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Mortiis – Spirit Of Rebellion (Omnipresent / Dead Seed Productions)

Just for the record, I like goblins. Whereas the orcs and stuff get all the bad guy praise, poor little goblins are like the weird kid everyone picks on in the school yard. So hurrah for goblinses! Ahem. Sorry. Anyway… Continue Reading →

Legendry – The Wizard and the Tower Keep (High Roller)

Pittsburgh’s Legendry have already made a name for themselves in the epic metal underground, a term used a lot I know, but if you are already immersed into the works of Manilla Road and Cirith Ungol, then chances are you… Continue Reading →

Ancestral Lore – Behind The Night Horizon (S/R)

Nostalgia is something that can randomly hit any of the senses, sometimes when you least expect it. Music is a given for taking you back to a particular point of time and it is often a pleasure when listening to… Continue Reading →

eXistenZ – David Cronenberg (101 Films)

A true auteur and one of the great visionary directors of our time, David Cronenberg’s career has been incredibly interesting to say the least. Although his films are really varied in some ways, as we will discover here they are… Continue Reading →

Interview – Mortiis

  To coincide with the release of the new version of his Secrets Of My Kingdom book, Ave Noctum had the chance to catch a few words with Håvard Ellefsen, aka Mortiis himself, and asked about Era 1, revisiting old… Continue Reading →

Mortiis (with Dayal Patterson) Secrets Of My Kingdom (Return To Dimensions Unknown) (Cult Never Dies)

Sometime in the mid-1990s the original of this book was released almost grudgingly by Mortiis’ then record company, and in a highly limited edition. This of course meant that it has been trading for well into three figures for decades,… Continue Reading →

Summoning – With Doom We Come (Napalm)

The sounds of Middle Earth will never be forgotten and will reverberate with the clamour of heroes around the great halls forevermore. Well they will if Protector and Silenius have their way and despite being quiet for nearly 5 long… Continue Reading →

Human Fortress – Thieves of the Night (AFM)

Human Fortress launched their career with two well-aimed, iron-tipped, power metal ballistae — and the second of those, 2003’s Defenders of the Crown, could easily make my all-time top ten albums from that genre. The medieval-coated piece of genius was… Continue Reading →

Zardoz – John Boorman (Arrow)

The mid 70’s were a great time for experimentation and radical ideas and when you mixed dystopian fantasy and a shed load of psychedelic pharmaceuticals the results for film goers could often send them on a right old trip in… Continue Reading →

The Beast – Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow Films)

Following Immoral Tales Borowczyk delivered a fairy tale like no other that had ever been imagined. He somewhat contemptuously mentions Disney quite a bit in some of the features seen accompanying Blanche but this was a version that old Walt… Continue Reading →

Hammerfall – (r)Evolution (Nuclear Blast)

  Shiny Realistic Plastic Sword…CHECK Painted Wooden Shield….CHECK Denim Jacket with patches and the sleeves cut off…CHECK Tight Leather Trousers…CH…Nope…hang on…damn things must have shrunk somehow…hnnnnnggg…CH….E…CK 24 Bottles of Lager…CHECK (…and there goes the top button on the trousers….) Martina… Continue Reading →

Falconer – Black Moon Rising (Metal Blade)

There are few power metal bands with a signature sound quite like Falconer. The unholy spiritual union of black metal, European speed metal and folk melodies all rolled tightly around the honeyed tones of Mathias Blad. Ok there are plenty… Continue Reading →

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