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The Dark Red Seed – Stands with Death (Prophecy Productions)

Two of King Dude’s session musicians, Tosten Larson and Shawn Fleming, have joined forces to form The Dark Red Seed, an exploration of gothic acoustic folk music. Their three-song EP ‘Stands with Death’ is reminiscent of Nick Cave and The… Continue Reading →

Boris – Dear (Sargent House)

With a discography that spans 87 releases across 25 years, Japan’s Boris are currently one of the most prolific hard working bands within noise rock, reaching an international audience and standing alongside underground heavyweights such as Sunn O))) and Earth…. Continue Reading →

Istvan – ST (Aural)

When an album flows this well you just know there’s skill and no small amount of inspiration coming from somewhere. There’s plenty to go on in the stoner-rock-meets-doom lineage is one of the longest in metal and surely too the… Continue Reading →

Twilight Fauna – Fire Of The Spirit (Fragile Branch Recordings)

Twilight Fauna is a fine name for an atmospheric black metal band, but perhaps a bit misleading when it comes to the output of the project’s founder and driving force Paul Ravenwood. A band name which, for me at least,… Continue Reading →

Dylan Carlson – Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion (S/R)

Finally, this Crowd Funded project sees fruition; featuring stunning artwork (a rendering of Dylan’s wife, Holly), ‘Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion’ is a reworking of folk songs from the British Isles. All… Continue Reading →

Of Spire & Throne – Sanctum In The Light (Aesthetic Death)

If you’ve been following any of my mumblings you will know that I have become a bit of a fan of this Edinburgh progressive sludge-doom band over a series of EPs. So yes I really like their music. Really. So… Continue Reading →

Jarboe and Helen Money – S/T (Aurora Borealis)

What an irresistible pairing! It’s one you’d never dream to put together, but upon hearing of Jarboe and Helen Money’s collaboration you can’t help but think about how right it feels and marvel at how this hasn’t always been an… Continue Reading →

Tervahäät – S/T (Nordvis)

Talk about being wrong-footed. This record may have been released on the niche Swedish label Nordvis and it may feature a snow-drenched, misty landscape on its cover but in all honesty, that is where any similarities with the form of… Continue Reading →

Twinesuns – The Leaving (Hummus Records)

Being true to themselves is clearly of the utmost importance to a band like doom drone specialists Twinesuns. Check the first paragraph of their biography and you’ll find the following line screaming at you – “We wanted to break free… Continue Reading →

Wolvserpent – Perigaea Antahkarnah (Relapse)

Some big words from Relapse on the latest release from this US-based duo here, Wolvserpent’s compositions apparently ‘gracefully wend their way through the valleys of death, drone, black metal, doom and chamber music and arrive triumphantly on foreign shores… to… Continue Reading →

Arktau Eos – Ioh-Maera + Unworeldes (Svart)

A little break from the Ave Noctum norm this time around. Arktau Ross are a Finnish duo and this pair of odd releases are split between a CD only release and a vinyl release and definitely are my introduction to… Continue Reading →

Chowder – Passion Rift (I, Voidhanger Records)

The best southern stoner doom is intense in a way that makes some death metal bands sound like a Sunday afternoon spent on thebowling greenwith your grandparents. It feels like the heaviest of prog metal bands has been taken over… Continue Reading →

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