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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 →

Hourswill – Harm Full Embrace (Ethereal Sound Works)

Sometimes you listen to a band, which sounds uncannily like another one that you know well. This is the case here. I’d not heard of Hourswill, whose second album this is, but for me there is a stunning resemblance in… Continue Reading →

Brutai – Born (Transcend Music)

Thanks to considerable publicity, I have read a lot about modern metal band Brutai and was surprised to learn that this is their debut album. I was particularly interested in this release as they are due to play at ProgPower… Continue Reading →

Loch Vostok – From These Waters (Vicisolum)

Loch Vostok blew me away with their previous album “V: The Doctrine Decoded” (2012). Their other albums are pretty good too. The latest one “From These Waters” is self-proclaimed as grittier than the others, and I’d go along with that…. Continue Reading →

Xerath – III (Candlelight)

  Thanks to UK Metallers Xerath’s consistent live work it appears that I am one of the few Ave Noctum scribes to be unfamiliar with the band. So why, therefore does it fall upon me to review their imaginatively titled… Continue Reading →

Anubis Gate – Horizons (Nightmare Records)

I’ve always had trouble getting to grips with Anubis Gate. Why I should need to “get to grips” with a band is of course a moot point. In spite of interviewing their highly articulate multi-instrumentalist Kim Oleson and seeing them… Continue Reading →

Inbreeding Rednecks – Abnormal Life Portrayed (Mighty Music)

Inbreeding Rednecks sound as though they ought to come from Arkansas, but in fact they’re a group of experienced musicians from Denmark with a passion for old school death metal. This, then, is what we get in copious quantities. Grim… Continue Reading →

Mercenary, Omnium Gatherum, Wretched Soul – Camden Underworld 12/9/13

Four hairy men from Kent took to the stage. Wretched Soul had even brought a little fan club with them to the Underworld tonight. This helped the atmosphere along but the band did their bit with potent riffage and impressive… Continue Reading →

Wretched Soul –Veronica (Dark Lord Records)

Wretched Soul from Kent launched this album at a recent show where they supported Mercenary and Omnium Gatherum. I was there, and was struck by the vigour and vivacity of their performance. The energy outweighed the cohesion of the music,… Continue Reading →

Mind Structure – When Life and Death Destroy (Casket)

A spell-binding introduction gives us a flavour of where we’re going. In fact we go to several different places. Mind Structure are from Ukraine and draw from USA and Scandinavia for their brand of highly technical melodic metal with hardcore… Continue Reading →

Witherscape – The Inheritance (Century Media)

In the Metal world Dan Swanö really should need no introduction. As one of the cornerstones of the Swedish Metal scene, he has (officially) performed on more than 30 different albums with bands as diverse as Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath,… Continue Reading →

GrandExit – The Dead Justifies the Means (Lifeforce)

This band has been around for 13 years, having previously operated under the names of Vicious, Rage Anthem and Wargasm. It sounds like an identity crisis but I guess they have their reasons. The identity in any case is clear… Continue Reading →

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