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Opium Lord – Vore (Sludgelord Records)

There’s something decidedly foul going on with this, the second full length from Birmingham misery merchants, Opium Lord.  Vore is thoroughly dark, unpleasant and violent; it’s a glimpse into the minds of some twisted individuals.  The album contains elements of… Continue Reading →

Napalm Death – Coded Smears and Other Uncommon Slurs (Century Media)

Look, let’s not waste anyone’s time here: you all know who Napalm Death are, and if – by any chance you don’t, well, then there’s frankly no hope for you by now. To say Napalm Death are an institution is… Continue Reading →

Khost – Governance (Cold Spring)

Noise mangling duo Khost seem to be on a roll at the moment. They are playing no shortage of shows which is where I first unsuspectingly caught them and this is their sixth release since 2014. Last encountered being deconstructed… Continue Reading →

Alunah – Solennial (Svart)

For over a decade now, Alunah has remained one of the UK’s consistently finest purveyors of superb Doom, albeit having had assorted labels such as the very niche “female fronted occult rock” tag that was beloved of so many reviewers…. Continue Reading →

Quartz – Fear No Evil (High Roller)

One of the things to be genuinely treasured about the NWOBHM is the number of bands that have soldiered (pun intended) on or quietly slipped out of retirement now the kids have grown up. It’s both a sobering reminder that… Continue Reading →

Kroh – Altars (Devizes/ Minotauro)

Kroh’s relatively brief lifespan hasn’t been without its’ ups and downs. With one album and a couple of split releases to their name, “Altars” represents a fresh start and a new line-up for the Birmingham band. Main man, Paul Kenney… Continue Reading →

Disarm Goliath – Wisdom And War (S/R)

Whilst no stranger to this website, these West Midlands residents play traditional metal. If you like Maiden post-1995, then this will excite. On their last outing, 2013’s ‘Born to Rule’, I found to be a rousing release; but this time… Continue Reading →

Spawned From Hate – Accelerated Butchery (S/R)

It’s relatively safe to say that any band heralding from the heavy metal capital of the world (Birmingham obviously), can be approached with an air of sunny optimism. This air of optimism is not wasted on Brutal Death lads Spawned… Continue Reading →

Opium Lord – The Calendrical Cycle: Eye of Earth (Candlelight)

Brummie five-piece Opium Lord gained huge recognition with their 2013 EP ‘The Calendrical Cycle – Prologue: The Healer’, managing to catch the attention of Candlelight who signed the band last summer, and it’s through them that the band release debut… Continue Reading →

Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat (Century Media)

There are some that think Napalm should’ve knocked it on the head back in 1989 after the ‘Mentally Murdered’ EP. That Napalm Death is now a covers band & that anything from ‘Harmony Corruption’ onwards is shit. These people (thankfully… Continue Reading →

Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum (Metal Blade)

8 albums in and their first release for Metal Blade. Anyone expecting a diluting of Nathrakh’s  ‘pandemonic hyper-blast’ music is gonna be disappointed. Despite slowly evolving beyond the raw black metal of 2001’s  ‘The Codex Necro’ Anaal Nathrakh have hardly… Continue Reading →

Arrogant Destruktor – Amidst The Blackest Void (Wolfspell Records)

Having had a taster of what these guys from Birmingham could do with their previous demo ‘Hate Legions Ride!’ right here on Ave Noctum earlier this year, I was more than happy to see their debut full length appear on… Continue Reading →

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