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Avatarium – The Fire I Long For (Nuclear Blast)

Late 2019 finds guitarist Marcus Jidell and vocalist Jennie-Ann Smith continuing to forge ahead with their doom-sprinkled retro rock/metal outfit Avatarium. Initially the band was pretty much touted as another Leif Edling (Candlemass etc. etc.) project with Jidell and Smith… Continue Reading →

Strigoi – Abandon All Faith (Nuclear Blast)

Not content with being an original member and driving force behind both bona-fide legendary acts Paradise Lost and newer-but-no-less-impressive Vallenfyre, Gregor Mackintosh returns with his post-Vallenfyre outfit, Strigoi. Accompanying him here is the fellow Vallen-fellow, Chris Casket (currently also of… Continue Reading →

Agnostic Front – Get Loud (Nuclear Blast)

The Hardcore Scene and New York go hand in hand, almost seen as true siblings, and for almost 40 years now, in one guise or another, Agnostic Front have been the forefathers, the leading light in the genre. As well… Continue Reading →

Despised Icon – Purgatory (Nuclear Blast)

This is a strange one and I tell you why. It’s strange because there is much mumbling, tutting, sideways looks, eye rolling, slagging off, looking down at etc. etc. of the genre known as Deathcore. What is Deathcore may you… Continue Reading →

Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra – Legacy Of The Dark Lands (Nuclear Blast)

Let’s face it – it had to happen! I’m just amazed it took so long. From the moment I heard the orchestral version of ‘Theatre Of Pain’ as a bonus track on Blind Guardian’s fantastic “Somewhere Far Beyond” album way… Continue Reading →

Une Misère – Sermon (Nuclear Blast)

Une Misère were completely unheard of before winning the Wacken Metal Battle back in their home country of Iceland. Their victory saw them play at Germany’s largest outdoor metal festival before they returned home to wow crowds at Eistnaflug –… Continue Reading →

Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites (Nuclear Blast)

Though perhaps not requiring introduction to most readers, for the unenlightened amongst you I’ll provide a quick canter through Niles history. Rising to prominence as the popularity of traditional death metal fare waned in the late 1990’s, Nile are oft… Continue Reading →

Phil Campbell – Old Lions Still Roar (Nuclear Blast)

As a huge fan not only of Motorhead, but also more specifically the Phil Campbell era, when I saw this arrive at Ave Noctum towers, I was really excited to hear what Phil had been up to. Apparently he’d harboured… Continue Reading →

Rings Of Saturn – Gidim (Nuclear Blast)

Do you know what I used to hate, conspiracy theories. Yet contradictory to this I’ve always had a fascination with aliens and peoples encounters with them. Nowadays I’m pretty well into the idea of conspiracies that’s not to say I… Continue Reading →

Fit For An Autopsy – The Sea Of Tragic Beasts (Nuclear Blast)

Despite a revolving door of vocalists, New Jersey’s Fit For An Autopsy, have been around since 2008 and have managed to generate a lot of positive ‘buzz’ (I think that’s the lexicon the youth of today use?) during their tenure… Continue Reading →

Kadavar – For The Dead Travel Fast (Nuclear Blast)

Long term followers of Ave Noctum who have had the dubious pleasure of reading my assorted inane ramblings will know that for a long time I’ve been a follower and advocate of a number of the many retro style bands… Continue Reading →

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