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Sabaton - Livgardet

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Key Facts Country: 🇸🇪 Genre: Power Metal Release Date: 26th February 2021 Record Label(s): Nuclear Blast  Band Members Joakim Brodén - Lead Vocals, Additional Guitars, Keyboards  Pär Sundström - Bass, Backing Vocals  Chris Rörland - Guitars, Backing Vocals Hannes van Dahl - Drums, Backing Vocals Tommy Johansson - Guitars, Backing Vocals  Sabaton - Livgardet Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 Everyone's favourite Swedish, history loving, metal band Sabaton have made a triumphant return with their new song Livgardet , which is a combined Swedish Army cavalry/infantry regiment. With its responsibilities including the defence of Stockholm and as a provision of the royal guard of honour for the King of Sweden and the Stockholm Palace. The regiment has been active since 1521 and has seen the rise and fall of the Swedish Empire in its lifetime. The band have revisited their own national history, which they first unleashed upon the world with 2012's  Carolus Rex . Singing a rousi

Architects - For Those That Wish To Exist

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Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Genre: Progressive Metalcore Release Date: 26th February 2021 Record Label(s): Epitaph Records Band Members Sam Carter - Lead Vocals Josh Middleton - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Production Adam Christianson - Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals Alex "Ali" Dean - Bass, Keyboards, Drum Pad Dan Searle - Drums, Percussion, Programming, Production Additional Musicians Winston McCall (Parkway Drive)  - Guest Vocals on  Impermanence Mike Kerr (Royal Blood) - Guest Vocals on Little Wonder Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro) - Guest Vocals on  Goliath Architects - Black Lungs Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Black Lungs, Impermanence (ft. Winston McCall), Discourse Is Dead, An Ordinary Extinction, Little Wonder, Libertine British metal has undergone a significant evolution over the last couple of years and Architects have always been a band on the edge, pushing the boundaries of metalcore with progressive riffs and instantly atmospheric electr

THRON - Pilgrim

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Key Facts Country: 🇩🇪 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 19th February 2021 Record Label(s): Listenable Records Band Members SXIII - Bass ZIV  - Drums PVIII - Guitars TVII - Guitars SAMCA - Vocals THRON - The Prophet  Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): The Prophet, Nothingness, Hosanna In The Highest, The Reverence, Den Of Iniquity Hailing from the dark Black Forest region of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, THRON offer up an interest and intense demonically possessed experience on their new album, Pilgrim . The album title in itself has religious connotations, but in this case it is in the guise of mystic mythology blessed by Satan himself. Blending atmospheric synths with crucifying unrelenting riffs Pilgrim offers up a truly diabolical listening experience in the same vein as 1349. Following on from 2018's thundering sophomore album  Abysmal , the band have evolved and expanded their already sophisticated modern black metal sound. Pilgrim builds up a sense of

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (23rd February 2021)

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A New Hope! Do We Dare To Dream? With the government announcement yesterday they thought of possibly attending a gig this year has me buzzing! Whilst there is a part of me that feels like we are going to be massively let down by the time we get there, having something to look forward to feels so refreshing and now I can work to a date, so I best get moving on my lockdown patch jacket...Anyway, it feels great to be seeing a light at the end of this horrifically long tunnel and to resume some sort of normality. It will be strange though and it will be interesting to see how people react to be a new found freedom but that is for future scientists to understand, I'm quite happy just knowing I can theoretically get myself on a staycation in the UK. As we all know, a change of scenery is desperately needed, but most importantly I am looking forward to being able to see friends and share pints with them again, providing there are any actual pubs left. Even so, just like my music, I love s

Tvinna - One In The Dark

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  Key Facts Country: 🇩🇪/🇳🇱/🇨🇭 Genre: Alternative Folk/Rock, Progressive Dark Pop Release Date: 19th February 2021 Record Label(s): By Norse Music Band Members  Laura Fella - Vocals, Various Instruments Fiona Rüggeberg - Vocals, Various Instruments Fieke van den Hurk - Various Instruments, Production Rafael Salzmann - Guitar, Bass Jasper Barendregt - Drums, Beats Tvinna - Kreiz feat. Eivør Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Kriez, The Gore, Partus, Inside - The Dark, Sunna, Tides, Skymning Bringing the powerful and strong essences of the female soul to an album that breaks down the various stages of life is certainly presents a deeply intense and spiritual affair. Tvinna is a multi-cultural project that combines the talents of current and former members of German pagan folk band Faun alongside members of Eluviete and Ulcest wrapped up in a perfectly produced package. The band have a unique blend of folk, pop and metal that brings a dark yet peaceful intensi

Black Spiders - Deaf Proof

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  Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Genre: Hard Rock Release Date: 12th February 2021 Record Label(s): Dark Riders Band Members Pete 'Spider' Spiby - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar Ozzy 'Owl' Lister -  Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals Mark 'Dark Shark' Tomas -  Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals Wyatt 'Octopus' Wendels - Drums Adam 'The Fox' Irwin -  Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals Black Spiders - Good Times Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): The Weight, Ancient Astronaut The Sheffield rockers have a special place in everyone's hearts and after a brief four year break up, the band have returned with a classic riff driven four track EP to get you moving! For those who haven't heard of Black Spiders, they are a very Northern fast paced and energetic amalgamation of  bands such as Black Sabbath, Motörhead, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, to name a few. Even so, you dear reader are in for a feast of classic rock showmanship from some of England's

Gojira - Born For One Thing

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  Key Facts Country: 🇫🇷 Genre: Progressive Metal Release Date: 17th February 2021 Record Label(s): Roadrunner Records Album Release Date: 30th April 2021 Band Members Joe Duplantier  - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar  Mario Duplantier − Drums Christian Andreu − Lead Guitar  Jean-Michel Labadie − Bass Gojira - Born For One Thing Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 After going somewhat silent after the release of 2020 single Another World (which is a heavyweight single in itself), Gojira come smashing through us like a heard of stampeding elephants with new single  Born For One Thing . By teasing us with cryptic symbols to build anticipation for the single it certainly got the hype train rolling as we anticipate the eagerly awaited follow up to 2016's earth shattering release Magama . Gojira are probably one of the most unique, not just French, but global bands out there and it is glorious to see them return to the scene with their signature brand of groove laden brand of progressive

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (16th February 2021)

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Another Tour Postponed...When Will It End?   Annoyingly but unsurprisingly I was greeted with the news that the Mayhem EU tour has been postponed again. We all knew it was coming but it is becoming so saddening. I've mentioned how much I miss live gigs in previous weeks so I won't dwell on it, but in the quest to kill the ever increasing boredom with things to do and to look forward to, it's becoming increasingly draining. Anyway, I've got my eye on some good releases coming up which I'm hoping to review shortly as I've been quite quiet over the last week or so. The overwhelming feeling of loosing my mojo is starting to get to me as I know I haven't so I am determined to find some good albums to share my thoughts on for you guys. Hopefully you all read my Valentines day special Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom over the last couple of days, where I share my thoughts on how it's felt the last couple of weeks or so and how it is über metal to love and take c

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - Valentines Day Edition 💌

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💘Happy Valentines All! 💘 This time of year always sucks for me, never exactly been lucky in love (while the majority of that is my own doing) but this year I think I'll be using the day to appreciate myself. "Bit arrogant/selfish" you say, but hear me out. As I've expressed over the last year I've been on a significant mental health journey to be able to learn to love myself and considering the day is all about love, why not love yourself today? I'm a great believer in the fact that you can't love someone else properly unless you love yourself. It was a challenge having to relearn that I have value and I have worth on this planet, so to all my fellow single people out there, we aren't on the rubbish heap, we aren't forgotten, we're just on our own path, trying to find ourselves and hopefully someone to join us along the way, but as cliche as it sounds these things can't be rushed in my opinion. Whilst I still roam the woods hoping to bump

Tribvlation - Where The Gloom Becomes Sound

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  Key Facts Country: 🇸🇪 Genre: Gothic Metal Release Date: 29th January 2021 Record Label(s): Century Media Records  Band Members Johannes Andersson - Bass, Vocals Jonathan Hultén - Guitars Adam Zaars - Guitars Oscar Leander - Drums Tribvlation - Hour Of The Wolf Review Rating (Out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): In Remembrance, Hour Of The Wolf, Dirge Of A Dying Soul, Daughter Of The Djinn, Funeral Pyre, The Wilderness, Elementals Sweden's Tribvlation have had a musical evolution like no other, transitioning over time from chaotic death metal into a band that favours the melodic darkness of gothic metal. Even so, the band are doing what is right by them creatively and it is a transition that is paying off.  Where The Gloom Becomes Sound fuses a variety of melodic devices and doom metal tendencies to create a deeply atmospheric album shrouded in gloom. The new album definitely presents something less frantic compared to the album's predecessor 2018's Down Below , but

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (9th February 2021)

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At Least The Days Are Getting Longer As I sit here looking at the snow flurrying down and failing to settle, longing for another snow day, things are starting to weigh upon my mind. I had a memory pop up yesterday making it officially a year since my last gig, Sabaton at Wembley Arena 8th February 2020. One of only two gigs I saw that year, the other being Slipknot in January. It is soul crushing, as many of you will agree with me, seeing the memories from last year slowly start to pop up and you find yourself reminiscing to previous lockdowns when things weren't as bad as they are now. I think that is a personal tragedy for everyone that we long for a simpler time of only one covid variant. It can be easy to get bogged down in all the chaos that has gone on recently, and finding the right distractions to keep your mind engaged is becoming harder in this increasing groundhog day time lapse. At least the days are getting longer, not warmer unfortunately but at least longer, so we ca

Wintarnaht - Hriuwa

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  Key Facts Country: 🇩🇪 Genre: Pagan Black Metal Release Date: 31st January 2021 Record Label(s): Talheim Records  Band Members Grimwald - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Lyre, Shaman drum, Mouth harp, Drum programming Winternaht - Hiruwa Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Hriuwa, Urlagfrôwa, þe Hreôgot, þez Hraban Swarzi Trahanûn, Firhazzêt Truhtîn, Runagaltar Wintarnaht is a rarity in music not just black metal, as it is the only known band at this moment in time who's lyrics are all in Old High German, an archaic language approximately spoken between the years 650 and 700AD. This uniqueness gives the music an extra edge as the listener explores vast black metal soundscapes that put you in the heart of the Early Medieval Ages. Wintarnaht (which means "winter night") definitely brings and archaic sound to their music, rooted firmly in traditional sounding black metal with interweaved traditional instruments and chants, not too dissimilar to Ha

Cannibal Corpse - Inhumane Harvest

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Key Facts Country: 🇺🇸 Genre: Death Metal Release Date: 2nd February 2021 Record Label(s): Metal Blade Records Band Memebers Alex Webster - Bass Paul Mazurkiewicz - Drums Rob Barrett - Guitars George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher - Vocals Erik Rutan - Guitars Cannibal Corpse - Inhumane Harvest Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Death metal monoliths Cannibal Corpse are back! After the crazy album that was Red Before Black   ( which is also one of the earliest reviews on Fjordhammer), it's been quite a transitional period for the band. The most notable change being the recruitment of Erik Rutan to replace Pat O'Brein after he was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon and burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault or battery back in 2018. Whilst it is bittersweet, as O'Brein was such an integral part fo Cannibal Corpse it comes as no surprise, the song however will slap the pandemic boredom out of your brain. Erik's i

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (2nd February 2021)

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New Month, Same Ol' Situation Thankfully, the five centuries of January are now done and dusted, so I feel a lot happier and I hope February brings new opportunities. I think some of the most exciting news for me was a new Cannibal Corpse album coming out in April, as the new single is destructive as hell! Although Pat has been understandable replaced it is a bit bittersweet. Anyway, I think the release year starts to heat up around this time of year and with the 2021 festival and tour cancellations starting to happen, we need those releases more than ever, as we enter this horrific déjà vu situation again. The other news is obviously the whole Marylin Manson situation, from what I have read it is utterly disgusting and inexcusable behaviour and it comes pretty much after I watched a BBC documentary about women's experiences in the music industry, I've linked it here for those that are interested. It's becoming increasingly concerning that these people are allowed to s