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Dysangelium – Death Leading (W.T.C.)

Dysangelium have hacked themselves quite a reputation despite only having one long player – Thánatos Áskçsis if you need reminding – and a couple of demos before that. Perhaps proving that its worth bottling yourself up and waiting for the… Continue Reading →

Shrine Of Insanabilis – Vast Vortex Litanies (World Terror Committee)

I saw this German black metal act pulverise the Netherlands Deathfest in 2017 and was obviously impressed by the act but didn’t hear anything from them after that, until now that is where the band unleashes battering obsidian malignancy. The… Continue Reading →

Noorvik – Omission (Tonzonen Records)

If anyone ever mentions German instrumental bands, Long Distance Calling comes into my mind. Noorvik is a new one on me. “Omission” is their second album. We’re led to expect “dynamic arcs of suspense with progressive song structures … an… Continue Reading →

Sacrilegious Rite – De Poetica Tenebris (Dominance Of Darkness)

A seventeen-minute EP comprising of intro and two tracks from German black/death act Sacrilegious Rite. Short and…er.. Well. Not sweet. The intro, a little organ/keyboard passage arrives and ends I have to say to little effect or connection to the… Continue Reading →

Nevaria – Finally Free (Dr. Music)

Nevaria from Bavaria (!) are a relatively new addition to the Symphonic Metal fold. Formed in 2017 they have already shared billing with the likes of Xandria, Axxis and Sabaton and with this their debut studio offering look set to… Continue Reading →

Totengeflüster – The Faceless Divine (Black Lion Records)

Despite starting up in 2007, this is only Totengeflüster’s third studio release (alongside a live recording from 2017’s Beermageddon festival) so they are not exactly prolific but this is definitely a case of quality over quantity. Building on the foundation… Continue Reading →

Grendel’s Syster – Myrtle Wreath / Myrtenkranz (Hoove Child Records)

After their last release, Orphic Gold Leaves, I expressed an interest in seeing how this German trio developed. So here we are. Firstly you have to be pretty astounded by the quality of the packaging in this. Again, as with… Continue Reading →

Kadavar – For The Dead Travel Fast (Nuclear Blast)

Long term followers of Ave Noctum who have had the dubious pleasure of reading my assorted inane ramblings will know that for a long time I’ve been a follower and advocate of a number of the many retro style bands… Continue Reading →

Verheerer – Monolith (Vendetta Records)

Starting off as a duo German band Verheerer (Devastator) released debut album Maltrér back in 2018. Obviously it went down well although seemingly was missed entirely by us and the impetus from it has encouraged the band to recruit three… Continue Reading →

Necrotted – Die For Something Worthwhile (Rising Nemesis Records)

Hailing from Southern Germany with an impressive back catalogue behind them, the wonderfully monikered Necrotted return with this a celebratory EP to mark their 10 years of existence. It’s a short, sharp kick in the balls, an aural equivalent of… Continue Reading →

Zeit – Drangsal (S/R)

Quite often I re-indulge myself in a scene that has grown out of favour with me, as doom is one such genre but decided to take the plunge with German band Zeit to try and rekindle my affection for the… Continue Reading →

Darkmoon Warrior – Angels of Dirt, Beasts of Rebellion (Folter)

The track title “Thermonuclear Predator” gives the not so well concealed game away. Destruction is the byword of this black metal band from Germany, whose third album this is. Hard-hitting and of course heavy, this vigorous and furious assault gives… Continue Reading →

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