Genre: Technical Death/Thrash Metal
The author of “Z”, V. Vasilikos has said amongst others that “In order for someone to start writing they must have some kind of trauma or feeling of emptiness, that they’re trying to deal with, through their writing”. I, on the other hand, along with many people I know even out of the Invader team, have no idea why we never stop. Being constantly in touch with the Underground scene, seems like the most right/logical excuse, than that of meeting the big names, or your “idols”, especially since most of the times that experience was disappointing to say the least, or even traumatic on some occasions. The live shows you attend, the albums you receive to review, all those interviews you do with people -of all ages-, put you in a position to become the messenger of a highly interesting story, and why not, a part of the greater picture in what we would call the “extreme sound”. We could all agree on the fact that you don’t have to label your self as a “journalist/reporter” to follow the underground music. In our day and age though, where time seems to fly way faster that it used to and the releases are way too many, the “work” you get assigned by the magazine, seem to be your own priority too. Night Threat were formed back in 1998 and even though they did a plethora of live shows and they recorded their first demo back in 2001, today we are dealing with their first album release. Heavily influenced by the 90’s, they present us a very powerful mix of Thrash and Melodic Death Metal. The good thing about these dudes from Kozani (GR) is that they don’t stick to a certain musical form, they mix genres and styles without losing their personal stigma. Stepping with one foot on today and with the other on the glorious past -basically on their own roots first as fans and then as musicians-, they manage to keep their own characteristic balance. They’re not dragging their own taste in music on today, while being trapped in the past, but they don’t pretentiously blend out-of-place modern elements in their music, either. We can hear many of their influences in their music for sure, but they are well filtered, and not just plain copying and I’m convinced that is their Death Metal side that suits them best, not the Thrash Metal one, since they are able to unfold their talent with the melodic leads, the eastern scales, the modern cuts and the alternations between rhythms. Strong production, but I would -maybe- want the drumming to be a bit lower on the production, and I would definitely want a better album cover. The tracks that stood out to me were “Of Life N Ruins”, the self-titled track, “Near to Never” and “Behind Closed Doors”.