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Some time during the course of the second day of the recent Warhorns Festival in Selby, I thought of the marvellous time I was having, and how there were absent friends who weren't sharing in it, whatever the reason was for their absence. So there was only one thing I could do: resurrect the Ogg-Cast, and include every band from the main stage. Crank up the heating and the humidity, drink plenty of mead and Warhorns Warrior's Ale, and play this loud to recreate the experience.

This is also the first Ogg-Cast ever split into sub-80-minute bitesize parts, which was the majority opinion when I asked what I should do.

PART THREE: the rest of the bands on Saturday, a somewhat lengthy update on the state of your host, and a suitable Grand Finale!

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Some time during the course of the second day of the recent Warhorns Festival in Selby, I thought of the marvellous time I was having, and how there were absent friends who weren't sharing in it, whatever the reason was for their absence. So there was only one thing I could do: resurrect the Ogg-Cast, and include every band from the main stage. Crank up the heating and the humidity, drink plenty of mead and Warhorns Warrior's Ale, and play this loud to recreate the experience.

This is also the first Ogg-Cast ever split into sub-80-minute bitesize parts, which was the majority opinion when I asked what I should do.

PART TWO: Lennard brings us a new Tunes Of Yore, plus half the Saturday bands and an acoustic interlude.

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460>_11687535

Some time during the course of the second day of the recent Warhorns Festival in Selby, I thought of the marvellous time I was having, and how there were absent friends who weren't sharing in it, whatever the reason was for their absence. So there was only one thing I could do: resurrect the Ogg-Cast, and include every band from the main stage. Crank up the heating and the humidity, drink plenty of mead and Warhorns Warrior's Ale, and play this loud to recreate the experience.

This is also the first Ogg-Cast ever split into sub-80-minute bitesize parts, which was the majority opinion when I asked what I should do.

PART ONE: all the action from the Friday!

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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