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MIdgardsblot Metal Festival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway August 16-18 2018 (Part 2)

MIdgardsblot Metal Festival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway August 16-18 2018 (Part 2)

DAY 2 SATURDAY The first band weren’t due on until 15:00 on Saturday giving time for another walk along the fjord and around the burial mounds as well as a visit to the Midgard Vikingsenter, home of the festival’s seminars and exhibitions. There was then.. Read More
MIdgardsblot Metal Festival - Borre, Vestfold, Norway  August 16-18 2018 (Part 1)

MIdgardsblot Metal Festival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway August 16-18 2018 (Part 1)

Background Midgardsblot is something special. It is far, far more than just a music festival. It is a unique, fully immersive, life affirming experience bringing together Nordic and metal cultures. Set in Southern Norway amongst the Viking burial mounds, the rich heritage of the region.. Read More
Inferno Festival 2018  - Warm up Gig and Inferno Day One, Oslo Norway 28-29/3/18

Inferno Festival 2018 – Warm up Gig and Inferno Day One, Oslo Norway 28-29/3/18

While most people sit around over the Easter weekend eating too much chocolate, a select few head to Oslo for 4 days of the best extreme metal on offer courtesy of the Inferno Festival, and for the 7th consecutive year, this was where I found.. Read More
Interview - Mortiis

Interview – Mortiis

  To coincide with the release of the new version of his Secrets Of My Kingdom book, Ave Noctum had the chance to catch a few words with Håvard Ellefsen, aka Mortiis himself, and asked about Era 1, revisiting old haunts and the future. What.. Read More
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R.I.P. Killjoy – Archive Horror Interview with Necrophagia Frontman

It can be a real shock to the system when anyone passes away especially when it is someone you admire from afar. Necrophagia was the real deal. The ultimate combination of the two things I love the most, horror and extreme music and their frontman.. Read More
Watain & Degial – London Dome 12/1/18

Watain & Degial – London Dome 12/1/18

First gig of the year and it was destined to be one that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Watain are playing a few select shows in honour of new album Trident Wolf Eclipse and reports from the first of these in Tilburg had been.. Read More
Albums Of The Year 2017

Albums Of The Year 2017

PETE WOODS (EDITOR): TOP 20 As others will re-iterate it’s been a crazy year for good music releases and anyone who tells you otherwise is quite frankly a fool. The biggest problem has been keeping up with it all and admittedly we are probably all.. Read More
Interview - Samael

Interview – Samael

Swiss statesmen Samael have a long and illustrious career stretching back three decades. Things have been a bit on the quiet side for them following the release of Lux Mundi back in 2011 but now there is a flurry of activity, a belting new album.. Read More
Damnation Festival - Leeds University Union 4/11/17

Damnation Festival – Leeds University Union 4/11/17

As I approached the University Union in Leeds, on a cold November morning, I could feel the air of anticipation growing, for I was about to embark on the annual bonfire weekend extravaganza that is the Damnation Festival. There were crowds of black clad figures,.. Read More
Midgardsblot - Borre, Vestfold, Norway 17 – 19th August 2017 Day 2

Midgardsblot – Borre, Vestfold, Norway 17 – 19th August 2017 Day 2

DAY TWO: FRIDAY As I mentioned in the day one review this festival isn’t purely about music as arriving early I decided to do the guided tour of the burial grave mounds within Borre Park. After which it was time to partake in some Viking.. Read More
Inferno Festival - Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 2

Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 2

Day Two Thursday 13th April Before the festival began on day two, I paid a visit to the excellent Katakomben records store, and emptied my wallet on a variety of hard to find black metal releases, before heading back to the hotel for the metal auction, where.. Read More
Mayhem, Dragged Into Sunlight & Inconcessus Lux Lucis – London Electric Ballroom 29/3/17

Mayhem, Dragged Into Sunlight & Inconcessus Lux Lucis – London Electric Ballroom 29/3/17

There’s lots of black clad figures stomping around Camden, some sporting corpse-paint and frightening the tourists and foreign students. All are congregating for a show of legendary proportions and it’s not Enuff Z’Nuff round the corner at the Underworld. First it’s a case of the.. Read More
Interview - Pallbearer

Interview – Pallbearer

Pallbearer are an unusual act for their era – able to appeal to fans on all ends of the musical spectrum, while still retaining their own distinctive sound – the band were quickly propelled into the spotlight following the release of debut ‘Sorrow and Extinction’.. Read More
Interview - Aborym

Interview – Aborym

Italian act Aborym have had an interesting and shape-shifting career path since they first appeared in the early 90’s. Led by the innovative maestro Fabban the band’s music and line-up has considerably diversified from early industrial black metal roots to the latest incarnation which sees.. Read More
Albums Of The Year 2016

Albums Of The Year 2016

Whatever way you look at it 2016 has hardly been a bundle of laughs. It’s been a year full of fear, loathing and paranoia with a healthy side dish of total chaos running through it. The political climate became stupefying and unbelievable both here and.. Read More
Shining, Taake and Slegest – London Underworld 4/12/16

Shining, Taake and Slegest – London Underworld 4/12/16

Although not a great idea slating some of our potential readership it has to be said that some so called “extreme music fans” are whiny ass bitches with a massive sense of self-entitlement and tonight just proved this. Firstly it shouldn’t have been any real.. Read More
Damnation Festival - Leeds University Union 5/11/16

Damnation Festival – Leeds University Union 5/11/16

Black clad hordes descending on the Union building of Leeds University, sending unsuspecting students running for cover can only mean one thing – Damnation Festival! This was the 12th consecutive annual incarnation of this one day festival, showcasing the best home grown and international extreme metal.. Read More
The Blackwood Gathering - Fell Foot Wood, Cumbria 7-8/10/16

The Blackwood Gathering – Fell Foot Wood, Cumbria 7-8/10/16

It’s fair to say that The Blackwood Gathering is not your average UK metal festival. Forget mainstream metal for the masses, dodgy burger vans and over priced watered down beer. This is how a music festival should be…. The Blackwood Gathering is set in the.. Read More
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
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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

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

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

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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
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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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
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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
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