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Nightstryke: Storm Of Steel
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Nightstryke: Storm Of Steel

Traditional Heavy Metal
4.5/5.0

Nightstryke was formed a mere five years ago by guitarist Rami Hermunen in the modest city of Jarvenpaa, Finland, home to the significant classical music composer Jean Sibelius. After dropping a demo and single, the foursome offered fans their self-produced debut album, Power Shall Prevail in 2017 which, in turn, lead to significant local and regional shows. Now, signed to Poland's Skol Records, Nightstryke returns with their sophomore studio album, Storm Of Steel.

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Nightstryke is following in a fine heavy metal tradition: the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and its various incarnations around the globe, from past to present. The quartet works the proper metal elements including twin guitars for riff harmony and roaring leads, solid perhaps a tad screamo metal vocals, and a strong rhythm section for rock groove and speed metal gallop. Listeners will find that most songs sway towards the briskness of speed metal with Deathstalker, Storm Of Steel, and Knee Deep In The Dead as fine examples. In that last song, Nightstryke slows briefly around the two minute mark before ramping up the speed for a really fast guitar solo. Alternatively, after the acoustic segue Innominatus, Stranger's Blade turns more upon heavy steady traditional metal wherein the bass line is thick and the drums thumping. Something of metal anthem comes with Chains Of Faith. Leading with voice and acoustic guitar before the rhythm section kicks in, the song rises and falls between both heaviness and speed, while guitar lines pepper the arrangement. Another song of interest is Nosferatu which, around the midpoint, has this immense drum work with a guitar solo blazing above it. Perhaps there's only one thing left to add. If you expect your classic heavy metal to have plenty of fine guitar work, especially epic guitar solos, you will love Nightstryke and Storm Of Steel. All said then, with Storm Of Steel, Nightstryke offers fans another solid and entertaining album of classic, keep it true, twin-guitar driven heavy metal. Easily recommended.




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With Storm Of Steel, Nightstryke offers fans another solid and entertaining album of classic, keep it true, twin-guitar driven heavy metal. Easily recommended.

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