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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 - 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
Interview - Nervosa

Interview – Nervosa

Last August, I was lucky enough to do an in depth interview with Fernanda Lira, the vocalist and bassist one of the fast rising bands in thrash metal. For almost an hour we discussed things like her influences, her music taste, played a game of.. Read More
Latest Album Reviews
ColdWorld – Autumn (Cold Dimensions)

ColdWorld – Autumn (Cold Dimensions)

Such are the constant requests for reviewing stuff digitally, I almost missed this one. It was only when people including the band Darkspace were talking about it on social media that I went and had a look and found the promo. Just as well too.. Read More
Infinite Spectrum – Haunter of the Dark  (Sensory)

Infinite Spectrum – Haunter of the Dark (Sensory)

Before getting onto the music, there are several things that need explaining for the uninitiated. Firstly, H.P. Lovecraft; this man is considered by many to be the father of modern horror. Often imitated and frequently referenced, not least by Stephen King, in the 1920’s and.. Read More
Be’Lakor – Vessels (Napalm)

Be’Lakor – Vessels (Napalm)

Melodeath from Melbourne with a Progressive edge this quintet have been kicking about for a while now and gathering much love and fists in the air from metal heads who enjoy their extremity with plenty of melody and texture. Opener Luma sticks the Prog out.. Read More
Latest Film Reviews
Baskin - Can Evrenol (Vertigo Films)

Baskin – Can Evrenol (Vertigo Films)

Turkish horror films, you don’t get many of them to the pound, certainly not as far as those that get picked up by the international market are concerned. The country is known for making their own ‘copies’ of well-known big mainstream hits and they are.. Read More
Scarecrows – William Wesley (88 Films)

Scarecrows – William Wesley (88 Films)

Number 16 in the 88 Films “Slasher Classics Collection” and you can tell that I’m not the biggest fan of the sub-genre as it’s only the 4th I have picked up. The other 3 are all former video nasties and well what you gonna do?.. Read More
The Neon Demon - Nicolas Winding Refn (Icon)

The Neon Demon – Nicolas Winding Refn (Icon)

Danish director Winding Refn started off on the very mean streets of his home country with the ‘Pusher’ trilogy and ‘Bleeder’. Making Copenhagen into a Copenhell these violent and gritty thrillers were not without a sense of humour and pitted a body strewn tableaux of.. Read More
Latest Live Reviews
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
Weedeater, Conan, Lo!, Thorax – Sydney University Manning Bar, 15/7/16

Weedeater, Conan, Lo!, Thorax – Sydney University Manning Bar, 15/7/16

Ave Noctum travels far afield for this live one; all the way to my place of birth in fact – Sydney, Australia. Manning Bar at Sydney Uni is a brilliant venue and the perfect place to spend a Friday evening for an assault on the.. Read More
A day at UK TechFest, Newark Showground, 9/7/16

A day at UK TechFest, Newark Showground, 9/7/16

This was the fifth edition of UK TechFest. I’d been to one before, Johnski to two. We both noticed the improvements since our first visit in 2013. The bands and atmosphere were good but then it was all a bit rough and ready. Newark Showground.. Read More
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