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Mercyful Fate

Trial – Motherless (Metal Blade)

Sweden’s Trial had a fantastic outing on their last album ‘Vessel’. For their new release for their new home on Metal Blade, the band have expanded their influences and made inroads towards experimenting with different sounds and feelings. Also a… Continue Reading →

Lucifer’s Chalice – The Pact (S/R)

Featuring members of Uncoffined and Winds of Genocide, this band from Durham in the North East of England provide 4 sinister heavy metal tracks in line with the NWOBHM, Witchfinder General, Pagan Altar and very early Mercyful Fate. The aura… Continue Reading →

Lunar Shadow – Far From Light (Cruz Del Sur)

They were right, damn them. Cruz del Sur, in their promotional material, warned that it might take a few listens to take in Lunar Shadow, in all of their glory. I almost didn’t get past the first few bars, if… 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 →

Them – Sweet Hollow (Empire Records)

Earlier in the year, I received a copy of the “Fear Them” tour edition EP which was a wonderful three track teaser and exhibition of what to expect from the full length release which was to follow. Fast forward to… Continue Reading →

Denner / Shermann – Masters Of Evil (Metal Blade)

Mercyful Fate guitar lords Michael Denner and Hank Shermann have been busy buggers over the last year or so. I had the good fortune to get a review copy of their debut EP – ‘Satans Tomb’last September and loved it,… Continue Reading →

Tyfon’s Doom – Yeth Hound (Gates of Hell)

Well this is a turn up in the reviews pile. This is a one man project (Tommy Varsala) from Finland and this is simply the best combination of metal music I can imagine at this moment. Take a splash of… Continue Reading →

RAM – Svbversvm (Metal Blade)

Based on their recent split release with fellow countrymen Portrait, I find such an influence has rubbed off and with these Swedes fourth album, this sees RAM employ a touch darker essence comfortably displayed in the music, whilst retaining their… Continue Reading →

Satan’s Host – Pre-dating God (Parts 1 & 2) (Moribund)

OK, for such an epic release, first a brief history lesson. I’ve heard a few bits and pieces from Satan’s Host before, but it wasn’t until I did a little research into the band for the purposes of this review… Continue Reading →

Witherscape – The New Tomorrow (Century Media)

I picked up Witherscape’s first album ‘The Inheritance’ on an old fashioned whim after seeing it in an independent record shop (one of the few that remain), and then being drawn in by the cover, the suggestion on the cover… Continue Reading →

Crucifyre – Black Magic Fire (Pulverised)

This is an interesting one – having a brief scan of the CVs of the members of this outfit reveals a host of interesting (and disparate) names: Afflicted, Nasum, Maze of Torment, Crematory, Kaamos and a fair few others. Having… Continue Reading →

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