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The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (30th March 2021)

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Where To Start? What A Week. In the world of Tom it has been a pretty unbelievable week so far. It seems as though all the hard work is starting to pay off but I must not rest on my laurels, no sir! What is exciting about all this is that I have finally got my foot in the proverbial music industry door and I have been handed an opportunity that I could not refuse. I'll probably explain more at a later date in a Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom but for now I am for want of a better activity, revelling in my own accomplishments. This week also saw me branch out into live(ish) reviews with my review for Wardruna's livestream virtual release show, Flight Of The White Raven ,   which was incredible to watch. I have also lined up the first interview for Fjordhammer with the aid of Markus at METALMESSAGE , and all shall be revealed at a later date. In the meantime, releases keep dropping like bombs on my ear holes and there is still so much great music coming out at the moment that it&#

Wardruna - First Flight Of The White Raven

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  Key Facts Country: 🇳🇴 Genre: Nordic Folk Show Date: 26th March 2021 Venue: Online/Livestream  Band Members Lindy-Fay Hella - Vocals, Bone flute  Einar Selvik - Vocals, Taglharpa, Kravik lyre, Goat horn, Tongue horn, Bronze lure, Flute, Drums, Percussion  Arne Sandvoll - backing vocals, percussion HC Dalgaard - backing vocals, percussion, drums Eilif Gundersen - horns, flutes John Stenersen - moraharpa Additional Musicans Katrine Stenbekk - Backing vocals My Kvitravn album review for Noizze available here . Wardruna - Kvitravn (White Raven) Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Like many artists at the moment, Wardruna have ventured out into the world of livestreams to deliver a mesmeric and entrancing performance that we have had the privilege to witness from the comfort of our sofas. Whilst the experience of seeing the band in the flesh is significantly more spectacular, the pure power that was emitted through laptop and TV screens was nothing short of spectacular. With a set li

Antrisch - Expedition I: Dissonanzgrat

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  Key Facts Country: 🇩🇪 Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date: 8th April 2021 Record Label(s): Independent Band Members Maurice Wilson - Vocals Robert Falcon Scott -  Guitars Отто Шмидт - Bass Игорь Дятлов  - Drums Antrisch - Aufbruchsignale Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Aufbruchsignale, Stirnschlag, Firnfeldkonfrontation, Gipfelfieber The arctic and antarctic will always be the final frontier of human endurance. The vast and cold tundras are inhospitable and unwelcoming to all those who dare to venture there. Whilst us mere mortals will never even consider venturing physically to the freezing northern and southern points of the earth, but we always have an imagined notion of what it is like. Inspired by the world-famous South Tyrolean mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner, who published the dialectical term 'antric light' (which stands for 'strange, secretly, uncanny') Würzburg's Antrisch are here to give us a glimpse at what t

Spelljammer - Abyssal Trip

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Key Facts Country: 🇸🇪 Genre: Doom/Stoner Metal Release Date: February 26th, 2021 Record Label(s): RidingEasy Records Band Members Jonatan Rimsbo - Drums Robert Sörling - Guitars  Niklas Olsson - Vocals, Guitars  Spelljammer - Among The Holy Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Lake, Among The Holy, Abyssal Trip, Silent Rift In Sweden, if you're not writing death metal with the Boss Metal Zone MT-2, there is a good chance that you're delving deep into the world of fuzz, slowing the tempo and writing unbelievably good doom metal. Spelljammer are the latest band to add its sizeable riffs to the hulking Swedish doom monolith. Abyssal Trip is only the band's second full length release but it has all the power of a veteran band that's been going since the 1990s. The Stockholm trio work thundering riffs with subtle psych elements to create a dynamic and diverse record filled with proto-Sabbath motifs and that signature Swedish execution. Whilst 2015

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

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I Genuinely Can't Believe It Is The First Anniversary Of The National Lockdown... Who'd have thought that 12 months down the line we'd still be in this absolute shit show (for lack of better words)? The world just keeps going more insane by the day and, quite rightly, a lot of us a bloody fed up for sure. Anyway, I won't dwell on that because it's more exhausting than living at this point in time. One thing to look forward to for many is Bloodstock Festival in Derby, after a big announcement today and a shake up of the Metal 2 The Masses regional competitions, it's exciting to think that the festival will make the absolute most of its return. One thing I'm looking forward to is the Wardruna " First Flight of the White Raven" Virtual Release Show  on the 26th March, which you can still buy tickets for and have access to the stream until the 28th. I have been waiting to see this band perform live for so long it's unreal, and now I finally have my

БАТЮШКА - Царю Небесный / Carju Niebiesnyj

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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 - ПИСЬМО IV/PISMO IV Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Pismo II, Pismo IV, Pismo V, Pismo VI It seems like only yesterday that this incarnation of Batushka gave us РАСКОЛ / RASKOL   which came out in August last year, with album artwork blazing an image of what most certainly could be infamous Russian Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin. Which makes this new EP even more fascinating, whilst no hint has been given as to wether these EPs are two sides of the same coin, the likeness of the last Tsar,  Nikolai II Alexandrovich Romanov, on this EP cover is unmistakeable. The history lesson shall be spared, as it is a complex one between Rasputin and Tsar Nikolai, but the small observation is certainly interestin

Stormtide - A Throne Of Hollow Fire

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Key Facts Country: 🇦🇺 Genre: Symphonic Folk/Death Metal Release Date: 1st March 2021 Record Label(s): Metal Hell Records Band Members Tyson Richens - Guitars  Reuben Stone - Keyboards, Orchestrations, Vocals  Dean Hulett - Drums  Daniel Bodnarr - Guitars, Backing Vocals Stormtide - She Who Would Name The Stars Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): A Throne Of Hollow Fire, Awakening, One Last Pint (At The Duck), Wayfinders, Eternal Fire, A Warship Braved The Tempest, She Who Would Name The Stars In a world of dragons, swords and fantasy, hails a symphonic death metal band. With their instruments they smite all evil that comes before them with gigantic riffs and triumphant symphonic movements, bringing down a storm of thunderous beats that would make the Misty Mountains shake! To gain A Throne Of Hollow Fire is their next quest, and you can join them! If I haven't convinced you to become part of this journey with that introduction, I don't know what else t

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

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Summer Sun Starting To Creep Through The Clouds I'm currently sat being bedazzled by the sunlight shining through my windows in the midst of a bright, spring day. The lighter and longer days have been incredible for my mental health, seeing winter slowly ebb away and the world beginning to wake for its weary slumber is a much needed boost in this long, laborious lockdown. The melodic birdsong is something that always fills me with happiness but you also wonder whether it is family squabbles about who is cleaning out the nest next. Anyway, before I turn this into some illustrious sample from a Victorian novel, I better crack on with some music. Apologies for going a bit quiet last week, been having some ear trouble making it uncomfortable to wear headphones for long periods of time. I was also busy with RAMzine , making sure all you guys get to read all the great content currently being published over there. Also, Witchwood Wizard & The Psychic Yeti have released our new EP, En

Arx Atrata, Arx Silvestris & Bleakwinter Shrine - The Warrior Cycle

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Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Genre: Post-Black Metal Release Date: 2nd April 2021 Record Label(s): Independent/Imperative PR Band Members  Arx Atrata and Arx Silvestris Ben Sizer - Everything Bleakwinter Shrine B.C. - Everything Arx Atrata - Retribution  Bleakwinter Shrine - Desolation Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Succession, Retribution, Surmounting Combining the atmospheric talents and sensibilities of two English post-black metal giants was always going to be a haunting and introspective experience. Through the depths of the shadows you receive a melancholic embrace when listening to the new split album from Arx Atrata, Arx Silvestris (the instrumental version of Arx Atrata) and Bleakwinter Shrine.  The Warrior Cycle is a deeply provocative instrumental album that lets you fully embrace the musicianship and songwriting craft of post-black metal. The album captures the imagination like contemporaries Saor and Winterfylleth. From beginning to the end

Brand Of Sacrifice - Lifeblood

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  Key Facts Country: 🇨🇦 Genre: Deathcore Release Date: 5th March 2021 Record Label(s):  Independent/Blood Blast Distribution  Band Members Kyle Anderson - Vocals Dallas Bricker - Bass Liam Beeson - Guitar Michael Leo Valeri - Guitars Rob Zalischi - Drums Featured Artists Frankie Palmeri (Emmure) - Vocals on Prophecy Of The Falcon Ben Deurr (Shadow Of Intent/Hollow Prophet) - Vocals on Mortal Vessel Eric Vanlerberghe (I Prevail) - Vocals on Foe Of The Inhuman Jamie Graham (Heart Of A Coward) - Vocals on Vengeance Tyler Shelton (Traitors) - Vocals on Ruin Brand Of Sacrifice - Animal  Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Demon King, Animal, Mortal Vessel, Prophecy Of The Falcon, Vengeance, Lifeblood Canada's Brand Of Sacrifice (BOS) have been a unique force within deathcore. Absolute devastating the world with debut album God Hand , BOS leave nothing but destruction and annihilation in their wake. Now they have once again returned to do just that again, with cr

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

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It Doesn't Even Feel Like We're In The Second Week Of March... Well, the first seven days of March went bloody quickly didn't it? Before I know it it is Mother's Day on Sunday and soon some dude is going to tell me about the resurrection of Christ. Today I find myself in a much welcomed, upbeat mood, the sun is shining through my window and there is not a cloud in sight. I think I've been ranting too much recently and I think now I want to make sure there is a decent amount of positivity going round now. With spring hopefully booming soon, because I don't know what the hell that cold snap was about, everyone's spirits should be lifted by the sight of daffodils, green fields and the sun. Next to autumn, spring is one of my favourite times of the year, because it's warm enough to sit outside without feel like you've been put into an industrial furnace (heatwave summer, I'm looking at you.). Anyway, there's so much good music flying around at th

The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - I Keep Marching On

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Channelling The Spirit Of Sabaton's Great War   As we approach the first anniversary of when England went into lockdown for the first time (16th March 2020), it is easy to let the sheer frustration and grievance of this pandemic to get to you. We're all pretty sick of it now and whilst we do have some hope later in the year, there is still a degree of uncertainty that we all have within us, as we speculate as to wether life really will be "normal" on 21st June. All that aside, with March now here, we can look forward to longer days and a bit more sunlight, I am fully embracing the spirit of spring and will keep marching on with the situation at hand. Whilst the lockdown is dragging I'm so thankful for this time to immerse myself in books (of which I have bought a considerable amount recently, more than I care to admit) to escape the monotony of modernity. Today is also World Book Day , a day which I have fond memories of dressing up at my favourite book character

Mork - Katedralen

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  Key Facts Country: 🇳🇴 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 5th March 2021 Record Label(s): Peaceville Records Band Members  Thomas Eriksen - Everything Mork - Arv Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Arv, Evig Intens Smerte, Det Siste Gode I Meg, Svartmalt, Lysbæreren, Dødsmarsjen Since the pandemic hit, depriving all touring bands of the opportunity to perform live, Thomas started the  The Thomas Eriksen Podcast  where he sits down and has informal discussions with his peers in the scene, most notable Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), Gaahl (Gaahl's Wyrd), Fenriz (Darkthrone/Isengard), and Nag (Tsjunder) to name a few. He also been busy igniting and keeping the dark and grim flame of old school black metal alive with Mork. The project was started in 2004 as Thomas Eriksen's side project. Since then, Mork have been on a steady but substantial rise to the upper echelons of the Scandinavian black metal scene. With a unique and eerily melodic take on the old schoo