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Mazzeri – Mazzeri (S/R)

It’s widely accepted that the international language of rock and metal is English. That’s not to be jingoistic, and is every bit as likely to do with the origins of the sound in the USA as the UK, and the… Continue Reading →

Airbag – A Day at the Beach (Karisma Records)

This is the Norwegian prog trio’s fifth album. Lyrically, we’re told, “A Day at the Beach” is about a man “leaving his family behind into an unknown future. It’s the contrast between the desperate individual struggling to survive and people… Continue Reading →

Haken – Virus (InsideOut)

It won’t have escaped anyone’s attention that the title of this album is topical. In fact Haken are not jumping on any current bandwagon here, not that that ever is their way, but it’s a kind of sequel to the… Continue Reading →

Mountaineer – Bloodletting (Lifeforce)

OK let’s take this from the top or summit. Sherpa Tenzing, Edmund Hilary, Sly Stallone, Brian Blessed – sorry guys you have been usurped there is a new mountaineer in my life. Oakland, California is not an area known for… Continue Reading →

Dreamwalkers Inc – A Night at the Theatre (Layered Reality Productions)

This latest work by progsters Dreamwalkers Inc was recorded live at the Parktheater, Alphen aan den Rijn at the end of August 2019. I am fortunate to have been witness to Dreamwalkers Inc’s first live performance, an acoustic set in… Continue Reading →

The Bloody Mallard – Realm (Onslaught Records)

The Bloody Mallard are described as a heavy psych, prog and alt-rock project, recalling the likes of King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Baroness, Yob and Elder. This album starts with a monstrous 11-minute instrumental piece called “Haemoglobin”. I felt the psychedelic… Continue Reading →

Cryptic Shift – Visitations From Enceladus (Blood Harvest)

In recent years I’ve grown to appreciate Technical Death Metal and the more Sci-fi infused sorts of Metal bands in general. I grew to enjoy the likes of Nucleus, Vektor and even Voivod whom I personally never saw any appeal… Continue Reading →

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 →

Hypno5e – A Distant Dark Source (Pelagic Records)

French Cinematographic metal? I feel like I should be wearing a black polo neck and smoking a Gitanes.  This quartet hail from Montpellier not the back streets of Paris and have been crafting their blend of prog, extreme metal and soundtrack… Continue Reading →

Empyreal Vault – S/T (Great Dane Records)

If you had told me a couple or three years ago that Deathcore would see a resurgence and on top of that become palatable I would have laughed in your face. Yet here we are, a new age of Deathcore… 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 →

Lord Dying – Mysterium Tremendum (eOne)

Portland, Oregon. It seems as if one in every three new doom albums from the USA hail from this location. In fairness to Lord Dying, they’ve been going since 2010, so at the very least have some proper heritage to… Continue Reading →

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