Released: 2000, Nightmare Records
Good, Old fashioned Heavy Metal is what you are going to find when you spin the debut disc from Hollands Black Knight. If you have been missing the sound of straight forward heavy metal then look no further than Tales From The Darkside. The CD is a potent concoction of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and NWOBHM all brewed into a year 2000 metal mixery. The Black Knight lineup consists of Rudy Plooy: drums, Richard Tseng: guitar, Pieter Bas Borger: vocals, Hans Heider: bass and Gertjan Vis: guitar. The music that the band creates does not come from a yearning for 80s music. These guys were there. They originated in the early 80s and never got around to recording anything till this CD surfaced in June of 2000. Black Knight faced some lean years but managed to continue to create the music that they had always loved. Tales From The Darkside contains 9 songs of pure Heavy Metal that is a homage to the bands early roots but is still relevant in the year 2001.
"Story of the Day" opens the disc with its early 80s Black Sabbath sound. Neon Knights comes to mind with Borger displaying his considerable vocal talents. "Irish Boy" is a cross between early Riot and Iron Maiden. The horror of being buried alive is explored in the track "Excavated". Other standout tracks include "Profound" ,which deals with the Hebrews escape from bondage in Egypt and contains some great guitar harmonies and melodic passages , and the CD closer "Warrior"that focuses on the relationship between soldiers who get injured in the line of duty and how their governments turn their backs on them when they are heroes and were only doing their jobs.
Black Knight are good at what they do; creating classic Heavy Metal. They sound just like what they are, a band from the 80s. The songs they create are in the vein of Dio era Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and the lyrics deal with history as well as social issues. The production on this CD even sounds like something straight out of the 80s with a guitar sound at time reminiscent of early 80s Priest and Black Sabbath. If classic metal is your cup of tea, then by all means check out Black Knight!!! You can check out their website at http://www.rockhaven_agency.com/blackknight/home.html