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Dark Sarah - The Golden Moth (Inner Wound)

Dark Sarah – The Golden Moth (Inner Wound)

It’s no secret to anyone who has read some of my reviews on Ave Noctum that I have a bit of a dislike of “Disney-style” ballads within the Symphonic/Melodic Metal genre…so why on earth did I volunteer to review an album of “Cinematic Symphonic Metal”?.. Read More
Azaghal - Valo Pohjoisesta (Immortal Frost Productions)

Azaghal – Valo Pohjoisesta (Immortal Frost Productions)

The Finnish black metal scene continues to spawn some the most abrasive bands out there, resisting the temptation to incorporate epic choirs, orchestras and keyboards, instead focussing on gnarly aggression. Azaghal are one of that flourishing scene, and by my reckoning they have been around.. Read More
Cauldron - New Gods (Dissonance Productions)

Cauldron – New Gods (Dissonance Productions)

Cauldron are back with latest offering, “New Gods”. Since forming in 2006, they’ve a string of full length albums and EP’s to their credit. The band continue to explore the classic era heavy metal sounds inspired by the likes of Judas Priest and early Iron.. Read More
Terrible Claw – Sickening Annihilation (S/R)

Terrible Claw – Sickening Annihilation (S/R)

Sometimes, all you need is straight forward Death Metal. Sure, melodic, brutal and technical variants do the job with their take on one of the most diverse genres in music but stripping all that variety away and going back to the basics is needed to.. Read More
Emma Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses (Sargent House)

Emma Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses (Sargent House)

For those not familiar with Emma Ruth Rundle, she first made a name for herself as part of post rock band Red Sparrowes, before moving onto the slightly more melodic Marriages, followed by the folkgaze of The Nocturnes and eventually her solo career. Emma has.. Read More
Ethernity – The Human Race Extinction (AFM)

Ethernity – The Human Race Extinction (AFM)

Formed in 2000, Belgian Progressive Metal five piece Ethernity were up until recently a Six- piece. Due to vocalist Julie Colin leaving the band (due to Personal Reasons), the band are now seemingly on the hunt for a new vocalist and releasing Julie’s swansong: concept.. Read More
Irreversible Mechanism – Immersion (Blood Music)

Irreversible Mechanism – Immersion (Blood Music)

Belarusian outfit Irreversible Mechanism first turned heads in 2014, snapped up by boutique label Blood Music within twelve hours of debut album “Infinite Fields” being quietly launched on Bandcamp. A quick round of PR and some cool looking physical releases ensured that the re-release in.. Read More
Abattoir / Satori – Megaloschemos (Gradual Hate Records)

Abattoir / Satori – Megaloschemos (Gradual Hate Records)

This arrived, I listened one evening and had nightmares. The next morning I got up, played it again and had daymares! Yep this is scary stuff. Megaloschemos is the ‘great scheme’ of two gents, one Dave Kirby of Satori from the UK and the other.. Read More
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving - No Tether (Birds Robe)

Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – No Tether (Birds Robe)

What do I know about the Australian music scene? Not much, really. I know the usual suspects, but that’s about it. Listening to No Tether, the new album by the four-piece instrumental band Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, from Perth, Australia, makes me think that I.. Read More
Voivod – The Wake (Century Media)

Voivod – The Wake (Century Media)

It’s been 5 years since Voivod last targeted earth, not that they haven’t been busy with smaller releases and extensive touring over that time. An album from the Canadian troops is pretty much a main event and they work steadfastly and with determination, never particularly.. Read More
Supersuckers - Suck It (SPV)

Supersuckers – Suck It (SPV)

‘All Of The Time’ opens the 30th anniversary of this twelfth Supersuckers studio album with a bit of studio anger outtake. Which oddly for this most rocking of rawk n roll bands seems to run through this album. The song though is a typical bite.. Read More
Black Viper – Hellions of Fire (High Roller)

Black Viper – Hellions of Fire (High Roller)

I first came across Black Viper by random selection on an internet music platform and subsequently bought their ‘Storming with Vengeance’ cassette. Black Viper are Norwegian, from Oslo specifically and bridge the balance between classic heavy and speed metal. Drummer Cato Stormoen recorded some instrumental.. Read More