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Zeal And Ardor & Schammasch – London Village Underground 4/6/18

Zeal And Ardor & Schammasch – London Village Underground 4/6/18

It’s a trip that’s a bit out the comfort zone tonight to hip Shoreditch where beards, vaping and craft beer rule supreme. Interesting to sit outside the venue once it has been found and watch street artists at work and it’s not long before a.. Read More
Marduk, Ragnarok, Unlight & Azziard – London Dome 25/5/18

Marduk, Ragnarok, Unlight & Azziard – London Dome 25/5/18

There’s been a certain amount of controversy following the English dates of this tour which has seen Polish band Infernal War’s somewhat questionable past catching up with them and them being outed from several shows. This sort of behaviour seems all the more prevalent of.. 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
Wiegedood, Shrines & Jøtnarr – London Black Heart 22/5/18

Wiegedood, Shrines & Jøtnarr – London Black Heart 22/5/18

You could tell this was going to be a busy gig, just before the doors opened the queue snaked down the stairs, across the downstairs bar area and practically out the door. Luckily we all just about managed to fit in as Colchester mob Jøtnarr.. 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
Aura Noir, Degial & Taphos – London Boston Arms 7/5/18

Aura Noir, Degial & Taphos – London Boston Arms 7/5/18

London swelters in the hottest may bank holiday ever but there is a room in Tufnell Park where people wearing far too much black are taking refuge in. It’s grim, ugly and suitably air-conditioned as we get ready for a trio of hideous bands. First.. Read More
Alunah, Gévaudan, Kilter - The Lounge, London 2/5/18

Alunah, Gévaudan, Kilter – The Lounge, London 2/5/18

A heavy sort of night musically beckons at The Lounge in London’s Archway. Brummie atmospheric doomsters, Alunah are on the eve of a European tour and to kick things off in style they’ve teamed up with Gévaudan and Kilter for a Wednesday evening riff session... Read More
Cerebral Extinction, Black Skies Burn, Total Consumption, Triangle Face - Portland Arms, Cambridge, 29/4/18

Cerebral Extinction, Black Skies Burn, Total Consumption, Triangle Face – Portland Arms, Cambridge, 29/4/18

Four bands of different extreme kinds were on tonight’s menu. It’s Sunday evening. This beats the domestic torpor of watching “Countryfile”. First on was Triangle Face, who according to my prior research play avant grind, whatever that is. I was of course about to find.. Read More
Ex Eye and The Magickal Wow Band - KSET, Zagreb, Croatia, 16/4/18

Ex Eye and The Magickal Wow Band – KSET, Zagreb, Croatia, 16/4/18

Zagreb’s KSET, though not sold out, was nicely filled when Colin Stetson’s Ex Eye opened this year’s ZEZ Festival with a bang. Or a series of bangs, because Ex Eye’s drummer Greg Fox definitely attracted the most attention. Ex Eye are, as they said at.. Read More
Iron Monkey, Sigiriya and Iron Duke – London Underworld 14/4/18

Iron Monkey, Sigiriya and Iron Duke – London Underworld 14/4/18

The return of Iron Monkey to recorded format was something that was never particularly expected after the tragic early death of original howler Johnny Morrow in 2002. Many detractors were not at all happy about any form of reformation without him but like it or.. Read More
Epica, Myrkur, Oceans Of Slumber - Manchester Ritz, 12/4/18

Epica, Myrkur, Oceans Of Slumber – Manchester Ritz, 12/4/18

I enter the Ritz to a half empty floor and hoped that the crowd would swell in order to show Epica the support they rightly deserve. Oceans Of Slumber opened up the night and had a sleek and limited set to try and impress the.. 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