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The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - The Autumnal Vibes Are Strong

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  From Lashing Of Rain On The Window To Falling Leaves, Autumn Is On The Way I don't know about you guys, but I certainly have been feeling very autumnal lately. It is my favourite time of year, with all the bright and vibrant oranges, reds and yellows blazing the treetops as pumpkins grow ripe, ready for Hallowe'en. With the temperatures dropping, I am ready to pull out all the jumpers and hoodies I own again. Only yesterday I participated in one of my favourite past times, a cup of tea with book in hand while it thundered and rained outside. I have definitely missed that cosy feeling over the summer months! Aside from getting excited for autumn, I have been absolutely hammered by shifts at my actual job over the past few weeks, so I feel that my blogging output has been as much as I wanted it to be. Which of course has frustrated me, but we have to do what we have to do to pay the bills. I definitely get these periods where I can't put out as much and I do genuinely hate

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

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Another Tiring Week But At Least It's Nearly Autumn! I have definitely seen the first signs of autumn slowly creeping in this week. It's mad how quickly this year has gone now that I think about it, even with the lockdown feeling like 500 years, the months have definitely flown by. So much has happened for me musically and with the blog and I can't believe I'm now stood at nearly the beginning of September, edging closer to my 10,000 blog hits goal for the year. Fjordhammer has grown so much and I have you readers to thank for keeping me motivated to supply you with quality albums and content. As it stands, this is the 50th weekly edition of The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List, which is quite phenomenal really. Whether you read my ramblings here or not, I am continually grateful and thankful for this opportunity and your support. I definitely want to keep the blog going and expand it further, but I will need to plan all that first! Anyway, with 2020 only 4 mon

Sinira - The Everlorn

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Key Facts Country: 🇺🇸 Genre: Melodic Black Metal Release Date: 26th June 2020 Record Label(s): Independent Band Members  Knell - All instruments, Vocals Sinira - Where Starlight Does Not Shine Review Rating (Out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Where Starlight Does Not Shine, The Everlorn, Our Final Nightfall, Tear Laden Skies, Dawnless Twilight Screaming out of the massive state of Texas, Sinira is a melodic black metal force to be reckoned with! Having recently discovered Knell's project for myself in the Spotify depths and a song shared on the Black Metal Promotion group page on Facebook, I decided to delve into the depths of Sinira's newest release, The Everlorn .  An intensely melodic and dark album packed with crushing riffs and pounding rhythms that excite and psyche up the listener into a frenzy of shadow and darkness.  The first thing that glares at me musically is the lengths of the compositions. With most songs over six minutes long, The Everlorn is a fifty six

Sur Austru - Meteahna Timpurilor

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Key Facts Country: 🇷🇴 Genre: Atmospheric Folk/Death/Black Metal Release Date: 10th September 2019 Record Label(s): Avantgarde Music Band Members  Ovidiu Corodan - Bass, Toacă, Vocals Sergiu Nădăban - Drums, Percussion, Toacă  Ionut Cadariu - Flute, Keyboards  Mihai Florea - Guitars, Bucium  Petrică Ionuţescu - Traditional instruments  Tibor Kati - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bucium  Sur Austru - De Dincolo De Munte Review  Rating (Out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): De Dincolo De Munte, Mistuind, Bradul Cerbului, Dor Austru, In Timp Vernal, Jabracie Whilst scrolling through the depths of the r/BlackMetal forum on Reddit, I chanced upon some Romanian black metal. What I found has opened me up to a completely new black metal world and I am now intent on devouring every morsel of Romanian black metal that I can get my hands on! I believe that Sur Austru is the first band that I have had the honour of reviewing from Romania, and hopefully there is many more to come. For now thoug

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (18th August 2020)

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It's Been A Quiet Yet Busy Week Apologies for the lack of reviews this week, it's been quiet on the release front and I have been busy with work and seeing extended family. August has always been a busy month for me traditionally. With this in mind I'm looking into other avenues to expand my content or build on ones that I have  to fill out the quieter weeks between releases. One thing I am sad about this week is knowing I now have virtually no gigs to look forward to this year and I am in desperate need of some live music! I understand that it is still not safe at the moment and with UK coronavirus cases going up by 1,000 yesterday, I don't think it'll be safe for a long time to come. One campaign that has particularly resonated with me is #WeMakeEvents and #LightItInRed movement. Venues across the country have lit themselves red as a 'red alert' for the live industry, as our government has repeatedly failed to properly support the live events industry thro

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

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Being Back To The Grind Has Never Felt So Grinding Yes, the first couple of shifts after my holiday have been tough, trying to find the motivation to do a job you dislike while thinking about how it is stunting your personal growth is a tough one. Something that I have definitely considered has been just packing it in to focus fully on my musical endeavours, but there is always that constant need for financial stability. Caught between a rock and a hard place as the job market is a shambles at the moment for sure, and when people don't get back to you, it is a very deflating and morale draining process. I have never felt so much desire to get out of somewhere and grow to this extent before and the excitement is putting me on tender hooks. I've been in the hospitality industry for 5 years now, initially just to satisfy my folks with the fact I had money coming in, but now I'm looking down the barrel and targeting something for myself. I'm determined not to miss an

Black Stone Cherry - Again

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Key Facts Country: 🇺🇸 Genre: Southern Rock Release Date: 6th August 2020 Record Label(s): Mascot Label Group Album Release Date: 30th October 2020 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 Black Stone Cherry - Again Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 I don't know what it is about this band bringing out albums with eerily precise and relevant songs that tie in with my current life situation, but its damn spooky! Again is no different in this situation.  It's been a mad year for me personally and this song just resonated with every step that I'd walked this year. Everyone who knows me, knows how much I love this band, and I am so excited to hear upcoming album The Human Condition , releasing on the 30th October this year. For a first single Again sim

БАТЮШКА - РАСКОЛ / RASKOL

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Key Facts Country: 🇵🇱 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 7th August 2020 Record Label(s): Witching Hour Productions Band Members Paluch- Bass Paweł Jaroszewicz - Drums  P. - Guitars  Барфоломей - Vocals  Błażej Kasprzak - Backing Vocals  Jaca - Backing Vocals  БАТЮШКА - ИРМОС II/IRMOS II Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Irmos II, Irmos IV, Irmos V Now we all know the drill when it comes to Batushka, a band that has so much drama behind it still somewhat ongoing. You can check my thoughts out on that all in my previous reviews of the band(s) here   (or delve in the archives), so I don't have to regurgitate it. I will say though I'm not the type to call one Faketushka and all that stuff, but this particular musical effort does come from the widely called Faketushka. Whilst I have some level of respect for the music on both sides music, I am aware this is a controversial subject for some people. I&#

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 In The Land Of The Dragon 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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Went Off To Slay A Few Dragons I am freshly back from my holiday in the Land Of The Dragon, or as normal people would call it Wales. It's been so good to get away and see some different scenery and be surrounded by the Welsh countryside, very inspiring stuff for someone like me. After all the COVID restrictions, it was so good to see my Grandparents and help them out on their small holding. Jobs like cleaning out coal sheds, ground clearance, tree management, just manual labour jobs out in the air. I've missed the gym for sure and it was awesome to see I still had my strength after doing all those jobs. I also had the pleasure to check out a fascinating book in my grandma's library, a giant book on English folklore, myths and legends. I've never really seen many good books on English folklore and beliefs from centuries gone by, but this book had everything! My imagination has been filled with mystical stories of devils, fairies and beasts from across the UK. I&#

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

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Surrounded by hills, trees and creatures I am currently on a much needed break from the world in the land of the Dragon, and it has been so refreshing thus far. In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by hills, trees, and nature, I have mental been able to set my imagination free and decompress from the stresses caused by a nearly post-covid normality. It is well worth the three hour car journey, however the daily battle with a cat allergy is something I wish I didn't have to do! One thing I have enjoyed is immersing myself in all the colours of summer and taking my camera out and about and try to be arty with a few pictures. I juts wish I had my guitar up here to write some music, this lush and vibrant setting would be perfect to sit in and generate many ideas for future projects. It has been hard to fit some music listening in over the last few days as I have been busy doing manual labor, cleaning coal sheds for example. It hasn't got in the way though and I have managed to