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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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SlamFest 2016 Preview – 29 May Bristol Bierkeller

SlamFest 2016 Preview – 29 May Bristol Bierkeller

After the storming success of 2015’s slamming bonanza, End of the World Promotions have proudly announced the return of the UK’s best brutal death metal party for 2016 at Bristol’s Bierkeller. Playing host to nine bands from seven countries with six UK debut shows, Slamfest.. Read More
Interview - Kampfar

Interview – Kampfar

All has been very busy in the Kampfar Kamp. Delivering their excellent 7th album Profan at the tail end of last year, it seems like they have hardly stopped since. Hitting the road with Gorgoroth and Gehenna on the back of the album they cut.. Read More
Interview – Arcana 13

Interview – Arcana 13

Italian doomsters Arcana 13 have just released their debut album ‘Danza Macabra’ through Aural Music, and it’s a glorious celebration of groovy, heavy riffs and a love of classic Italian horror flicks. I caught up with drummer Luigi Taroni to get the full, gory story... Read More
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Esoteric - The Pernicious Enigma (Aesthetic Death)

Esoteric – The Pernicious Enigma (Aesthetic Death)

“Playing anything new tonight?” “Nope not yet!” That’s generally how it has gone the last few times I have seen Esoteric live and I can appreciate this. It might have been 2011 since last album ‘Paragon Of Dissonance’ dropped but work of this scope and.. Read More
Old Corpse Road - Of Campfires And Evening Mists (Cacophonous)

Old Corpse Road – Of Campfires And Evening Mists (Cacophonous)

Cacophonous? Really? That brought a wry smile to my face when the long awaited by me second album from this Darlington quintet finally arrived. For a band who have previously worn their Cradle Of Filth influences firmly on their longsleeves it was kind of nice.. Read More
Elderblood – Messiah (Osmose)

Elderblood – Messiah (Osmose)

Ukrainian black metal? Members who have spent time in Nokturnal Mortem? ‘Elderblood’? Forgive me for at first approaching this album with a modicum of trepidation. Whilst the fad for NSBM that peaked around 2006-2007 in the UK has (mercifully) faded somewhat, it is undeniable that.. Read More
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The Zero Boys – Nico Mastorakis (Arrow)

The Zero Boys – Nico Mastorakis (Arrow)

“Kill Or Be Killed!” I clearly remember the cover art of 1986 feature by Greek director Nico Mastorakis lining the walls of ye olde video shop courtesy of Polygram who released it back in the day. I assumed I had watched it along with pretty.. Read More
Bride Of Re-Animator – Brian Yuzna (Arrow)

Bride Of Re-Animator – Brian Yuzna (Arrow)

Dead things coming back to life may well be all de-rigueur in the present time, drenching TV screams with the likes of Walking Dead and Z-Nation and films such as Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and the forthcoming World War Z 2 being increasingly popular,.. Read More
The Witch – Robert Eggers (A24)

The Witch – Robert Eggers (A24)

“Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?” Robert Eggers makes his film debut with ‘The Witch’ – this eerie New England folktale enraptured audiences at Sundance and breathes life into a genre oversaturated with corny jump scares and found footage disasters. Inspired by traditional folklore and.. Read More
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Haken, Special Providence and Arkentype – London Garage 26/5/16

Haken, Special Providence and Arkentype – London Garage 26/5/16

The prospect of seeing three different types of prog band was enticing. The Garage at Highbury is one my favourite venues, so the signs were good. I very much looked forward to this evening. First on was Arkentype from Norway. The bits I’d heard prior.. Read More
Zhrine, Severed, Audn – London The Black Heart 20/5/16

Zhrine, Severed, Audn – London The Black Heart 20/5/16

Tonight sees some of Iceland’s finest black and death metal roll into the Black Heart, to celebrate ‘Unortheta’, the latest album from Reykjavík’s Zhrine. First up, Hveragerði’s Auðn blast melody, aggression and atmosphere in swathes. Despite the five piece’s undeniable black metal sensibilities, they play.. Read More
Ramesses, Serpent Venom, Iron Witch – London Boston Music Rooms 13/5/16

Ramesses, Serpent Venom, Iron Witch – London Boston Music Rooms 13/5/16

“They were warned…they are doomed…and on Friday the 13th nothing will save them…” Ramesses were one of the most revered acts of the doom metal world, comprising ex members of the likes of Electric Wizard and Pombagira, so it’s unsurprising that there was a palpable.. Read More
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