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The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (30th June 2020)

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My Last Week Of Freedom This confirms it, I am returning to work on the 5th July, it's been a great 3 months musically and for the blog. As I look back on it I'm so proud of what has been done with the time that has been given to me. I've listened to, written about and experienced loads of epic music and I'm fast approaching 200 posts on the blog! Even though the world seems to be falling apart at the moment, and this pandemic has show the fatal cracks in our system. We're all fighting for a better society so while we're all returning to work we need to keep the messages we've learned from this pandemic in mind until real change happens. It has been a weird time for me personally, so much change has happened within myself and around me, with many ups and many downs but ultimately I reflect on it and it has made me realise what I really want in life. With this in mind, I feel that I'm in the right psychological place to start taking steps towards t

Varus - A New Dawn

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Genre: Symphonic Folk Metal Release Date: 27 June 2020 Record Label(s): Independent, METALMESSAGE PR Band Members Konstantin Raab - Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Flutes Stefan Schwarz - Guitars/Backing Vocals Norbert Caspar - Bass Max Betz - Drums Varus - A New Dawn Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): The Awakening, A New Dawn, Ascheregen, Ein Lebewohl, The Minstrels Chant Hailing from Upper Franconia, Bavaria and named after the Roman General Publius Quinctilius Varus, who after being defeated by the Germanic tribes at Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, took his own life and thus leaving a name that symbolises the power and passion that the Germanic tribes had against being colonised. With lyrics dealing with legends alongside the concepts of romanticism, liberty and the art of drinking. So, with a first introduction like that, this was going to be a band that engaged my curiosity with history

Atavist - III: Absolution

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Key Facts  Country: ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Genre: Sludge/Drone/Doom Metal  Release Date: 19th June 2020 Record Label(s): Candlelight Records Band Members  Shane Ryan - Bass  Chris Naughton - Guitars  Toby Bradshaw - Vocals  Callum Cox - Drums  Atavist - Self-Realisation   Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Loss, Self-Realisation I was unaware that Winterfylleth was born out of this band, and it's the reason they play in Drop A tuning. Anyway, I am a new fan to Atavist and what an album to kick off my new found love! A dark, brooding and mournful album with sorrow laden melodies laid out for you with slow, foreboding pace. I'm usually more into the psychedelic, occult rock side of doom and sludge, but Atavist's latest release, is making me reconsider the more mournful and droning anger side of doom. In its fuzzy, atmospheric landscape, you get lost in a dark and hurting world that resonates with you

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (23rd June 2020)

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And So It Begins... Quoting King Theoden at the battle of Helms Deep is becoming a habit of mine to say the least. Given that the lockdown is easing, returning back to normality really is beginning to come real. It hasn't been a bad few months in terms of the blog and my latest project Witchwood Wizard & The Psychic Yeti. It has be awesome to really focus on my writing and my music over this time and I'm starting to see some awesome results. I don't believe I will every get such a significant amount of time to fully focus on them in this way again, so I feel quite accomplished to be in the position that I am now with it. I love being creative for days at a time and I'll miss this little musician/artists life I've been living, feel truly free of the stress of work you don't want to do whilst still getting paid. I still have my reservations with the gradual reopening of the country and I've made you all very aware of those after the last few weeks.

Lamb Of God - Lamb Of God

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Genre: Groove/Thrash Metal Record Label(s): Nuclear Blast Release Date: 19th June 2020 Band Members Randy Blythe – Vocals Mark Morton – Guitars Willie Adler – Guitars John Campbell – Bass Art Cruz – Drums Additional Musicians Jamey Jasta – guest vocals (on "Poison Dream") Chuck Billy – guest vocals (on "Routes") Production Personel Josh Wilbur – production, engineering, mixing Kevin Billingslea – engineering Nick Rowe – engineering Oliver Roman – engineering (additonal) Jerred Pollaci – engineering (additonal) Evan Myaskovsky – engineering (additonal) Kyle Hynes – engineering (additonal) Matthew Erlichman – engineering (additonal) Paul Bruski – engineering (additonal) Ted Jensen – mastering K3n Adams – artwork Bartek Rogalewicz – layout Travis Shinn – photography Lamb Of God - Memento Mori Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Memento Mori, Gears, New Colossal Hat

The Bishop Of Hexen - The Death Masquerade

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Key Facts  Country: ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Genre: Symphonic Black Metal Release Date: 19th June 2020 Record Label(s): Dusktone Band Members: Ariel Eshcar - Guitars  Avicious - Guitars, Bass Dimrost - Keyboards Lord Koder - Vocals, Drums, Percussion The Bishop Of Hexen - Of Shuttering Harps & Shadow Hounds Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): A Witch King Reborn, Of Shuttering Harps & Shadow Hounds, All Sins Lead To Glory, A Thousand Shades Of Slaughter The first appearance from an Israeli band on the blog, and what a band they are! I first heard The Bishop Of Hexen on the video game Brรผtal Legend, whilst decapitating evil demons. Now they're tearing their way into 2020 with a brand new album The Death Masquerade . I have to say the album artwork is probably one of my favourite pieces this year so far. Although it reminds me of something Italian titans Fleshgod Apocalypse would do, but the scene itself is mysterious and equ

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (16th June 2020)

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All Because The Shops Are Open Doesn't Mean You Should Go To Them, There Is Still A Pandemic Going On. Seeing the shops open yesterday and the ridiculous queues made me feel a bit sick yesterday. Although it is now possible for me to go and see my grandparents but the rules are still unclear for me, it still makes no sense why people would go en masse to shops as soon as they open. We have one of the highest death rates in the world and even though the infection rate may be going down it's embarrassing to see. Just makes the prospect of possibly returning to work on the 4th July a bit more daunting. I won't go on and on about it as that is not what you're here for but while the country is a global laughing stock its hard not to feel angry and frustrated with is all. In the meantime, I have focused on a lot of Witchwood Wizard & The Psychic Yeti (WW&TPY) stuff this week, and it's made that we dropped our debut single Deep Rooted Black Magick a week ago

Sinistral King - Serpent Uncoiling

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Key Facts: Country: ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช/๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด/๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Genre: Death/Black Metal Release Date: 24th April 2020 Record Label(s): Vendetta Records Band Members Names and roles unknown - a collaboration between well known members of the European black metal and death metal scenes from bands such as Unlight (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช), Triumph Of Death (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ) and Vredehammer (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด). Sinistral King - Serpent Uncoiling Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜):๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜.5 Favourite Track(s): Serpent Uncoiling, Isheth Zenunim, Where Nothingness Precedes Cosmos The anonymous three that make up Sinistral King have blended what they know from their other bands and awoken a monster in the shape of a serpent! With blasting, ruthless riffs interwoven with mysterious chants and atmospherics that are sure to excite you. The anonymity of the band members definitely adds to the mystery of the album, making it all sound more ominous and dark. With crushing death metal elements accompanied by harsh black metal elements, for me t

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Spiritual Reset (A Walk In The Woods)

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A Feeling Of Pride & Accomplishment  As I sit here in bed typing this morning, Oskar is fast asleep on my feet feeling the breeze from my window, which is his usual routine now and I have woken up feeling immense pride and accomplishment. Yesterday me and Sabrina set up a page for our musical project Witchwood Wizard & The Psychic Yeti (WW&TPY) and so far the response has been phenomenal! Something that was a DIY bedroom project in Quarantine/Lockdown has turned into this sprawling new world of music and adventure. I'm so proud with what we've done and all this love has been overwhelming in the best way possible! I had been debating a change of musical direction for a while as Vanaheimr wasn't fulfilling my musical desires, so when this came along I have been able to indulge my passions for 70s rock, blues, doom, etc. (I'm not listening them all, you know them by now). I feel so satisfied that mine and Sabrina's creation has enabled me to use my

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (9th June 2020)

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Another Day In Lockdown Purgatory The past week has been an eventful one across the country for sure. Firstly I'm proud of my university city and spiritual home of Bristol for tearing down that god awful statue of Edward Colston and throwing him in the river, that has been a highlight. Ultimately the statue should never have been erected, memorialising some who got rich trading in human lives, 19,000 of which would die aboard his slave ships after being taken from their home. The UK is taking strides right now and making history along the way to get the change that we so desperately need in this country. I am still educating and learning, but I have shown my support in another way as well, check out the latest Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom  for that. However, with all this heavy duty subject matter being, quite rightly, discussed and acted upon, trying to keep up can be draining. I want to be in the know at all times so I don't miss anything but it has taken tolls on my

Nyrst - Orsรถk

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 24th April 2020 Record Label(s): Dark Essence Records Band Members Egill - Bass Sveinbjรถrn - Drums Kristmundur - Guitars Eysteinn - Guitars Snรฆbjรถrn - Vocals Nyrst - ร–rsok Review   Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜.5 Favourite Track(s): Orsรถk, Nรกstirni, ร†รฐri Verur, Hvรญsl Hinna Holdlasusu Hailing from the cold, dark land of ice and mountains, Nyrst are the latest top quality black metal band to come screeching out of Iceland with blistering pace. I remember the hype in the Black Metal Promotions group when Nyrst dropped their first single  Orsรถk and it got me excited! Icelandic black metal has a special kind of bleakness and aggression to it that always appeals to my inner darkness and this album is no different, I can feel the cold arctic winds of Iceland wrapping their long, icicle fingers around my very soul. Considering this is a first album it is a phenomenal feat of aggre

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿพ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฟ

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All We Want Is Justice, Equality & Unity " When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace " - Jimi Hendrix As you can tell by the emoji's in the title, you know what this is going to be about. If you think this post will offend you then I implore you to read no further, and take a long, hard check of yourself in the mirror before returning to my blog. I actively try to keep politics off of my social media, but the series of events that have unfolded in the United States of America are too much to sit radio silent on. Whilst I fully acknowledge that I am not educated enough or ever will be to speak for black culture or American politics, but by educating myself on it I can hopefully gain an understanding. Ultimately though, this comes down to each and every one of you's sense of humanity. Of course I want to see justice for George Floyd, police brutality is disgusting and a phenomenally irresponsible use of power, and this ha

Ruadh - The Rock Of The Clyde

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Key Facts  Country: ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Genre: Atmospheric Folk/Black Metal Release Date: 22nd May 2020 Record Label(s): Northern Silence Productions Band Members Tom Perrett - Vocals, Guitars, Bass Additional Personal: Cieti - Female Vocals Kimberly Copland - Bass Philip Morrison - Drums Ruadh - The Rock Of The Clyde Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Embers, Winters Light, Fields Of Heather Another atmospheric black metal solo project hailing from the mighty Scottish city of Glasgow, and this time under the name of Ruadh! Ruadh captures a rolling and epic landscape of Scotland fusing his music with Scottish folklore and history. With soaring, melodic guitars accompanied thundering bass and drums it is easy to imagine yourself in the various scenes that the music is depicting. Scotland itself is becoming quite the place for atmospheric black metal, so it seems. With Saor and Cnoc An Tursa leading the way, Ruadh