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Portrait – Burn The World (Metal Blade)

Anyone who loves speed metal, but can’t stand the lashings of cheese usually served up by the speedier Euro brand of power metal, should love Portrait. The first album back in 2008 was a blast – a fantastic band still… Continue Reading →

Below – Upon A Pale Horse (Metal Blade)

The Swedes look determined to bring the doom flame home this year. First with February’s Dautha debut demo Den Förste getting the epic doomers their first proper release on Ván. Then this, Below’s second album, destined to keep the band… Continue Reading →

Avatarium – Hurricanes and Halos (Nuclear Blast)

Jeez Leif – take a break man! I’ve only just reviewed Candlemass (and the rest…) bassist Leif Edling’s impressive Doomsday Project album earlier this year and here’s a new Avatarium album vying for attention. I’m sure right now he’s working… Continue Reading →

Critical Solution – Barbara the Witch (Crime Records)

This is a very interesting album for a number of reasons. “Barbara the Witch is the so-called Horror Thrashers’ third album. It is a theme album based on a true story from their Norwegian home town in the 1600s. The… Continue Reading →

Witchery – In His Majesty’s Infernal Service (Century Media)

I’m not going to lie, there are times when being a reviewer has all of the perks. I’m a huge Witchery fan, so when this clattered into my…erm…inbox, I was very excited! With the exception of the frankly mediocre “Witchkrieg”,… Continue Reading →

Interview – Them

Sometimes you seem to hit the proverbial jackpot in this music thing we do here at Ave Noctum and when you get an artist who gives you something fantastic to work with, in this case it is a wonderful concept… Continue Reading →

Witherscape – The Northern Sanctuary (Century Media)

Anyone who read my review of Witherscape’s debut (rattling around elsewhere on Ave Noctum) knows the respect I already had for Dan Swanö as a musician, vocalist, producer and all-round smart-arse, but it was on that debut that he teamed… Continue Reading →

Hammers Of Misfortune – Dead Revolution (Metal Blade)

Hammers Of Misfortune hail from San Francisco, California and have some serious praise behind them. Formed in 2000 with members from across the board, ranging from Amber Asylum, Gwar (live sessionist) and Death Angel, this six piece are ready to… Continue Reading →

Them – Fear Them (Empire Records)

Them are somewhat of a supergroup of sorts which draws from a wide variety of styles, namely occult, horror, traditional heavy metal and theatrical delivery. In short, you could say it is King Diamond and Mercyful Fate thrown in a… Continue Reading →

Casket Robbery – Evolution of Evil (Mortal Music)

Murderers, madness and zombies are three key ingredients in any metal album nowadays that’s focusing on all things brutal and gory. With a name like Casket Robbery, it’s pretty much a given that being as brutal and gory as possible… Continue Reading →

Rage – My Way (Nuclear Blast)

This may sound like a very odd statement to some people: but I find the idea of a world without Rage difficult to imagine. But, at the same time if you told me you’d never heard a single track by… Continue Reading →

Twitching Tongues – Disharmony (Metal Blade)

I confess this is a band I didn’t know anything about before picking up this album but it seems that they’ve done the rounds in their six years of existence. “Disharmony” is the LA band’s third full album release. Reading… Continue Reading →

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