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Fjordhammer Friday (30th October 2020)

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🎃 On The Eve Of Halloween  🎃 At long last, the night before my favourite holiday that isn't Yule! Samhain is a special time of year where the lines between this world and the next blur and we can feel the presence of our relatives more strongly or attract a demon, depends if you mess around with the occult stuff at this time of year. Anyway, whilst everyone is getting spooky, my mind wanders onto a Zombie Apocalypse for some strange reason, probably a sign of the times as it feels like the apocalypse, so why no raise the dead? Of course, we can't chill out with things that are trying to eat our brains, so this week I'm ramping up the speed and bringing the chainsaw, this week we're looking at thrash metal! Me and thrash have had a chequered past, but as I started going to the gym more I need something that would hype me up and keep the energy flowing, and apart from hardcore/beatdown, thrash was the only other option at the time. The intensity and crushingly fast rhyt

Kalandra - The Line

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  Key Facts Country: 🇳🇴 Genre: Alternative Nordic Folk/Pop/Rock Release Date: 23rd October 2020 Record Label(s): KalandraMusic/By Norse Music Band Members Katrine Ødegård Stenbekk - Vocals, Synths Florian Bernhard Winter - Guitars, Backing Vocals Jogeir Daae Mæland - Guitars, Backing Vocals, Piano, Organ Kalandra - Borders  Review  Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Borders, Slow Motion, Naive, Virkelighetens Etterklang, Ensom, Brave New World, On The Run, It Gets Easier Some of you will remember that way back in March (which feels like a lifetime ago now) I reviewed Kalandra's phenomenal cover of Wardruna's Helvegen. Now the alt. Nordic folk/pop group are back with their highly anticipated and wonderfully crafted new album! The band have become renowned for creating and weaving ethereal melodies into raw, eerie and enigmatic musical landscapes, accompanied with the theatrical elements of rock and metal. The Line is a journey through these changing, atmosphe

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (27th October 2020)

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Apologies For My Absence This Week Yes, normal life hasn't gotten in the way this week, significantly stunting my output. With it being the half term in the UK and some people having holiday my hours have increased and my sleeping pattern is out of the window as a result. On the plus side I have more money to spend on Black Stone Cherry march and craft beer. I have also been pondering with various musical ideas and riffs, which has taken up a large proportion of my time as well. Even so, I will aim to get some more content out to you guys in the next week, as I have missed the joy that writing gives me! Whilst we're here, Witchwood Wizard & The Psychic Yeti are running a Hallowe'en free album giveaway competition, just guess the horror movie themes in the video to be entered into a prize draw to get a free download code for debut album, Deep Rooted Black Magick,  Facebook link is in the sidebar. As 2020 continues to slowly rumble on towards its conclusion (thank god), I

Fjordhammer Friday (23rd October 2020)

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Venturing Out On A Dragon's Back With Beer In Hand Some of you may have noticed that my output has slowed this week, I'm having a little break as I felt the burnout creeping in, but that won't stop Fjordhammer Friday! After listening to my Hobbit audiobook, narrated by the wonderful Rob Inglis, it has put me in a folk mood, so this week's focus is Folk Metal! That's right, grab your mead horns, down your ale and get ready to sing heartily about tales of yonder year and the current raids you have participated on! There is something merry about folk metal, I've always been drawn to traditional styles of music, most notable Scottish and Irish folk, so when it is blended with metal to create these awesome atmospheres whilst bringing to life some epic stories, it's a win win for me. I understand that it can be considered a bit of a nerdy genre, but you have to admit that any band that can arrange a song with a hurdy gurdy, accordion and penny whistle alongside bl

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (20th October 2020)

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An Awesome Week With More Awesome Music It's been a pretty big week in the Fjordhammer camp, for reasons that shall become clear in the not too distant future! I'm just ridiculously happy that I have seemed to have finally made a breakthrough with this music stuff and I can't wait to get started on it. With this in mind 2020 is continuing to deliver quality song after quality song after quality song. Looking back on my own experience, I believe that although lockdown and COVID has hammered the industry into submission, the time to fully decompress and the time to create over those three months, or however long to was in their country, has been brilliant for artists globally. This is a positive slant on it, but if we think about the quality creative output from all our favourite bands, it has been nothing short of phenomenal. I have heard so much quality music in recent weeks that, if you can't tell already, I have been blown away by. Whilst the government continues to f

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - How The Hell Did I Get Here? (The Fjordhammer 250th Post) ⚒️

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🎃 Smashing Milestones Like Pumpkins!  🎃 From a music blog perspective, I have been overwhelmed at how successful this year has been, getting shoutouts from The Infernal Sea, retweeted by Venom Prison, making an epic contact in the form of Markus Eck over at METALMESSAGE and of course getting 10,000 hits two months before my self-imposed deadline. Fjordhammer has become such a special place for me to share my musical views and share the art that is being created all over the world. Fjordhammer is truly global from my perspective and I've loved talking to people from Russia, Germany, UK, Poland, it's just mental really, and one positive about the internet. By turning my passion for writing into something that is giving me boundless joy is incredible, and in all my thoughts I never believed I would achieve. All that is left now is to take Fjordhammer on it's travels! Even through this perpetual confusion and chaos, I have started to draft a travel plan for when it is truly

Fjordhammer Friday (16th October 2020)

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Low, Slow, & In A Hazy Glow With a plethora of more confusing rules, regulations and restrictions, alongside Manchester in open revolt against the Government, it has been a bother naff week in the UK. I'm not going to dwell on that though as 2020 is continuing to deliver on the music front, with some massive albums coming out that will make my album of the year choice very hard. This week I am feeling the low and slow, big riffs, über fuzz, and earth shattering bass. The foundations laid down in yesteryear by the immortal Black Sabbath, the genre has grown and evolved into many things but one thing has always remained the same, and that is you can never have too much fuzz. There is always magic involved when I put on doom/stoner metal, the slow, deep rumble puts me into a relaxing trance conjuring up images of mystic beings in an array of colours. I always thought that with the Hobbits in the Lord Of The Rings smoking all their pipe weed, Doom and all its variants would be the

Venom Prison - Primeval

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  Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Genre: Death Metal/Hardcore Release Date: 9th October 2020 Record Label(s): Prosthetic Records Band Members Ash Gray - Guitars  Larissa Stupar - Vocals Mike Jefferies - Bass Ben Thomas - Guitars  Joe Bills - Drums  Venom Prison - Slayer Of Holofernus  Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Usurper Of The Throne, Defy The Tyrant, Slayer Of Holofernes, Life Suffer, Mortal Abomination, Defiant To The Will Of God Considering that the band only released their sophomore album last year, and have now released a fully re-recorded and mixed compilation of their first two EPs alongside two new songs, this is a grind effort that we are all aspiring to! Venom Prison have blazed a trail in UK and global extreme music, tackling subject matter the few are brave enough to address and doing so with brutal riffs fusing death metal and hardcore effortlessly. Primeval takes the listener back to witness the initial force that underpinned the band’s m

Hellripper - The Affair Of The Poisons

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Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Genre: Black/Speed Metal Release Date: 9th October 2020 Record Label(s): Peaceville Records Band Members James McBain - Everything Hellripper - The Affair Of The Poisons  Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): The Affair Of The Poisons, Vampire's Grave, Beyond The Convent Walls, Blood Orgy Of The She-Devils A blistering ride to hell awaits all those who listened to Hellripper's new album! The Affair Of The Poisons is a relentless march of riffs, solos and blast beats, taking influence from the original masters of the speed and extreme, Slayer, Venom and Motörhead. James McBain's legendary work ethic presents us with the twelfth release that bears the Hellripper name in just five years, through a series of spilts, compilations and two albums, the one man storm that is Hellripper has gone from a nothing to household name in extreme  metal. You can't not be impressed at that!  The Affair Of The Poisons is the highly antic

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (13th October 2020)

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Starting To Feel The Real Pain Of Gigs Being Cancelled On a day that would have involved me going to see my favourite band Black Stone Cherry, the real pain of having gigs postpones is starting to hit. 2020 would have been an awesome year for gigs and with the COVID crisis in the UK being serially mismanaged and botched, it doesn't look like live music will be coming back any time soon. Alongside the comments that people like me and my friends have to "retrain" to "adjust to the new normality" is sickening, with the arts not getting the support is needs, will there even be any venues to perform or watch live music in after the next 6 months of restrictions? It's all becoming a tsunami of doom and gloom at the moment. Whilst it is becoming a bit more of a challenge to stay positive with the constant bombardment of new rules causing chaos and confusion, I know there will be an end to this whole sorry episode of governing incompetence, there will be an opportun

RES

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Key Facts Country: 🇵🇱 Genre: Psychological Short Film Premier Date: 5th October 2020 Production Personel Director - Rafał Karaś & Michał Ozimek Producer - K.O.media DoP - Patryk Roman Editor - Rafał Karaś Written by - Rafał Karaś & Michał Ozimek Composer, producer - Adam Adams  Violin - Steven Faux  Mixing engineer - Oli Jacobs  Cast Julia Samek - Lena Agata Piątek - Luiza Jakub Oszust  - Tadeusz Konrad Jasiński  - Konrad  Wojciech Augustyński - Recluse RES  1. (lat. rēs) a thought ;  2. (from lat. resurgere) rebirth ;  3. unfinished business .  People can feel the effect of the unknown and mysterious past on their lives. Haunted by the ghosts of the past and current issues, they simply cannot carry on with their lives like they used to. Every lie is a debt to the truth that must be paid off – sooner or later… Trailer Film Review Rating (out of 10🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 When you're placed with difficult decisions in life, no matter which way you decide to go, you will al

Fjordhammer Friday (9th October 2020)

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The Second Edition It feels like yesterday that I was formulating and typing out the very first Fjordhammer Friday! Time just seems to be flying by at a rate of knots this month and before we know it its bloody Christmas. Wait a minute... Bloody Christmas , sounds like a Dethklok Christmas song, don't know about you buy I'd buy that single if it ever came into being. This brings me on nicely to this week's genre focus, the gut wrenching, intestine pulling, skull splitting, ear violating brutality that is death metal! Death metal comes in many forms and like black metal has evolved over the years, fused with other styles and become, in some cases, infinitely more technical and complex. Alongside thrash and grind, traditional death metal for me is one of the standout grandfathers of modern extreme metal. One of my favourite gigs was seeing Cannibal Corpse alongside The Black Dahlia Murder at Motion in Bristol, I was drunk, clearing out pits with a mate of mine and smashed my