NIGHTGLOW - WE RISE (Logic-Il Logic Records)


                                   (Review by Sloof)

Nightglow is an Italian metal band that loves the 80’s metal scene and want to add their talent anno 2013, by creation songs that would fit in that era. Leather jackets, patches and spikes above the current fashion, having fun with friends in a garage and listening to the great Heavy Metal Hymns that were once recorded in sweaty basements. They want to revive the good old days and ‘We Rise’ should be their stamp on the 80’s metal homeward journey from Italy. It all begun as High Voltage, next Slender, but none of both bands recorded anything.  The main thing was to have fun and play covers as loud as possible.

The members were all huge fan of Manowar and in the year 2006, meanwhile named Nightglow, they started a project as a tribute to Manowar, which resulted that the band has been recognized as the only official European Manowar tribute band by the American Manowar Fanclub. Presuming that Nightglow is a clone would be a few steps too far, as it has (luckily) nothing to do with the original Kings Of Metal. The band recorded a few demos (‘Introduction’ in 2004 and  ‘Metanderthal, The Metal Age’ in 2007) before starting to work on the first full length album ‘We Rise’. I guess that the world has been waiting way too long, but finally, the wait is over as ‘We Rise’ is a True Metal album and it’s a long time since I’ve heard such nostalgic tunes again!

A man being haunted is the start of this album to continue with a first heavy riffing in the track ‘We Rise’.  Daniele Abate is a vocalist that has the skills to bring the Heavy Metal songs with much dedication, and the musicians are all diligent 80’s metal freaks, that’s for sure. Sharp riffs, a powerful rhythm section and great vocals are the main ingredients for a true metal album. A return to those days includes also a duration of 40 minutes max and only 8 songs should do the job. Classic albums don’t need 15 songs, they don’t need to take 10 minutes, and they don’t need superfluous extra’s as the song is the core, the riff is the guide!

Every song needs a head, a body and a tail and that should be accomplished in 3-4 minutes depending on the length of the solo. Everybody will take out his air guitar on songs like ‘Between Heaven And Hell’ (listen to the guitar solo!!), ‘Time Lord’ (deadly riffing!), ‘Evil Dust’ (headbanger!!) and ‘End Of Time’ (great pace and by exception a longer song in duration). Musically, I believe that the Nightglow style is comparable with the early Helloween years, with a little Gravedigger metal (Heavy Metal Breakdown, Shoot Her Down), combined with some Dio. Nightglow succeeded in a masterpiece and since the current lineup is only valid since 2010, there is much more potential for the future. 

I guess that this album is the first step and the title of the album is chosen very well, as this is only the beginning.  I’m wondering to which heights this will lead as this is only a start. I rated this album with a fair score, but deliberately deduct my delight as there are much more possibilities in the near future. This band has the power, they have the strength and they have the skills, so let’s hope that the successor will follow real soon!

My rating: 83 / 100


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish