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Bastard Grave – Diorama Of Human Suffering (Pulverised)

If you’re a Metalhead and not into Death Metal then seriously what are you doing? I understand that it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but surely if you like Slayer, Kreator, Sodom or any other more extreme Thrash act then… Continue Reading →

Twilight Force – Dawn Of The Dragonstar (Nuclear Blast)

It’s possible, within in the grand Metal scheme of things, it strikes me that there is no such thing as a one hundred percent serious Symphonic Power Metal Band. They are 100% committed, don’t get me wrong, I’m talking about… Continue Reading →

Ribspreader – Crawl and Slither (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)

This is the eighth – yes, eighth full length release for Ribspreader since 2004. When you add on the fact that this old-school Swedish death metal band is just one of twenty one bands that main man Rogga Johansson is… Continue Reading →

Mylingar – Döda Själar (Amor Fati)

It is kind of funny how far extremity has come in music, I mean people thought Elvis and The Beatles were shocking back in the day! Imagine if they could see the very depths of the Metal underground. Even still… Continue Reading →

Wormwood – Nattarvet (Black Lodge)

Now OK, I’m not the usual go-to-guy for Black Metal bands on Ave Noctum. I think many of my fellow writers would possibly go so far as to state that I’m not really even on the list of go-to-guys-and-gals…and admittedly,… Continue Reading →

Sabaton – The Great War (Nuclear Blast)

War! What is it good for? A huge amount of subject matter for lyrical content apparently. Not just in Metal either. Something as world consuming as warfare can’t be ignored by anyone and a whole swath of musicians over the… Continue Reading →

Children Of The Sün – Flowers (The Sign Records)

There’s a lot of retro “classic rock” around these days. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I guess it’s more about the way it’s done. Sweden for some apparent reason seems to have been a hotbed… Continue Reading →

Rogga Johansson – Entrance To The Otherwhere (Transcending Obscurity Records)

On one side of the “bread n butter” death metal spectrum we have artists yearning for the glory of yesterday, struggling to stay relevant. On the other side, young whippersnappers with nostalgia in their eyes flap vainly for our attention… Continue Reading →

Victims – The Horse and Sparrow Theory (Relapse Records)

The Horse and Sparrow Theory is the seventh full length from the Swedish crust punks Victims, in a career spanning over twenty years.  For those who do not have a degree in economics the album title refers to the ‘trickle… Continue Reading →

Birdflesh – Extreme Graveyard Tornado (Everlasting Spew)

Forming in Vaxjo – Sweden in 1992 the only original member is Drummer/ Vocalist Smattro Ansjovis. This is only the bands fourth full length but they have peppered eardrums with E.P.s and splits over the last three decades.  Panda Flamenco (bass/vocals)… Continue Reading →

Mammoth Storm – Alruna (Argonauta Records)

If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to see Andrew O’Neill’s ‘History of Heavy Metal’ show (unrelated plug, but the DVD is available now and well worth buying), there is a segment where he illustrates subgenres by firing the white ray… Continue Reading →

Flykt – Charnel Heart (Folter Records)

Flykt have been in existence since 2016 and hail from the ever-expanding Swedish black metal landscape. ‘Charnel Heart’ is their first effort and they have attacked it with all their might and pure vitriolic aggression. ‘Charnel Heart’ opens with ‘Compendium… Continue Reading →

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