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Vspolokh – Pomre (Purity Through Fire)

Perhaps an unfamiliar name to most, Russian black metal outfit Vspolokh have been around since 2004. Their debut album was released in 2010, with the intervening decade leading to this sophomore punctuated by a handful of split releases. Google insists… Continue Reading →

October Falls – A Fall of an Epoch (Purity Through Fire)

October Falls are a longstanding black metal band from Finland, founded by Mikko Lehto in 2001. A one-man project in its beginnings, the band quickly expanded to a full band line up. Today, its three members can look back on… Continue Reading →

Árstíðir lífsins – Saga á tveim tungum II: Eigi fjǫll né firðir (Ván Records)

Árstíðir lífsins is bleakly grandiose pagan metal inspired by skaldic writings of the past. An altogether different league to the hordes of Viking metal bands that have swamped us in the past two or three decades. This is metal as… Continue Reading →

Fluisteraars – Bloem (Eisenwald)

I know of Fluisteraars by reputation but more thanks to their excellent contribution to a split with Turia in 2018 called “De Oord”. Stormy, bleak and out of the forest, its atmosphere made me think I was listening to a… Continue Reading →

Insomnium – Heart Like a Grave (Century Media)

Even though Insomnium have been around for 22 years, have released 8 albums and I have watched them several times live, this is the first album of theirs that I’ve listened to in full. And I can quite happily say… 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 →

Crom Dubh – Firebrands and Ashes (Van Records)

Named after a mythological Irish figure whose name translates as “dark crooked one”, this London based quartet turned heads with their folky melodies on debut “Heimweh” back in 2015. Crom Dubh have further evolved their sound on this sophomore full-length. The seven tracks… Continue Reading →

Istapp – The Insidious Star (Trollzorn)

The biography makes much of this being this Swedish outfits fourth album, when in fact it’s only their third; so-called debut “Köldens Union” was in fact a collection of demos and live recordings. With the metadata missing from half of… Continue Reading →

L’Acéphale – S/T (Eisenwald)

A 74 minute album takes dedication not just to make but for the listener to consume as well. When you think about it is the equivalent of a 3 hour movie and a lot to take in. Musically you would… Continue Reading →

Затемно (Zatemno) – В петле (V Petle) (Aesthetic Death)

“Obscure Russian blackened metal with a very Eastern European sound” was the way this one was enticingly billed. A few bits of research later, I managed to glean that this band, which anglicises to Zatemno, is a one person project… Continue Reading →

Rauhnåcht – Unterm Gipfelthron (Debemur Morti)

I’m always in favour of artists using their surroundings so the fact that Rauhnåcht, a solo project from Austria with various session musicians to support him, has this epithet is welcome. The “gipfel” of the title normally means the mountain… Continue Reading →

Cruachan – Nine Years of Blood (Trollzorn)

I enjoyed Cruachan’s 2014 “Blood for the Blood God” album so it was a pleasure to receive the Celtic folk metal band’s ninth album release “Nine Years of Blood”. Stormy conditions greet us. Straightaway we are taken into epic heathen… Continue Reading →

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