Much like the NWOTM movement, there is another movement that is extremely similar occurring, only these bands are diving even further into the past for inspiration. Bands like White Wizzard and Cauldron have been at the forefront of this heavy metal crusade, known as the NWOTHM, but those bands are a little more metal sounding than this band, Midnight Chaser. A band who incorporates a lot of rock influence into their sound as well as metal. To sum things up, they have a sound that can be described as a nice cross of "Killers" era Iron Maiden, with a rockin' attitude and spirit of Kiss.
This band shows no signs whatsoever of playing anything that can be considered modern. The riffs all sound like they would fit nicely on many popular '80s releases and the song titles, even sound very retro. Whether the song is about partying ("Awesome Party") or a cougar looking for a young man to knock boots with ("Cougar'd"), you know you're in for a good time. Just take a look at the cover art and the album title. It's crystal clear that this band has absolutely no intent on conforming to the modern sounding "core" metal trends that have dominated today's scene, and that is one of the best parts of Midnight Chaser's music.
If you're worried about this release being just another generic Angel Witch knockoff, it's ok, because after spinning "Rough and Tough" it will become obvious that these guys can stand out and rock at the same time. Songs like "Cougar'd" and "Hot Shot" are sure to captivate the listener with their upbeat and energetic, rock-influenced riffs and awesome guitar solos. Along with these rock-styled tracks, are the more metal influenced tracks, and they slay just as much. "Awesome Party" and "Out on Your Shield" are two of the heavier tracks and they are ridiculously catchy. The clean vocals mix perfectly with the music and these songs are sure to be live-favorites for the crowd to sing along with and rage simultaneously.
There aren't really many complaints to be made about this album. It serves its purpose, and that purpose is to make sure the listener has a great time listening to the record while rocking out like it's the '80s all over again. The best tracks to do this to are definitely "Awesome Party," "Out on Your Shield" and "Dynamite."
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Final Rating - 4.3/5 or 86%.