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Stråle – Bourbon Souls (FDA Records)

It might come as a surprise to those who frequent the hallowed pages of Ave Noctum to see yours truly doing a review for a band on F.D.A, a renowned Death Metal label. Not least myself. But as the description… Continue Reading →

Hallatar – No Stars Upon The Bridge (Svart)

After the tragic death of Aleah Starbridge on the 18th of April 2016 and the posthumous release of the Trees of Eternity début in November that year, guitarist Juha Raivio was left with the writings, lyrics, and poems of his… Continue Reading →

Kissin’ Black – Heart Over Head (Motor Entertainment)

On an ever increasing journey to birth new genres and experiences, our beloved Metal has spawned another new one – Dark Country Rock/Metal. Yep! Here it is, playing away merrily like it doesn’t have a care in the world, razzing… Continue Reading →

Sleep Of Monsters – Produces Reason (Svart)

”The Sleep Of Monsters Produces Reason’ is a painting by Goya: As places to start that is a good one for new Finnish band Sleep Of Monsters and their dense, obscure, esoteric world but hugely accessible sound. Go take a… Continue Reading →

Emergency Gate – Infected (Fireball / Soulfood)

The 6th album by the Bavarian sextet contains the same line-up as the album they released at the beginning of last year and is in a similar vein. And sadly for me Daniel Schmidle’s keyboards still feel overused, especially when… Continue Reading →

69 Eyes – X (Nuclear Blast)

Those Finnish Dark Rock Vampire Sleaze Glam Metallers 69 Eyes have chosen to inflict their tenth gothic Metal-ish studio album on their predominantly female, predominantly young, predominantly gothic audience – considering which who can blame them? This is a band… Continue Reading →

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