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White Willow – Future Hopes (The Laser’s Edge)

For those who want metal, metal, and nothing but metal, move along now; like the droids in Star Wars, these are not the songs you are looking for. Yes, I know some folks have tried to chisel in references to… Continue Reading →

Edensong – Years In The Garden Of Years (The Laser’s Edge)

Cards on the table here folks, my next landmark birthday is 50, and it is far too few years ago for comfort, and for the best part of four decades, ever since first finding Cream’s ‘Goodbye’ in my mother’s record… Continue Reading →

Shining (Nor) – International Black Jazz Society (Spinefarm)

Those of us without a giddy disposition have possibly marvelled at a recent music video of Shining performing live at Trolltunga – The Devils Tongue which juts precariously off a mountain over a massive glaciated valley near Bergen Norway. It’s… Continue Reading →

Northwinds – Eternal Winter (Black Widow)

Parisian doom devotees Northwinds proudly present this, their fifth full length studio album, complete with its typically beautiful album cover by Stefano Sugni. To briefly and dismissively label this band simply as `Doom’ however, does them a great injustice in… Continue Reading →

District 97 -In Vaults (Laser’s Edge)

Chicago based progressive metal band District 97 have received critical acclaim for their work so far with members of/formerly of the likes of King Crimson, Asia, Transatlantic, Yes and Genesis all singing their praises along with Rolling Stone magazine throwing… Continue Reading →

The Great Discord – Duende (Metal Blade)

Hailing from Linköping, Sweden, The Great Discord are a rather interesting bunch. Influenced by classic prog like King Crimson and more contemporary artists such as Meshuggah and Dream Theater, the Swedish five piece have an album which touches on a… 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 →

Svarta Stugan – EP3 Aspects Of Our Future Lives (S/R)

As the title suggests this is the third EP in a series from Swedes Svarta Stugan following on from a self-titled debut and second release ‘A Mutation And A Madness.’ They describe it as being inspired by the likes of… Continue Reading →

Stam1na – SLK (Sakara Records)

Sometimes when people talk to you there’s loads of words coming out but none of them say anything. That was kind of like the press blurb for this band. It says lots about how big they are in their home… Continue Reading →

Opeth – Pale Communion (Roadrunner)

  Opener ‘Eternal Rains Will Come’ is a stunner. It kicks straight in with a keyboard style (courtesy of new member Joakim Svalberg) that Ken Hensley would be proud to call his own, before in classic Opeth style, they turn… Continue Reading →

Interview – The Osiris Club

  Here at Ave Noctum we have the pleasure to swim in very creative waters. Quite a few of the artist’s we feature see and manage the visuals and music as a whole but not many quite like The Osiris… Continue Reading →

The Osiris Club – The Blazing World (Indie)

Well the PR sheet tries to chuck the kitchen sink at this when describing it, but with people who have played with Angel Witch and Electric Wizard you would be forgiven for expecting some groovy seventies/eighties downtuned riffage, yeah? Ah…… Continue Reading →

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