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Monarque – Jusqu’á la Mort (Sepulchral Productions)

I am not the black metal scholar that some of my colleagues definitely are, and this is my first encounter with Canadians Monarque and the proudly independent black metal scene of Quebec. But like every new convert to anything, what… Continue Reading →

Ossuaire – Premiers Chants (Sepulchral Productions)

Ever since I’ve been into Extreme Metal I’ve known about and enjoyed Black Metal, in fact one of the first Extreme Metal albums I ever purchased was Transilvanian Hunger. I’d even go as far as to say that the genre… Continue Reading →

Saor – Forgotten Paths (Avantgarde)

You know I can’t remember the last time I was at a black or folk metal gig in the UK and I didn’t see at least one Saor patch or t-shirt being sported. Says a lot for the support these… Continue Reading →

Cantique Lépreux – Paysages Polaires (Eisenwald)

Cantique Lépreux’s members have a fine pedigree including the mighty Forteresse, but even with this knowledge, their debut album ‘Cendres Célestes’ surpassed all expectations and is an absolute masterpiece which remains on my regular playlist. With this in mind I… Continue Reading →

Aorlhac – L’esprit des vents (Ladlo Productions)

With much of the French black metal scene being centred on dissonance and orthodoxy this album came as a breath of fresh air as it is a style that really appeals to me. Aorlhac are more concerned about “looking back… Continue Reading →

Panphage – Jord (Nordvis)

It’s always kind of odd when the first time you hear of a band it comes with a PR sheet that informs you that it’s their final album. Well such is the case with black metal one man band Panphage… Continue Reading →

Circle of Salt – Suffer the Cold (Avantgarde)

“Suffer the Cold” is the re-release of a 2015 work by a solo black metal artist from Québec, Canada, who operates under the name of Circle of Salt. This release interested me particularly because historically Canada has such a reputation… Continue Reading →

Janvier – S/T (Wolfspell)

Dunno but I always find it a little…well, humbling when a band sends in a full, beautifully designed digipak CD of their debut EP release. It at least should give the reviewer pause to think about what this music means… Continue Reading →

Albums Of The Year 2016

Whatever way you look at it 2016 has hardly been a bundle of laughs. It’s been a year full of fear, loathing and paranoia with a healthy side dish of total chaos running through it. The political climate became stupefying… Continue Reading →

Interview – Forteresse

Forteresse. In the wake of their truly exceptional new album, Thèmes Pour La Rébellion (see the review if you haven’t already http://www.avenoctum.com/2016/06/forteresse-themes-pour-la-rebellion-sepulchral-productions ) Ave Noctum were given the opportunity to send an interview the way of guitarist Moribond, a little bit… Continue Reading →

Forteresse – Thèmes Pour La Rébellion (Sepulchral Productions)

I think to say that this, the fifth full length from métal noir Québécois troupe Forteresse was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 is to slightly underplay how much their four previous albums have impressed me with both… Continue Reading →

Cepheide – Respire (Sick Man Getting Sick)

Here we have a trio of mysterious Frenchmen who apparently come from varied musical backgrounds. This EP was released independently in 2015 and is getting a new lease of life now on vinyl as the outfit work on some new… Continue Reading →

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