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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
Inferno Festival 2018 – Day 4, Oslo Norway 1/4/18

Inferno Festival 2018 – Day 4, Oslo Norway 1/4/18

Easter Sunday brought the fourth and final day of this year’s Inferno Festival, and another sold out day with a mouthwatering line up was in store. Norwegian black metal band Djevel got the evening underway and they wasted no time delivering their unholy sermons to the gathered.. Read More
Inferno Festival 2018 – Day 3, Oslo Norway 31/3/18

Inferno Festival 2018 – Day 3, Oslo Norway 31/3/18

Saturday began with a lie in and a late breakfast before exploring Oslo a little more with a few beers along the way before returning to the hotel for the metal auction. As usual, this was hosted by Tore Bratseth with rare gems from Immortal,.. Read More
Inferno Festival 2018 - Day 2, Oslo Norway 30/3/18

Inferno Festival 2018 – Day 2, Oslo Norway 30/3/18

I was greeted by clear blue skies on Friday so took the opportunity to take in Oslo’s waterfront and let the hangover clear. The day quickly passed and I soon found myself in the photopit at Rockefeller waiting for Swedish occultists Mephorash. I had been listening.. Read More
Inferno Festival 2018  - Warm up Gig and Inferno Day One, Oslo Norway 28-29/3/18

Inferno Festival 2018 – Warm up Gig and Inferno Day One, Oslo Norway 28-29/3/18

While most people sit around over the Easter weekend eating too much chocolate, a select few head to Oslo for 4 days of the best extreme metal on offer courtesy of the Inferno Festival, and for the 7th consecutive year, this was where I found.. Read More
Profane Burial - The Rosewater Park Legend (Apathia Records)

Profane Burial – The Rosewater Park Legend (Apathia Records)

Towards the end of 2015 I waxed lyrical about Images at Twilight’s debut album, and to this day I still re-visit this epic masterpiece. I was therefore interested to hear that the Images at Twilight mastermind Andre Aaslie is involved in a couple of other.. Read More
Drudkh - They Often See Dreams About The Spring (Season Of Mist)

Drudkh – They Often See Dreams About The Spring (Season Of Mist)

There was apparently a bit of s scrum to get this review, and I was the lucky winner. but before I begin, let’s address the elephant in the room…..I am often told that I shouldn’t listen to Drudkh as they are “right wing”, and am.. Read More
Vanguard X Mortem – Amberosia (Noir Carrousel)

Vanguard X Mortem – Amberosia (Noir Carrousel)

“Baroque” is not a word you will often hear as a descriptor for a metal band, but that is exactly how Vanguard X Mortem describe themselves, as well as “Symphonic, Atmospheric and Vampyric”. Sound interesting? Then read on….. Formed in Paris in 2011, Vanguard X.. Read More