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Interview - Vintersorg

Interview – Vintersorg

Vintersorg, the man, the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, has contributed to more than 25 albums since 1994, encompassing many different styles of Metal. His past and present bands include Otyg, Fission, Waterclime, Havayoth and Cronian, but is probably best known for fronting Borknagar since the turn.. Read More
Interview - Thine

Interview – Thine

‘All things come to he who waits’ goes the saying and in Thine’s case, it feels particularly apt. Back in 2002, the band’s star was very much in the ascent. 1998’s eclectic and well-received debut ‘A Town Like This’ was followed up in 2002 with.. Read More
Incineration Festival – London Garage 10/5/14

Incineration Festival – London Garage 10/5/14

  This new and highly anticipated festival catering for the extreme black and death metal audiences had been creating a lot of interest almost as soon as it was announced and with each new band getting added, the bill just kept getting better and better... Read More
Interview - Conan

Interview – Conan

Ah, Conan. Lords of heaviness and thunder. With Blood Eagle still pounding in our ears, and gigs on the way, we managed to grab a little email time with guitarist/vocalist Jon Davis and took stock of what the view looks like for them from Crom’s.. Read More
Interview – Kampfar

Interview – Kampfar

Kampfar was one of the bands that defined dark, extreme pagan metal back in the 1990s and has always managed to keep its hobnailed boots planted firmly in respectable black metal territory. Now, with the band’s 20th anniversary approaching, Kampfar is back with a vengeance,.. 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
Interview - Cynic

Interview – Cynic

It’s an oft-used cliché but in the case of renowned prog-death-metal crew Cynic, it really is no exaggeration to state that they have never played by the rules. From their 1993 debut ‘Focus’, the prodigious talents of the band were plain for all to see.. Read More
Albums Of The Year 2013

Albums Of The Year 2013

  So it is done, another year and another round up about what has really made its mark with the music we love in 2013. This is everyone’s most difficult task of the year and it seems that this one has been harder than ever... Read More
Interview - Conflict

Interview – Conflict

If you are a regular reader of this site the chances are you like your music to be edgy and confrontational. It is not always meant to be safe, indeed sometimes it can even be downright dangerous and contentious. As far as punk rock is.. Read More
Interview - Hail Of Bullets

Interview – Hail Of Bullets

Having set their sights on Russia, Japan and North Africa most recently, it was now time for Ave Noctum to fall in the firing line of Hail Of Bullets’ immense armoury. Rather than the blood, shit and severed limbs which we were worried might result.. Read More
Damnation Festival – Leeds University 2/11/12

Damnation Festival – Leeds University 2/11/12

You can tell how successful a festival is by the amount of people there and even as we enter the labyrinth Leeds University to negotiate the four stages that the event has been expanded to the first band on our list are playing to a.. Read More
Interview - Autopsy

Interview – Autopsy

In the mid-nineties, when death metal was as popular as Cradle Of Filth is now, I discovered an album. Not just any album, but a second-hand copy of Autopsy’s ‘Mental Funeral’. On my descent into the obscure world of death metal, this commandment would go.. Read More
Interview - Solefald

Interview – Solefald

One thing that was rather a big surprise was to find out that Solefald were not only going to play their first dates since 1998 but also they were going to kick off the ‘Fire Walks With Me’ Tour alongside Vreid and In Vain in.. Read More
Interview - Vreid

Interview – Vreid

After an unusually quiet year for Vried, the band came back with a vengeance last month with their sixth album Welcome Farewell. Darker and more direct than its predecessor it will no doubt get an airing over the coming months as the band gear up.. Read More
Interview - Voivod

Interview – Voivod

  Just an hour and a bit before this interview was due to take place I could have literally killed technology as I had what can only be described as a bastard power cut. Surrounded by candles with analogue phone but questions on the useless.. Read More
Interview - Shining - Niklas Kvarforth

Interview – Shining – Niklas Kvarforth

  As far as depressive blackened textures are concerned there are few more adept at painting them musically than the Swedish band Shining. Perhaps for some the thought of approaching the music is too off putting as dwelling on the dark side is not to.. Read More
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Interview - Eastern Front

Interview – Eastern Front

Ave Noctum’s Mark Eve recently caught up with Destroyer, bass player for UKBM war machine, Eastern Front for a quick chat about the stonking new record – ‘Descent Into Genocide’ AN: What have people’s responses to the new album been like? Destroyer:: So far the.. Read More
Interview - Serpent Venom

Interview – Serpent Venom

Recently released and recently blown many pairs of speakers, ‘Of Things Seen & Unseen’ is a real game changer for London based doom outfit Serpent Venom. I feel especially motivated by the genuine urgency of this release having been a fan of the band from.. Read More
Interview - Devilish Impressions

Interview – Devilish Impressions

  Poland has a rich history of blackened death metal bands. Devilish Impressions was formed in 2000, since when they have been enhancing the genre with atmospheric and symphonic elements. As a follow-up to the band’s third album “Simulacra” in 2012, an EP “Adventvs” has.. Read More
Latest Album Reviews
Steve Bastado & The Albert Hoffman Experience – Centurion 29110 (Flicknife)

Steve Bastado & The Albert Hoffman Experience – Centurion 29110 (Flicknife)

There is no denying that Steve Bastado aka Steve (Speed Machine) Redman has led one hell of an interesting life. He probably has the scars to prove it and he definitely has the tattoos. He was in both the Magic Mushroom Band and Nik Turners.. Read More
Xerath – III (Candlelight)

Xerath – III (Candlelight)

  Thanks to UK Metallers Xerath’s consistent live work it appears that I am one of the few Ave Noctum scribes to be unfamiliar with the band. So why, therefore does it fall upon me to review their imaginatively titled 3rd album…“III”? Well it appears.. Read More
Onheil - Storm Is Coming (Cyclone Empire)

Onheil – Storm Is Coming (Cyclone Empire)

Apparently going since 1999, this is my first crossing of paths with Dutch band Onheil, who describe themselves as blackened thrash/heavy metal. Add ‘highly melodic’ in there and you’re about spot on. The melody comes mostly courtesy of Maidenesque guitar runs, the blackened from the.. Read More
Latest Film Reviews
Adjust Your Tracking (Wienerworld)

Adjust Your Tracking (Wienerworld)

If you know all about adjusting tracking then you lived through the video age, congratulations on surviving the frustration of fizzy screens and blurry images with lots of buzzing noise. Long before taking DVD for granted the video cassette and the clunky old top loading.. Read More
Lurking Fear – C Courtney Joiner (88 Films)

Lurking Fear – C Courtney Joiner (88 Films)

“The thing came abruptly and unannounced; a demon, rat-like, scurrying from pits remote and unimaginable, a hellish panting and stifled grunting, and then from that opening beneath the chimney a burst of multitudinous and leprous life – a loathsome night-spawned flood of organic corruption more.. Read More
Tourist Trap – David Schmoeller (88 Films)

Tourist Trap – David Schmoeller (88 Films)

Tourist Trap 1979 was one of many films made under Charles Band’s Empire Pictures (which later became Full Moon Productions) stable in the booming golden video age. Band himself was a director and producer responsible for many stand-alone films and franchises such as the very.. Read More
Latest Live Reviews
Pentagram Chile, Ravens Creed, Craven Idol, Hybris & Ataud – London Purple Turtle 2/8/14

Pentagram Chile, Ravens Creed, Craven Idol, Hybris & Ataud – London Purple Turtle 2/8/14

South American styled, savage black thrashing madness fills the venue at the ungodly time of 4.30 as 1st band Ataud kick this show off. Unlike the others on the bill this lot are completely new to me but the trio hammer away with conviction, getting.. Read More
Possessed, Grave Miasma & Unfathomable Ruination – London Garage 28/7/14

Possessed, Grave Miasma & Unfathomable Ruination – London Garage 28/7/14

If you had not encountered anything in the way of death metal since the headliners had released their two classic albums you would have wondered just what had happened in the last 3 decades for it to evolve into what we were being battered senseless.. Read More
UK Tech-Fest - Newark Showground 13/7/14

UK Tech-Fest – Newark Showground 13/7/14

After the over-riding success of last year’s event, Tech-Fest returned bigger, bolder and brighter. This year saw the team take over the Newark Showground with its simple access to hangars for the stages, merch stands, bar and promoters. Not to mention the outbuildings for the.. Read More
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