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The Miscellaneous Goings On Of Tom - It's All Happening!

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  It's All Happening But It's All Good! Apologies for my silence this week, I felt that I had to take a short break from Fjordhammer as various other buts of work have consumed me. Still adjusting to a new routine whilst going back to work in the pub the last two weeks has been mentally exhausting as my internal schedule is all thrown out. This has also lead to me feeling like I can't really switch off, which as we know can be damaging to the efforts I have made on my mental health and dealing with toxic productivity. The confusing thing is that instead of being productive for feeling like I need to do something, its productivity through determination and ambition, as I am seeing my efforts pay off with opportunities and I want to make the most of them. However, through this I have to remember to make time for myself and to allow myself to switch off, which just recently has become a bit difficult and I when I get down I start to doubt and question my abilities in the quest

Mānbryne - Heilsweg: O udręce ciała i tułaczce duszy

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  Key Facts Country: 🇵🇱 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 9th April 2021 Record Label(s): Independent Band Members Priest - Drums Renz - Guitars Wyrd - Guitars, Bass S. - Vocals Mānbryne - W Pogoni Za Wiarą Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Pustka, którą znam, W pogoni za wiarą, Majestat upadku, Na trupa trup When we think of the nation of Poland and it's black metal, there is a certain prestige and pedigree. In a nation that still has blasphemy laws, extreme music still has a very raw and significant edge to it. The newest edition to this prominent scene in Mānbryne, a mysterious, enigmatic band whose debut album  Heilsweg: O udręce ciała i tułaczce duszy is a black metal opus in the same vein as Mgła's  Exercises In Futility . Translating to " Of Carnal Torment and Wandering of the Soul " the album's powerfully immersive riffs and haunting melodies capture this sense of purgatory and torment. With so many heavyweights in the Polish bla

The Fjordhammer Weekly Listening List (20th April 2021)

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The Glorious Sunshine & Plenty Of Metal I've been on a pretty big death metal hype the past couple of weeks. Partially for the hype of the new Cannibal Corpse album, Violence Unimagined , but I've just genuinely enjoyed the heat of the sun and the crush death beats. No idea, it's like the icy winter has melted away, taking the shadow realms of black metal with it in favour for the burning hellfire and brutality of death metal. Anyway, as summer starts to slowly take hold there is something so nice about waking up and seeing the sun beaming through the curtains. Simple pleasures and all that. The last week has been a rollercoaster of emotions dominated by positivity and happiness alongside the social anxiety of returning back to work whilst still unvaccinated. I won't go on about that because I'd be right in saying that we're all sick of that and we're just happy to have some semblance of normality again. It seems strange to think about the normality we h

Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined

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  Key Facts Country: 🇺🇸 Genre: Death Metal Release Date 16th April 2021 Record Label(s): Metal Blade Records Band Members  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🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Murderous Rampage, Inhumane Harvest, Condemnation Contagion, Ritual Annihilation, Slowly Sawn, Cerements Of The Flayed, Follow The Blood, Surround, Kill, Devour Cannibal Corpse have unleashed their raging beast of a fifteenth album on the world and the album is probably one of their strongest to date (which is exactly what we said about Red Before Black , Torture , Evisceration Plague , Vile , Kill , etc.) this band never disappoint! The growing anticipation around this album as to what effect Hate Eternal's Erik Rutan has had on the band, and it is fair to say a new lineup has injected even more venom into the veins of the band. R

Sur Austru - Obârșie

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  Key Facts  Country: 🇷🇴 Genre: Atmospheric Folk/Black Metal Release Date: 9th April 2021 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 - Cel din Urmă Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Trick(s): Cel din urmă, Cant Adânc, Caloianul, Taina Romania's Sur Austru (formed of former members of progressive black metal band Negură Bunget) have returned with their highly anticipated sophomore album. 2019s spellbinding and unique debut  Meteahna Timpurilor was a magical listening experience that blended Romanian folk instruments, the romance of the Romanian language and extravagant black metal riffs. With that in mind you can imagine it would be pretty hard to follow up, but the band laid their own gauntlet down and have returned

Aara - Triade I: Eos

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  Key Facts Country: 🇨🇭 Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date: 26th March 2021 Record Label(s): Debemur Morti Productions Band Members Berg - Guitars, Bass Fluss - Vocals J. - Drums Aara - Naufragus Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Fathum, Naufragus, Nimmermehr, Das Wundar, Effugium Debuting in 2019 with  So Fallen Alle Tempel , Aara have had an incredible work rate, releasing a full length every year since. The band have crafted an intently mysterious and atmospheric sound similar to Basel based peers Schammasch. Channelling the old school black metal epic,  Triade I: Eos is a journey through realms unknown. A rich tapestry of music that seems to harness the elements to create a soaring soundscape that captures the imagination, which is hardly surprising as the band member stage names "Berg" and "Fluss" translate from German to "Mountain" and "River", respectively. Given the quality of 2020s  En Ergô Einai ,  T

Hideous Divinity - LV-426

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  Key Facts Country: 🇮🇹 Genre: Technical/Brutal Death Metal Release Date: 23rd April 2021 Record Label(s): Century Media Records Band Members Enrico Schettino - Guitars Enrico "H." Di Lorenzo - Vocals Giulio Galati - Drums Stefano Franceschini - Bass Riccardo Benedini - Guitars Hideous Divinity - Chestburst Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Chestburst Hailing from the great city of Rome, Hideous Divinity have always been the stoic philosophers in the death metal scene since being created in 2007. Over the last decade they have released a string of consistently good technical brutal death metal albums, with each one bigger and better than the last. Now the band have condensed this monolithic sound into three uncompromising and beastly tracks that are  sure to cleave your skull in half. The album's title sounds like a variation of some mutating disease but instead is the scientific name of the planet Acheron from the Alien movie franchise. It is 

Wode - Burn In Many Mirrors

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  Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 2nd April 2021 Record Label: 20 Buck Spin Band Members E.T. - Bass T.H. - Drums, Guitar, Synth & Keys M.C. - Guitars, Vocals, Synth & Keys D. Shaw - Guitars, Backing Vocals Wode - Vanish Beneath Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Lunar Madness, Fire In The Hills, Serpent's Coil, Streams Of Rapture (I, II, III) British black metal has been on a significant rise in the last few years, bringing the dark Satanic hills and grim weather with it to firmly imprint it in the black metal landscape, emerging from the shadows of our Scandinavian counterparts. Manchester's Wode is one such band in the British vanguard with a devastating   brand of black metal infused with thrash and doom. Since 2010 the band have honed their sound, and firmly established themselves with a duo of solid albums, 2016's self-titled and 2017's Servants of the Countercosmos . With that in mind it easy to s

The Fjordhammer Weekly Listening List (13th April 2021)

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Name Changes But The Content Remains The Same I'd been debating dropping 'The Metal Scholar' gimmick for a while now, in a way to make things more cohesive. Rather sadly, it was spawned out of a self-deprecating joke, as I was one of maybe three or four metalheads on my production course at university and my alleged encyclopaedic knowledge of all things riffs and Satan made me take the piss out of myself to try and fit in. Anyway, the picture of myself was starting to annoy me, not in a bad way but it felt like it was clinging on to a not too distant past that was filled with negativity despite the achievement of a degree qualification. Anyway, I won't be dwelling on that much more, so we say Hejdå, Ha det,  Farvel and Tschüss to The Metal Scholar  (all previous The Metal Scholar editions can still be found under the label link) and welcome in the all new (but not new) Fjordhammer Weekly listening list! The picture is of my Mjölnir and arm ring dangling from a tree in t

Sanguisugabogg - Tortured Whole

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  Key Facts Country: 🇺🇸 Genre: Death Metal Release Date: 26th March 2021 Record Label(s): Century Media Records Band Members  Cody Davidson - Drums, Keyboards Cameron Boggs - Guitars Devin Swank - Vocals Ced Davis - Bass  Sanguisugabogg - Gored In The Chest Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘.5 Favourite Track(s): Gored In The Chest, Dragged By A Truck, Dead As Shit, Posthumous Compression, Felchin Filth, Dick Filet The meteoric rise of Sanguisugabogg has been one for the ages, coming from monstrous beginnings with debut 4 track EP  Pornographic Seizures in 2019 to one of the most hyped debut album in death metal for a long time. Even so, Sanguisugabogg have taken the hype in their stride, creating something disgustingly heavy packed full of vile, verminous and visceral riffs. Sanguisugabogg is a name comprised of the latin word for “bloodsucker” (“singuisguga”) and “bogg” which is a tribute to both band founder and guitarist Cameron Boggs as well simultaneously being the commonly kn

The Metal Scholar's Weekly Listening List (6th April 2021)

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One Week Closer To Relative Normality... So, the UK (more specifically England) is continuing on its Lockdown Road Map and we shall start seeing some semblances of normality in the next week. Which means I will be returning to the day job to keep the funds coming in. I'm kind of sad and happy at the same time. I've enjoyed really pursuing my musical ambitions with all this free time on furlough, I've become so determined to achieve this goal and now it feels so tangible I'm reluctant to go back. I'm also happy as I get to see my work colleagues and get out the house on a semi-regular basis whilst earning more money (in theory anyway, I've lost track of how furlough top up works). Lockdown has definitely been a rollercoaster but I think I'm that longing for normality I can't help but feel upbeat even though it means going back to work. Anyway, I'll worry about that next week, because now I'm all about getting those tunes playing! Had the privilege

Nebula Mori - Beyond The Event Horizon

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Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Genre: Atmospheric/Cosmic Black Metal Release Date: 5th March 2021 Record Label(s): Independent Band Members  Llannoc - Drums, Guitars, Bass Kryptorgeist - Keyboards, Vocals Nebula Mori - Amidst The Corpses Of Gas Giants Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Reeling Fluorescence, Amidst The Corpses Of Gas Giants, Bounds In Nuclear Inferno, Where Light Ceases To Have Meaning, Impending Singularity, Black Hole Era Exploring the cosmos with the raw power of black metal comes so naturally to Nebula Mori. Their debut release A Ghost Amongst The Stars captured the imagination with its ethereally dark and celestial soundscapes. The band return with new release  Beyond The Event Horizon , and album that takes a lot of what was established in its predecessor and takes it to even deeper and further parts of the universe. It is often difficult to full grasp the enormity of the universe, alongside its beautiful emptiness, we float elegantly aro

Antrisch - Würzburg's Extreme Mountaineers Tell's Fjordhammer About Their First Expedition

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  EXPEDITION I : Dissonanzgrat is the epic debut release from Germany's new mountaineering inspired black metal band, Antrisch. I recently had the pleasure and honour to review the EP recently and was simply blown away at how the band (who only started in 2020) managed to capture the pain, anguish and cold that these early expeditions. In a Fjordhammer first, I have had the opportunity to interview Maurice Wilson [MW] (lyrics and vocals), Robert Falcon Scott [RFS] (songwriting & all guitars) and Игорь Дятлов (Drums) to find out more about this fascinating release. Before we start, a big thank you to Markus Eck over at METALMESSAGE for setting this interview up! Antrisch - Aufbruchsignale Interview I. Hallo! Wie gehts? Tell us a little bit more about who Antrisch are.  MW: Good day Tom. All well, thanks a lot! Well, first and foremost I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for that splendid review you wrote. Much appreciated, my fellow wanderer! So, let’s ju