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Gateway - Boundless Torture (Pulverised)

Gateway – Boundless Torture (Pulverised)

Ok I had never heard Gateway before this, a one man band from Belgian Robin Van Oyen, but it had sat on the review list for a week so I thought “Hey, give it a go.. bit of doom death, what could possibly go… woorrng….”.. Read More
Nocturnal Graves – Titan (Season Of Mist)

Nocturnal Graves – Titan (Season Of Mist)

Despite (or because of) the presence of a couple of past/present writing and playing members of Destroyer 666 I came into this album with zero preconceptions beyond the fact that it would be hard as nails and without compromise. As a band they’ve been kicking.. Read More
Ekpyrosis - Primordial Chaos Restored (Terror From Hell)

Ekpyrosis – Primordial Chaos Restored (Terror From Hell)

Not come across Italian death metal band Ekpyrosis before (translates as something like ‘born from fire’ I believe) so an EP seems a good place to start. Opening track ‘Abyssal Convergence’ creeps in on slow, dark riffs, a little of the funeral doom of early.. Read More
Infraktor – Exhaust  (Rastilho Metal Records)

Infraktor – Exhaust (Rastilho Metal Records)

Musically I guess I’m an optimist: Even as a youngster I was constantly looking for the thrash band that would make me go “Yes! That’s the one!” Ok that ended up being Celtic Frost rather than a thrash band but there you go. And here.. Read More
Pact -  Enigmata (Moribund)

Pact – Enigmata (Moribund)

This is the third full length album from occult US trio Pact, and actually my third encounter with them too having been shredded by their ultra aggressive début The Dragon Lineage Of Satan, and pleased by the follow up groundwork on their 2014 album.. Read More
Deiquisitor -  Downfall Of The Apostates (Dark Descent)

Deiquisitor – Downfall Of The Apostates (Dark Descent)

I guess death metal comes in all shapes and sizes now, from brutal old school through slamming to whatever technoflash some guitarist has come up with recently. Well Denmark’s Deiquisitor offer a nightmarish black and white cover which hints at old school leanings. The band.. Read More
Robespierre -  Garden Of Hell (Shadow Kingdom)

Robespierre – Garden Of Hell (Shadow Kingdom)

From literally the opening notes of ‘Punish Oppressors’ this reeks of the NWOBHM, which I guess makes sense as that’s where their origins are although it seems to have taken them from 1983 until now to move beyond the demo stage. It’s a bouncy, up.. Read More
Ivar Bjornson & Einar Selvik – Hugsja (ByNorse Music)

Ivar Bjornson & Einar Selvik – Hugsja (ByNorse Music)

This is the second collaboration between Enslaved and Wardruna luminaries Ivar Bjornson and Einar Selvik after the success of their Skuggsja work. If you enjoyed that album, then there’s no reason why this follow up shouldn’t snuggle up right next to it. I mean, firstly,.. Read More
Vomitor - Pestilent Death (Hell's Headbangers)

Vomitor – Pestilent Death (Hell’s Headbangers)

Ah, Vomitor, Aussies with all the natural subtlety and reserve of their countrymen removed. And of course we wouldn’t have it any other way. Pestilent Death is their fourth full length but it’s been around six years since The Escalation, which kinda shocked me when.. Read More
Leather - II (High Roller)

Leather – II (High Roller)

A mere 29 years after her first solo album, the legendary Leather Leone returns with a follow up, backed by a group she refers to as The Boys From Brazil as that was where they were drawn together. If you know the name, then you’ll.. Read More
Interview - Mortiis

Interview – Mortiis

  To coincide with the release of the new version of his Secrets Of My Kingdom book, Ave Noctum had the chance to catch a few words with Håvard Ellefsen, aka Mortiis himself, and asked about Era 1, revisiting old haunts and the future. What.. Read More
Mortiis (with Dayal Patterson)  Secrets Of My Kingdom (Return To Dimensions Unknown)  (Cult Never Dies)

Mortiis (with Dayal Patterson) Secrets Of My Kingdom (Return To Dimensions Unknown) (Cult Never Dies)

Sometime in the mid-1990s the original of this book was released almost grudgingly by Mortiis’ then record company, and in a highly limited edition. This of course meant that it has been trading for well into three figures for decades, and that most people including.. Read More