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The Fjordhammer Weekly Listening List (27th July 2021)

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A Busy Man It's been a bit busy for me the last couple of weeks with the other things that I write for, all of it I can't wait to share with you! Especially as they are two of my favourite bands in the UK. Unfortunately Fjordhammer has suffered a little bit, with the start of the school holidays resulting in my work hours going up I've had to readjust and prioritise things again. I have also been on an adventure, which means there is another Fjordhammer On Tour post in the works which I also cannot what to share with you. All these good things coming at me alongside job hunting and interviews is chewing up my time in the best way as I look towards my future with excitement for the first time in years! The music world keeps ticking over, with festivals like Bloodstock gearing up for their return in two weeks, there has been a bit of lull in the releases I think, whilst there is still countless new albums coming out which usually occurs around festival season. Even though rea

The Fjordhammer Weekly Listening List (13th July 2021)

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Nearly Halfway Through July Already?! Is it just me or is the year starting to speed up considerably? It has been a tumultuous week and we're only two days in. With England very nearly winning the Euros on Sunday night to the confirmation that "Freedom Day" will go ahead as planned on 19th July (despite a large number of covid cases continually rising) there's a lot of emotions flying round. I am very wary of the 19th July, something does not seem right and it almost feels like societal suicide, an "if you die, it's your problem" from our government. Excuse me, that was very dark and cynical. Even so, this means the return of gigs and festivals! Whilst this is a great thing for the live events industry, I know I'll be reluctant to go to a gig within the next two months at least. It's all very anxiety inducing for sure, but there is plenty of awesome music flying about that can without a doubt ease the nerves. In the early stages of the latter hal

Lemmy: The Definitive Biography - Mick Wall

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  Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Author: Mick Wall Publisher: Orion Books Ltd. Released: 14th April 2016 Synopsis (Goodreads): " In 'The Ace of Spades', Motรถrhead's most famous song, Lemmy, the born-to-lose, live-to-win frontman of the band sang, 'I don't want to live forever'. Yet as he told his friend of 35 years, former PR and biographer Mick Wall, 'Actually, I want to go the day before forever. To avoid the rush...'. This is his strange but true story. Brutally frank, painfully funny, wincingly sad, and always beautifully told, LEMMY: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY is the story of the only rock'n'roller never to sell his soul for silver and gold, while keeping the devil, as he put it, 'very close to my side'. From school days growing up in North Wales, to first finding fame in the mid-60s with the Rockin' Vicars ('We were very big up north, I had a Zephyr 6'); from being Jimi Hendrix's personal roadie ('I would s

Underdark - Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-Entry

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  Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Genre: Post-black Metal Release Date: 30th July 2021 Record Label(s): Surviving Sounds Band Members  Abi Vasquez - Vocals Adam Kinson - Guitar  Dan Hallam - Drums Ollie Jones - Guitar  Stephen Waterfield - Bass Underdark - Coyotes   Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-Entry, Coyotes, With Ashen Hands Around Our Throats, Qeres Only a few bands have made the impact that Underdark have on the evolving and expanding UK black metal scene. Combining the dreamlike melancholy of post metal with the harsh and unforgiving sounds of black metal to create an eerie and emotive sonic identity that makes the band stand out from their contemporaries.  Our Bodies Burned Bright On Re-Entry is the highly anticipated debut album from the Nottingham quintet, and marks the sound of a new chapter for the band. Lyrically the album addresses a variety of personal issues such as addiction & psychosis, to more politica

Cerebral Rot - Excretion Of Mortality

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  Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Genre: Death Metal Release Date: 25th June 2021 Record Label(s): 20 Buck Spin Band Members Zach Nehl - Bass Drew O'Bryant - Drums Ian Schwab - Guitars, Vocals Clyle Lindstrom - Guitars Cerebral Rot - Bowels Of Decrepitude Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): Vile Yolk Of Contagion, Spewing Purulence, Retching Innards, Crowning The Disgustulent (Breed of Repugnance) Death metal is having a resurgence as of late. The last few years has brought us some of the most brutal, disgusting, vile and vicious sounding albums for a long time. Whilst the kings of the genre Cannibal Corpse are still tearing it up 30 years later, the underground is spewing up plenty of contenders to take their place. One of the bands at the forefront of this new death metal resurgence is Cerebral Rot, blending a bludgeoning mix of traditional death metal speed with bowel moving doom riffs, the band woke up and chose violence so to speak.  Excretion Of Mortality is th

The Fjordhammer Weekly Listening List (6th July 2021)

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  The Autumnal Vibes In July? It is a strange one at the moment, with the weather portraying more of an autumnal season and June flying by in an instant, 2021 seems to be reaching terminal velocity. Various strange and not always helpful energies are flying about for me, but they have shown me some things over the last couple of days that I still need to work on mental health wise. Caught up in a work loop I was losing time to myself and anyone who knows me knows I need that time otherwise I become a grumpy, stressed and anxious mess. Anyway, I have had a few rest days and started enjoying Mick Wall's Lemmy biography which I will probably end up doing a book review of, just like the Black Sabbath one I did way back. Now though, I feel refreshed and refocused as I know what I need to do to ensure that I don't burn out. Anyway, 2021 continues to be an awesome year for metal. With the new death metal resurgence, which stated a couple of years back, really coming into it's ow

Darkthrone - Eternal Hails......

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  Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 25th June 2021 Record Label(s): Peaceville Records Band Members Fenriz - Drums, Vocals, Bass, Guitars  Nocturno Culto - Vocals, Guitars, Bass  Darkthrone - Hate Cloak Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ Favourite Track(s): His Master's Voice, Hate Cloak, Voyage To A North Pole Adrift, Lost Arcane City Of Uppakra Few can say that they have had the long and fabled career that Darkthrone have had, despite never playing live. Over the last 30 years Darkthrone has entertained us with an ever shifting and evolving sound that incorporates their black metal roots, doom influences and death metal beginnings. Whenever Darkthrone announce anything there is always a throng of hype surrounding the album, and given the band's limited use of singles, i.e. one ( Hate Cloak ), there was significantly more mystery this time round. As a result  Eternal Hails...... marks a very highly anticipated return of these metal legends. Following

Mayhem - Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando

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Key Facts Country: ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Genre: Black Metal Record Label(s): Century Media Records Release Date: 9th July 2021 Band Members Necrobutcher - Bass  Hellhammer - Drums  Attila - Vocals  Teloch - Guitars  Ghul - Guitars Mayhem - Voces Ab Alta Review Rating (out of 5๐Ÿค˜): ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜.5 Favourite Track(s): Voces Ab Alta Mayhem. One name that epitomises what black metal is today, for nearly thirty years at the summit of the black metal mountain. Following up their crushing 2019 album Daemon , their new release  Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando is a two for one deal as the EP is split in two distinct parts. The first half is one previously unreleased original song, accompanied by the  Daemon   deluxe edition bonus tracks. The second half sees them cover punk legends Dead Kennedys, Ramones and Discharge alongside a cover of the lesser known Rudimentary Peni, a British anarcho-punk band. This mash up of unexpected covers with previously released and unreleased originals may strike some fans as confusi

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Sitting In Trees, Hugging Stones & Oat Milk Mochas

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  I Genuinely Can't Remember The Last Time I Did One Of These... I think it's fair to say that since everything has started really opening up (for the moment at least), life has gotten pretty hectic for all of us. I have loved every small taste of freedom after 18 months being a hermit, how those monks did it back in the day is honestly a miracle because I can't think of anything worse right now. I want to say how happy I am at the reaction to the Fjordhammer On Tour posts! It was a long held in idea I had over Lockdown and I was beginning to wonder if I would ever be able to bring it to fruition, but with the help of Sabrina it has. Combining history and music was a no brainier for me and by doing these posts in collaboration with Wandering Through The Ages I am able to boost my content output on both blogs. Exploring these amazing places and the music that runs through my head whilst I'm there has been awesome for me to document, even the small details of the oat mil

The Fjordhammer Weekly Listening List (22nd June 2021)

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Where Has The Sun Gone? Considering it was the Solstice yesterday and there was a very poor showing from the Sun, these past couple of days have felt more like Autumn than Summer. Having to throw on the slippers and dive under my blanket whilst having the annual annoyance of hay fever is not the double whammy that I wanted in all honesty. You're probably thinking "hang on a minute, you love winter?", you're right, I love it but when I wanted it to cool down I didn't mean it to turn into November. Anyway, enough of this old man shouting at a cloud ranting. We're two days removed from the final night of the Download Pilot and from the reviews I've read and the photos that I have seen, I am insanely jealous but also incredibly happy to see everyone have an awesome time without having to worry about covid in any capacity. It really is a major breakthrough amidst all this covid pain and frustration that we have all suffered through over the last year and a half

Fjordhammer On Tour - Heaven's Gate & Shearwater

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The ring and stone sculpture commissioned by the 7th Marquess of Bath The Summit Of Cranborne Chase Yet another tree stump throne Heaven's Gate is a very peaceful place. An area of outstanding natural beauty with a dense wood that gives your lungs a break from the toxicity of town/city living. It is best described as oxygen soup, the air is so thick and fresh there. Not far from the famous Longleat and Centre Parks Wiltshire, Heaven's Gate is nicely tucked away in the woodland, giving it an undisturbed and mystical vibe. Heaven's Gate is part of a larger area of outstanding natural beauty called Cranborne Chase. Cranborne Chase overlaps areas of Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset and is drenched in neolithic history. On these adventures I hope to visit many sites within the Chase, so far I have seen only two, the ancient Badbury Rings and Heaven's Gate. It is definitely a place that reminds you of scenes in The Lord Of The Rings and Game Of Thrones, with the bird