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Midgardsblot Metalfestival - Borre, Vestfold, Norway 18-20/8/16

Midgardsblot Metalfestival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway 18-20/8/16

Background Set amongst the Viking burial mounds of Borre in Norway, Midgardsblot is held on one of Norway’s most important national heritage sites and a place that was clearly of great importance to the Vikings who once resided here. The festival gives attendees the opportunity.. Read More
Metalfest Open Air - Lochotin Cirque, Pilsen, Czech Republic 3rd-5th June 2016

Metalfest Open Air – Lochotin Cirque, Pilsen, Czech Republic 3rd-5th June 2016

Day One  There seems be an exponentially increasing number of festivals to choose from each year, with every conceivable gimmick used to tempt in the discerning metalhead. Metalfest Open Air has no need for such gimmicks and in some ways could be considered a perfect.. Read More
Mutoid Waste Company – Punkx – London Granary Square 4/6/16

Mutoid Waste Company – Punkx – London Granary Square 4/6/16

Legendary performance arts collective The Mutoid Waste Company have been around since the early 80’s and there is a good chance that if you have been on the festival scene you will have wondered if you were seeing things when they turned up with vehicular.. Read More
Interview – Cult of Luna

Interview – Cult of Luna

Active for the better part of two decades, Cult of Luna are one of Sweden’s best-loved post rock/hardcore/sludge treasures. Having just released a collaborative album, ‘Mariner’, with the formidable Julie Christmas, it’s currently all systems go for the six-piece as they are in the midst.. Read More
Inferno Festival - Day 1 Oslo, Norway 23/3/16

Inferno Festival – Day 1 Oslo, Norway 23/3/16

Wednesday 23rd March 2016. I can’t believe a year has passed since my inaugural visit to this festival in 2015. Monitoring the band announcements over the year still gives me an air of excitement especially on the undercard slots which more often than not are.. Read More
Doom Over London Part 1 – London Dome 25/3/16

Doom Over London Part 1 – London Dome 25/3/16

Easter Weekend and held over 3 days, Doom Over London hits town at a busy time that sees a stack of gigs as well as other festivals such as Inferno in Oslo and North Of The Wall in Glasgow. This annual event has really expanded.. Read More
Interview - Entombed A.D.

Interview – Entombed A.D.

Well documented kerfuffles caused the implosion of one of the most respected and veteran Swedish death metal bands Entombed and we were worried that it was going to be a case of them resting in pieces for a while. Steely grit and determination paid off.. Read More
Albums Of The Year 2015

Albums Of The Year 2015

Pete Woods (Editor) It’s been a real struggle just whittling this down to a mere 20 choices. Anyone that tells you that there has been no good music this year obviously is suffering from stupidity, serious wax in the ears or simply not listening to.. Read More
Slayer, Anthrax, Kvelertak - Leeds Academy 28/11/15

Slayer, Anthrax, Kvelertak – Leeds Academy 28/11/15

Possibly the most hotly anticipated thrash bill of the year with half of the big four playing on one bill this was a night of thrash remembrance for some and an initiation ceremony for the new fans, and some completed the checklist of seeing the.. Read More
Damnation Festival – Leeds University 7/11/15

Damnation Festival – Leeds University 7/11/15

A quick meet up with friends who would not be seen again all day in the sprawl of four stages, a mass of people and 27 bands and it’s time to go charging around and trying to watch and cover as many of them as.. Read More
Deathcrusher Tour (Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod, Herod) - Manchester Ritz, 30/10/15

Deathcrusher Tour (Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod, Herod) – Manchester Ritz, 30/10/15

Back when this tour was announced I will admit I got a tad excited about it. Obituary and Napalm Death, two of my favourite live acts on the same bill, some good no nonsense thrash in the form of Voivod and Smeg and The Head’s.. Read More
ProgPower Europe - JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands Part 2

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands Part 2

Sunday 4th October What I heard was a mess. What I saw was a six piece band including a bemused-looking woman in a pure white robe who stuck out like a sore thumb from the others. The band in question was Until Rain from Greece... Read More
Interview - Nervosa

Interview – Nervosa

  Before we crack on with this, here’s an author’s note/disclaimer: I’ve never done a sit down, face to face interview for a website before, so putting it bluntly, I was shitting myself all day. From waking up until the moment I sat down opposite.. Read More
Bloodstock Open Air 2015 - Catton Hall Derbyshire Part 1

Bloodstock Open Air 2015 – Catton Hall Derbyshire Part 1

Bloodstock has become a regular fixture in my gig calendar since I first went there in 2011 given it was cheaper than most of the other English Festivals, It wasn’t in France and unlike Wacken, which turned ridiculous with the idea that they would release.. Read More
Interview - Exodus

Interview – Exodus

I was scheduled to interview Exodus on their second night at the Underworld, and it’s a jolly good thing too, as it transpired that they’d missed all the interviews the night before owing to being stuck in Calais when French dock workers went on strike.. Read More
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 - Deadlock

Interview – Deadlock

Formed in 1997 German band Deadlock mix up pummelling muscular melodies and songs with a social conscious, which has seen them building up a loyal fan-base over 7 excellent albums. Unfortunately it’s not always been an easy path especially in the run up to latest.. Read More
Interview - Forteresse

Interview – Forteresse

Forteresse. In the wake of their truly exceptional new album, Thèmes Pour La Rébellion (see the review if you haven’t already http://www.avenoctum.com/2016/06/forteresse-themes-pour-la-rebellion-sepulchral-productions ) Ave Noctum were given the opportunity to send an interview the way of guitarist Moribond, a little bit of a wish come true.. Read More
Interview - Warhorns Festival

Interview – Warhorns Festival

The small but perfectly formed Warhorns festival has become a bit of a highlight over the last few years. Nestled deep in Viking country in Selby, North Yorkshire, a short stone’s throw from historic York/Jorvik, it has a warmth and enthusiasm rare these days and.. Read More
Latest Album Reviews
Wretch – S/T (Bad Omen Records)

Wretch – S/T (Bad Omen Records)

Right from the off, I need to be honest that writing an unbiased review of this album is going to be a bloody hard thing to do. The Gates of Slumber, Wretch vocalist/guitarist Karl Simon’s prior outfit was one of my all time favourite doom.. Read More
Morrow – Covenant of Teeth (Alterta Antifascista/Halo of Flies/Chaos Ritual)

Morrow – Covenant of Teeth (Alterta Antifascista/Halo of Flies/Chaos Ritual)

A quick glance at Morrow’s past affiliations will give you an insight into whether this is a release you’ll enjoy or not (Fall of Efrafa, Light Bearer, Anopheli, etc.) They are considered to be something of an underground super group and it’s easy to see.. Read More
Crowhurst – II (Broken Limbs)

Crowhurst – II (Broken Limbs)

To me, the name Crowhurst has the aura of a sinister-sounding public school. In fact this band from Los Angeles specialise in experimental black industrial noise. Their lead member has been likened to a 70’s Miles Davis, which as an observation was lost on me,.. Read More
Latest Film Reviews
We Are The Flesh – Emiliano Rocha Minter (Arrow)

We Are The Flesh – Emiliano Rocha Minter (Arrow)

Mexico might not be the first place that you think of as a country prolific in making genre cinema. However with the high profile output of Guillermo del Toro whose career started with the excellent vampire flick Cronos in 1993 there has certainly been a.. Read More
The Bloodstained Butterfly – Duccio Tessari (Arrow)

The Bloodstained Butterfly – Duccio Tessari (Arrow)

There’s little danger of running out of giallo film for release in this country such was the huge proliferation of them to flood Italy after the massive success of Dario Argento’s directorial full length feature The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970). Although the most.. Read More
K-Shop – Dan Pringle (Bulldog Film Distribution)

K-Shop – Dan Pringle (Bulldog Film Distribution)

I only heard about this after seeing a very attention catching trailer shared around by Cult Labs. It definitely made me want to see the film and luckily a link was provided via a PR company. It would be a real shame if K-Shop slips.. Read More
Latest Live Reviews
Midgardsblot Metalfestival - Borre, Vestfold, Norway 18-20/8/16

Midgardsblot Metalfestival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway 18-20/8/16

Day Three The music was scheduled to begin at 14:00 on day 3, so I took the opportunity to have a look at some of the Viking artifacts in the Midgard Center, and to have a walk around Borrepark amongst the Burial mounds, overlooking the.. Read More
T.S.O.L, The Dwarves, MDC & Hard Skin – London Underworld 3/8/16

T.S.O.L, The Dwarves, MDC & Hard Skin – London Underworld 3/8/16

Great line up this and a stop off on way to Rebellion Festival for many of the bands, perfect for those of us in London not able to take a holiday in the sun. Originally Mischief Brew were to open but obviously after the death.. Read More
Raging Speedhorn, Stone Ghost, By Any Means, This Is Turin - Liverpool Arts Club 19/7/16

Raging Speedhorn, Stone Ghost, By Any Means, This Is Turin – Liverpool Arts Club 19/7/16

There’s nothing quite like a good old nostalgia trip! Raging Speedhorn were tearing the place up back at the turn of the millennium with their twin vocal assault and blistering riffs filled with dirty and violent sludge. As vocalist John said, when I asked him.. Read More
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