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Defeated Sanity - The Sanguinary Impetus

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Key Facts Country: 🇩🇪 Genre: Technical Brutal Death Metal Release Date: 24th July 2020 Record Label(s): Willowtip Records Band Members Lille Gruber - Drums, Guitars Jacob Schmidt   - Bass Josh Welshman - Vocals Defeated Sanity - Imposed Corporeal Inhabitation Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Conceived Through Savagery,  Imposed Corporeal Inhabitation, Entity Dissolving Entity, Propelled into Sacrilege, Insecta Incendium, Drivelling Putrefaction, Dislimbing The Ostracised After hearing  The Sanguinary Impetus , I feel like my brain has been drilled out our my skull and chucked under a jack hammer and the mush thrown into a blender and given to a hungry cannibal as a refreshing smoothie. Graphic imagery indeed but it's true, this is one of the most mind bending albums that I've heard this year. With frantically precise musicianship, Defeated Sanity showcase their vast technical death metal songwr

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (28th July 2020)

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Another Exhausting But Enjoyable Week Well, the weather has certainly been unable to decide what it wants to be this week, one minute rain, the next glorious sunshine. This is England though so I should expect nothing less. Anyway, bland English small talk aside, it has been another great week of awesome music and achievement for me! As I mentioned in the latest Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom , a lot has changed for me in the last six weeks, for the better and I have so much more drive and passion for the things I love. I am also on the grind to get the blog to 10,000 hits before the end of the year, after noticing that I am now just shy of 8,500 hits, which is honestly phenomenal! This blog has evolved into a lot more than music reviews and it has helped me grow as a writer whilst helping me get my voice heard. Many of you have seen it grow from it's humble origins as a side project to becoming a big part of me and my music, and I can't thank all of you enough for continu

Gaerea - Limbo

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Key Facts Country: 🇵🇹 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 24th July 2020 Record Label(s): Season Of Mist Band Members The band members and their roles are kept anonymous.  Gaerea - Conspiranoia Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): To Ain, Null, Conspiranoia, Mare The dark and anonymous artists that collectively call themselves Gaerea have once again walked out of the shadows shrouded in mystery, unleashing their Limbo into the world with malicious intent. A discordant cacophony made itself heard when I first tuned into Limbo , I've known about Gaerea for some time and thoroughly enjoyed their previous album 2018's Unsettling Whispers . The brutal and unrelenting sound that the quintet possess is straight from the depths of darkness. Tortured and moulded by the shadows, Limbo will certainly give you the imaged of yourself wandering around aimlessly in purgatory. With weighty riffs and an unrelenting aggres

Nebula Mori - A Ghost Amongst The Stars

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Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date: 10th July 2020 Record Label(s): Independent Band Members Llannoc - Drums, Guitars, Bass Kryptorgeist - Keyboards, Vocals Nebula Mori - Ripples Of An Ancient Super Nova Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Nova, Consumed By Solar Fire, Subject To An Aimless Universe, Ripples Of An Ancient Super Nova, Tranquility In Orbit, Rain Of A Million Galaxies An ethereal, celestial and cosmic journey awaits those who join up and coming English black metallers Nebula Mori when they venture with A Ghost Among The Stars . Space and the universe is not your common black metal themes but I believe that the vast bleakness of space has been capitalised on by Nebula Mori as they fuse together melancholic, sparkling and glistening synths with the the mournful and dark tones of black metal. The album sort of reminds me of the experimentalism of Finland's Vesp

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Getting Life Advice From Medieval Authors

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Rule 1: Get Drunk, Just Don't Be A Dick, Unless You Need To Avenge Your Family...  🪓🍻 As the title suggests, I have been buried deep into the stories of epic sagas and poems recently, and it has honestly taught me a lot about life. The Hávamál (Words Of Odin), have gone hand in hand with the positive changes I've made over the last six weeks or so, even returning to work hasn't dampened my determination too much despite infinite tiredness! As a bookworm I have devoured the Völsunga Saga, Ragnar Loðbrók's Saga and the Old English epic that is Beowulf in as many weeks. Whilst I'm now turning my attention to part one of Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla (The History of the Norwegian Kings) which contains the legendary  Ynglinga Saga (which I later found out is the same mythical family mentioned in Beowulf just under the name Scylfings) and the exploits of Olaf Tryggvason. I won't nerd out anymore, but I have found a lot of solace and reassurance in thos

Korgonthurus - Kuolleestasyntynyt

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Key Facts Country: 🇫🇮 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 7th July 2020 Record Label(s): Woodcut Records Band Members Kryth - Drums, Incisura - Bass Corvus - Guitars, Vocals Insanis Xul - Guitars Korgonthurus - Kuolleestasyntynyt Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Kuolleestasyntynyt, Syyttäjäenkeli, Riivatu, Yön lapsi Appearing through the cold, bleak blackness of Finland, Korgonthurus bring the thunder and shadows with a black metal masterclass going by the name of  Kuolleestasyntynyt . I am a relatively new fan of the band, and from what I have heard today, I will remain a fan. Combining all the best bits of black metal and injecting them with raw, unadulterated evil and malice. Whilst the band has had an on/off status over the years, from what I've heard it has never compromised the bands sound, only developed it further each time round. As a result of the persistence of founding members Corvus and Kryth,  Kuolleestasyntyny

Havukruunu - Uinuos Syömein Sota

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Key Facts Country: 🇫🇮 Genre: Pagan Black Metal Release Date: 17th July 2020 Record Label(s): Naturmacht Productions Band Members  Sinisalo - Bass Henkka - Guitars Stefan - Vocals, Guitars  Kostajainen - Drums, Percussion  Havukruunu - Uinuos Syömein Sota Review  Rating (Out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Uinuos Syömein Sota, Kunnes Varjot Saa, Pohjolan Tytär, Kuin Öinen Meri, Tähti-yö Ja Hevoiset, Vähiin Päivät Käy Before I say anything, it is not often to I get absolute chills from an album from start to finish, Havukruunu have absolutely blindsided me with the sheer size and power of this album and I simply cannot get enough! Bringing forward the brutal aggression and the relentless speed of their previous albums,  Uinuos Syömein Sota sees the band expanding on these elements to make a truly triumphant and epically melodic release that has resonated with me to my very core! Capturing various atmospheres and soundscapes to crea

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

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The Wheels Of The Machine Are Slowly Starting To Gain Momentum Again Two and a half weeks back at work and I feel overwhelmingly fatigued. It is safe to say that I had definitely forgotten how easy it is to corrupt your sleep cycle again as soon as you get back into the work routine. I'm more frustrated that it has had an impact on my motivation and slowed my work rate down. Not to worry though, my weeks are still filled with awesome music and albums from across the world. As the world begins to slowly open up again, I'm looking forward to the live industry returning (even if it is compulsory for me to wear a mask). I don't know about you, but I am desperately in need of a gig! The anticipation that builds in the queue, the ticket scan, you're in. The smell of beer, sweat and new merchandise all mingling into one distinctive scent, in a dingy dark room, and the loudest band ever. I deeply miss all that, and with yet another tour postponement, this time by Black St

Fall From Ruin - Sympathy

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Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Genre: Melodic Hard Rock Release Date: 15th April 2020 Record Label(s): Independent Album Release Date: N/A Band Members Alicia Griffin  - Vocals Andrew Paul Davies - Bass Michael Pasby - Backing Vocals/Rhythm guitar Alan Connolly - Guitar/ Backing Vocals Sam Bailey - Drums Fall From Ruin - Sympathy Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘.5 Recently I have had the pleasure of being in contact with a band from the county I am based in! As many of you know I've had bands come to me from around England, Germany and even as far as Moscow. So it's not often I hear bands from Wiltshire, but with significant radio play and a show booked at Sheffield's O2 Academy booked for later in the year (providing COVID doesn't spoil things!) Fall From Ruin are rising and putting Wiltshire on the map! Hailing from Swindon, Fall From Ruin combine a plethora of influences from across the rock and metal genres, from Black Stone C

The Cherry Truck Band - Love Become Law

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Key Facts Country: 🇺🇸 Genre: Southern Rock Release Date: 9th July 2020 Record Label(s): Mascot Label Group 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 Jon Harvey - bass, vocals Brandon Bliss - keys, vocals Steve Kiely - drums, vocals Jeremy Widerman - guitar, vocals The Cherry Truck Band - Love Become Law Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Two titanic Southern rock forces have combined over quarantine and created an absolute beast of a track, with an even more important message! With the joint talents of the mighty lads from Hamilton, Monster Truck, and the energetic boys from Kentucky, Black Stone Cherry, coming together to form a new supergroup named The Cherry Truck Band. This song came about through a series of joint livestreams that I had the pleasure of watching a few of

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (14th July 2020)

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I've Been Slacking This Week Indeed, my apologies for not having any reviews up in between editions of The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List! The week and a half or so back in work has played havoc with my sleeping pattern and trying to fit everything in has been a bit hectic, please bear with and I'll eventually get back into the routine of things. Anyway, its been quite a quick week, I've spent more money on books of containing epic Medieval literature and have immersed myself in some awesome music as per. Although the weather hasn't been very summery, more like autumn which is my favourite season, I have still been blighted by hay fever so I've had to stay inside for the majority of my time. I've also been having some obscure, surreal and incredibly vivid dreams again, this could have come about from the post-lockdown routine change putting stress on my mind, but some of the meanings of them have been nothing short of terrifying or thought prov

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (7th July 2020)

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Well, That Was Interesting So, I have completed my first couple of shifts back at work and my legs feel like jelly, going to take some time to get used to it again! Also, it also seemed like absolute lunacy to be back at work. With a strong gut instinct, it just felt like I wasn't meant to be there. Maybe, this is finally the catalyst for change that I needed. I have done just that, I am taking a leap of faith and diving into the world of digital freelance services and YOU can now utilise my mixing skills through Fiverr! As I'm just starting out the price is low, you can view all the details and find any information you need on my gig page here . As many of you know I've mixed all my own music as Vanaheimr and now as Witchwood Wizard & The Psychic Yeti, so now I'm looking for a new challenge! So, if you know anyone that needs any songs mixing, then get them in contact with me. On a more serious not,  I am fully prepared to take a catapult or trebuchet to the

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Fjordhammer's 200th Post Special! ⚒️

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🎉 FJORDHAMMER'S 200TH POST! 🎉 Seems like yesterday that I was setting up this blog to discuss my love for music and review the albums I love and the new music that was being shown to the world. It's crazy to think that a year and a half on I've had 8,000 page hits across the world, been retweeted/shared by some of my favourite bands, been approached for reviews and made connections with PR companies whilst having a platform to promote my own music as well. It's expanded beyond my wildest belief! So, thank you all for continually supporting Fjordhammer, long may it continue! Even though the world is going through a tough time, I want to thank Coronavirus for giving me the time to invest into my music and blog this year whole heartedly and find my love for it again. I'm now sat here as part of a highly ambitious doom/sludge/stoner/psychedelic rock/metal duo in the form of Witchwood Wizard & The Psychic Yeti and a continually growing community with my bl