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It is now a new decade, and the last time my Ave Noctum bio was updated, it was 2014. So much has changed since then, not least my time ravaged hulk having reached its half century. Vinyl has gone from being a thing of memory to a thing for the trendy and hip (but try going for a walk with that stereo in your pocket!), and tapes have gone from being a best forgotten “fragile”, in every sense of the word, memory, to the most kvlt of the kvlt and grimm offering! What has not changed, however, is my dedication to hard rock and heavy metal. Indeed, my formative years were saturated by the likes of Cream, Deep Purple, Queen, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Yes, and their ilk, as well as healthy chunks of Motown on the turntable that was the pre-internet stereophonic centre for entertainment in my mother's 70's single parent household, and my first “concert of choice” (I exclude some I was taken to/performed in against my will) was Motörhead in 1984 in Manchester. However, after living through the heyday of thrash when the “Big Four” were young and hungry, I still revel in the new generations of musicians who rally against the written by committee and autotuned blandness of modern popular music. Every couple of years the popular press features articles about “the death of rock”, whilst lauding the latest autotuned flash in the pan act, and then does a volte face to promote a short lived NME bait guitar act, but the fact is that metal and hard rock lives, and indeed thrives, below the radar of popular consciousness, and I, like my fellow Ave Noctum scribes, revel in that world. So, keep reading, keep supporting the scene you love by buying the music, purchasing merch, and going to the shows, and here's to another decade of excellent music that sticks a stiffly raised middle finger in the direction of popular opinion.

Gorilla – Gorilla / Maximum Riff Overdrive (S/R)

Dear readers, the supposedly “landmark” age of 50 is now well and truly behind me; does that make a difference to how I live my life? Nope, not one jot. However, there are significant times in popular music that are… Continue Reading →

Shadow Witch – In The Shadow Of The Witch (Argonauta Records)

There’s a question that I get asked on those rare occasions I get recognised as somebody who does a little bit of music reviewing that can really get my goat, and it is normally asked in the format of “hey,… Continue Reading →

Disastroid – Mortal Fools (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Heavy Psych Sounds is an underground label that continues to gain respect for their signings, and from their name you could well guess the sort of sound that characterised their first forays. However, taking a step away from purely nominative… Continue Reading →

Giöbia – Plasmatic Idol (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Whilst very much the underground label so beloved of the scribes of Ave Noctum, and by extension your good selves reading this, Heavy Psych Sounds is definitely building up a solid and interesting catalogue of artists, to the extent that… Continue Reading →

Interview – Cybernetic Witch Cult

There are some incredibly inventive bands out there that seem to be overlooked by a mass media that laps up a non stop stream of reality show karaoke stars and massively over produced and interchangeable manufactured “idols”; as a visitor… Continue Reading →

Kirk Windstein – Dream In Motion (eOne Music)

Ladies and gents, and any folks who do not identify with those labels, it is a simple fact that Mr Kirk Windstein (no relation to any #metoo misspelling fiddlers and diddlers) is rightfully afforded a near legendary status in the… Continue Reading →

Interview – Morass of Molasses

If you’ve been a regular visitor to Ave Noctum, you may well have seen that Morass of Molasses featured on the best of 2019 list for several contributors thanks to their excellent ‘The Ties That Bind’.  Front man, and in… Continue Reading →

Orodruin – Ruins of Eternity (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Well folks, it’s fair to say that in the world of heavy music, Great War veteran, Cambridge Professor, and revered author J.R.R. Tolkien is a fair old influence. Theme wise, any number of acts have been inspired by his writings,… Continue Reading →

Interview – The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell

With the musical treadmill of recording, promoting, and touring, it is very rare that any one artist can get out an album every year, even if doing it as a full-time occupation with label support and a whole management structure… Continue Reading →

Bombus – Vulture Culture (Century Media)

Over the years I’ve seen, surprisingly enough, one hell of a lot of bands live; what else would you expect from a fifty year old whose first concert of choice was Motörhead in 1984? Amongst those many shows, I’ve even… Continue Reading →

Clouds Taste Satanic – Second Sight (Kinda Like Music)

You know, many times when I sit down to review, it is an unadulterated joy, and the words just flow. Other times, like now, it is quite the opposite, and I find myself stuck for what to say. Now, the… Continue Reading →

Ogre – Thrice As Strong (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Well bloody hell, time does march on. It has been a whole six years since Ogre last graced the world with ‘The Last Neanderthal’, that album and their prior two getting a re-release on Minotauro Records (see Ave Noctum passim)…. Continue Reading →

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