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Evergrey – The Atlantic (AFM)

In 2019, it would be surprising if you, the person taking the time to read this review, had never heard anything by Evergrey. Over more than 25 years this unique Metal band have been releasing quality material that has rarely… Continue Reading →

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 2

Saturday 5th October A highlight at this festival for me is the exposure of bands from the host country. Saturday’s line-up started with one such in Golden Caves. There wasn’t a full house yet but 70 or 80 isn’t a… Continue Reading →

Halcyon Way – Bloody But Unbowed (Agonia)

American Metal band Halcyon Way have been defying categorization and side-stepping musical labels for over 10 years now and this 4th full-length offering continues to challenge critic’s carefully laid out boundaries. If Metal genres were neat wooden fences, Halcyon Way… Continue Reading →

Redemption – Long Night’s Journey into Day (Metal Blade)

My recollection of Redemption from seeing them headlining at ProgPower Europe in 2011 is that they are big, brash and American. Since then they have replaced their then lead singer with Evergrey’s Tom Englund, acquired a keyboard player, and temporarily… Continue Reading →

Borealis – The Offering (AFM)

In 2015 Canadian Dark Power Metallers Borealis released “Purgatory”, an album that elevated the band onto a new higher level, booking their place as one of the top bands in their genre and (to a much less worldly important level)… Continue Reading →

Oceans Of Slumber – The Banished Heart (Century Media)

Pretty much exactly 2 years and 2 days since the release of their second album, Houston based Oceans Of Slumber have worked hard to get their third album completed, persevering through internal and family struggles to get it all done…. Continue Reading →

Nocturnal Rites – Phoenix (AFM)

Formed back in the 90’s, Nocturnal Rites released three rather Hammerfall-esque Power Metal albums before the Millennium, but for me they really found their identity with the introduction of vocalist Jonny Lidqvist and 2000’s excellent “Afterlife”. Four more albums of… Continue Reading →

Orden Ogan – Gunmen (AFM)

German Metallers Orden Ogan’s sixth studio album is upon us, as the band continue their rise to the upper echelons of German Power Metal. Actually to dub Orden Ogan as merely Power Metal is limiting their style and doing them… Continue Reading →

Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail I (Napalm)

Last November I had the pleasure of interviewing Kobra when she rolled into Manchester with Delain, Evergrey and, of course, the rest of Kobra and the Lotus. During that interview we discussed their forthcoming album and she revealed that although… Continue Reading →

Interview – Kobra And The Lotus

  Canadian metal outfit Kobra and the Lotus, rolled into Manchester as part of their tour with Delain and Evergrey. Enigmatic front-woman Kobra took time out of her schedule to have a chat with Ave Noctum in her dressing room… Continue Reading →

Delain, Evergrey, Kobra And The Lotus – Manchester Ritz 12/10/16

On arrival at the Ritz venue it was clear that the popularity of Delain has increased dramatically and with two quality supports this was a must-see tour especially if you prefer the genre. It appeared that the venue security didn’t… Continue Reading →

Evergrey – The Storm Within (AFM)

2014’s “Hymns For The Broken” was a very important release for Evergrey. They nearly called it quits, but managed to find the inspiration and desire to carry on…and then delivered what was probably their best and most complete album to… Continue Reading →

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