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Borealis – The Offering (AFM)

In 2015 Canadian Dark Power Metallers Borealis released “Purgatory”, an album that elevated the band onto a new higher level, booking their place as one of the top bands in their genre and (to a much less worldly important level)… Continue Reading →

Epica – The Solace System (Nuclear Blast)

It’s bordering on bragging really isn’t it? Epica had SO many tracks for previous album “The Holographic Principal” that the unused songs get their own 6 track EP. And as the high quality of these “rejected” songs now see the… Continue Reading →

Pyramaze – Contingent (Inner Wound)

I’ve followed Pyramaze since their debut album back in 2004 and I must admit I feared the worst a few years back, but with this album (their second in three years) it looks like they are back to top form… Continue Reading →

Ayreon – The Source (Music Theories Recordings)

It’s a bit of a thankless task reviewing a new Ayreon album. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always a joy to hear but…what do you say? Arjen Lucassen puts so much info out there pre-release that all the Ayreon fans… Continue Reading →

Interview – Kobra And The Lotus

  Canadian metal outfit Kobra and the Lotus, rolled into Manchester as part of their tour with Delain and Evergrey. Enigmatic front-woman Kobra took time out of her schedule to have a chat with Ave Noctum in her dressing room… Continue Reading →

Sonata Arctica – The Ninth Hour (Nuclear Blast)

We all know this bunch. Sonata Arctica are one of the big names in the Euro-Power metal scene, known for their bright nature, their technical chops, dramatic atmospheric ambience and most of all, the expressive and dynamic vocal delivery with… Continue Reading →

Epica – The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)

A new Epica album is an event. The band put in so much time, thought and effort to write and record it that I feel a comparable amount of time, thought and effort needs to go into reviewing it. So… Continue Reading →

Midnight Eternal – S/T (Inner Wound)

Midnight Eternal have certainly been racking up the support slots in their native America, copping guest appearances for Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Delain, Xandria, Doro and many more! And now that they’ve finally got their chance to release a full-length album… Continue Reading →

Sensorium – The Art Of Living (S/R)

I’ve had quite a few Israeli bands in my review pile this month from various quarters as this sextet releases a debut of ambitious power metal complete with soaring operatic vocals. I have a penchant for this scene that started… Continue Reading →

Borealis – Purgatory (AFM)

Snapped up by AFM after a self-released debut and a follow up on Lion music, Canadian Metallers Borealis are certainly seizing their opportunity with both clenched fists. This is the first thing I’ve heard by the band, but even the… Continue Reading →

Kamelot – Haven (Napalm)

Now, I’ve been aware of Kamelot for many, many years but I’ll be honest, I’ve never been able to get massively excited about their material. My research tells me that their former vocalist – the splendidly monickered Roy Khan –… Continue Reading →

Epica – The Quantum Enigma (Nuclear Blast)

  “Pushing The Envelope”. On the surface a strange phrase, but something I often say that Epica do with their Symphonic Metal genre – so I thought I’d better check exactly what it means; To attempt to extend the current… Continue Reading →

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