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Helheim, Vulture Industries, Madder Mortem & Caelestia – London Unicorn 1/5/19

It was a bit of a surprise seeing this gig shifted from the much bigger Underworld to The Unicorn up the hill in Camden. Ticket sales do dictate and normally this show would have seen many more attending but with… Continue Reading →

Kampfar – Ofidians Manifest (Indie)

Without a shadow of a doubt Kampfar are one of the leading Scandinavian pagan black metal bands with a hugely respected output of releases going back to 1995. Perhaps we had been taking them for granted just a little too… Continue Reading →

Helheim – Rignir (Dark Essence)

Are Norwegians like us in England, obsessed about the weather? Well from what I know they certainly get afflicted by all sorts of extremes far worse than we do here in that respect but no doubt shrug their shoulders and… Continue Reading →

Helheim – New Song Ísuð Premiere

With the date of Norwegian Viking warriors Helheim’s tenth album Rignir fast approaching via Dark Essence Records 0n the 26th April, Ave Noctum is proud to present a first taster from it in the form of the UK Premiere of… Continue Reading →

Ovate – S/T (Soulseller Records)

Ovate announce their arrival on the ever evolving black metal scene with their eponymous debut album, boasting a veritable smorgasbord of guest artists from the Norwegian black metal community, and making a bold statement as they trample across sub-genre boundaries…. Continue Reading →

Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 2

Day Two Thursday 13th April Before the festival began on day two, I paid a visit to the excellent Katakomben records store, and emptied my wallet on a variety of hard to find black metal releases, before heading back to the hotel… Continue Reading →

Helheim – landawarijaR (Dark Essence)

I could not have asked for a better musical companion to the last couple of cold winter weeks and Norse Viking brigade Helheim’s 9th album has been spun on a near daily basis. There’s always plenty of depth about their… Continue Reading →

Black Hole Generator – A Requiem For Terra (Dark Essence)

As I write this it looks as though the ‘American people’ have elected a president. After staring in abject disbelief at their ‘choice’ the black, stripped, hopeless sound of the title and title track here are an appropriate soundscape to… Continue Reading →

Heimdalls Wacht – Geisterseher (Trollzorn)

Thank god – and by that I mean the guardian of Bifrost himself – that Heimdalls Wacht has returned. Last year’s full-length was all over the place – bloated, too reliant on the clichés of the genre and too long… Continue Reading →

Dayal Patterson – Black Metal Into The Abyss (The Cult Never Dies)

If such honours were bestowed Dayal Patterson is fast becoming the person most likely to be recognised as being an official biographer of the black metal scene. This is now his third book following on from Feral House publication Black… Continue Reading →

Panychida – Haereticalia: The Night Battles (Cursed Records)

Welcome to the latest “memorial service” from Czech Republic brigands Panychida. I remember their last campaign well, 2013 release ‘Grief Of An Idol’ proved to be an enthralling journey of pagan metal complete with themes of ancient death rituals and… Continue Reading →

Enslaved & Vulture Industries – London The Dome 17/3/16

It’s St Patrick’s Day and people are out celebrating in the very Irish pub below the venue tonight; no plastic paddies here! The rest of us are about for a different type of cultural heritage due to a Viking invasion… Continue Reading →

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