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Dracula - Bram Stoker

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Author: Abraham "Bram" Stoker  Genre: Gothic, Horror Fiction Original Publisher: Archibald Constable and Company (UK) Originally Released: 26 May 1897 Publisher: Penguin Released: 2012 Synopsis: When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to advise Count Dracula on a London home, he makes a horrifying discovery. Soon afterwards, a number of disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman's neck; and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the arrival of his 'Master', while a determined group of adversaries prepares to face the terrifying Count. Dracula (1931) Review Rating (out of 10๐Ÿ“•): ๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“• " Listen to them — children of the night. What music they make! " Dracula, pg. 20 I have been gripped by the clutches of Vampirism and I found Bram Stoker's masterpiece incredibly hard to put down! Dracula h

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

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In Typical British Fashion, It's All Going Tits Up Well, it seems like people think that the COVID crisis has become a bit of a joke to some people. With Government essentially giving the green light for the public to flock to beaches in the sun, letting children go back to school and beginning to open up again, despite an increase in confirmed cases and deaths. I'm embarrassed to be honest, it seems that a lot of us are still sticking to the rules, having not seen family or friends in weeks, and the Prime Minister's aide drives 269 miles from London to Durham and seemingly gets away with it. I am personally at my wits end with Government and chain companies putting profits before people. They're incompetence has cost lives and is set to cost more. So, it's all going a bit tits up over here and I am embarrassed for the UK. For those of us still hanging in there with this laborious lockdown, keep going, we will benefit fully when we get the all clear. In the m

Enslaved - Homebound

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 22nd May 2020 Record Label(s): Nuclear Blast Album Release Date: Autumn 2020 Band Members Grutle Kjellson – bass, lead vocals Ivar Bjรธrnson – guitars, keyboards, backing vocals Arve "Ice Dale" Isdal – guitars Hรฅkon Vinje – keyboards, clean vocals Iver Sandรธy - drums Enslaved - Homebound Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜.5 Norwegian progressive black metal legends are back with an intriguing and mysterious new single from upcoming album Utgard ! After the triumphant E album from 2017, I am beyond excited to see which direction the band are now heading in. Always ones to mix it up and break down boundaries, Homebound is a raw and eerily melodic song that is both haunting and action packed. Having seen Enslaved live, I've always been captivated by their brand of black metal, capturing Norse mythological themes and blending them with a progressive, outside the box wa

Old Corpse Road - On Ghastly Shores Lays The Wreckage Of Our Lore

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Genre: Folkloric Black Metal Release Date: 15th May 2020 Record Label(s): Trollzorn Records Band Members The Dreamer - Drums, Vocals The Bearer - Guitars, Vocals The Wanderer - Bass, Vocals (spoken word) The Revenant - Guitars, Vocals The Watcher - Keyboards, Vocals Old Corpse Road - Demons Of The Farne Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Black Ship, Demons Of The Farne, Sea Fire, The Ghosts Of Ruinous Dunstanburgh Castle Whilst I was busy getting wrapped up in the throes of fellow English black metal adventurers  Winterfylleth's The Reckoning Dawn , this stunning album slipped under the radar, until now! I have known about Old Corpse Road for a few years but hadn't listened to them much in any great detail, and I will happily admit that I am a damned fool and have missed out considerably. Yet again an English black metal band have released a stunning album this year and  On Ghastly

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (19th May 2020)

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Glorious Sunshine & Damned Hayfever Yes, it is that time of year where my eyes, nose and throat are assaulted by that dastardly demon that is pollen. I know many of you suffer the same ill-fate but it really can put a downer on your walks and exercise with a running nose and itchy eyes. As many of us also like to be out in nature, it is a curse we must deal with annually unfortunately. Anyway, as many of you know the project I was working on has been announced at long last! After celebrating Norway's national day from afar in The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom , I am so excited for you to see and hear what I've been working away on in collaboration with my wonderfully talented friend Sabrina! With all the excitement, inevitably came a bit of a flat week emotionally and mentally, as it often does after a project's completion. So, I've kicked back and chilled out to a multitude of music and having a drink or two (Sunday I drank more rum than I care to admit and

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Nasjonaldagen i Norge

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๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด 17. Mai er Norges Nasjonaldag ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Today is Norway's Constitution Day! Whilst you know I'm not a native Norwegian, I have been very influenced by the country's history, music, culture and I love the language. Many of you who know me, know I'm an obsessive Scandophile as well as all things Nordic and Germanic, so this celebration will come as no surprise to any of you. I am still yet to visit Norway, and frustratingly it won't happen for a little while longer due to the current pandemic, I have fallen in love with the landscape from a far, through images of the cities and fjords. The closest I've been to Norway was my two week holiday in Stockholm, in neighbouring Sweden (I covered my trip in the second ever Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom !) One landmark that I desperately want to visit as an avid  and passionate Viking history fan is the towering Sverd i Fjell. Located in Hafrsfjord (roughly 4 hours and 45 minutes from Bergen), the monument was crea

Sojourner - Premonitions

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช/๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Genre: Epic Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date: 8th May 2020 Record Label(s): Napalm Records Band Members Mike Lamb - Guitars, Keyboards, Piano Chloe Bray - Tin whistle, Vocals, Guitars Emilio Crespo - Vocals Mike Wilson - Bass Riccardo Floridia - Drums Scotty Lodge - Bass Sojourner - The Deluge Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): The Event Horizon, Euology For The Lost, Fatal Frame, Atonement Apart from having a huge, wise, prophetic looking Owl on the cover, Sojourner's latest effort  Premonitions is an adventure into a mystical world that makes you think of vast scenery and fantastical landscapes gilded and glittered by sombre and thought provoking atmospheres. I'm a fairly new Sojourner fan, but from what I've heard up until this point I've enjoyed. The ornate mixing of black metal with huge sweeping melodies with a tin whistle that seems to float ov

Behemoth - A Forest (ft. Niklas Kvarforth from Shining)

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ - Behemoth ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช - Niklas Kvarforth Genre: Blackened Death Metal Release Date: 14th May 2020 Record Label(s): New Aeon Musick EP Release Date: 29th May 2020 Band Members Adam "Nergal" Darski – lead vocals, guitars Zbigniew "Inferno" Promiล„ski – drums Tomasz "Orion" Wrรณblewski – bass, backing vocals Patryk "Seth" Sztyber – guitars, backing vocals Additional Personnel Niklas Kvarforth - vocals Behemoth - A Forest (ft. Niklas Kvarforth from Shining) Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜.5 It's not very often The Cure gets an extreme metal rendition, but Behemoth's version certainly is intense and adds a lot more darkness to an already melancholic song. Behemoth stated on their Facebook page " Covering music outside of metal is a challenge – covering legendary music is an even greater challenge…that is what drove us throughout this process " (Behemoth, 2020)

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (12th May 2020)

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Buggered By Mini Flare Ups Of Tinnitus I've been quite reserved with my music listening this week, after a drunken night on Friday where I fell asleep with my headphones on too loud my ears have been a little sore since! Of course this has brought a few mini flare ups of tinnitus, nothing major just like the ones you have after gigs. As a result I prioritised my current projects and managed my ear fatigue, I'll be back to album devouring properly over this week no doubt! Despite all this I have enjoyed some awesome releases this week, as you can see in my last two reviews, Vesperith being the most fascinating album I've heard in a long time. Anyway, lockdown has got artists being creative as ever with creating videos, online gigs and all the rest, but I am eagerly expecting and explosion of releases once all this is over. I heard an interesting point made by Kieth Merrow on Ola Englund's most recent Coffee With Ola episode, basically saying that us creatives ar

Vesperith - Vesperith

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Key Facts Country:๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Genre: Atmospheric/Ambient/Cosmic Black Metal Release Date: 22nd November 2019 Record Label(s): Svart Records Band Members Sariina Tani - Everything Vesperith - Quintessence Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Fractal Flesh, The Magi, Quintessence, Valohรคmรคrรค A cosmic exploration from the deep, dark and cold north unlike any other that I have heard before. Coming out of the cold lands of Finland, this album took me by surprise and I'm amazed that it took me so long to discover it's existence. A dark, haunting and mysterious album, layered with haunting and dark melodies with the furiously of the blackest of black metal to create a chaotic yet mesmerising cosmic underworld. While the artist herself refers to her project as “ Experimental Audiovisual Mysticism ” and while it does contain many of the eerie and cold nuances of black metal, it is a completely different beast altogether in my opinion,

Winterfylleth - The Reckoning Dawn

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 8th May 2020 Record Label(s): Candlelight Records Band Members Chris Naughton – guitars, lead vocals Simon Lucas – drums Nick Wallwork – bass, backing vocals Dan Capp – guitars, backing vocals Mark Deeks - keyboards, backing vocals Winterfylleth - Misdeeds Of Faith Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Misdeeds Of Faith, The Reckoning Dawn, Absolved In Fire, Yielding The March Laws, In Darkness Begotten England's black metal titans Winterfylleth unleash a ferocious new chapter in their story, that is inexplicably woven into the very fabric of the English landscape. After hearing the title single, The Reckoning Dawn , I knew that this album would see the band go back to what they do best, loud and ambitious atmospheric black metal! Not to discredit 2018's The Hallowing Of Heirdom , as that album alone shows the multitude of versatility th

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Excuse The Temporary Silence

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I've Been Busy! As some of you may have noticed the blog has become increasingly quiet over the last week or so, that is because I have been working on a project that has required my full attention and focus. I am also thoroughly enjoying this high level of productivity and using this bountiful amount of time in a constructive way. I am keeping the project under wraps at the moment, before you feel inclined to ask me what it is! Anyway, I have been in high spirits over the last couple of weeks despite the lockdown I have found a way to harness and control things that I though previously uncontrollable. Like Odin's two wolves I have fed them both but instead of raging in me they have calmed and become contented with themselves and each other. Wearing my Mjรถlnir around my neck has also been a great comfort, as I've become increasingly spiritual again over this amount of time and reassured my faith in Mother Earth. I'd be lying if I said I've been productive th

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (5th May 2020)

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Happy Cinco De Mayo!  Happy Cinco De Mayo for any Mexican readers, I hope you have an awesome day despite the current circumstances consuming the globe. As for me, I have been very productive as of late, working on a project with a friend of mine, which shall be revealed at a later date, that has kept me quite occupied in the most positive way. I've been delving into Dracula as I unwind in the evening, and ultimately lock down is letting me live the artistic vision I have in my head for a little while. This puts me in awesome spirits as I eagerly anticipate the aforementioned project being shown to the world! Whilst doing this project it has been great to flex some producer muscles and dust off the mixing ears for the first time since Vanaheimr's The Black Crown way back in December last year. Anyway, enough teasing you about music that is yet to come, lockdown has now entered it's sixth week but feels like it has been half a century. With the sun to lift our spirit

Vader - Solitude In Madness

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Genre: Death Metal Release Date: 1st May 2020 Record Label(s): Nuclear Blast Band Members Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek – lead guitar, vocals Marek "Spider" Pajฤ…k – rhythm guitar Tomasz "Hal" Halicki – bass James Stewart – drums  Vader - Into Oblivion Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜.5 Favourite Track(s): And Satan Wept, Bones, Shock And Awes, Into Oblivion, Incineration Of The Gods Polish death metal legends Vader have stormed back into the limelight with their brand new album, Solitude In Madness ! A fast paced, action packed, ravenous knowing beast of an album that has decimated my ear drums for all the right reasons. Following on from 2017's Dark Age , which in itself was another awesome death metal album,  Solitude In Madness picks up the baton and takes off when Dark Age finished. With their distinct sound and passion for unrelenting riffs and screeching leads, this is one of th