Your No. 1 Source For Extreme And Atmospheric Music And Film.

Author Frank Allain

A dedicated Whitesnake enthusiast and a man who has been embroiled in the London extreme metal scene for the last fifteen years or so, I have been providing my self-important musings on metal for Ave Noctum (formerly Metal Team) for a few years now. Pomposity, harshness and a general distaste for beige ‘extreme-metal-by-numbers’ are my primary traits although I have been known to show the odd moment of weakness in the face of suitably muscular power metal. I’m also quite pretentious and will happily waffle on about electronica, classical music, neofolk and all that sort of stuff in an effort not to come across like a narrow-minded metal git. Which is clearly what I am.

Panphage – Drengskapr (Nordvis Produktion)

This second full-length from Panphage follows hot on the heels of last year’s debut album ‘Storm’, demonstrating that sole protagonist Fjallbrandt is certainly in a rich vein of form currently. Now signed to Sweden’s Nordvis label, this sophomore effort shows… Continue Reading →

T.O.M.B. – Fury Nocturnus (Peaceville)

‘Industrial Black Noise’ it says here and in that, I think it’s fair to say that ‘Fury Nocturnus’ delivers. Across fourteen tracks, this US-based trio clearly do their utmost to convey an ambience of impenetrable churning malice – of demented… Continue Reading →

R.B. Russell – The Romance of Short-Wave Radio (Persepolis)

Over the years, numbers stations have provided a source of considerable fascination to musical artists, particularly those ploughing more experimental or ambient furrows. The lo-fi, crackly nature of the synthetic human voices listing out mysterious strings of numbers on obscure… Continue Reading →

Black Funeral – Ankou and the Death Fire (Iron Bonehead)

With all the hype and focus that has been centred onto USBM in recent years – the breakout of the so-called ‘Cascadian’ scene kickstarted by Weakling & Agalloch, then catapulted into the light by Wolves in the Throne Room, the… Continue Reading →

Abisso – WRNSS (Third I Rex)

Bold claims and bold associations on behalf of this Sardinian duo courtesy of their label – happily namechecking such luminaries as Deathspell Omega and Lurker of Chalice immediately places expectations on overdrive for an assault of dissonant, atmospheric black metal… Continue Reading →

Drudkh / Hades Almighty – One Who Talks With the Fog / Pyre Era, Black! ( Season Of Mist/ Dark Essence)

An interesting coming together of two acts that are rapidly approaching legendary status within black metal circles, albeit for somewhat different reasons. Drudkh are the enigmatic Ukrainian outfit who never play live, never carry out interviews and have since seen… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Primitai – Night Brings Insanity (S/R)

Now this is a heart-warming listen and then some. Boasting a denim-and-leather fuelled assault of unashamed melodic metal, this Berkshire-based five-piece have chosen to roar out of the traps all guns blazing with their fourth full-length. Polished and professional, there’s… Continue Reading →

Long-Distance Calling – Trips (Inside Out)

Germany’s Long-Distance Calling have been plying their trade for over a decade now, ploughing the furrow of their own brand of the ever-popular post-rock genre since their inception in 2006. Forgoing the more wistful, ‘telecasters with reverb set to 10’… Continue Reading →

October Tide – Winged Waltz (Agonia)

Let’s get it out of the way now – October Tide will be forever suffixed with the ‘that band with the old guitarist from Katatonia’ tag which always renders reviewing their material a challenge for a number of reasons. Firstly,… Continue Reading →

Draugnim – Vulturine (Debemur Morti)

Much like exalted labels such as Dark Descent, Norma Evangelium Diaboli, Daemon Worship and Eisenwald, Debemur Morti are one of those stables that simply demand attention. Applying rigorous standards to their signing policy and allying it to a focussed sense… Continue Reading →

Mightiest – Sinisterra (Cyclone Empire)

Oh man. On first encounters, there’s so much going for this record, it’s ridiculous – some fantastic Paolo Girardi cover art; a thunderous, enveloping production; referencing some of Germany’s finest black metal exports such as Lunar Aurora and Ruins of… Continue Reading →

« Older posts Newer posts »

© 2020 Ave Noctum — Powered by WordPress

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑