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Interview – Tim Yatras - Autumn’s Dawn

Interview – Tim Yatras – Autumn’s Dawn

To say that Australian Tim Yatras who also at times goes by the name Sorrow has had a busy career would be an understatement. It’s pretty easy to lose count of the amount of bands and solo projects he has been in past and present.. Read More
The Courtesans Invade The X Factor!

The Courtesans Invade The X Factor!

UK CULT HORROR ACTRESS’ BAND APPEAR ON THE X FACTOR September 2014, LONDON, UK: Following successful auditions, The Courtesans made it through to be amongst the last 40 contestants in Bootcamp! The Courtesans, comprising of UK leading horror, scream queen actress, writer and director, chanteuse.. Read More
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 - Striker

Interview – Striker

Striker’s third release ‘City of Gold’ is quite a catchy traditional metal release and as a band they have upped their game and are now on the brink of a couple of major tours which will no doubt enhance their persona, and deservedly so. So.. Read More
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
Latest Album Reviews
Horn of the Rhino – Summoning Deliverance (Doomentia)

Horn of the Rhino – Summoning Deliverance (Doomentia)

For me the Basque region of Spain (that is a politically dangerous thing to type) will always be intrinsically linked with Metal. This is thanks to my great friendship with Maria Herreros  presenter of Sex to 9 and beloved of the metal scene in Spain.. Read More
Ordo Inferus – Invictus Et Aeternus (Doomentia)

Ordo Inferus – Invictus Et Aeternus (Doomentia)

Following hot on the heels of their debut EP – 2013’s ‘Damnati’ – comes the debut full length album from Ordo Inferus. Forming as somewhat of an international underground super group (with Daryl Kahan from Disma/Funebrarum and Martin Halfdan of Necrophpobic/Infernal seemingly no longer part.. Read More
Zombiefication – Procession through Infestation (Doomentia)

Zombiefication – Procession through Infestation (Doomentia)

This Mexican band (now a full going concern rather than a studio/duo project) are no strangers to Ave Noctum, with this their third full length effort, Zombiefication are setting new standards for themselves whilst still being under the banner old school Swedish death metal. This.. Read More
Latest Film Reviews
Killer Klowns From Outer Space – Stephen Chiodo (Arrow Films)

Killer Klowns From Outer Space – Stephen Chiodo (Arrow Films)

“The drug which gives the clown power Means the circus can never be stopped And his dream can go on unhindered ‘Til the last human being has dropped” Any excuse to use lyrics to the classic Human League track Circus Of Death 1979 and it.. Read More
The Beast – Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow Films)

The Beast – Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow Films)

Following Immoral Tales Borowczyk delivered a fairy tale like no other that had ever been imagined. He somewhat contemptuously mentions Disney quite a bit in some of the features seen accompanying Blanche but this was a version that old Walt could never have conceived nor.. Read More
Immoral Tales - Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow Films)

Immoral Tales – Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow Films)

With Immoral Tales (Contes immoraux 1974) it was as though Borowczyk had released his inner perv. It’s an odd compendium which at times sees its four stories gelling but at others not quite so. This is certainly true of the first part which has a.. Read More
Latest Live Reviews
Yob, Pallbearer & Bast – London Underworld 8/9/14

Yob, Pallbearer & Bast – London Underworld 8/9/14

One of the most anticipated gigs of this year, given that all three bands have put out absolutely crushing releases in 2014 and have acquired legions of adoring fans within their respective careers. Despite the fact that this show is sold out, it’s never difficult.. Read More
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