Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Review: Night - Gunpowder Treason

Night are a Swedish band that have been slowly clawing their way up from the depths of the metal underground since 2011, and have most recently gained a voluminous blast of recognition among heavy metal fans everywhere. Currently getting ready to embark upon a winter tour with the almighty Ghost, do Night have what it takes to carve their mark in metal? Lets find out with a preview of their upcoming debut album, provided through their second single Gunpowder Treason.

Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Gaphals
Release Date: May 15th, 2013
  1. Gunpowder Treason
  2. Into the Night
Total Playtime: 09 minutes, 01 seconds





Rating: 10/10






Night are a Swedish band that have been slowly clawing their way up from the depths of the metal underground since 2011, and have most recently gained a voluminous blast of recognition among heavy metal fans everywhere. Currently getting ready to embark upon a winter tour with the almighty Ghost, do Night have what it takes to carve their mark in metal? Lets find out with a preview of their upcoming debut album, provided through their second single Gunpowder Treason.

As if the logo wasn't enough to tip one off, if further reassurance is needed, as soon as the single embarks on its journey with the title track it becomes immediately clear what Night are all about; 1980's style heavy metal. AC/DC went to bed with Iron Maiden who was already impregnated by both Judas Priest and Dio, which resulted in the birthing of Night. High octave power vocals meet background chants among a chamber of galloping drum beats and transcendent hazy riffs, all which embody the essence of both tracks, leave the audience in a state of disbelief that this band is from recent era and not actually the 1980's.


The slightly fuzzy overdrive guitar tones that mix pleasantly with the relaxed drum beat which fill the backdrop of the content can overload the listener with a sense of warm nostalgia; bringing memories of Dio, Judas Priest, Angel Witch and a gluttonous amount of other bands of old flooding back into memory. "Gunpowder Treason" jettisons the audience into outer-space with medium paced guitar riffs, spacey solos, high range vocals and a steady drum beat that thumps away to a well timed beat. The bass, though barely audible, graces the ears just enough to make an impact in tying the drum patterns into the guitar composition changes. The guitars stay busy with enchanting rhythm hooks, ring outs, single string bridges and more, all which keep the listener entertained to the fullest degree imaginable.

"Into the Night" is a faster song than its predecessor and enlists the help of a quicker drum pace that switches its main (and almost only) beat up by alternating between the snare and tom-toms while consistently banging the hi-hat in the background, occasionally filling gaps with rolls. As the drums thud away like the heartbeat of the track, the guitars are thundering away with galloping palm mutes and insanely catchy riffs. When the drums finally meet up with the dual guitar solo during the heat of the song, the track is very reminiscent of "Green Grass and High Tides" by The Outlaws; although it doesn't match in speed, still staying at a mid-high pace at most.

Night chose two great songs to compile together in this short but powerful single. Almost by these two songs alone the band have proven themselves worthy as entrants to the well guarded genre of heavy metal. They've got the fuzzy tone, the incredible song compositions and most definitely the skilled power vocals to tie it all together. Not to be missed, Gunpowder Treason is one single that surely leaves the listener on a cliff hanger and anxiously awaiting the release of their debut full-length album, which is due out this November on Gaphals.

Physical Copy Provided by: Gaphals

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