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Morketida - Panphage Mysticism (Werewolf Records)

Morketida – Panphage Mysticism (Werewolf Records)

Finnish black metal has been living in the shadow of its more illustrious Norwegian counterparts for many years, but make no mistake about it, the Finnish scene is thriving and has spawned some of the nastiest black metal on offer including Archgoat, Azaghal, Satanic Warmaster,.. Read More
The Spirit - Sounds From The Vortex (Nuclear Blast)

The Spirit – Sounds From The Vortex (Nuclear Blast)

Melodic black metal may be an oxymoron to some, but over the years the evolution of black metal has produced some stunning releases that remain on my play list to this day. However, for every outstanding release, there are endless mediocre releases that aren’t bad.. Read More
Khôrada - Salt (Prophecy Productions)

Khôrada – Salt (Prophecy Productions)

As a long term fan boy of atmospheric/post black metal Goliath, Agalloch I was bitterly disappointed to hear the news that they had disbanded in 2016. The internet was soon rife with rumours of new bands and when I heard that the majority of the.. Read More
Finnr’s Cane - Elegy (Prophecy Productions)

Finnr’s Cane – Elegy (Prophecy Productions)

What is about North America and atmospheric black(ish) metal? Wolves in the Throne Room, Agalloch, Panopticon are just a few examples of masters of this delicate art, and Canada’s Finnr’s Cave deserve to be held in the same high regard. Their debut from 2010 ‘Wanderlust’.. Read More
Al-Namrood - 10 Years of Resistance (Shaytan Productions)

Al-Namrood – 10 Years of Resistance (Shaytan Productions)

It’s often said that metal is a way of life, and for many within the metal community this holds true. However, how many would continue if it meant risking imprisonment or even facing the death penalty? You have to admire and respect those whose passion.. Read More
Firtan - Okeanos (AOP Records)

Firtan – Okeanos (AOP Records)

At a recent Wolves in the Throne Room gig I was chatting to a friend about our musical preferences in the world of extreme music and while we both enjoy most subgenres his leaning is more towards bludgeoning death metal, whereas I prefer something with.. Read More
Deus Vermin - Monument to Decay (FHED)

Deus Vermin – Monument to Decay (FHED)

As a local lad I’m not sure how I’ve managed to miss this Leeds bunch and their misanthropic excretions, but this is something I need to rectify in the near future as this EP puts them up there as a gem in the Yorkshire, and.. Read More
Ovate – S/T (Soulseller Records)

Ovate – S/T (Soulseller Records)

Ovate announce their arrival on the ever evolving black metal scene with their eponymous debut album, boasting a veritable smorgasbord of guest artists from the Norwegian black metal community, and making a bold statement as they trample across sub-genre boundaries. Based around the founding duo.. Read More
Incineration Festival 2018 - Photo Gallery (London Dome and Boston Arms)

Incineration Festival 2018 – Photo Gallery (London Dome and Boston Arms)

There was an unfortunate and total lack of communication regarding Incineration Festival this year which resulted in a reviewer with SLR down for the event. We won’t say more than that on the issue but one of our team was there armed with a standard.. Read More
UADA - Cult of a Dying Sun (Eisenwald)

UADA – Cult of a Dying Sun (Eisenwald)

The black metal genre is well and truly saturated with an endless stream of demos and albums appearing on a daily basis. This is great news for fans of the genre but it also means that there is a lot of very mediocre material to.. Read More
Metallica, Kvelertak - Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden 7/5/18

Metallica, Kvelertak – Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden 7/5/18

Metallica may not be standard Ave Noctum fare, but it is probably fair to say that they will have crossed paths with just about every metalhead at some point or another. For some they will have simply been a short dalliance when the black album.. Read More
NortherN  - Desolate Ways to Ultima Thule (Moribund Records)

NortherN – Desolate Ways to Ultima Thule (Moribund Records)

In previous times, Northern went by the name ‘Cold Northern Vengeance’ and although I have a couple of their albums, they didn’t really hit my radar. However, I was interested to hear this new incarnation, especially with the press release describing them as  “North America’s.. Read More