Release date: December 1st, 2014
Label: Bakerteam Records
Nightglow are an Italian heavy metal band getting ready to release their second full length album, entitled “Orpheus”. These guys have been making music on and off since the late 90’s under different names, but really took hold as they are now in 2003. This was the time that they really established themselves as a band devoted to honor the metal sound made famous by the English bands of the 80’s. They draw influences from classic bands such as Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Manowar and others, and have even performed many shows live as the official Manowar tribute band. There are definite sounds of classic heavy metal in this record as well as some songs which have some thrash influences. The combination of harsh and clean vocals from vocalist and frontman ABBA fit really well for the band’s musical style. The album is filled with impressive guitar solos and precise drum work all though out. The music is what stands out to me particularly on this album, and not so much the vocals, which I’ll get into later.
It took me a couple times of listening to Orpheus before I felt like I had a worth opinion of it to write this review. The one thing that jumped out at me when I first heard it, is how much I thought the vocalist sounded like M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold. That is not a band that I particularly care for, and therefore made the review process a bit difficult for me without being biased. But after giving the album a couple more spins, I actually put aside my initial opinion and really listened to it. Musically, it’s a great effort… I’m just not a huge fan of the way the vocals sound. Don’t get me wrong, they fit well for they style of music that it is, but they’re just not something I can get excited over. Having said that, lets take a look at the track list for “Orpheus” which comes in at 10 songs strong.
The first song is titled “The Infection” and this song kind of had me worried when it started out. The distortion of the intro didn’t really appeal to me, but as the song progressed it got easier to listen. Being the first song of the album, I instantly picked up on the A7X similarities in the vocals and some of the guitar work. Putting that aside, track two, called “Psychotropic” was a lot more promising for me, starting off with a brutal scream and heavy guitar grooves. “Lead Me” is the third song and has more of a driving beat behind it along with some clean vocal harmonies that really work well in this track. Track four introduces the brutality again with “Scream”, showing off some double bass kicks from drummer RISKIO, whose skills on the kit really shine in this song.
Halfway through the album is my personal favorite track. “Fuck You” has some of the best guitar solos on the album, coupled with lyrics that we all can relate to. You can check out the official video for this song below.
Track six is titled “Liar” and is a continuation of the heavier side of Nightglow. This is the kind of track that would go well on a long, fast drive down an open highway. You’ll also catch some badass guitar solos in this track, which I always love. “Stay With Me” is number seven and offers a refreshing change of pace, with a slower melodic song. The intro has some doomy elements and then goes right into more of a ballad style, offering great vocal harmonies, stellar guitar work, and catchy lyrics. This song is sure to be a favorite for many fans. After getting a break from all the heaviness, track eight throws us right back in the fray with “Bloodway”. The second to last track, “On My Knees” is probably my second favorite song on the album following “Fuck You“. The groove that this song carries is really catchy and something I can really headbang to. It also brings great lyrical content to the table as well. Finally, we come to the last song on the album which is the title track “Orpheus”. I will venture to say that they left the best for last, because it absolutely slays. It has a very strong thrash feel to it, combined with the traditional heavy metal sound that resonates in each song. It also contains a female guest vocalist, Sara Ciucci from the folk metal band Artaius.
Overall, this band is not bad, and for fans of the raw styles of early Avenged Sevenfold, this will be right up your alley. They’re a band that I won’t personally get all hyped about, but I do appreciate their style and the respect they pay to the legends. If you’re interested in checking out their previous album “We Rise”, you can visit their official website for links to purchase the album along with other merchandise.
ABBA – Vocal
FANTU – Bass Guitar
MORET – Guitar
JULS – Guitar
RISKIO – Drums
My overall rating: 7/10