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Evil Scarecrow – Chapter IV: Antartarctica (Dead Box Records)

Look, I know not everyone is a fan of Evil Scarecrow. For the record, I enjoy their stuff. I’m not averse to the odd bit of comedy metal; hell, I own several Manowar albums. I know that several readers will… Continue Reading →

Depravity – Evil Upheaval (Transcending Obscurity Records)

The promo blurb opens with “Death metal was meant to be an assault on the senses …” and this Australian quintet are certainly doing what they can to make sure their début album does exactly that. Granted there are moments… Continue Reading →

Cripper – Follow Me: Kill! (Metal Blade)

Technical Teutonic Thrashers Cripper are back again with the follow up to their splendid Metal Blade debut effort, “Hyëna”. ‘Follow. Me: Kill!’ follows in the same footsteps as its predecessor, promising plenty of titanic riffs, crushing grooves and unparalleled ferocity…. Continue Reading →

The Monolith Deathcult – Versus (Hammerheart Records)

If you have ever given this Dutch band a listen you will know that they do not stick to any tried and tested formula for writing songs even with their earlier material which was purely death metal oriented. With five… Continue Reading →

Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence (Inside Out)

Fans of Devin Townsend must be the luckiest in the metal industry if sheer volume is any measure. I count 21 full-length releases since Strapping Young Lad’s 1995 album Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing and that’s not to mention… Continue Reading →

The Bendal Interlude – Reign Of The Unblinking Eye (Black Bow)

Back in the early to mid 2000’s, Liverpool was a hotbed for promising metal bands. You had Ogun who played a pounding, heavy groove based metal style, Obsolete who were a fantastic pseudo-death metal act, Metro Manila Aide who were… Continue Reading →

Krysthla – A War Of Souls And Desires (Initiate Audio)

Anybody remember British bruisers Gutworm? Active between 1999 and 2010 they released a couple of formidable albums and threw their weight around live on the UK circuit, playing some hefty shows. I just dug out their debut album ‘Ruin The… Continue Reading →

Devin Townsend Project – Devin Townsend Presents: Ziltoid Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Inside Out)

You know exactly who this man is and what this man can do, there is no need for a long winded introduction. The mastermind behind the chaotic and insanely heavy Strapping Young Lad, the voice of Steve Vai’s Sex &… Continue Reading →

Rivers of Nihil – Monarchy (Metal Blade)

Upon initial listening, Rivers of Nihil’s second full length release, Monarchy, is a powerfully miserable record. If you can envisage a depressingly heavy version of Gojira, with furious technicality and oodles of dominant blast beats, then you pretty much have… Continue Reading →

Vholdghast – Låt oss förbrinna (Vicisolum)

Despite jamming together for over ten years, Vholdghast have only just got around to showcasing their sound on record, which is fair enough when you consider how many projects this four piece juggle between them (six for vocalist Jonny alone)…. Continue Reading →

Methedras – System Subversion (Pavement Records)

Writing for Ave Noctum is never a chore. Sure on the odd occasion I get sent stuff that I would normally swerve like Neo in The Matrix dodges bullets but over the last few months it’s opened my ears to… Continue Reading →

Arcania – Dreams are Dead (Great Dane)

Formed in Angers, France, in 1999, Arcania spent ten years and a few line up changes (some enforced) and a handful of EPs before they released their debut offering “Sweet Angel Dust” in 2010. Four years later, the four-piece re-emerge… Continue Reading →

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