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The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Leap Day Edition

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Imagine Only Having To Come Out Of Hiding Once Every Four Years Yes, it's the infamous day that appears on our Gregorian calendars once every for years giving us an extra 24 hours of unbridled joy or utter bullshit. I've never really understood the purpose of Leap Years, but I guess they have a purpose somewhere, either way, calendar systems are funny concepts, considering not every country uses the same one, I think the Julian calendar is used in Eastern Orthodox religions in Eastern Europe. With that in mind, it is the 29th February for us English and Gregorian calendar users but it's currently the 16th February for Julian calendar users. Anyway, it's a weird one. It's been a funny old February for me really, increased hours at work has lead to less regular blog posts and I've had to prioritise a few more important things recently, which has been annoying as I'd have very little energy when I did have a spare 5 minutes, although I have managed to ge

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (25th February 2020)

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Back With My Usual Punctuality! Yes, this week I'm on time! Although this will feel like it's right on top of the last Weekly Listening List because it is, but at least be reassured that you will have a full week between now and next Tuesday. Even so, over the last four days or so I've actually heard a lot more new stuff than I anticipated, mainly coming out of Iceland to be fair but it is some brutal and awesome stuff! I've even started another playlist so I can keep track of all these discoveries, which you can browse at your leisure. Anyway, with the weather doing weird stuff like being stormy and sunny and the days gradually becoming longer as the temperatures start to rise, I think spring is on the way. Which means we have to welcome in the new life with a big dose of metal! So without further ado, this weeks lists! Singles Of The Week I. Nyrst (๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ) - Orsรถk (Dark Essence Records), Black Metal  II. Endless Forms Most Gruesome (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ) - The Watche

Lordi - Killection

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Genre: Hard Rock Record Label(s): AFM Records Release Date: 31st January 2020 Band Members Mr Lordi – lead vocals Amen – guitar Hella – keyboards Mana – drums Hiisi – bass Lordi - I Dug A Hole In The Yard For You Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Horror For Hire, I Dug A Hole In The Yard For You, Shake The Baby Silent, Like A Bee To The Honey Quick Note: I know this was my number one album for The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (4th Feb 2020) , but after listening to it again a few more times it's original impact was lost a little bit. Usually with Lordi albums you can listen to them over and over and they get better, not so much with this one unfortunately. Released as a fictional compilation by the band of which the promotional campaign was quite funny, with the band asking if we remembered non-existent albums from the 80s. My favourite Finnish monster rockers are back with new

Ozzy Osbourne - ร˜RD†NARY MAN

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Genre: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock Release Date: 21st February 2020 Record Label(s): Epic Records, Sony Music Band Members/Collaborators: Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals, harmonica Andrew Watt – guitars, production, keyboards, piano, bass guitar  Duff McKagan – bass guitar  Chad Smith – drums, percussion  Slash – guitar  Charlie Puth – keyboards Elton John – piano and co-lead vocals Tom Morello – guitar Post Malone – co-lead vocals Caesar Edmunds – synth bass programming, synth bass Happy Perez – keyboards Louis Bell – keyboards Travis Scott – vocals Kaan Gunesberk – programming Ozzy Osbourne - Under The Graveyard Review Rating (Out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Under The Graveyard, Straight To Hell, Goodbye The Prince Of Darkness is back with a massive new album that sees Ozzy in a more reflecting and self-assessing light. Given that Ozzy has recently revealed that he has been dia

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (21st February 2020)

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The Only Thing Getting Me Through Work Is Decent Music A bit of a late one this week, owing to actual work commitments in the real world, a place I very rarely like to stay long. With work taking up a lot of my time recently it is challenging to stay on schedule, but it's better late than never! In this time though my walks to work have allowed me to explore some new albums and some old ones that I might have missed. I do enjoy walking with music in, it is cathartic and very therapeutic, soundtracking every step that I take and giving me serotonin for the day. I've been trying to break into more classical music to, really trying to explore composers and their music. After witnessing the magic of Apocalyptica it drew my attention more to classical. I've always enjoyed epic movie soundtracks from films and TV, the works of Howard Shore, Trevor Morris and Ramin Djawadi, but the composer that most grabs my ear at the moment is Edvard Grieg, the original Norwegian black m

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (11th February 2020)

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Valentines On The Horizon What a week it has been, after seeing the mighty Sabaton at Wembley Arena and becoming a victim of travel disruption caused by Storm Ciara (it took me 8 hours to get home, should only have been 2 and a half hours maximum), the extreme weather is certainly inspiring us metalheads! Snow in Scotland and the North while it rains with glimpses of sun in the South. With the release of a new Vanaheimr single imminent, I have been exploring my black and death metal roots more than ever this week. With lots of epic bands creating dynamic and intricate atmospheres and some taking a more folk approach which is amazing as well. Even so, I cannot escape this lingering bullshit that is Valentines Day, love songs and hearts all over the place in a bid to make you part with your money to say "I love you" to your significant other when we should be appreciating our loves for all 365 (366 in the case of this year) days of the year. I don't know why I'm pi

Vanheimr/Fjordhammer - Update 5th February 2020

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Vanheimr/Fjordhammer - Update 5th February 2020 Here is is, my first update of 2020!  First things first, I am happy to announce the release of a new Vanaheimr single, The Black Crown , that will be released on all major streaming services on 1st March 2020. It is a personal song, unlike most of my other subject matter, that is based on a poem that I penned that was very revealing to myself and I feel that this song reflects that. It's the first time I've adapted some of my creative writing into musical form, so I'm pretty pleased about it. As for the cover art, you can see it below. I feel this is all part of the new era that is laying itself out in front of me, hence the logo change, I have left the purple behind and come out of ambiguity to explore Vanaheimr in new ways, this is but the first step in that journey.  Another D.I.Y effort from myself, I feel the image really captures the message and meaning of what The Black Crown is all about. Upon rel

The Black Dahlia Murder - Verminous

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Genre: Death Metal Release Date: 4th February 2020 Record Label(s): Metal Blade Records Album Release Date: 17th April 2020 Band Members: Trevor Strnad – lead vocals  Brian Eschbach – rhythm guitar, backing vocals  Max Lavelle – bass  Alan Cassidy – drums  Brandon Ellis – lead guitar, backing vocals  The Black Dahlia  Murder - Verminous Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Hailing from Michigan, the band named after the infamous 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short,  are back with a crushing and beastly new single Verminous ! Firstly a non-musical note, one thing I like about The Black Dahlia Murder (TBDM from here on out), I've always like the dark, single colour vibrancy of their album/single covers, most notably 2007's Nocturnal , 2013's Everblack and 2017's Nightbringers and I really like the green shade for this era of the band. Visually, it helps me distinguish them from the rest of the

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (4th February 2020)

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Waiting For The Cold Snap, But I Keep Hearing The Birds Of Spring It is a strange time of year February, because you never know if you'll be plunged into a snow driven cold or that spring will come early. Going on last year with that mad heat spell in the middle of February just confused everyone but highlighted the problems we now face due to global warming. Anyway, its been another great week for music exploration, with Lordi releasing a new album under the guise of a fictional compilation album, which I found quite interesting as it augments the bands story. Monsters aside, I've also explored recordings of old medieval songs and some of those have been insightful into seeing how music has developed over the hundreds of years to what we have today. Despite the confusing seasons and time of year, lets get on with this weeks lists! Singles Of The Week I. Bolt Thrower (๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ) - Inside The Wire (Metal Blade Records), Death Metal II. A Forest Of Stars (๐Ÿด

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - No Plan Survives First Contact

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"What's Going On In That Mad Mind Of Yours?" A great multitude of priorities and inconveniences have gotten in the way in the recent month. So much so, motivation has come and gone, ideas have flashed in the pan then became quickly extinguished, just a whole cluster of frustration in all honesty. Not how I wanted to start 2020 in regards to the blog and my music. The shining light however was donating my hair, small and simple victories followed as my shower time got shorter (by that I mean I wasn't spending 15 minutes washing and sorting out my hair) and I could wear beanies without it giving me hat head. I miss it as I felt I lost a little of my pagan warrior identity but you can be badass with short hair as well. I am enjoying the new season of Vikings though, you should have seen my face when Eric The Red got an appearance, it has only taken 7 years! Even though it is utterly heartbreaking that it is the final series, it's opened my up to an area of his