|Review: Night Prowler - No Escape...|
Label: Dying Victims Productions
Year released: 2021
Originally released in: 2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 19, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.29/5 (85.71%) (7 Votes)
If you had no idea what band is playing when you heard No Escape..., you'd think it's a British band from the early to mid '80s and wouldn't believe anyone who told you otherwise. Night Prowler are actually from Brazil and the band, formed in 2017, is one of those few that play the old school so right that they can make you believe that time travel is here. This debut—and so far, only—album is now being reissued by Dying Victims Productions in digital and vinyl format with new artwork that screams " '80s" as much as the music does.
The music is very much influenced by the greats of the NWOBHM such as Maiden and Saxon and there's also some US metal of the time in here as well, but Night Prowler crank up the melody a few notches and the result is extremely catchy, singalong material that just can't get out of your head. Don't let the idea of them being more melodic deter you: they don't compromise on the crunchy guitars and this can get pretty heavy at times, though the emphasis is really on catchy, fun metal straight out of the '80s. The production is a little rough around the edges, which give the music even more bite. I'm listening to it again as I write this and still can't believe that this is not just an '80s album remastered or rerecorded. I went back to the press release three times to make sure. It's that '80s. The solo on the first track reminds me of (I think) that of an Ozzy song from the early '80s, I just can't remember which one off the top of my head. The vocals are more than worthy of mention, with that clean, kind of high-pitched but not too much, soaring style that just lift the songs to a whole other level. I dare you not to get that guy's voice stuck in your head after listening to this. Pretty much a must for fans of '80s heavy metal. Don't expect anything new or original, just enjoy the trip back in time.
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