position: 3 (Swedish Album Charts) Band Members Peter Steele – lead vocals, bass Kenny Hickey – guitars, acoustic guitar, backing vocals Josh Silver – keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals, sound effects, drum programming Johnny Kelly – live drums, backing vocals Additional Personal The Bensonhoist Lesbian Choir (actually the band members themselves) – backing vocals Val Ium – backing vocals (on "In Praise of Bacchus") Production Personel Mike Marciano - recording engineer George Marino - mastering Sagmeister Inc. - cover art Tim Fitzharris - photography Joseph Cultice - photography Tobias Frere Jones - typography Laura Michaels - design Type O Negative - My Girlfriend's Girlfriend Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿ’š): ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š Favourite Track(s): Be My Druidess, Red Water, Cinna

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (21st October 2019)

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Rewatched Lords Of Chaos, Just Sat And Listened To Mayhem All Day As the title suggests, I have indeed rewatched the infamous Lords Of Chaos but with a less critical eye and enjoyed it for its entertainment value. As a consequence I've been rinsing through Mayhem's newest singles and I'm hyping myself up for Daemon, which is out in just over two weeks I think! As much as evil and darkness is all fun and games, I have a job to provide you, the metal loving public, with my weekly recommendations that I think you'll like (or not like, feel free to suggest to me some bands to check out, I'm always on the hunt for more!). It is also getting close to my birthday, it's coming up fast and I am not liking it, probably because its so close to Christmas. Anyway, here are this week's lists for your listening pleasure! Singles Of The Week I. Mayhem (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด) - Falsified And Hated (Century Media), Black Metal  II. 1349 (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด) - Stand Tall In Fire (Season Of

Nile - Vile Nilotic Rites / Long Shadows Of Dread

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Genre: Brutal Death Metal Release Date: 4th October 2019 Record Label(s): Nuclear Blast Album Release Date: 1st November 2019 Band Members Karl Sanders – guitars, vocals, keyboards George Kollias – drums Brad Parris – bass, vocals Brian Kingsland – guitars, vocals Nile - Vile Nilotic Rites Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): Vile Nilotic Rites: ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Long Shadows Of Dread: ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Everyone's favourite Egyptian-Mesopotamia hybrid themed brutal death metal band are back and tearing us new ones with latest singles  Vile Nilotic Rites and Long Shadows Of Dread . Equally complex and technical, both songs are sure to get you headbanging in praise of Anubis and Ra. After 26 years in the game, these guys are still churning out crushing Egyptian themed death metal slammers with a ferocity straight from the underworld! Osiris would most definitely be proud. Musically, both songs are gut wrenchingly heavy and unyieldin

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (14th October 2019)

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Longer Nights For More Frights Another gruelling week in the world of real life, but I promise to get back on it and motivated with some upcoming reviews and my October special (you'll probably guess the band I'll be writing about). Anyway, there have been plenty of tunes and albums that have kept me sane through the last week as well as reading my gothic novels that I've been buying myself, I am well and truly into Spooky Season! So, with out further delay my loyal ghouls and goblins, vampires and werewolves, beasts and monsters, this week's lists! Singles Of The Week I. Resolve (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท) - Of Silk And Straw (Red Toad Music), Progressive Metalcore  II. Ulver (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด) - Ulvsblakk (Voices Music & Entertainment), Black Folk Metal III. Cannabis Corpse (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ) - Dawn Of Weed Possession (Season Of Mist), Death Metal IV. Municipal Waste (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ) - Car-Nivore (Street Meat) (Nuclear Waste), Thrash Metal V. Annihilator (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ) - I Am Warfare (Silver Linin

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (8th October 2019)

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Late Again? C'mon Man, No Excuses This Week! I must admit I have been pretty slack this week, but then again that is the joy of modern life getting in the way. Despite this, I have listened to some killer tunes and properly dedicated some time to writing my own and it feels so damn good to be properly back at it again! With the release of the NEW Vanaheimr EP looming, it's been a great motivator and inspiration starter. I do need to get back on the reviews though, not done much of them but that is a matter for another time. With that in mind, let's crack on with this weeks lists! Singles Of The Week I. Nile (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ) - Vile Nilotic Rites (Nuclear Blast), Brutal Death Metal  II. Strigoi (๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ) - Phantoms (Nuclear Blast), Black Metal III. Kataklysm (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ) - Guillotine (Nuclear Blast), Melodic Death Metal IV. Harakiri For The Sky (๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น) - Fire, Walk With Me (AOP Records), Blackgaze V. Vastum (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)  - I On The Knife (Second Wound) (20 Buck Spin), De

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (1st October 2019)

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A Day Late? A Wizard Is Never Late, Nor Is He Early, He Arrives Precisely When He Means Too! Yes, this week's list is a day late due to me being drunk all weekend in Longleat Forrest Centre Parks for my cousin's stag do! I feel somewhat refreshed from my weekend's excursion and felt tingling of inspiration. However, it is now officially spooky season! With this in mind, new releases from Opeth, Mayhem, and Alcest to name but a few, will adorn the first of the month's spooky list! With the rain hammering down, and the air becoming cold and fresh after a long, sticky and hot summer, as I've mentioned before this is a welcome reprieve. So, without further ado, bring out your ghoulish side and commence your Hallowe'en celebrations with a banging playlist! Singles Of The Week I. Obsequiae (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ) - Ceres In Emerald Streams (20 Buck Spin), Melodic Black Metal  II. Alcest (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท) - Sapphire (Nuclear Blast), Blackgaze III. Mayhem (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด) - Of Worms &

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Genre: Progressive Metal Release Date: 27th September 2019 Record Label(s): Moderbolaget Records, Nuclear Blast Band Members Mikael ร…kerfeldt – Guitars, Lead Vocals Martรญn Mรฉndez – Bass Martin "Axe" Axenrot – Drums, Percussion Fredrik ร…kesson – Guitars, Backing Vocals Joakim Svalberg – Keyboards, Synthesizers, Piano, Mellotron, Backing Vocals\ Opeth - Svekets Prins Review Rating (out of 5 ๐Ÿค˜):  ๐Ÿค˜ ๐Ÿค˜ ๐Ÿค˜ ๐Ÿค˜ ๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Hjรคrtat Vet Vad Handen Gรถr, Svekets Prins, Charlatan, De Nรคrmast Sรถrjande, Allting Tar Slut Firstly, I'm reviewing the Swedish version of the album, like I said in Hjรคrtat Vet Vad Handen Gรถr / Heart In Hand review, I believe Mikael singing in Swedish feels more passionate and emphatic, so I believe its the true representation of the album, its just a personal preference. Opeth are back, I have been waiting for this album for a very long time and more importantly I cannot w