What a great surprise to come across this band. Excellent usage of melody, avoiding the cheesy predictability trap of most melodic metal, and delivering everything with effortless mastery. Great album!
Favorite track: Ezelia.
Been a hot minute since I was into anything resembling NWOBH, but Nite fucking rips. Those blackened vocals are a great touch that really helped draw me into their sound. The music is almost like an evil battlecry.
Formed by current and past members of Satan's Wrath, High Spirits, and Dawnbringer, San Francisco's Nite debut with "Darkness Silence Mirror Flame", forty-six minutes of timeless and ass-kicking blackened classic heavy metal thunder that masterfully sublimates the archetypical greatness of forefathers like Judas Priest, Scorpions, Thin Lizzy, Dio and Maiden into the dark and malevolent enormity of heavy innovators like Amebix, Celtic Frost and Hellhammer. Packed with razor sharp riffs, blazing leads, thundering bass and pounding drums, on the striking debut album Nite distill the purest essence of 70's primordial heavy metal and of 80s NWOBHM, and combine it with malevolent black metal vocals, dark lyrics, and crepuscular occult atmospheres to bring a new dark meaning and dimension to the classic and ancestral heavy metal flame.
released July 31, 2020
Van Labrakis - Guitar / Vocals
Scott Hoffman - Guitar
Bryan Coons - Bass
Pat Crawford - Drums
Recorded by Van Labrakis at 210 Studios San Francisco and The Hoagie Container
Mixed and Mastered by Van Labrakis at 210 Studios San Francisco
Artwork by Misanthropic-Art illustrations
Produced by Van Labrakis and NITE
All music & lyrics by NITE
Originally released March 20, 2020 on CD/digital/LP by Creator Destructor Records.
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Excellent black metal from top to bottom, properly brutal and dissonant, yet balanced with melodic sections and attention-keeping songwriting. This is my favorite kind of black metal, properly blending the traditions of old with some improvements of the new, like clear production and a consistent sense of *kiss-sound-effect* black metal perfectionism throughout the album. Recommended for fans of Barshasketh, Inferno, Thy Darkened Shade, Sargeist Shane Cotee