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The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (25th November 2019)

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Ok, I'll Confess, I Am Starting To Feel A Little Bit Festive As December bursts on to the scene this Sunday, I am starting to feel a little it festive. I'm not chucking on the Christmas playlists and singing Slade at the top of my voice yet, but I can feel that feeling in my gut. Enough of that though, we're still in November! So, that means we need to dethrone the spell of Wizard and give the world some more metal ammunition to fight off these pre-Christmas hooligans. There has been a lot to listen to this week for me, with Lindemann and Obsequiae's albums being personal highlights, I've also been finding releases that I may have missed throughout the year, which is also quite informative. I will stand by the statement that 2019 has been a big year for metal. Just like everyone else, I'm also hoping 2020 blows it out of the atmosphere. Singles Of The Week I. Ozzy Osbourne (🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿) - Straight To Hell (Epic Records), Heavy Metal II. Horned Alm

Airbourne - Boneshaker

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Key Facts Country: 🇦🇺 Genre: Hard Rock Release Date: 25th October 2019 Record Label(s): Spinefarm Records Band Members Joel O'Keeffe – Lead vocals, lead guitar Justin Street – Bass guitar, backing vocals Matt "Harri" Harrison – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals Ryan O'Keeffe – Drums, percussion Airbourne - Boneshaker Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Boneshaker, Burnout The Nitro, Backseat Boogie, Blood In The Water, Switchblade Angel, Weapon Of War Airbourne have come crashing back on to the scene rattling and shaking bones with balls out, balls to the wall classic hard rock that will make you want to grab your nearest boot and do a shoey! I affectionally call them mini AC/DC because of the strong influence on their music but with every album they release they distinguish themselves apart from their main inspiration. If you're looking for another ball breaking Rock 'n' Roll party, slam th

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (18th November 2019)

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A Month And A Half Away From 2020, Time Flies When You're Making Lists Yes, I can't quite believe that 2020 is knocking on the door as we get ready to yeet ourselves into another decade of human existence. Of course the last 20s decade was a social revolution of decadence and luxury, unfortunately for us I don't think our 20s decade will be so full of promise. Despite the doom and gloom, I know that the 2020s are going to give us some phenomenal music and I cannot wait for all the amazing future releases that are yet to come. I will also be reflecting on some of the best albums and songs from 2019 and the decade as a whole as the 2010s much like most of my generation, taught us who we were and put us on track to become the people we are today. Anyway, enough of this reflection, it's not 2020 yet! In the meantime, we still have to fight the war on early Christmas music! Singles Of The Week I. Vildhjarta (🇸🇪) - Den Helige Anden (Century Media Records), Prog

Black Stone Cherry - Black To Blues Vol. 2

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Key Facts Country: 🇺🇸 Genre: Southern Rock/Blues Release Date: 1st November 2019 Record Label(s): Mascot Label Band Members Chris Robertson – lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar Ben Wells – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals Jon Lawhon – bass guitar, backing vocals John Fred Young – drums, percussion, piano, backing vocals Additional Personnel Yates McKendree - Keys, B3 Jeff "Bongo" Boggs - Percussion Black Stone Cherry - All Your Love (I Miss Loving)  Review Rating (out of 5 🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): All Your Love (I Miss Loving), Me & The Devil Blues, Death Letter Blues Black Stone Cherry's second volume of blues covers that pay tribute to the genre's legends, such as; Otis Rush, Son House, Elmore James, Willie Dixon, Esrael Tolbert and the immortal Robert L. Johnson. It's not often band's do a whole EP of covers, let a lone covers that show the fans a true insight into their mus

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (11th November 2019)

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Lest We Forget. A poignant day here in the UK as we remember those who have served and sacrificed themselves for our freedom. A tradition that started after World War One (a.k. The Great War, The War To End All Wars) and has been celebrated annually since its first inaugural event in 1919 in which was led by King George V.  So, before we get on with today's list I'd like you all to take a moment to remember them, as many of us may not have been able to do what we have wanted to at this moment in tie without them.  The winter is now in full flow. Jumpers and hoodies are donned and days of doing absolutely nothing and drinking copious amounts of tea and coffee are becoming more regular. The bombardment of Christmas starts to ramp up as we get closer to December. So, for those of you like myself that detest this super early celebration of Christmas, check out this weeks lists to drown out all the Mariah Carey's of the world! Singles Of The Week I. Ozzy Osbourn

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Where The Bloody Hell Have You Been?

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It's Been A Significant Period Of Time Since I Wrote One Of These... Yes, a question I have been asking myself the last month or so is where have I been? Well, as the Vanaheimr/Fjordhammer update states, I've been in the throws of an uninspired and unmotivated spell. Alas, that however is no more! I have rediscovered my fervour and since announcing the release of Vanaheimr's third EP, The Ghosts Of Our Past , I have been planning and plotting for EP IV. With the blog also going from strength to strength again with shares from bands and a PR company the blog is picking up again and I'm very happy that I am reaching a new audience. I didn't think when I started this blog it would get to where it is now, but I think my drive to bring the world music in any guise and my love of writing wouldn't have let me stop, once I started seeing my definition of success start to bloom. While the darkness has closed in my imagination is firing on all cylinders once again

Vanaheimr/Fjordhammer - Update 5th November 2019

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Vanaheimr/Fjordhammer - Update 6th November 2019 It's been two months since I wrote on of these updates, for that I do apologise! I have been in the throws of an uninspired and unmotivated period of time the last couple of months with life seemingly getting in the way at every turn. I'm pleased to say that I am no longer there though! Some of you may have seen already on my Facebook page that I will be releasing the third Vanaheimr EP, The Ghosts Of Our Past , on the 2nd December 2019. I summed up how I felt in an Instagram post not so long ago; View this post on Instagram 6th July 2018 31st October 2018 14th February 2019 2nd December 2019 Dates may not seem like much, but to me these particular ones all hold a special significance. Four days where I've released an EP/Single under Vanaheimr and each one has been a phenomenal journey from conception to releasing. I've written, recorded, produced and rele

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (5th November 2019)

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Remember Remember The 5th Of November, Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Goth Christmas (more commonly known as Hallowe'en) is ver for another year, but the eerie spookiness still remains as the darkness encroaches evermore on the hours of the day. However, today, it is that wonderful traditional night in England of bonfire night where we remember the infamous plot of Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators  attempt to assassinate King James VI of Scotland and I of England and the 12 plotters subsequent execution in 1605. I have no idea why we celebrate an act of treason but it's probably the most British way to do it and we have been doing so for the last 414 years. As a fan of the dark political film V For Vendetta today is almost another holiday for me because of the foreboding future depicted in that film seems to be eerily coming true but British politics is not what anyone is here for. This week's edition of The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List is very delib

Frozen Ocean & Heather Grave - Beyond Anemonautics (Split EP)

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Key Facts Country: 🇷🇺 Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal, Doom Release Date: 26th October 2019 Record Label(s): Spectral Halls Band Members Frozen Ocean: Vaarwel - Everything Heather Grave: H. - Keyboards, Drum programming Vaarwel -Vocals, Guitars, Bass Frozen Ocean & Heather Grave - Beyond Anemonautics (Split EP) Beyond Anemonautics by Frozen Ocean/Heather Grave Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Satellites Of The Graveyard Orbit, Foretokens Are Caught In Seclusion I firstly want to start out by saying that this is my first independent band submission! I'm so happy and humbled that a fellow musician has reached out to me and asked for my opinion on their work, so for any other bands reading this post, I am more than happy to check out your music and possibly review it on Fjordhammer Music. Before I start the review I want to say a massive thank you to Frozen Ocean and Heather Grave for making this happen!