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Released: 2014, Gaphais Records
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
For years people have been saying British heavy metal (N.W.O.B.H.M.) is dead and all these revival bands just sound tired out and dull. Well now we have Night and we can be assured that heavy metal will never die. This is the sort of heavy metal that the world needs more of, the thing that leads to ascension, redemption, and ultimately freedom. It’s kinda retro mock-nostalgic music approach. It’s what we call pure heavy metal as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, Tygers of Pan Tang and so many other begun back in 1980.
Compositionally, NIGHT is a very impressive record, it brings in a myriad of ideas into something fresh and new. This fusion of old and new is found right off the bat with “Keep the Fire Burning”. Epic bass riffs intertwine with melodic guitarmonies too craft something that hits you right in the gut. Modern groove metal is great and all, but there will always be something to be said for guys who can really just come out, rock hard and ride free. Loved “Stand Your Ground” with its “Running Free”-esque style and “Hang ‘Em high” with the AC/DC style blending N.W.O.B.H.M. heat. If you've been looking for the sort of heavy metal record that will bring you back to what you love about the genres roots search no more. Night’s self titled album is exactly what you’re searching for.
One of my favourite aspects of NIGHT and something that comes up again and again throughout the record are the melodic guitar lines. I really dig the New Wave of British Heavy Metal feel it adds to the album and certainly keeps things interesting. The thing is though, the guitar tone and production feel much more reminiscent of UFO than Maiden, so take that NWOBHM comparison with a grain of salt. NIGHT have created something that is enjoyable from the get go but also stands up after multiple listens. By paying tribute to their musical ancestors and turning it up until they were ready to explode they have birthed something gloriously unholy. Memorable and dynamic, I'm looking forward to hearing more about how the band evolve in the near future.
These electric prophets of destruction are not going to leave your mind soon. NIGHT is a great band with a fabulous and marvelous new album. NIGHT invites you to a heavy ‘Night’ and I highly recommend you join in. What shall I say more to convince you?
1. Fire and Steel
2. Gunpowder Treason
3. Out of the Ashes
4. Running in the Night
5. Taking You Down
6. Hang ‘Em high
7. Stand Your Ground
8. Play It Loud
9. into the Night
10. Keep the Fire Burning
Burning Fire - vocals & guitar
Midnight Proppen - guitar
Highway Filip - bass
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