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Czech Metal Fest - Plzen, Amfitéatr Lochotin 5th June 2015

Czech Metal Fest – Plzen, Amfitéatr Lochotin 5th June 2015

Day One 2015 is turning out to be my Euro trotting year with Norway’s Inferno already under my belt and Wacken Open Air later this year venturing to one of my favourite countries in Europe for an open air metal fest was an easy decision... Read More
Incineration Festival – Camden London 9/5/15

Incineration Festival – Camden London 9/5/15

This festival hardly started small but in the space of a year has grown substantially and moved up from The Garage to no less than four venues in the heart of Camden. With 30 bands playing over the course of the day and night things.. Read More
Inferno Festival - Oslo, Norway - 1st April 2015

Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway – 1st April 2015

  Day One – Wednesday 1st April The 15th anniversary of Norway’s most prestigious metal festival had me saving up for months prior to descending upon it. The second incarnation of Blastfest held in February was also a tempting proposition with an all star extreme.. Read More
Interview - Negura Bunget

Interview – Negura Bunget

Originally done as a news piece for Iron Fist Magazine founding member of Negura Bunget Negru had plenty to say in regards to new album Tău, the first part of a planned trilogy. One of his answers alone would have taken up the entire word.. Read More
Interview - Mysticum

Interview – Mysticum

This interview was originally conducted for Iron Fist Magazine which is now out and available in all good newsagents and online. Check out the link at the bottom and grab a copy of the most unadulterated metal mag you will find on the shelves anywhere... Read More
Albums Of The Year 2014

Albums Of The Year 2014

  Pete Woods What a year as far as music was concerned, even if everything else is pretty much shit it is the tonic that keeps us going through it all and there has been no shortage of choice. It would not have been too.. Read More
Nekromantik – Jorg Buttgereit (Arrow)

Nekromantik – Jorg Buttgereit (Arrow)

“Warning: Some of this film may be seen as grossly offensive and should not be shown to minors!!!” As this appears on the screen along with a childish home-made font with the movie title, everyone in attendance at the Kings Cross Scala cinema sunk that.. Read More
Interview - Cavalera Conspiracy With Iggor

Interview – Cavalera Conspiracy With Iggor

It’s not every day you get to sit down and have a conversation with a metal legend, so when I was informed that I had the chance to interview Iggor Cavalera after reviewing the latest Cavalera Conspiracy album, Pandemonium, (You can read it here: http://www.avenoctum.com/2014/10/cavalera-conspiracy-pandemonium-napalm/).. Read More
Interview - Voices

Interview – Voices

It’s absolutely no secret that Voices second album London, a concept to our Capital city has completely blown me away. Mixing so much emotion, atmosphere and extremity into its cinematic hour long playing time it’s a real feast and a beast of an album. Naturally.. Read More
Damnation Festival - Leeds University 1/11/14

Damnation Festival – Leeds University 1/11/14

It’s time for the most hectic day of the year with no less than 27 bands playing over four stages. Celebrating its tenth year anniversary Damnation Festival has risen from strength to strength and actually sold out here today. It’s definitely the biggest one day.. Read More
Interview – Dayal Patterson on Black Metal Evolution Of The Cult

Interview – Dayal Patterson on Black Metal Evolution Of The Cult

If you like black metal chances are you have heard of the fantastic new Feral House published book ‘Black Metal Evolution Of The Cult.’ In fact you have probably bought it like I did at the first available opportunity and been devouring it page by.. Read More
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Interview – All Pigs Must Die

Interview – All Pigs Must Die

Since signing to Southern Lord back in 2011 All Pigs Must Die have gone from strength to strength, with 2013’s ‘Nothing Violates This Nature’ gaining popularity of a monstrous magnitude. Housing members from the likes of Converge and The Hope Conspiracy, it’s understandable that this.. Read More
Interview - Armored Saint

Interview – Armored Saint

Criminally overlooked, often considered underrated and going largely unrecognised by the masses, only really sought out and appreciated for those with a finer taste in all things thrash and 80’s metal, Armored Saint are one of the best bands out there still going strong after.. Read More
Interview - Obsequiae

Interview – Obsequiae

Aria Of Vernal Tombs, the second album from strangely named US act Obsequiae is certainly a breath of fresh air and quite different from most music around at the moment. Melding what seems like two separate timeframes together and seamlessly combining modern black metal along.. Read More
Latest Album Reviews
Cut Up – Forensic Nightmares (Metal Blade)

Cut Up – Forensic Nightmares (Metal Blade)

Vomitory were a band I first got blown away by when they played with Cannibal Corpse at the Camden Underworld in 2000, in support of their excellent ‘Redemption’ album. Although I stopped shelling out for their CDs some years back, for no particular reason, the.. Read More
Dying Humanity - Deadened (Bastardized)

Dying Humanity – Deadened (Bastardized)

Chemnitz based five piece Dying Humanity return with their fourth album “Deadened”.  The album itself is a heavy mix of groove metal, thrash metal and death metal, taking the heaviness, intensity and power of all styles, adding in some powerful track themes about mental instability.. Read More
Precaria – Precaria Ex Humanitas (Desavenencia)

Precaria – Precaria Ex Humanitas (Desavenencia)

Mexico isn’t the first place that you think of when it comes to hateful and nihilistic black metal, but it just might be, after you’ve heard this first full-length album from Precaria. Released last year in limited quantities, ‘Precaria Ex Humanitas’ is the work of.. Read More
Latest Film Reviews
The Happiness Of The Katakuris – Takashi Miike (Arrow)

The Happiness Of The Katakuris – Takashi Miike (Arrow)

Regular readers to these film reviews maybe shocked to know that this writer does NOT do Romcoms or Musicals! Of course there is always the odd exception to the rule and if for instance one is made that throws say cannibals or zombies into the.. Read More
Milano Calibro 9 – Fernando Di Leo (Arrow)

Milano Calibro 9 – Fernando Di Leo (Arrow)

It’s time to enter the gritty criminal underworld of Italian cinema courtesy of one of its principal innovators Fernando Di Leo. This is a time when men were rugged and ruthless, cops snapped at their heels like savage dogs and women were just as deadly,.. Read More
Society – Brian Yuzna (Arrow)

Society – Brian Yuzna (Arrow)

They simply don’t make them like this anymore and horror films today on the whole really lack any creative spark being all too reliant on others ideas. That’s why we are inundated with remakes and re-imaginings with it being rare that anyone brings anything new.. Read More
Latest Live Reviews
Exodus, English Dogs, The Heretic Order - London Underworld – 24/6/15

Exodus, English Dogs, The Heretic Order – London Underworld – 24/6/15

After arriving early at The Underworld in order to interview Jack Gibson of Exodus (interview to be posted once transcribed) I had half an hour to kill before the first band took to the stage, so I went to grab a bite to eat. However.. Read More
Motörhead, Rockhal Box, Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg 23/06/15

Motörhead, Rockhal Box, Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg 23/06/15

After the experience of last week’s Judas Priest gig, I’d be lying if I said I had any confidence that tonight’s crowd would be any better. But from the get-go, there was a tangible air of excitement among the masses even before a note had.. Read More
Birdeatsbaby, Gabby Young & Death In Texas – London Black Heart 18/6/15

Birdeatsbaby, Gabby Young & Death In Texas – London Black Heart 18/6/15

It’s very colourful walking into The Black Heart this evening with a display of trippy feathered jewellery, masks and old photos on display at the side of the room. It’s still fairly thin on the ground but things have a real air of intimacy as.. Read More
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