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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 - Solefald

Interview – Solefald

This interview was originally conducted as a short news piece for Iron Fist magazine (available in all good newsagents and digitally). Naturally I asked far too many questions for the word count I had and much of this had to be cut out. With the.. Read More
Interview - Abhorrent Decimation & Korpse

Interview – Abhorrent Decimation & Korpse

What with Brutal Death Metal being such an intense and powerful genre, one could be easily be fooled into thinking that its musicians were harrowing individuals. However, nothing could be further from the truth as we catch up with Londoners Abhorrent Decimation and Dutch lads.. Read More
Bake in Black – Eve & Dave O’Sullivan (Flood Gallery Publishing)

Bake in Black – Eve & Dave O’Sullivan (Flood Gallery Publishing)

The concept of Bake in Black was birthed in a kitchen in East London – Eve (a food journalist) and Dave (a musician) began a blog which intertwined the concept of baking with heavy metal; they took a song or an album title which then.. Read More
Latest Album Reviews
Ebonillumini – Arktos (Wickerman)

Ebonillumini – Arktos (Wickerman)

It’s time to head off around the world on a journey of discovery akin a bit to the books of Willard Price if anyone remembers his adventure series where a group of explorers travelled all over the shop having thrills and spills in exotic places... Read More
Goatsnake - Black Age Blues (Southern Lord)

Goatsnake – Black Age Blues (Southern Lord)

Way to make me feel old, guys: Goatsnake. See I always think of them as one of my ‘third (old) age of being a music fan’ discoveries and then I realise that their last full length was so long ago that most of you reading.. Read More
Hautakammio – Pimeyden Valtakunta (Immortal Frost)

Hautakammio – Pimeyden Valtakunta (Immortal Frost)

My translator seems to be permanently set on Finnish to English at the moment, and once again it came to the rescue as I was able to learn that “Pimeyden Valtakunta” isn’t quite as obscene as it sounds, but translates as “The Kingdom of Darkness”... Read More
Latest Film Reviews
Island Of Death – Nico Mastorakis (Arrow)

Island Of Death – Nico Mastorakis (Arrow)

Let’s face it of the infamous 39 prosecuted ‘video nasties’ there was some awful dreck out there that although bloody, by today’s standards you could hardly call them nasty. Looking at them the likes of Axe, Forest Of Fear, The Werewolf And The Yeti, Night.. Read More
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne – Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow)

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne – Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow)

There was plenty of treasure in the works of Robert Louis Stevenson for budding filmmakers to unearth, none more so than in his Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde written in 1886. It’s an eldritch gas-lit, Victoriana horror tale of science going very.. Read More
Blood And Black Lace – Mario Bava (Arrow)

Blood And Black Lace – Mario Bava (Arrow)

The vaults of Mario Bava are certainly deep and contain plenty of obsidian treasure. Thankfully Arrow keep on digging and plundering more riches from them and with Blood And Black Lace we travel right back to 1964. This was made after his seminal ghostly 1963.. Read More
Latest Live Reviews
Voivod, Krokodil & Desert Storm – London Underworld 20/5/15

Voivod, Krokodil & Desert Storm – London Underworld 20/5/15

This was going to be a slow gig to start as most people are only really interested in the headliner and the supports are not exactly well known or a particular draw to the average Voivod thrasher. This meant that Desert Storm were playing to.. Read More
Dames Of Darkness 5 - The Robin 2, Bilston 10/5/15

Dames Of Darkness 5 – The Robin 2, Bilston 10/5/15

Day Two With Incassum pulling out of the festival at the last minute Enkelination and Skarlett Riot were to do extended sets plus rumours that the Winter In Eden singer had lost her voice proved true, but more of that later. Opening the second day.. Read More
Dames Of Darkness 5 - The Robin 2, Bilston 9/5/15

Dames Of Darkness 5 – The Robin 2, Bilston 9/5/15

DAY 1 Ever hungry and curious for new ventures in my gigging journey saw me travel to the 5th version of Dames Of Darkness, an event with a cult following of hardened fans of female fronted metal that shared some commonalities musically but had tendrils.. Read More
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