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Tygers Of Pan Tang – S/T (Mighty Music)

I wonder how many Tygers reviews in the last 20 years have started with the reviewer banging on about their past glories and how much they liked their early 80’s NWOBHM albums (my fave is “Spellbound” just for the record…)…. Continue Reading →

Crobot – Welcome To Fat City (Nuclear Blast)

Back in the mists of time, okay October 2014 to be honest (see Ave Noctum passim), I reviewed Crobot’s first release ‘Something Supernatural’, and revisiting that review, I guess I was less than generous, enjoying it, but not being blown… Continue Reading →

Spiritual Beggars – Sunrise To Sundown (Inside Out)

You know, I tend to grit my teeth whenever I hear a new rock or metal band described as a “Super Group”, an overused moniker that often means a hodgepodge of disparate artists thrown together by label pressures or a… Continue Reading →

Spiritual Beggars – Another Way To Shine/Mantra III/Ad Astra/On Fire – Music for Nations

Time for a wee history lesson folks; regular readers of Ave Noctum, or even casual viewers of the metal scene, can not have failed to notice that in the last couple of years there has been a bit of a… Continue Reading →

The Vintage Caravan – Arrival (Nuclear Blast)

My first encounter with this young Icelandic rock outfit was supporting Grand Magus in spring 2014 where I caught their last song and was immediately blown away by their energy and vibrancy. With two releases under their belts and their… Continue Reading →

Oblivious – Out of Wilderness (Gaphals)

Despite this being their third album, albeit apparently after a line-up overhaul and label change, Oblivious are an act that I’ve been, well, oblivious to. So, is ‘Out of Wilderness’ the album to amend their status on my ever burgeoning… Continue Reading →

Audrey Horne – Pure Heavy (Napalm)

Audrey Horne is a band that have split the opinion of some of my more extreme metal following friends, mourning as they do the fact that a band once formed of members of Enslaved, Gorgoroth and the like did not… Continue Reading →

The Vintage Caravan – Voyage (Nuclear Blast)

There is only one depressing thing about this 3 piece Icelandic band’s second release. The band appear so young that it looks like if you added their ages together they would still be younger than me – and I’m 20… Continue Reading →

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