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Arcade Messiah – III (Stereohead Records)

Arcade Messiah – III (Stereohead Records)

I’ve been following the progress of John Bassett for a while now, first through a couple of releases from his Hastings-based band King Bathmat, then there was a solo album and now a third album from Arcade Messiah. What is always guaranteed is John puts.. Read More
Abduction – Une Ombre Régit les Ombres (Finisterian Dead End)

Abduction – Une Ombre Régit les Ombres (Finisterian Dead End)

“Autumnal black metal” is the designation given to this work by French band Abduction. I guess that means the array of colours, shorter days turning into longer nights, wind, storms and the spirit of the album’s title which translates as “A Shadow Rules the Shadows”... Read More
Insomnium – Winter’s Gate (Century Media)

Insomnium – Winter’s Gate (Century Media)

It seems like Finnish band Insomnium have been going from strength to strength recently. The last couple of times I have seen them, they have pulled in a crowd that has had the venue bulging at the seams and received jubilant conquering applause for their.. Read More
Anciients – Voice of the Void (Season Of Mist)

Anciients – Voice of the Void (Season Of Mist)

Over three years ago I first became aware of Vancouver’s own Anciients by virtue of reading the review of ‘Heart of Oak’ on the very site your are currently viewing (check Ave Noctum passim), and in the intervening three years the band has undoubtedly been.. Read More
Haar / Ur Draugr split (ATMF)

Haar / Ur Draugr split (ATMF)

This is an interesting split album, comprising three tracks from Scotland’s Haar and the Australian black metal band Ur Draugr. This comes on the back of 2015 album releases by both bands. I didn’t know either band before this, but after reading beforehand about Haar,.. Read More
Opeth – Sorceress (Nuclear Blast)

Opeth – Sorceress (Nuclear Blast)

Here’s a band which needs no introduction. Suffice to say that this is their twelfth album, and it was recorded in Wales. Mr Åkerfeldt seems pretty happy with it, describing it as “fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed, heavy and calm”. What is not.. Read More
Usurpress - The Regal Tribe (Agonia)

Usurpress – The Regal Tribe (Agonia)

Right of the bat I have to say this came as a massive surprise. I had heard of Usurpress but not actually heard them. I had been led to believe that they are a crusty Old School Swedish Death metal band, and apparently they once.. Read More
Stilla – Skuggflock (Nordvis / Bindrune)

Stilla – Skuggflock (Nordvis / Bindrune)

Translating the album title as “Shadowpack” this is the third full length from this inventive Swedish avant-garde black metal act whose album cover conjures up notions of mysticism and chilly autumnal mornings where mist and dew blanket the air. Being my first listening experience for.. Read More
Throes Of Dawn - Our Voices Shall Remain (Argonauta Records)

Throes Of Dawn – Our Voices Shall Remain (Argonauta Records)

Ah Finland, nobody does Dark Metal quite like Finland. Nobody seems to cram in so much atmosphere, melancholy and lets face it, down-right despondency as the Fins manage. And I love them for it. Throes Of Despondency…sorry…Dawn like to supplement their Dark with words like.. Read More
Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary (Century Media)

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 up with fellow multi-instrumentalist Ragnar.. Read More
Diabolical – Umbra (ViciSolum)

Diabolical – Umbra (ViciSolum)

Swedish progressive death metallers Diabolical have returned after a three year gap since their last LP ‘Neogenesis’ with this four track EP ‘Umbra’. Now I’m not overly familiar with Diabolical’s material and I do tend to like my death metal with a vintage and old.. Read More