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Weedeater, Conan, Lo!, Thorax – Sydney University Manning Bar, 15/7/16

Ave Noctum travels far afield for this live one; all the way to my place of birth in fact – Sydney, Australia. Manning Bar at Sydney Uni is a brilliant venue and the perfect place to spend a Friday evening… Continue Reading →

Desertfest London 29th April – 1st May 2016, Camden

Celebrating its 5th anniversary, Desertfest London returns this year with an impressive array of bands, promoters and stages, taking over venues such as Koko, The Underworld, Electric Ballroom, The Black Heart and The Dev. Over the course of three days… Continue Reading →

Boss Keloid – Herb Your Enthusiasm (Black Bow Records)

There is something about the North West of England which tends to spawn some musical powerhouses. Recently, we’ve had no end to fierce death metal bands but with the ascension of bands like Pist who bring swagger, confidence and sleaze… Continue Reading →

Conan – Revengeance (Napalm)

What a nice, gentle way to start 2016; getting your skull caved in by caveman battle doom progenitors Conan. There was the usual shifting of personnel in 2014, but I guess that’s the way it goes at these rock ‘n’… Continue Reading →

Gateway – S/T (Hellthrasher)

If you can imagine a Minotaur crawling through a swamp during a tempestuous storm in 1256 then you can pretty much envisage just how dark, heavy and medieval Gateway’s self-titled debut release is. Packed chock full of crushing riffs and… Continue Reading →

Old Man Lizard – S/T (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Suffolk sludgemeisters Old Man Lizard have returned to the fray with a new self titled album to follow up last years ‘Lone Wolf vs Brown Bear’, this time released via Italian label Heavy Psych Sounds, proof if ever that the… Continue Reading →

Rivers of Nihil – Monarchy (Metal Blade)

Upon initial listening, Rivers of Nihil’s second full length release, Monarchy, is a powerfully miserable record. If you can envisage a depressingly heavy version of Gojira, with furious technicality and oodles of dominant blast beats, then you pretty much have… Continue Reading →

Headless Kross – Volumes (Black Bow)

Choosing to open your debut album with a song that’s over 20 minutes in length means business, and Headless Kross certainly aren’t taking any prisoners when it comes to the droned out, monolithic journey that is ‘Rural Juror’. The occasional… Continue Reading →

Conan, 11Paranoias, GHOLD & Torpor – London Underworld 30/10/14

It’s an undisputed fact that Old Empire are currently unrivalled in their ability to put together killer line ups within London. Tonight is no exception, and sees four of the UK’s best home grown talents out to celebrate Devil’s Night… Continue Reading →

Space Witch – S/T (Orchestrated Dystopia Records, Cosmic Tomb)

With just two tracks making up this album, and the only vocals being the apocalyptic sample of mankind’s destruction that opens the proceedings, Space Witch have really set a challenge for their listeners in this eponymous debut album.  I’m not… Continue Reading →

Temples Festival – Bristol Motion 3-4/5/14

Day 2 Sat 3rd May  Well this was an odd day for me I’m afraid. Good intentions had gone out of the window and distracted by Bristol we arrived late for… well the first half I’m afraid. Still, for me… Continue Reading →

Coltsblood – Into The Unfathomable Abyss (Candlelight)

The debut album by this dark, hybrid band Coltsblood begins with a terrifying black abyss of noise; of screams and a descent into some hell that I haven’t heard the like of since ‘Into The Crypt Of Rays’. ‘Beneath Black… Continue Reading →

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