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Cellar Darling – The Spell (Nuclear Blast)

Blah Blah ex-Eluveitie Blah Blah Blah. Right, that’s that out of the way, no need to mention that again – Cellar Darling are 100% their own entity with a style of their own that has no particular resemblance to their… Continue Reading →

Aephanemer – Prokopton (Primeval Records)

I only became aware of French band Aphanemer after seeing them live at Warhorns Festival in 2018. Live they really impressed me; a young, energetic and wonderfully musically adept band who looked great on stage and used it well. After… Continue Reading →

Anneke van Giersbergen with Residentie Orkest The Hague – Symphonized (Inside Out)

Anneke van Giersbergen is something of an enigma having constantly evolved her style over the years amassing an impressive back catalogue of work during her tenures with The Gathering, Agua de Annique, The Gentle Storm, Vuur and of course her… Continue Reading →

Epica – Epica Vs Attack on Titan (Nuclear Blast)

That old saying, a tale of two halves, couldn’t be more appropriate than with Epica’s latest offering ‘Epica Vs Attack On Titan’. The foundations to the album are constructed of ultimately 4 songs, but duplicated between the 1st half being… 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 →

Eleine – Until The End (Black Lodge)

Sweden’s very own ‘Eleine’ are ready to unleash their symphonic, grandiose, 11 track album onto us, following on from the debut self-titled album in 2015. The band have released various singles in their life since their inception in 2011, and… 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 →

Epica – The Solace System (Nuclear Blast)

It’s bordering on bragging really isn’t it? Epica had SO many tracks for previous album “The Holographic Principal” that the unused songs get their own 6 track EP. And as the high quality of these “rejected” songs now see the… Continue Reading →

Beyond The Black – Lost In Forever (UDR Music)

Well this is a first for me, getting to review an album that featured in my Ave Noctum Top 20…the year AFTER it appeared in it! Truth is, a mate of mine put me on to this band (Thanks again… Continue Reading →

Vuolla – Blood. Stone. Sun. Down. (Schwarzdorn)

This is Vuolla’s first full length release, and it is indeed an epic affair. If I told you that Vuolla were from a rural town in Southern Finland, surrounded by lakes, I wonder if you could guess the genre? Give… Continue Reading →

Evig Natt – S/T (S/R)

Well it seems like an ‘Eternal Night’ since we last heard from Norwegian band Evig Natt via their second album ‘Darkland’ back in 2010. Now they are back with self-released and self-titled album number three. Despite having a beauty and… Continue Reading →

Visionatica – Force Of Luna (Dr. Music)

Always nice to hear a debut from a new and talented band, this time from Germany, looking to make a nice big splash in the glistening waters of the Symphonic Metal pool. Their name made me think they might be… Continue Reading →

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