The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XLIV: Spectribution

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XLIV:
Spectribution

Original release date: 15th April 2014
Total length: 3:27:05 in 3 parts

Download link:
https://mega.nz/#!4DIxBQLK!dZiBiLp0AIEDa8BWxEhdcxZugAbSbbUYJLetemu6ugQ

“I was in love once. A Sinclair ZX81. People said, no, Holly, she’s not for you. She’s cheap, she’s stupid and she wouldn’t load, well, not for me anyway.”
– Red Dwarf, Series II, episode 4: Stasis Leak

Owing to the success of February’s tie-in with Formula One Rejects, I thought I’d have another shot at it with a second long-term interest, and see if it generates any extra listeners on the relevant forum. This time I’ve handed over the majority of the show to some (very tenuous) links to the ZX Spectrum, and to a lesser extent its two older brothers. I’ve had a long affinity for Sinclair computers ever since having a ZX81 waved temptingly under my nose as a four-year-old in 1983, followed by a Spectrum +2 four years later. Sir Clive’s products weren’t the fastest, nor did they have the most memory, the best BASIC, the best graphics or a disk drive… but they were cheap enough to be accessible to the common man, easy to program and pretty much idiot-proof (unless you’re Homer Simpson). It brought computing out of the lab and the office, and into the home, far more than any of its more expensive rivals did, and for that we say cheers.

So I’ve chosen to celebrate the Speccy’s upcoming 32nd birthday (a round number in computer-friendly binary) and my 30-year association with the Speccy and its immediate predecessor with this themed Ogg-Cast. And given that I’ve covered all the years from the launch of the ZX80 (1980) to the very end of the Speccy’s commercial life (1993) before its retirement on foreign shores, there’s going to be a lot more old-school metal to celebrate with – there will be NWOBHM and there will be thrash from the 80s, and there will be death metal from the 90s, from both sides of the Atlantic (and definitely nothing from a bloke in a flannel shirt). And with 24,000 games made in its lifetime and afterlife, I’ve highlighted a few that keep coming up as fan favourites – even if I’ve had to improvise occasionally – by digging through Metal Archives and finding something suitably titled to fit.

As this isn’t the World Of Spectrum forum, some of you may be alarmed at the strange noises in the first minute of the show. Don’t be. It’s intentional. You can also download the source of those noises, to be run in 128K mode on any good Spectrum emulator, even though it’s also included in the episode package:
http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/hammer/ms/zx/ogg-cast.tzx

0 OK, 0:1

PART ONE (1:06:00)
0:04:13 Arch Enemy – Bury Me An Angel
0:07:53 ZX Spectrum – Human Herd
0:18:03 Vagabond – Back In The Stone Age [Spotlight – The ZX80 & ZX81]
0:23:26 Quartz – Stand Up And Fight [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1980]
0:28:04 Samson – Bright Lights [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1981]
0:34:42 Blind Guardian – The Bard's Song – The Hobbit [Spotlight – Spectrum Games]
0:38:33 Mastodon – March Of The Fire Ants [Spotlight – Spectrum Games]
0:47:45 Anvil – Mothra [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1982]
0:52:50 Manilla Road – Necropolis [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1983]
0:55:59 Cirith Ungol – Death Of The Sun [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1984]
0:59:53 Razor – Deathrace [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1985]

PART TWO (1:08:21)
0:00:56 Paradox – A Light In The Black [Covered]
0:08:10 Hiidenhauta – Kaartuvat
0:20:47 Old Corpse Road – Glassensikes At Witching Hour [Spotlight – Spectrum Games]
0:30:07 Bathory – Valhalla [Spotlight – Spectrum Games]
0:39:40 Battlesoul – Tir Na Nog [Spotlight – Spectrum Games]
0:49:21 Dark Angel – Death Is Certain (Life Is Not) [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1986]
0:53:35 Heathen – Death By Hanging [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1987]
0:58:37 Minotaur – Fierce Fight [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1988]
1:02:25 Defiance – Death Machine [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1989]

PART THREE (1:12:44)
0:01:54 Finntroll – Galgasång
0:05:39 Spirit Caravan – Spirit Caravan
0:08:43 Spiritual Beggars – Until The Morning
0:14:44 Forefather – Rebel Of The Marshlands
0:21:32 Red Giant – Jetpack [Spotlight – Spectrum Games]
0:25:29 Accept – Head Over Heels [Spotlight – Spectrum Games]
0:29:52 Ibéria – Dizzy [Spotlight – Spectrum Games]
0:37:53 Nocturnus – Undead Journey [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1990]
0:42:07 Bolt Thrower – What Dwells Within [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1991]
0:46:24 Autopsy – Necrocannibalistic Vomitorium [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1992]
0:48:35 Dismember – Reborn In Blasphemy [Spotlight – The Sinclair Years: 1993]
0:57:36 Аркона – На моей земле...

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The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XLIII: Up To Eleven

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XLIII:
Up To Eleven

Original release date: 15th March 2014
Total length: 3:43:34 in 3 parts

Download link:
https://mega.nz/#!FOIQUIDC!cRWZv9wY7JavJMSIULvXGxaVPmxKThqpPFjL3sURYXU

That’s right, the Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast has gone ONE LOUDER. Never mind just going up to ten and making ten louder (which Manowar tried to fob us off with), this is the real deal. With the 30th anniversary of the release of This Is Spinal Tap passing earlier this month, the best tribute I could think of to Messrs. St. Hubbins, Tufnel and Smalls would be to theme the Ogg-Cast around their “rockumentary”, their antics while on that ill-fated American tour of 1982, and their extensive discography that (allegedly) stretched back to the mid-1960s and their original incarnation as The Thamesmen.

I spent a lot of time in preparation for this show watching every “rockumentary” I’ve ever been able to get hold of. Alongside five Tap classics, there will also be other bands who were constructed especially for the films they starred in – Still Crazy and Rock Star, for instance – as well as those who really did exist all along and, late in their career, had a film made about them. Iron Maiden and Anvil are two such choices. So overall there’s much more of an 80s trad-metal sound to this show than the epic heathen metal we’re all used to, but don’t fret – not that 80s trad metal should ever cause any fretting anyway! – because the core audience hasn’t been forgotten.

And there’s one band on here I could describe as very “special” guests. For various parameters of “special”, that is…

As ever, I remind you to keep looking at thorcast.co.uk – because you never know when I’ll post something new there. Except after these monthly shows, obviously.

Some further links, which I’ve mentioned in the extra reissue outros, for information on two of the bands’ back stories that may or may not have actually happened, are:
Steve Worek’s Spinal Tap Discography: http://steveworek.com/tap/
Archived Conquest Of Steel back story and “discography”: archived from http://www.conquestofsteel.co.uk/discog.html

PART ONE (1:19:41)
0:03:29 Wodensthrone – Battlelines
0:17:17 Spinal Tap – Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight [Spotlight]
0:19:59 Strange Fruit – All Over The World [Spotlight]
0:23:45 Iron Maiden – The Mercenary
0:31:43 Jaldaboath – The Wailing Witch of Moulsecoomb
0:36:45 Alestorm – Scraping The Barrel
0:44:21 Spinal Tap – Stonehenge [Spotlight]
0:48:54 Bad News – Bad News [Spotlight]
0:52:06 Conquest of Steel – Born in Hell
1:02:05 Winterfylleth – The Gates [Covered]
1:11:20 Mael Mórdha – Bloody Alice (of Abergavenny)

PART TWO (1:09:38)
0:00:33 Spinal Tap – Heavy Duty [Spotlight]
0:05:29 Steel Dragon – Blood Pollution [Spotlight]
0:09:29 Judas Priest – Metal Messiah
0:19:30 Primal Fear – Formula One
0:24:25 Stuka Squadron – Tales Of The Ost
0:33:16 Spinal Tap – Rock And Roll Creation [Spotlight]
0:37:03 Dethklok – The Lost Vikings [Spotlight]
0:41:47 Headhunter – Hit Machine
0:50:40 Northern Oak – Death in the Marshes
0:55:33 Old Corpse Road – Hag of the Mist

PART THREE (1:14:15)
0:02:30 Spinal Tap – Hell Hole [Spotlight]
0:05:36 Fire & Forget – Fire & Forget
0:07:40 Fire & Forget – And The Band Played On
0:09:38 Anvil – Smokin’ Green
0:21:11 Ereb Altor – Fire Meets Ice
0:30:31 Appalachian Winter – The Cemetery Where Slaves Lie Buried
0:37:09 Enslaved – Thoughts Like Hammers
0:46:38 Gallowbraid – Stone of Remembrance
0:59:53 Ifing – The Stream

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The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XLII: Faster? Harder? Lauda! The Formula One Rejects Edition

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XLII:
Faster? Harder? Lauda! The Formula One Rejects Edition

Original release date: 15th February 2014
Total length: 3:22:07 in 3 parts

Download link:
https://mega.nz/#!VWhElCZB!WjZT7d5uAgJoqAIM1HFaATADN7Hoa0tA7goSFdf2kJk

Do you people like metal? Do you people like motorsport? And do you people like to support the underdog in both cases? If the answer to all these is yes, I’ve got the perfect combination for you!

For this month, after a chance meeting with the webmaster of Formula One Rejects, an all time favourite internet hang-out of mine, I thought I’d weld the two worlds together in one podcast. After all, the Formula One Rejects podcast has existed since 2005 and seeing as I’ll be getting a guest slot on the next one, it’d be rude not to return the compliment.

So, listen up and see how the various themes of motor racing, valiant failure and a bit of Aussie grit from Formula One Rejects’ home country work together for the first… and not necessarily the last time. Twelve of the tracks are part of the theme – or up to fourteen if we want to stretch the definition a bit further, which is half the show. As for the rest, think of all those things I had to leave out before – reviews of albums and festivals I missed while the show was on hiatus in the autumn…

I think it’s worthy of some victory champagne.

NOTE: Formula One Rejects was taken offline in October 2014, for reasons which are still unclear – but the forum lived on, and was paired with a new “phoenix” site called Grand Prix Rejects, which has kept the spirit of the backmarker alive and has created a whole load of new content since its launch in early 2015, mostly contributed by the forum community. Take a look.

PART ONE (1:16:10)
0:05:23 Testament – Into The Pit
0:08:08 Appalachian Winter – The Great Flood Of 1889
0:16:43 Saxon – Warriors Of The Road [Spotlight – F1 Rejects]
0:20:15 Virgin Steele – Kingdom Of The Fearless (The Destruction Of Troy) [Spotlight – F1 Rejects Teams]
0:27:54 Claim The Throne – Zephyrus [Spotlight – Australia]
0:36:19 The Roxx – L.O.L.A. [Covered]
0:44:11 Fyrdsman – Woven Fate
0:50:46 Falkenbach – Ufirstanan Folk
0:58:26 The Crown – Devil Gate Ride [Spotlight – F1 Rejects]
1:02:34 Blackthorn – Slow Extinction Of Life [Spotlight – F1 Rejects Teams]
1:06:39 Shangren – Warriors Of Devastation [Spotlight – Australia]

PART TWO (1:05:44)
0:00:43 Mael Mórdha – Laudabiliter
0:05:58 Black Messiah – Gullveig
0:15:54 Asomvel – Cash Whore
0:19:02 Arkham Witch – The Cloven Sea
0:24:36 Newsted – King Of The Underdogs [Spotlight – F1 Rejects]
0:30:34 Ava Inferi – Onyx [Spotlight – F1 Rejects Teams]
0:35:22 Alchemist – Austral Spectrum [Spotlight – Australia]
0:44:58 Devin Townsend Project – Deconstructing Badgers
0:47:53 Svartsot – Spillemandens Dåse
0:51:30 Jaldaboath – Axe Wielding Nuns
0:55:37 Old Corpse Road – The Wild Hunt

PART THREE (1:00:13)
0:01:13 Ereb Altor – Our Failure [Spotlight – F1 Rejects]
0:06:49 In Flames – Colony [Spotlight – F1 Rejects Teams]
0:11:26 Be’lakor – Abeyance [Spotlight – Australia]
0:23:02 Agalloch – Hallways Of Enchanted Ebony
0:32:42 Caladan Brood – To Walk The Ashes Of Dead Empires
0:49:09 Rush – Xanadu

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The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XLI: Fourtress Of Fourtitude

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XLI:
Fourtress Of Fourtitude

Original release date: 15th January 2014
Total length: 3:42:58 in 3 parts

Download link:
https://mega.nz/#!5Sh0AY5Q!Lj3JXJ5UnF97RDHdo06HAcRzoYlzzPfRJX-rzsE8nRI

Ever since I first started making these shows, in May 2009, I’ve never missed a January edition – even before making them monthly. As you’ll no doubt have heard in my 14-minute diatribe at the end of the 40th show in August, I gave my reasons for stopping – and it’s not entirely certain that this is the return to a monthly show – but here the hiatus ends, because it’s January, and so I’ll do what I’ve done for the past four years, and look back at the previous years ending in the same digit.

I’ve gone back to the roots of the name of the show – in fact, I’ve gone even further back, basing this name on Raven Software’s medieval export of Doom – Heretic. Hordes of Chaos X is a custom WAD containing the level called Fortress of Fortitude (it’s map 3 of episode 5), which you see in the promo shot. I’ve modified that title, because we’re going to have FOUR tracks from years ending in FOUR. And you may be surprised at some of the choices I’ve made for 1974, 1984, 1994 and 2004.

The response I get to this show, and another one that will follow in February, determines whether I will go on monthly after that, or shut down again until June. The future of the Hammer is in the hands of those who want to hear more – so, spread the word!

And I’m sure thorcast.co.uk will be worth another look – especially with the Hammer Of Retribution Productions section ever-growing!

PART ONE (1:12:21)
0:02:25 Twilight Of The Gods – Destiny Forged In Blood
0:07:41 Gallowbraid – Oak And Aspen
0:22:40 Appalachian Winter – Wolfen Return [Extra Spotlight]
0:31:06 Deep Purple – Burn [Spotlight: 1974]
0:37:06 UFO – Rock Bottom [Spotlight: 1974]
0:43:33 Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Rock Is My Life And This Is My Song [Spotlight: 1974]
0:48:36 Hawkwind – The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke) [Spotlight: 1974]
0:58:07 Vondur – Rocka Rolla [Covered]
1:02:05 Appalachian Winter – Deep Within The Mountain Forest [Extra Spotlight]

PART TWO (1:17:19)
0:01:02 Celtic Frost – Into The Crypts Of Rays [Spotlight: 1984]
0:05:21 Metallica – Trapped Under Ice [Spotlight: 1984]
0:09:23 Judas Priest – Jawbreaker [Spotlight: 1984]
0:12:49 Iron Maiden – Back In The Village [Spotlight: 1984]
0:21:18 Windir – Stridsmann
0:28:36 Appalachian Winter – Solstice [Extra Spotlight]
0:40:43 Slayer – Killing Fields [Spotlight: 1994]
0:44:30 At The Gates – Forever Blind [Spotlight: 1994]
0:48:36 Machine Head – Blood For Blood [Spotlight: 1994]
0:52:12 Corrosion Of Conformity – Pearls Before Swine [Spotlight: 1994]
1:03:18 Runrig – The Mighty Atlantic (Mara Theme)
1:10:36 Appalachian Winter – Ancestors Of The Lake [Extra Spotlight]

PART THREE (1:13:18)
0:00:54 Ensiferum – Sword Chant [Spotlight: 2004]
0:05:37 Finntroll – Fiskarens Fiende [Spotlight: 2004]
0:09:21 Clutch – (In The Wake Of) The Swollen Goat [Spotlight: 2004]
0:12:23 Forefather – Wudugast [Spotlight: 2004]
0:22:50 Northern Oak – Arbor Low
0:28:04 Old Corpse Road – The Crier Of Claiffe
0:39:35 Appalachian Winter – The Cycle Of Sea And Mountain [Extra Spotlight]
0:47:33 Ravenage – Northbound (Part 1)
0:53:56 Ravenage – The Road To Retribution (Northbound Part II)
1:03:04 Wintersun – The Way Of The Fire (live)

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The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XL: …And All That Was Left Was Silence

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XL:
…And All That Was Left Was Silence

Original release date: 26th August 2013
Total length: 8:55:27 in 8 parts

Download link:
https://mega.nz/#!NbRUDKRL!SXmLNRv6Gwg8ALLLpEXOrcaRb7AnRC5H5qjDqApMKas

This is it, everyone… the end. Well, the end for a while, anyway. And no, your eyes do not deceive you. “XL” may be the Roman numeral for 40, and this is the 40th edition of the Hammer of Retribution Ogg-Cast, but it might also stand for “eXtra Large”, “eXtreme Length”, or other combination of words that don’t start with “X”. It really is as long as you see.

There will be no interior decorating, there will be no proselytising of vegetarianism, there will be no gender politics, there will be no football hooligans, there will be no scientologists, and there will be no hipsters riding fixies. There will be more metal than you thought was possible to handle in one sitting, a lot of it of the Epic And Heathen variety, with the eight-minute barrier being breached fourteen times along the course of the show.

What I have made here is a compilation of everything I’ve come to know and like along the course of making this show regularly over the last two and a half years; as I genuinely have no idea when I will be able to start again, I wanted to finish this run by making a thanks list for all those bands I’ve got to know personally, as well as those who inspired me to take up this podcasting lark in the first place, and I’ve even asked some of my most avid listeners for their contributions, as well as including a whole heap of bands that I’ve discovered, or that the dedicated minions have discovered for me, while I’ve been making the show and who I might not even have noticed had I not been so involved in this for so long.

There was so much to include that I’ve taken up all my available server space, and the show has expanded to an extreme length. Do not be put off by this; you all have media playing machines that are capable of stopping and starting at the same point, don’t you? Even the cheapest heap of junk should be able to do that. Also, you all deserve a full explanation as to why I’m calling a halt to the show, and why I’ve chosen to do it now. That will be in there, I have given my reasons, as well as a few hints as to why I will undoubtedly be tempted to bring the show back again, hopefully in the not too distant future. But I needed a break, and now was the time for it. (NOTE: this lengthy explanation is also available in text form at the hidden section of the Hammer of Retribution website, the Orchard of Lamentations.)

The Flames Of The End gave way to one last fanfare of epic heathen metal, which made the very best possible use of the remaining time available, but even that had to come to a conclusion eventually…

…and all that was left was silence.

PART ONE (1:18:19)
0:03:23 Týr – Hail To The Hammer
0:08:37 Wintersun – Sons Of Winter And Stars
0:22:01 Bathory – Vinland
0:28:05 Twilight Of The Gods – Destiny Forged In Blood
0:36:19 Nokturnal Mortum – Valhalla [Covered]
0:45:26 Vintersorg – Rainbow Demon [Covered]
0:51:29 Twilight’s Embrace – The Dry Land
0:59:46 Ravenage – The Road To Retribution (Northbound Part II)
1:05:23 Old Corpse Road – Glassensikes At Witching Hour

PART TWO (1:11:20)
0:00:30 Oakenshield – Wen Heath
0:07:24 Fyrdsman – Forgotten Beneath The Soil
0:11:55 Winterfylleth – Mam Tor (The Shivering Mountain)
0:18:07 Wodensthrone – The Great Darkness
——- CARL PICKLES’ HAMMER OF WYRD ——————————————————–
0:30:52 Hell – Let Battle Commence
0:36:35 Jettblack – Raining Rock
0:40:16 Jaldaboath – Bash The Bishop
0:44:35 Rob Zombie – Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
0:49:28 My Wooden Pillow – Vein Of Affliction
0:53:01 Scar Symmetry – Domination Agenda
0:57:01 Amon Amarth – Blood Eagle
1:02:03 Rainbow – Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll
—————————————————————————————————————–

PART THREE (1:01:21)
0:00:31 Asomvel – How The Mighty Fall
0:03:51 MonsterSpank – Demon Dice
0:05:45 I – Mountains
0:11:49 The Crown – Total Satan
——- OGG-CASTS OF THE PAST / HAMMER OF RETRIBUTION WORLD TOUR ——-
0:20:22 Bull-Riff Stampede – Advance And Conquer [Metal Battle – UK]
0:25:41 Mysterious Priestess – Seven Moons [Metal Battle – Japan]
0:33:44 Midnight Scream – War Never Changes [Metal Battle – Slovakia]
0:39:42 Rotten Souls – The Possession [Metal Battle – Costa Rica]
0:49:16 The Nine Treasures (九宝 ) – Nuutshai Chadal (神秘之力 ) [Metal Battle – China]
0:53:52 Crimson Shadows – Beyond The Mountain Wasteland [Metal Battle – Canada]
—————————————————————————————————————–

PART FOUR (1:07:27)
0:00:53 Swordbearer – They Came By Wind And Sail
0:10:25 Myrath – Braving The Seas
0:14:41 Winterstorm – Winterheart
0:19:19 Crow Black Sky – Our Path Disdained
——- KERI O’SHEA’S DESOLATE SCREAMS FROM THE VALLEYS ————————
0:33:15 Nordland – Vorscara
0:43:51 Thorr’s Hammer – Norge
0:51:23 Темнозорь – Над струнами вен моих лезвия осени
0:58:40 Dirge In Extremis – Purification Through Fire And Void
—————————————————————————————————————–

PART FIVE (1:00:33)
0:00:31 Arkhamin Kirjasto – The Cult Of No Return
0:05:12 Munruthel – Карпатський Щит
0:11:14 Hiidenhauta – Varjot
——- LENNARD KAMISCHKE’S GERMAN BRAUHAUS OF METAL ————————-
0:29:40 Fjoergyn – Betonlethargie
0:37:00 Annwn – Mountain’s Farewell
0:42:54 Mental Home – Winter Art
0:47:22 Merciless – Crionics
0:50:53 Cathedral – Hopkins (The Witchfinder General)
—————————————————————————————————————–

PART SIX (1:06:16)
0:00:36 Bloodshed Walhalla – Son Of The War
0:07:12 Viðr – Grantre og Bark
0:10:52 Ereb Altor – Awakening
0:18:58 Summoning – Farewell
——- PAUL HOULTON’S RECOMMENDATIONS CORNER ———————————–
0:31:56 Forefather – The Shield-Wall
0:36:06 Immortal – Battles In The North
0:40:17 The Obsessed – Skybone
0:44:05 Old Man’s Child – The Dream Ghost
0:47:45 Sahg – Black Passage
0:53:58 Borknagar – Oceans Rise
0:59:23 Blood Red Throne – Hate Tank
—————————————————————————————————————–

PART SEVEN (1:03:14)
0:00:39 Menhir – Das Hildebrandslied – Teil I
0:09:37 Skálmöld – Kvaðning
0:17:31 Gallowbraid – Ashen Eidolon
0:35:19 Kvelertak – Mjød
0:37:50 Bolt Thrower – The IVth Crusade
0:42:43 Windir – Resurrection Of The Wild
0:48:34 Primordial – Gods To The Godless
0:56:20 Clutch – The Dragonfly

PART EIGHT (1:06:57)
0:01:26 Paradise Lost – Enchantment
0:07:31 Amorphis – My Kantele
0:12:29 Falkenbach – Heralder
0:20:05 At The Gates – The Flames Of The End
0:37:25 Moonsorrow – Tulimyrsky

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The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXXIX: Black Sky At Night… Clisson’s On Fire

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXXIX:
Black Sky At Night… Clisson’s On Fire

Original release date: 15th July 2013
Total length: 4:14:02 in 4 parts

Download link:
https://mega.nz/#!hGRxTY4K!zWl7BZk__LLtmjZxS4bMPGww2RDSNEY8RgPEkFOHqXg

Camlann. Ragnarök. Armageddon. The final battle. The last charge. The big push. The knight’s move. In short: Friday 31st May sees the last Violated before we are plunged screaming into the infernal horrors of the interminable summer lull. You miss out on this one, you’re going cold metal-free turkey until we heroically fight our way free of the pit at the end of October.

So, I ask you, who would be so astoundingly arrogant as to make a statement like that? No prizes for guessing. (NOTE: but I’ll reveal it anyway – Damian Stevenson, the DJ and publicity officer of said Violated, who genuinely believes that because he doesn’t enjoy outdoor festivals, it’s not even remotely possible that anyone else does either. I ask you…) For a variety of reasons, I didn’t even want to be at that last Violated, most of them related to the political pot being stirred in the wrong direction by all the wrong people yet again, but turned up anyway (however briefly…) to unleash a method of avoiding this “interminable summer lull”.

Because, as should be abundantly obvious, I decided not to participate in it. I was at Hellfest, held in late June, barely a week after the release of last month’s show, and – bar a few technical hitches here and there – lived up to expectations, though those technical hitches meant that the bands I’d expected to put in the best performances of the festival had to concede second best to those who were breathing down the leaders’ necks. Those who haven’t read the full review may not know who were the winners and (relative) losers, so listen and find out!

I’ve also highlighted a few bands I didn’t get to see for one reason or another – time clashes or enforced withdrawals being the main problems – and there’s also a bit on how the most notable withdrawal was admirably dealt with. Better still, I’ve got a couple of huge surprises in store as well, which I’m hugely grateful I’ve been able to include before the Grand Finale which will be in a little over a month’s time, and which should have even the most jaded cynic thrusting the horns into the air. Then, with next month’s upcoming extravaganza, the good ship Hammer will sail into the harbour and be sent to the dry dock for essential maintenance, to return to the high seas of metal one fine day in the future…

After the event: to nobody’s surprise, there’s a full written review of Hellfest 2013, which started with the same statement in the first paragraph… to the point where I titled it “What Interminable Summer Lull?”
Part OnePart TwoPart Three

PART ONE (0:58:04)
0:04:00 Mael Mórdha – Manannán
0:11:34 Old Corpse Road – Isobel – Queen Of Scottish Witches
0:22:26 Saxon – Motorcycle Man
0:26:18 Testament – The New Order
0:30:43 Sleep – Holy Mountain
0:40:46 Týr – Shadow Of The Swastika
0:45:06 Aura Noir – Hell’s Fire
0:48:43 Primordial – No Grave Deep Enough

PART TWO (1:06:03)
0:01:06 Bathory – The Sword [Ogg-Casts Of The Past]
0:05:13 Twilight Of The Gods – Fire On The Mountain (1683) [Ogg-Casts Of The Past]
0:13:49 Surtr – The Call
0:18:19 Procession – To Reap Heavens Apart
0:28:31 Manilla Road – Crystal Logic
0:36:30 The Old Dead Tree – We Cry As One
0:43:07 Rotting Christ – Noctis Era
0:49:36 Equilibrium – Unbesiegt
0:55:51 Finntroll – Häxbrygd
0:59:41 Amorphis – Silver Bride

PART THREE (1:07:10)
0:01:42 Wintersun – Starchild
0:09:36 Wintersun – The Way Of The Fire (live)
0:22:47 Waltari – Caught In A Mosh (Caught In A Ska) [Covered]
0:26:48 Svart Crown – Apocalyptic Triumph
0:32:32 Krisiun – The Will To Potency
0:41:11 Spiritual Beggars – Fools Gold
0:44:53 Newsted – King Of The Underdogs
0:53:28 Korpiklaani – Cottages & Saunas
0:56:43 Marduk – With Satan And Victorious Weapons
1:00:54 Hypocrisy – Eraser

PART FOUR (1:02:45)
0:01:40 Clutch – Drink To The Dead
0:06:34 Vektor – Tetrastructural Minds
0:11:55 Koldbrann – Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott
0:20:07 Crowbar – Conquering
0:22:55 Corrosion Of Conformity – Albatross
0:30:18 Down – Stone The Crow
0:36:12 At The Gates – Slaughter Of The Soul
0:40:04 Immortal – Withstand The Fall Of Time
0:51:12 Moonsorrow – Muinaiset

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The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXXVIII: Ellan Vannin

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXXVIII:
Ellan Vannin

Original release date: 15th June 2013
Total length: 3:51:13 in 3 parts

Download link:
https://mega.nz/#!YfRC3YyC!obAE0Gj2HpiziO6E6gYpGrm4WLersJc1co1bsKiFMl4

It’s that time again. Two years ago I made a celebratory Ogg-Cast in honour of being about to go wandering in Cornwall, and even included a cryptic shot of Cligga Head in the evening, with the intention of being there to replicate it. So, guess where I’m going this time?

The smallest of the six Celtic Nations it may be, but the Isle of Man has its own character, its own language, and plenty of sights to see. Plus, as there can’t be anyone who isn’t aware, every year a ton of motorbikes race around its speed-derestricted roads. I’m going for the sights rather than the bikes this year, but I suspect both should be possible at some stage. This show, as I’m sure you can guess, has as many references to the Isle of Man as I could fit in. And, of course, all the usual bits and pieces; I need not say, for instance, who this month’s cover version is dedicated to, as it’s June and it should be obvious. There’s also a warm-up for Hellfest, which I’ll be off to in a few days! So you know what next month’s show will be about.

After the event: as everyone has come to expect, I wrote an extensive tour diary of the five days I spent on the Isle of Man, even if it took until August to finish it. And at over 38,000 words, it is not a trivially short read!
Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart Five

PART ONE (1:18:54)
0:02:06 Damnations Hammer – Throne Of Fire
0:09:26 Oakenshield – Mannin Veen [Isle Of Man Spotlight]
0:13:59 Primordial – Children Of The Harvest
0:25:40 Ereb Altor – I Djupet Så Svart
0:31:51 Fyrdsman – Forgotten Beneath The Soil
0:36:22 Ironwood – A Bond To Sever
0:51:08 Skyforger – Kauja Pie Saules. 1236.
0:55:59 Hollenthon – To Kingdom Come
1:02:33 Legion Of The Damned – Death’s Head March
1:06:15 In The Woods… – …And All This From Which Was And Will Never Come Again [Isle Of Man Spotlight]

PART TWO (1:13:34)
0:01:27 Vintersorg – Till Fjälls [Ogg-Casts Of The Past]
0:08:06 Ensiferum – Wanderer [Ogg-Casts Of The Past]
0:14:36 Swordbearer – The Pathway To The End [Ogg-Casts Of The Past]
0:18:38 Glittertind – Jeg Snører Min Sekk [Ogg-Casts Of The Past]
0:21:12 Dark Forest (Canada) – Wind And Waves [Ogg-Casts Of The Past]
0:34:11 Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts – Box Hill Or Bust! [Isle Of Man Spotlight]
0:37:04 Therapy? – Joey [Isle Of Man Spotlight]
0:41:05 Isle Of Man – Memphis Tennessee [Isle Of Man Spotlight]
0:48:52 Månegarm – Legions Of The North
0:53:36 Ásmegin – Over Ægirs Vidstragte Sletter
0:57:19 Thrudvangar – Heilige Flamme
1:01:19 Hroptatyr – Frankensturm

PART THREE (1:18:45)
0:00:55 Age Of Kings – Fires Beneath [Isle Of Man Spotlight]
0:05:00 Legend – Halls Of The Dead
0:09:17 Nemesis – The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Metal
0:16:53 Old Corpse Road – The Old Corpse Road
0:23:31 Bretwaldas Of Heathen Doom – Beneath The Eaves
0:34:11 Gwydion – Triskelion Horde Is Nigh [Isle Of Man Spotlight]
0:38:41 Ravenage – Triumph In The Trees
0:43:17 Sabaton – Poltava
0:49:15 Mael Mórdha – Vinterblot [Covered]
0:54:16 Moonsorrow – Tuulen Tytär including Soturin Tie
1:05:59 Wodensthrone – The Name Of The Wind

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