VIGILANCE - QUEEN OF THE MIDNIGHT FIRE (Metal Tank Records)
(Review by Stefan)
The home of Vigilance is situated somewhere in a town called Postojna, Inner Carniola – Slovenia. Formed back in 2010 with one purpose in mind, to set up a band as some kind of an ode to the glorious 80s Heavy Metal movement, Vigilance was born. Lyrically they rely on topics such as occultism, war & history. During their three years of existence, Vigilance has released two demo’s (“R.O.D.” 2010” / “Behind The Cellar Door” 2011), also in 2011, the EP “Steeds Of Time” could greet daylight. Recently, American based label Stormspell Records re-released the EP as part of their ‘Jewels Of Gwahlur’ series. Good to know is the fact both Vigilance demo’s has been added to the tracklist as well so fans of Classic Heavy Metal with nods to NWOBHM, make yourself useful and order via THIS link.
The band felt that the time had come for the next step, to record a full album but to realize this way of ambition, they had to search for a respectable label. Meanwhile Vigilance signed a deal with Metal Tank Records, a fairly new company with a heart for Speed/Thrash/Heavy Metal mainly. The counter of their releases currently stands at 3 and I’d like to recommend to take a look, and order at: http://www.metaltankrecords.com/releases You’ll notice that Vigilance’s new album “Queen Of The Midnight Fire” is one of them, after I listened to this CD several times, I can only announce that there is a lot to enjoy on it. Devotees of nowadays, trendy Metal better pack up and leave – throughout the entire new Vigilance album, there’s only room for old school Metal varying from Traditional to Speed Metal, aficionados of NWOBHM will certainly find their liking as well!
The production can be considered as quite crispy but I see it as a good relevance to the 80s. Vigilance’s dark and sinister, occult minded vision appears on the frontcover by the reflection of a naked woman sitting down encircled by a pentagram, burning candles on the periphery. The total package looks promising, professional but what about the present songs on “Queen Of The Midnight Fire”?
What strikes me personally during the first few songs, Vigilance seems to have a predilection with occult legends Mercyful Fate/King Diamond and early Iron Maiden fame. All feels like a dangerous meeting between Classic Heavy Metal and NWOBHM and hell no, you will not hear me complain at all! The band’s darn good singer gives me goose pimples on a regular basis all because of his unique voice timbre, mostly recognizable from the NWOBHM scene. When he uses his throat more high pitched, I have a real good feel as well. No doubt about, singer/guitarist Jacob Rejec delivers the goods. I also want to express my respect to the rest of the band, Vigilance is a good team of players that is well responded to each other by the grace of Classic Metal!
I also like the way the tracks are built, galloping rhythms which eventually culminate in high speed velocities including loads of authentic, melodious guitar works and monstrous bass & drumlines. Listening to the entire album, it seems as if time has stood still for 30 years what only strengthens the nostalgic effect. Regardless of what some people think about - I proclaim that there will never be Metal like old school Metal! I still cherish the good memories that I have experienced during my own crusade throughout this precious period. Damn, those were the days!
Prior to terminate this review I would like to mention a couple of songs that are regarded to me as absolute highlights on Vigilance’s “Queen Of The Midnight Fire”: ‘Behind The Cellar Door’, ‘Speedwave’, ‘Night Terrors’, ‘Four Crowns Of Hell’, ‘Under Sulphurous Skies’ and last but not least, my favourite one called ‘Ritual Of Death’. I want to emphasize again, this piece is principally made for 80s Metal maniacs hooked on bands like Cloven Hoof, Witchfinder General, Cirith Ungol, early Satan, Attic, Enforcer, Angel Witch and stuff. Nothing original, yet still very attractive and brought with great conviction by a young band named Vigilance!
My Points: 82 / 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