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Maggot Heart – Mercy Machine (Rapid Eye Records)

What we have here is “a rock album about sex, death and the pursuit of freedom”. If you have no idea how the words above could be related, dear reader, and if you don’t find them appealing in the least,… Continue Reading →

Deathbarrel – Rebuke Revoke (Soulseller Records)

Who doesn’t like a bit of country music, or at least a bit of Johnny Cash? I like Johnny Cash a lot, especially his lyrics and his poetry (yes, he wrote poetry, too). That’s why I was not put off… Continue Reading →

Souls of Tide – Black Magic (Mighty Music)

Firstly, you must give props, platitudes and other hyperbolic praise for ANY band that decides to name their album ‘Black Magic’. It is so on the nose for anything even vaguely smelling of rock in any shape, way of form,… Continue Reading →

Horisont – Sudden Death (Century Media)

Horisont are a band I have had the pleasure of seeing grow and develop into a diverse and unique act over the last 10 years. I actually purchased their debut at the same time I got fellow retro Swedish band… Continue Reading →

Secrets Of The Moon – Black House (Prophecy)

Things have been heading this way for a while and it is as though we are entering the third phase of the moon and secrets that have been hinted at are finally being unveiled. The first was the harrowing black… Continue Reading →

The Joy Thieves – A Blue Girl (Armalyte)

I am not even going to try and tag all the rag bag members of this industrial troupe as it would be a ridiculously huge list. Suffice to say that the cast brings to mind the revolving door policy of… 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 →

The Good the Bad and the Zugly – Algorithm and Blues (Fysisk Format)

I am a new convert to The Good the Bad and the Zugly.  A great friend of mine insisted I stuck some on about 6 weeks back and I liked what I heard.  These Norwegian punks recently received a Spelleman (Norwegian Grammy)… Continue Reading →

Mondo Generator – Fuck It (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Fans of Mondo Generator must be salivating at the release of this album. Eight long years have passed since Nick Oliveri’s wrecking crew last unleashed their own brand of havoc. Not that the ex-Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age… Continue Reading →

A Life Divided – Echoes (AFM)

OK peeps if you like 80’s movies, Stranger Things, keytars, wind machines, Giorgio Moroder and neon then stick around. If things have to be straight up metal with devils and doom all the time you may want to keep on… Continue Reading →

Interview – Morass of Molasses

If you’ve been a regular visitor to Ave Noctum, you may well have seen that Morass of Molasses featured on the best of 2019 list for several contributors thanks to their excellent ‘The Ties That Bind’.  Front man, and in… Continue Reading →

Cloak – The Burning Dawn (Season Of Mist)

An invisibility cloak might be a nice thing to have to frighten the neighbours this upcoming Halloween. Alas, the garment the band Cloak refer to would probably not be used to cause mischief, but rather to cover yourself with in… Continue Reading →

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