NIGHT IN GALES - NAILWORK - NUCLEAR BLAST
Germany's Night In Gales has the potential to be a lot better and more famous than they are currently. The new record, the Harris Johns-produced Nailwork, shows potential and more in many ways, yet the band seem to always stop one step short of going for a definitive statement. While the vocals, for example, show enough aggression and power to make a dent in any man's mind, they do get diluted with odd chants, normal shouts and regular voice every so often. Musically the Germans display a tendency for the finer moments of bands like Edge of Sanity, Iron Maiden and Megadeth, but then again fail to really go for broke speed-wise or extend the solos to something brilliant - again one step short. Not to mention, the pathetic presence of an Alannah Myles cover makes all the difference between a credible release and a run-of-the-mill band. Night In Gales should really focus next time on not making a good album, but a very good album which they seem capable to do. - Ali "The Metallian"
NIGHT IN GALES - NECRODYNAMIC - MASSACRE/SKYSCRAPER
Necrodynamic, originally released in Europe over a year ago, is a surprising album. Formed in the mid-90's, the German act was quickly hyped in the underground for its independent output, obtained a deal with Nuclear Blast, got dropped, signed with Massacre Records next door and now sees its latest album picked up for release in Canada. Going back to the surprise, my last encounter with Night In Gales was the meeting of a metal fan with a death metal act. Necrodynamic, in contrast, is much thrashier and sounds closer to Bay Area bands like Death Angel. The singer has shifted his pitch higher and sounds closer to Belladonna formerly of Anthrax and the singer for COC. This edition of the CD comes with the 1995 Sylphlike EP which might not have been a good idea. For the contrast between the material is big and just serves to remind the listener that there are (at least) two bands called Night In Gales. - Ali "The Metallian"