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Black Knight: Road To Victory
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Black Knight: Road To Victory

Traditional Heavy Metal
4.5/5.0

Hailing from the Netherlands, Black Knight (formerly known as Capture) got its start in 1982. But the road was a rocky one with demos in 1986, then 1992. A full-length debut album would not come until 2000's Tales From The Darkside. The follow-up album, The Beast Inside, arrived seven years later after a massive personnel turnover. And then there was silence. Around 2012, only original member and drummer Rudo Plooy began Black Knight's resurrection. He reunited with former BK guitarist Gertjan Vis (also 3rd Machine) and added Lord Volture vocalist David Marcelis. Now Plooy and Black Knight revive with their third studio album, Road To Victory.

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Considering the era of their inception, you can probably deduce Black Knight's metal style. Yup, it's essentially traditional heavy metal powered by twin guitar riffs, harmony, and soaring leads, muscular gallop and groove from the rhythm section, and classic metal vocals. Typically, the songs are speed metal brisk and heavy, often starting with wall of sharp riffage with the bass and drums stoking the power and propeling things to the ambitious guitar solos. You'll hear this formula with Legend, Pendragon, The One To Blame, and Primal Power. Alternatively, Crossing The Rubicon finds Black Knight offering more riff heavy and steady metal, with vocal parts that ebb and flow between soft and bolder portions. For My Beautiful Daughters, the song begins rather immensely with the riffage before the galloping rock groove kicks in. Then, about midpoint, you get a fine breakdown that lifts the bass line as a guitar solos steadily rise.

All things considered, if you like your heavy metal to be traditional with twin guitar power and gallop and groove, you will dig Black Knight and their latest and third album, Road To Victory. Recommended.



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The Bottom Line

If you like your heavy metal to be traditional with twin guitar power and gallop and groove, you will dig Black Knight and their latest and third album, Road To Victory. Recommended.

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