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CB3 – Aeons (The Sign Records)

Looking at the world of hard rock and heavy metal, it is pretty much undeniable that Sweden must have more musicians per head of population than any other country in the world. Throw in their pop output, it does make… Continue Reading →

Mars Red Sky – The Task Eternal (Listenable Records)

With autumn approaching, new releases from Listenable Records are arriving fast and furious, or in the case of Bordeaux trio ‘Mars Red Sky’, mellow as all hell and so laid back it’s practically horizontal. If you’ve not managed to hear… Continue Reading →

Magic Pie – Fragments of the 5th Element (Karisma Records)

As a clearly intelligent and discerning individual, a judgment made based on the fact that you are reading Ave Noctum out of all the sites out there in internet land, you are doubtless aware of the wide spectrum of music… Continue Reading →

Solar Sons – Retrograde Motion (S/R)

Ladies and gents who may be reading this, let me advise you that if you are a fan of hard rock or metal, there is precious little reason to visit the former industrial powerhouse and now excluded candidate for European… Continue Reading →

Wobbler – From Silence to Somewhere (Karisma Records)

The interesting thing about Norway’s Wobbler, whose fourth album this is, is that they push boundaries in the world of prog, yet their music is so recognisable. This, without doubt, is the charm of it. This prog that they peddle… Continue Reading →

Kaipa – Children Of The Sounds (Inside Out)

Kaipa will be a familiar name to many a progressive rock fan, as they were an active and important part the Swedish progressive rock scene since their recording debut in 1976 through to their hiatus in 1982. Band founder and… Continue Reading →

Discipline – Captives of the Wine Dark Sea (The Laser’s Edge)

I’ll have to ‘fess up, that despite liking to intersperse my metal with a liberal helping of Prog, I’d never heard of Discipline until their new label The Laser’s Edge sent over ‘Captives of the Wine Dark Sea’ for review…. Continue Reading →

White Willow – Future Hopes (The Laser’s Edge)

For those who want metal, metal, and nothing but metal, move along now; like the droids in Star Wars, these are not the songs you are looking for. Yes, I know some folks have tried to chisel in references to… Continue Reading →

Interview – Pallbearer

Pallbearer are an unusual act for their era – able to appeal to fans on all ends of the musical spectrum, while still retaining their own distinctive sound – the band were quickly propelled into the spotlight following the release… Continue Reading →

Pain of Salvation – In The Passing Light Of Day (InsideOut)

Initially forming back in 1984 under the name ‘Reality’ before rebranding in 1991 and becoming Pain Of Salvation, this much revered institute of the northern reaches of Europe (Eskilstuna, Sweden) have managed to stay relevant and active in such a… Continue Reading →

Edensong – Years In The Garden Of Years (The Laser’s Edge)

Cards on the table here folks, my next landmark birthday is 50, and it is far too few years ago for comfort, and for the best part of four decades, ever since first finding Cream’s ‘Goodbye’ in my mother’s record… Continue Reading →

Sahg – Memento Mori (Indie)

Sahg is a band that has over the years evolved with each record, each release being matched by an evolution in the line up of the band, and with ‘Memento Mori’, their fifth album, and follow up to 2013’s ‘Delusions… Continue Reading →

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