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CD review THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA "Amber Galactic"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in The Night Flight Orchestra, Soilwork, News, CD Review, Nuclear Blast, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Rock, AOR

(9/10) The starting point of The Night Flight Orchestra can be dated to 2006. It was during a Soilwork tour through North America when Björn Strid and guitarist David Andersson realized their common passion for classic rock. So, what's more obvious than starting a band. No sooner said than done! Partners in crime could be found easily. Sharlee D’Angelo, Jonas Källsbäck, Sebastian Forslund and Richard Larsson, all great musicians, joined the show and what followed have been two awesome records that didn't go further than staying at an ‘insider-tip’ level. Things chance now with the band having inked a contract with Nuclear Blast. This deal gives the band and their music finally the attention they deserve.

The eagerly anticipated new album “Amber Galactic” hits the shelves as we speak and it’s a highlight in 2017, probably ending up in many 2017 charts.

“Midnight Flyer” introduces you to a galactic world of classic rock. Already these first four minutes are a melodic rock fireworks that you should have heard. Keyboard soundscapes create a melodic platform on which the gently singing guitar can shine. Strid’s excellent done vocals are the cherry on the cake of this classic rock spectacle. It’s amazing how much his voice differs from what we know from Soilwork. The great thing with the album is that it comes with many musical variations without losing the bigger picture. “Star of Rio” for example comes with background singer and a piano, both integrated in a very good way.

The outer space journey continues with “Gemini”, a track that reminds of space rock from the 70’s. You must be deaf if this music doesn’t put a spell on you. It’s almost a bit of disco pop that’s included, something I better shouldn’t have said because it might scares off some of you. However, this song is a smasher and could achieve quite some airplays. It’s a perfect hybrid out of hardrock and brilliant melodies. The rock’n’roll roots gets into focus with “Sad State of Affairs” while “Jennie” is a more dramatic and bombastic tune that reminded me partly of Queen and Journey. Not too bad references though. The first track beyond the five minutes is “Domino” which comes with a strong Toto vibe. This song feels like vacation for ears and mind in hectic days. We're talking about an anthem that is big, and the same goes for the rocking “Josephine” which comes next. Each of the songs include a lot of passion and dedication for this kind of music, a fact that makes the album to a refreshing and dynamic one. The Russian spoken words samples come back throughout the album and also “Space Whisperer” doesn’t make a difference.

We’re coming closer to an end but there are still two tracks to come. An energetic AOR smasher, entitled “Something Mysterious”, keeps your good mood alive. The guys show the full potential of AOR, a style that easily turns into something more boring. These guys though have a sense for melodies that’s far beyond average. The Night Flight Orchestra re-invents a genre that had its heyday decades ago.

The by far longest tune on the album is also the final leg on this thrilling journey through mind-blowing rock. Epical seven minutes, called “Saturn in Velvet”, sum up everything you’ve heard before. Almost like in a rock musical the song comes with brilliant melody lines, unexpected twists and musical perfection. This song combines the catchiness of Abba with the hardness of classic rock, leading to a bombastic result that is really hot.

"Amber Galactic" is more than an album. It's a spectacular moment in rock and a 'must have'.

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Midnight Flyer
  2. Star Of Rio
  3. Gemini
  4. Sad State Of Affairs
  5. Jennie
  6. Domino
  7. Josephine
  8. Space Whisperer
  9. Something Mysterious
  10. Saturn In Velvet

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: May 19th, 2017

CD review THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA "Amber Galactic"
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CD review DECEPTIC "The artifact"

Veröffentlicht am 31. August 2014 von Markus W. in Deceptic, Soilwork, Death Metal, Modern Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) I don't know jow often I have written about Gothenburg bands in the last weeks. Here is the next one. Deceptic are from the second biggest Swedish city too. The band was founded in 2011 by Tony Gullquist (g), Dennis Svensson (d) and William Gustafsson (v). The three guys completed the line-up by adding John Wennergren (g) and Tobias Westling (b).

Already at the end of 2011 Deceptic released their first EP. Unfortunatley some guys left the band and forced the founding trio to re-think the band's activities. They continued working on their debut album and in the meantime they also found with Otto Halling (b) and Martin Calenfors (g) two additional musicians. Boarding completed again.

"The antifact", mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen, is the name of the long awaited debut of the Deceptic. I would describe the sound of the band as Modern Metal. Gustafsson changes constantly between real singing and shouting. Some growls add the sound a certain death compontent. The same goes for the music itself as well. Sometimes very melodic and at other moment with real heavy sound eruptions Deceptic tries to bring variation into their songs.

The result is an interesting album which is from a songwriting perspective exciting. The production fits as well and the entire package stands as one unit. 

Only small point of critic is the fact that the sound of Deceptic isn't really new. There are quite some bands with a similar setup like Soilwork. They are a bit late with this kind of music, but maybe they develop further with the next record.

If Deceptic will have a breakthrough with "The artifact" is something time will will tell. Check it out and form your own opinion.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Heart of the swarm
  2. Ocean
  3. A world unkown
  4. Pulling levers
  5. The shining throne
  6. Lead astray
  7. Depraved
  8. Smorgasbord of shame
  9. Reborn
  10. Life finds a way

 

Label: Dead End Exit Records

Genre: Modern Metal

CD review DECEPTIC "The artifact"
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