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Noctule - Wretched Abyss

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  Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 28th May 2021 Record Label(s): Church Road Records Band Members Serena Cherry - Everything Noctule - Evenaar Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Elven Sword, Evenaar, Labyrinthian, Wretched Abyss, Winterhold, Deathbell Harvest The highly anticipated Noctule debut album from Svalbard's Serena Cherry has finally been delivered into our ear drums on the beat of Paarthurnax's wings. Metal has long had a deep affinity with fantasy and over the course of the genre's history we've had dragon fighters, mountain kings and a whole host of fantasy/medieval history based songs. However, one video game took the world by storm (quite literally through a Thu'um) in 2011 and now inspired by its deep lore and frosty Nordic looking landscape, a black metal project rises on the wings of a dragon to conquer the world from it's seat at High Hrothgar. Wretched Abyss  has been broadcast from th

Havamal - The Shadow Chapter

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  Key Facts Country: 🇸🇪 Genre: Melodic Death Metal Release Date: 21st May 2021 Record Label(s): Art Gates Records Band Members  Lennie - Guitars  Kjell - Guitars Björn - Vocals Andreas Herlogsson - Drums  Tino "Saurus" Vesanen - Bass Havamal - Nidhoggr Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Nidhoggr, Nornir's Call, Empire Of The Ashen Sun, Jormungandr, Hel, The Curse Of Grendel The Hávamál is a famous poem found in the Codex Regius (a book of poems in Old Nordic from the Viking age). The poem itself is made up shorter gnomic verses, charms, spells, runes and various aspects of Nordic mythology. These also offer advice for living, proper personal conduct and wisdom, the text is an important piece of Old Nordic philosophy. The verses are attributed to the mighty Odin and how he learnt the runes alongside his adventure to obtain the Mead Of Poetry and his various relationships. History aside, Havamal is a Swedish melodic death metal band with a brand new

The Fjordhammer Weekly Listening List (25th May 2021)

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As The Eurovision Dust Settles... One thing that you may not know about me is my love for Eurovision. It's over the top, batshit crazy music and cheesiness has long held a special lace in my heart from a young age. Euro-pop is far more interesting to me than anything from the UK or the US. It has also thrown up a couple of decent rock bands in the last two decades, obviously Lordi in 2006 but this year we had Blind Channel (also from Finland) channelling Linkin Park and Måneskin from Italy with a unique brand of Italian glam rock. As I've got older the contest has become an educational event, as I get to see how music sounds across Europe and from that you can get some idea of what sort of music is popular in that particular country. Culturally it is interesting to see each country's spin on the variety of genres, and it's even better if they sing in their native language. As this blog shows I'm not scared to tackle songs, EPs, and albums in other languages and I en

Nordjevel - Fenriir

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  Key Facts Country: 🇳🇴 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 7th May 2021 Record Label(s): Indie Recordings Band Members  DezeptiCunt - Bass Doedsadmiral - Vocals Dominator - Drums Destructhor - Guitars Valla - Guitars Nordjevel - Gnawing The Bones Review  Rating (Out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Fenriir, Gnawing The Bones, Rovdyr Coming out of the frosty Norwegian landscape, rises a great wolf, the monstrous son of Loki. Norway's black metal heavyweights Nordjevel have evoked the spirit of the great beast Fenrir on their latest EP. Utilising their ruthless and brash brand of black metal alongside channelling this ancient Nordic beast, Nordjevel have composed an EP that gnashes at you with gleaming claws, staring at you with a furiously sinister intent. There is definitely an old school feel to this EP, as many EPs are stand alone releases these days, as it features two exclusive songs to this release, one song that is to be featured on their new album, a cover of a Possessed&

The Fjordhammer Weekly Listening List (18th May 2021)

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A Funny Ol' Month Is May I must once again apologise for my absence but as many of you have seen my Facebook post, there was a very good reason why there wasn't a Fjordhammer Weekly Listening List last week. If you haven't seen it, follow this handy link here (Yes I know it's a tweet but it's easier than you scrolling through Facebook!). The main outline is just me getting my shit together and prioritising stuff. It happens to us all, but the positive is that there will be some completion (in my head at least) to get on to this week's list as I have two weeks worth of new releases to sift through! 2021 has been another mammoth year already and the more solid releases that come out the harder it's going to be come the end of this year. I can barely believe it's halfway through May though, sees like a second ago we were just starting April then boom, we're here. Anyway, the weather is being as temperamental as ever, the rain has leant itself to some s

Ninkharsag - The Dread March Of Solemn Gods

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  Key Facts Country: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Genre: Black Metal Release Date: 30th April 2021 Record Label(s): Vendetta Records Band Members Paul Armitstead - Guitars Jay Pipprell - Drums  Kyle Nesbitt - Vocals, Guitars  Aleksandar Kokai - Bass  Ninkharsag - Strigoi Diabolicum Review  Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Under The Dead Of Night, Lunar Hex; The Art of Mighty Lycanthropy, Discipline Through Black Sorcery, The Tower Of Perpetual Twilight,  Channelling the relentless fury of the black metal gods with the satanic tendencies of these British Isles, English black metal heavyweights Ninkharsag are back with a crushing new album that will feed the black hole abyss in your soul. Utilising the traditional style of black metal, the band are relentless in delivering and uncompromising and brutal album packed with plenty of riffs. Not only is the music interesting and mysterious, the band's name is also worthy of note. According to Sumerian mythology, Ninhursag or Ninkhars

Dödsrit - Mortal Coil

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  Key Facts Country: 🇸🇪/🇳🇱 Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal Release Date: 28th May 2021 Record Label(s): Wolves Of Hades Records Band Members Christoffer Öster - Guitar, Vocals Jelle Soolsma - Bass Brendan Duffy - Drums Georgios Maxouris - Guitars, Vocals Dödsrit - Shallow Graves Review Rating (out of 5🤘): 🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Shallow Graves, Apathetic Tongues, The Third Door Bursting out of Sweden with a crushing crust infused black metal sound, Dödsrit capture the bleak and haunting eeriness of the Swedish northern darkness with their intensely rich and atmospheric album Mortal Coil . The album is building on the intensely bleak sound that the band established on 2018's sophomore effort  Spirit Crusher , however  Mortal Coil brings a more aggressive and visceral listening experience. With eerily optimistic melodies over the writhing and tumultuous chaos of the black metal rhythms and chords, there is a great sense of inner reflection entwined in this album. The sombre

Gojira - Fortitude

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  Key Facts Country: 🇫🇷 Genre: Progressive Death Metal Release Date: 30th April 2021 Record Label(s): Roadrunner Records 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🤘):🤘🤘🤘🤘 Favourite Track(s): Born For One Thing, Another World, Amazonia, Hold On, Sphinx, Into The Storm It has been a long five year wait, but French metal legends Gojira have finally returned with a crushing new album that has a heavier gravitational pull than the sun. Easily one of the most anticipated albums of the year, the album had a lot of hype surrounding it and it did not disappoint. Following the string of strong singles the full album is nothing short of a sanctuary for all as the progressive tapping riffs heal the soul accompanied by the ever tight rhythms of Mario Duplantier. Whilst the Whale memes will never really die, the band have continued their ar

The Fjordhammer Weekly Listening List (4th May 2021)

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When Life Gives You Omens, Follow Them Just recently on my walks around the various bits of woodland that I frequent, I have been followed by magpies and crows. Now, if we're thinking of crows, I tend to think about Odin's ravens Hunin and Munin, and there is some comfort in that. Hopefully the omens are good and it simply means that I am being watched over in a positive way. As for the magpies, I am baffled, every walk I go on I see one or a group, the luckiest I've been is 6 at once. I should have bought a lottery ticket on that day, as according to the rhyme 6 means gold, but I didn't. I am back after a self-imposed week off, I needed some time to some evaluating  and reflection as well as to process some things. Despite this I have definitely missed writing! There is something about just exploring at album's concepts and songwriting that I realised how much I enjoy. Writing has become routine so being away from it for a bit has been awesome for restarting my mot