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Embrace of Disharmony – De Rervm Natvra (My Kingdom Music)

In my book, it’s the sign of a good album when I finding myself asking what on earth am I listening to. This album is the first from this band from Rome since 2014. The sophistication of this album is… Continue Reading →

Ascend The Hollow – Echoes Of Existence (DR Music)

Have you ever wondered what the resulting combination of Industrial, Electronic, Progressive, Death and Modern Metal would sound like? I know a fair few folk who would feel nauseous at the prospect of just imagining it whilst others would try… Continue Reading →

Helion Prime – Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster (AFM)

Californian Power Metallers Helion Prime make a welcome return with their 2nd album, and the immediate difference that anyone familiar with Helion Prime’s debut will note is that the new vocalist is sporting a beard! Unremarkable you might think, but… Continue Reading →

Tantal – Ruin (Mazzar Records)

So this new Tantal album came my way and as I always like to do before I embark on a review, I read what the label/promotions agency have to say about the band. What instantly intrigued (and amused) me about… Continue Reading →

Ross The Boss – By Blood Sworn (AFM Records)

Following a successful jaunt around the globe playing Manowar material, RTB (the band) come back with the third studio album. Obviously you are going to look for similarities, they are present in abundance, but managing to possess such a talented… Continue Reading →

Meden Agan – Catharsis (No Remorse)

“Catharsis” is the fourth outing for Greek Symphonic Metallers Meden Agan, who continue to make further in-roads into the imposing territory occupied by bands like Epica, Xandria and Nightwish (by pure coincidence, and in-keeping with Symphonic Metal history, it has… Continue Reading →

Prospekt – The Illuminated Sky (Laser’s Edge)

Formed in Oxford back in 2008, Prospekt are a five piece progressive metal band with a wide range of influences to their sound, most notably titans of the genre in the form of Dream Theater, Symphony X and Circus Maximus…. Continue Reading →

Adrenaline Mob – We the People (Century Media)

Adrenaline Mob have been described as a super-group with current links to Symphony X and Trans-Siberian Orchestra and past ones to Dream Theater, Disturbed, Twisted Sister and a whole host of others. It’s more than a side project as it’s… Continue Reading →

Ayreon – The Source (Music Theories Recordings)

It’s a bit of a thankless task reviewing a new Ayreon album. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always a joy to hear but…what do you say? Arjen Lucassen puts so much info out there pre-release that all the Ayreon fans… Continue Reading →

Dreamwalkers Inc – Aphrodisia (Layered Reality Productions)

This four track EP is a taster for Mr Dreamwalker and his band’s forthcoming double album, which will comprise one light and one dark experience. Damnation and Deliverance, maybe? But that’s to come. Mr Dreamwalker is in fact Dutch musician… 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 →

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