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Heavy Feather – Debris and Rubble (The Sign)

Another month. Another hot tub time machine filled with tie dyed flares. Yes that’s right it’s bluesy retro rock time.  April’s furry freak family are Heavy Feather from Sweden. Big fans of Cream and Free you can guess where this is… Continue Reading →

Vintage Caravan – Gateways (Nuclear Blast)

Formidable: that’s an interesting word. Fans of heavy music know that one of the finest attributes is the respect paid to the originators of the style. Sometimes the influences overshadow the originality and we slide into “retro” territory. Then bands… Continue Reading →

Svvamp – S/T (RidingEasy Records)

Sweden has been a notable player in dishing up quality retro rock bands. Graveyard and Horisont leap to mind as two, who over recent years have kept the vibe of the classic rock era alive in this part of the… Continue Reading →

Zodiac – Grain of Soul (Napalm)

Hey folks, do your shelves at home groan under the weight of Bon Jovi’s albums? Like Kiss, do you want to “rock and roll all night, and party every day”? Do you hear the phrase “extreme metal” and think of… Continue Reading →

Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette (Nuclear Blast)

If anyone out there in the land of the internet has been following Ave Noctum for a few years, you may have read my review of Scorpion Child’s eponymous first LP, an album that held the top slot for my… Continue Reading →

Black Wizard – New Waste (Listenable)

I’m not a particularly superstitious type, but sometimes I feel that the first album review of the year can set the tone for the next twelve months, and my first to be sent to the editor, if not necessarily the… Continue Reading →

Demon Eye – Tempora Infernalia (Soulseller)

Just a couple of days before typing up this review I was riding public transport through the expensive end of the capital’s retail district, the sort of area where high end shops cluster together to display their wares in a… Continue Reading →

Oblivious – Out of Wilderness (Gaphals)

Despite this being their third album, albeit apparently after a line-up overhaul and label change, Oblivious are an act that I’ve been, well, oblivious to. So, is ‘Out of Wilderness’ the album to amend their status on my ever burgeoning… Continue Reading →

Burning Saviours – Unholy Tales From The North – Transubstans

Another review, and surprise surprise, it’s another Swedish export. Damn me, but with all the fine metal those industrious Swedes produce, how do they have time to disassemble and flat pack all that furniture they ship over to the UK… Continue Reading →

Crobot – Something Supernatural (Nuclear Blast)

From note one of Crobot’s debut album, ‘Something Supernatural’, there can be little doubt as to what you are going to get, a wall of feedback building into the massively hook laden riffs of ‘Legend of the Spaceborne Killer’. Even… Continue Reading →

Blues Pills – Live At Rockpalast (Nuclear Blast)

If you want to know my initial opinion of Blues Pills, first check out my review of their earlier EP ‘Devil Man’ at http://www.avenoctum.com/2013/10/blues-pills-devil-man-nuclear-blast/ . At that time, I’d yet to catch them on stage, and was slightly worried that… Continue Reading →

Blues Pills – Devil Man – Nuclear Blast

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there is definitely something retro in the air at the moment.  Forget the Glastonbury attending NME trendoids who think “Old School” means something from the late nineties, there seems to be… Continue Reading →

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