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Review: Black Night (Netherlands) - Road to Victory
Black Night (Netherlands)
Road to Victory

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 44:06
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: August 31, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Road to Victory

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Black Knight is a Dutch band that has apparently existed since the early '80s but other than a couple of demos, didn't release a proper album until 1998, well after the kind of punchy, upbeat metal they play had been out of fashion for several years. After a couple of records, they took a break for a few years (2008-2012) and have now landed with Pure Steel Records for their third album, Road to Victory.

Iron Maiden-inspired shout-along choruses and twin guitar harmonies are decidedly back in fashion and the lads in Black Knight do not appear to have slagged off practicing all these years. The songs on Road to Victory are tightly played and solidly written in a way sure to inspire fans to throw their fists in the air in a live setting. Singer David Marcelis, who also belts it out for Lord Volture and Thorium, has a voice that isn't your typical heavy metal singer's. He's more on the high end and sounds like he might be close to the limit of his ability, but he never loses it and after a few spins, you realize he complements the music pretty well. The songs are mainly mid-paced anthems with cuts like "Thousand Faces" and "My Beautiful Daughters" being the catchiest. On the other hand, "Crossing the Rubicon" is probably the least effective song, as it is long and slow with an overly emotional vocal line on the chorus.

An interesting cross between Black Majesty and '80s Krokus is what coming to my mind while listening to Road to Victory. Solid, if not spectacular.

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