Näin kaikki päättyy, näen sen nyt; tämä sivu on viimeinen...
Or, in English: this is how it ends, I can see it now; this page will be the last. This is the final episode of Series Two of The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast, and there is a very real possibility that it will not return.
But I will not be going gently into that dark night that is full of terrors. For what I leave my loyal listeners with is a double-length show, well over seven hours, that aims to be the ultimate definition of Epic Heathen Metal, with all the bands you'd expect to hear in such a compilation. One band has been given more than one slot, because this doubles as a celebration of Moonsorrow's seventh album, Jumalten Aika - five years in the making and no worse off for it.
There's no getting away from it, though - a lot has to change in my life and that of those around me before I will even think of returning, and as with the last time I walked away from the podcasting world, I've ended with a 13-minute diatribe that should explain everything, which will go unheard by everyone who needs to hear it.
Let this show stand for longer than normal as a stone of remembrance to the quality of the bands I picked and the effort I put in monthly for only a handful of witnesses, and to remind those who missed out that you never know what you've got and how good it is until it's gone.
And so departs the wanderer...
So, the date is 29th February, and this means two things:
(1) It's a leap year and we're on our extra day!
(2) The Old Angel in Nottingham is closing for refurbishment that will see it lose its gig venue.
Obviously one of these is a crushing loss to the local scene, but I won't let it go out without some kind of celebration of the fine nights out I've had there over the last fifteen years - and that stretches back to before I even moved here. I've twinned the theme of the show with that of the memorable date that we won't see again until 2020, and if you're wondering how I managed to crowbar that in, then you'll have to listen and find out, won't you?
As it was in the time since mid-January, there'll be a six-week gap between this show and the next, which is the last in the current series and will be a time-no-object behemoth. Then I can get some much-needed downtime before the festival edition in (probably) late August or early September...
The day that none of us could ever quite believe would arrive, *did* arrive on 28th December 2015 - as Ian Fraser Kilmister, known to us as Lemmy, was finally granted his wish to be "easy" when he was... killed by death. Fairly obviously, a decent chunk of this show has been handed over to paying a suitable tribute to the metal titan who just barely scraped past his 70th birthday but never had a chance to play a gig at that age. Eight Motörhead tracks feature in this show, two Hawkwind tracks, and three Motörhead covers.
This is a January show and so, as always, there will be a look back at years ending in the same digit, so I've selected and presented some of the highlights from 1976, 1986, 1996 and 2006. Lennard's had a crack at both themes of the show as well, although between us we've unearthed a few unsavoury characters that will hopefully not have everyone heading for the hills.
Lemmy may have left us in the flesh, but his legacy will continue to be indestructible.
Here at Hammer Of Retribution Towers, we would like to invite you to a birthday party. In a mere ten days from now, as the rest of the country scoffs turkey and stuffing, pulls crackers and watches Her Madge tell us about the corgis' latest trip to the vet, Iron Maiden will be celebrating 40 years as a band. Or, at least, 40 years since Steve Harris got together with a few of his mates, picked up his bass and started to twang the intro of Innocent Exile.
So I thought this was an occasion worth celebrating - and how. I've made this Ogg-Cast to include 21 Iron Maiden tracks - one from the demos, one from each of their 16 albums and four from the B-sides, which span a period from 1973 (a B-side originally written for Gypsy's Kiss) all the way to a few months ago. Interspersed with these, given that Iron Maiden have had a few line-up changes over the years, are many of the bands that represent the "ins" and the "outs" from 1979-99, when the line-up stabilised to what we know it as today, and with some solo and side projects thrown in for good measure.
The total is just over five hours, and a band of the calibre of Iron Maiden deserve no less.
And yes, I know there have been a few lowlights - so to mark out the baseline for what they did even on an off-day, don't forget to listen first to the Rusty Hag compilation at: http://www.4shared.com/mp3/zxsIi9D5ce/Rusty_Hag.html - then some of the references in *this* show will make more sense!
UP THE IRONS!
This month, for various complicated and boring reasons, I needed to make a showthat was both a bit shorter than usual, and was quick and easy to make. So I thought - if I reduce the track listing to half its usual number, that means I only have half the amount of script to write and record, and I can fit in just as much musical content if I ramp up the track length.
So, the Ogg-Cast has gone right back to basics. This is what we like - Epic Heathen Metal, with every track ticking the "epic" box by crashing through the ten-minute banner, and the "heathen" box by being welcomed to events such as Warhorns and Heidenfest, no questions asked, whether or not they come dressed in furs with mjølners round their necks.
There are over three hours of musical content as usual, but a mere fourteen tracks, Lennard contributing four of these in the longest Tunes Of Yore ever. All are of exceptionally high quality, that I assure you. And as for the promo picture: if in doubt as to what represents epic and heathen better than everything else on glorious high-definition, Iceland will always come to the rescue.
The original draft of Ogg-Cast LXI never saw the light of day; it was revised at the last minute to remove a fifteen-minute rant which I figured would test the patience of even my most dedicated listener. It was supposed to have filled the time between Weena being abruptly cut off and Alestorm being introduced; Lennard would later make brief reference to my words in Tunes Of Yore, and I left in a comment at the end of the episode along the lines of "...as you'd know if you didn't skip over it."
So far everyone has skipped the rant because it was removed from the final cut. However, I have not let it go to waste. This is it, in its unedited form - a quarter of an hour of me setting the record straight on why I am so dedicated to the folk metal scene, what it represents to me and those around me who are also a part of it, why Karl Spracklen has made such a catastrophic error of judgement, and the terrible consequences that his badly-chosen words will have for us should they catch the attention of that walking blight on humanity known as the social justice warrior. Those of us who remember the witch-hunts of 2010 know perfectly well that those who are drunk with self-righteous political zeal are far from confined to their keyboards. The threat is real. Hence, The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast supports folk metal and will forever stand strong with the scene, with an axe kept suitably sharp.
If you've listened to Ogg-Cast LXI already, listening to this as well is far from compulsory, but you are openly encouraged to do so.
Never mind that what we see in this picture is Doc Brown from 1955 looking on in wonder that his grand plan worked to send ONE POINT TWENTY ONE JIGAWATTS into a device he had only dreamed at this point and would not build for another 30 years and then its fuel source wasn't readily available. It's the future that concerns us - the future from the second film in the trilogy, which we are about to land in. You see the date the Doc landed: 21st October, 2015. It's a mere six days away. So I've themed this Ogg-Cast around time travel, and around any references I can find to the Back To The Future trilogy. It is, after all, my all-time favourite film series, and not just because I see quite a lot of myself in Doc Brown's eccentricity.
Prepare yourselves for a few bands you wouldn't usually hear on this show. And also, prepare yourselves for a rebuttal to the misguided words of a certain Leeds academic which could have dreadful repercussions for anyone associated with folk metal... which I am, and I will never apologise for it. A separate fifteen-minute minicast will follow this show detailing all my objections.
1995 was something of a turbulent year in my life (which I explain during this episode for those who were still unaware), but it brought one momentous occasion for reasons I like to remember: my first ever gig. You can see the evidence in the promo picture - I chose an excellent place to start!
So, seeing as a full twenty years have passed since that day, I thought I'd celebrate with a romp through some of the festival highlights I've had over the years. Starting with Donington 1995, obviously, I'll also cover my first European jaunt to Graspop in 2000, my first visit to Wacken in 2002 that ensured eleven repeat visits, and the epic trip to Norway in 2006 for Oslo's Inferno festival. With regards the Wacken I missed this year, I've still had a look through the latest crop of Metal Battle bands and brought the highlights - of the 28 bands from around the world you've never heard of before, you'll hear the top five. And with the latest Warhorns just around the corner, back to full strength once more, Lennard celebrates his return to our shores with a preview of what he's looking forward to seeing there.
Also, I've added up which bands I've seen live the most, and come up with a top... nine, ensuring all of them get played at some stage in the show.
So, here's to another twenty years of headbanging, eardrum-splitting and pain... all for a good cause.
That is, if I don't get lynched for the intro to this one...
I've done Wacken twelve times. I've done Graspop three times, back in the day. I've done Hellfest and Metal Camp twice. There have been others. But now I must head to pastures new in European festival territory, and in a 160-year-old Habsburg Empire fortress in the Czech Republic, Brutal Assault lies in wait!
I'd been meaning to get to this one for some time, and after a couple of false starts. I finally made it. What you have here is a review of all the bands I saw deliberately - any I only witnessed in passing, for less than ten minutes, or openly disliked have been left off. After all, there were 114 to choose from and I only have room for 30 or so. Lennard's picked four bands he thinks I should have seen for Tunes Of Yore - and anyone looking for the monthly cover version and strange demos of Liber Oscura, don't worry, they're in there, I've just had to keep them short.
I fully expect anyone who listens to this Ogg-Cast, reads the review that will follow and looks at the pictures will be incredibly jealous and will be begging me to go next year...
Before I discovered the vast depth of epic heathen metal back in 2003 (which has exploded even further since then), the main focus of my early twenties had always been stoner rock. I never quite knew why, given that I've never touched "the leaf" in my life, but you really can't go wrong with overt Black Sabbath and Hawkwind worship, can you? It's been a while since I last revisited this phase of my listening career quite so explicitly - you'll have to go right back to Ogg-Cast 18, "Doom Over The World", from October 2011. So, quite a long way overdue, I've made another stoner/doom themed Ogg-Cast; light up your bong, let the room fill with thick, white, funny-smelling smoke, and let this be your soundtrack until the police batter down your door and throw you in jail (which is something that'll have happened to several of the bands on show, rather more than once).
As ever, I've thrown in some contributions from those I've known in person over the years whose bands fit the remit of the show. I've fulfilled my promise to dig out the single most obscure demo track in my collection which is so little known that even the kvltest of black metal aficionados will die of shock.
Lennard's been busy plundering the stoner/doom section of his music collection to contribute to Tunes Of Yore - it's nowhere as extensive as mine, but he's still come up with the goods. He also wants me to provide you a link, here, to where you can find the downloads of Saith's two albums, if you like what you hear. And so I will. BECAUSE OF ITS POWER. http://www.student.oulu.fi/~lind/
A shout must also go to Rock Stoner Radio Colombia, who will recognise at least two of the not-very-well-known-worldwide bands I've featured here. If you want a lot more stonery podcasting, find them at http://rockstonerradio.podomatic.com/ and give their show a listen.