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Dark Sarah – The Golden Moth (Inner Wound)

It’s no secret to anyone who has read some of my reviews on Ave Noctum that I have a bit of a dislike of “Disney-style” ballads within the Symphonic/Melodic Metal genre…so why on earth did I volunteer to review an… Continue Reading →

Khanus – Flammiron (I, Voidhanger)

Ready for some metal of death with shamanic drumming and chanting, occasional soprano vocals and choral aspects and even the use of a singing bowl? Well that should give you an idea that this album, the first from Khanus following… Continue Reading →

QFT – Live In Space (Despotz)

If you are a fan of Therion chances are you have seen Linnéa Vikström belting out her vocal talents on stage, along with her dad Thomas. If so you have no doubt been impressed with her performance as she certainly… Continue Reading →

Hexed – Netherworld (Vicisolum)

Sweden is a damn fine place for Heavy Metal – it has been for many years. So many Metal bands of so many genres have hailed from it’s musically fertile territories and it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome another one,… Continue Reading →

Melted Space – Darkening Light (Sensory)

Like Arjen Anthony Lucassen and Christofer Johnsson, French maestro Pierre Le Pape surrounds himself with a cast of many and goes down the symphonic rock opera route with various singers from both the sort of bands that you might well… Continue Reading →

Therion – Beloved Antichrist (Nuclear Blast Records)

I’ll firstly state here and now that I am a complete and utter fan boy of Therion and have been since the first album released in 1991. I missed the demo years and have tried to buy them but with… Continue Reading →

Sorcerer – The Crowning of the Fire King (Metal Blade)

Founded way back in 1988 Sorcerer stomped out of Stockholm before lying dormant for 15 years.  Johnny Hagel (Tiamat ) and Anders Engberg (Therion)  put the band back together for the Hammers of Doom festival . This collection of friends… Continue Reading →

Zornheym – Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns (Non Serviam Records)

With members linked to Dark Funeral, Devian, Diabolical and Facebreaker, this band cannot be ignored. Zornheym from Sweden add to their black metal roots a string orchestra and their own chorus, called “Chorus Tenebris”. The result is a powerful symphonic… Continue Reading →

Crimfall – Amain (Metal Blade)

The epic diction and chorus give the immediate impression of mediaeval scenes and heroic deeds. This isn’t a false impression as everything about this work from Finland’s Crimfall suggests bombast and grandiosity. Crimfall use a number of tools to shape… Continue Reading →

Dreamwalkers Inc – The Antithetic Affiliation (Layered Reality Productions)

Dreamwalkers Inc is the band project of Tom de Wit from The Netherlands. I’ve come to regard The Netherlands as the epicentre of Prog, not least because ProgPower Europe is held there. Dreamwalkers Inc put on a very nice show… Continue Reading →

Luciferian Light Orchestra – Black (Svart)

The name threw me first of all – a satanic Electric Light Orchestra perhaps? A Jeff Lynne-alike doing Metal versions of ‘Mr Blue Sky’ or ‘The Diary Of Horace Wimp’? Actually that might be quite interesting…but no, it’s not ELO… Continue Reading →

Thy Catafalque – Meta (Season of Mist)

After blowing my microbial brain through a nuclear-powered orgasmatron with last year’s full-length Sgùrr, I was slightly surprised Thy Catafalque had any creative juice left in the tank. Not only was Sgùrr one of the best albums I heard last… Continue Reading →

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