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Review: Chris Laney - Only Come Out at Night
Chris Laney
Only Come Out at Night

Label: Metal Heaven
Year released: 2010
Tracks: 11
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal


Review online: December 5, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
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Rated 2.22/5 (44.44%) (9 Votes)

I rather liked the first solo installment from producing legend Chris Laney, but his sophomore effort, the rather concise Only Come Out At Night, doesn't make good on the promise of Pure, which was a varied release that showed Laney's talents not only as a songwriter but as a vocalist, too. Here, the songs fall much in the same category, borrowing hard-hitting metal riffs from more commercial bands, AOR melodies from the old school, and even some pompous 80s pop and rock that permeates this one more than the last. There is a greater selection of material here, though, with some cracking choruses and expert songwriting that reminds me of the Kens Dojo album.

As you might expect, the production is very fine, with a crystalline polish that makes this sound like something you'd buy at Wal-Mart (I'm not kidding, people). Yet due to my ultra asinine promo (all songs have "secret fades" – which basically means it cuts out during the good parts, Laney's solos, often), I just couldn't get to grips with this one. Maybe a listen to the real thing would change my mind? Regardless, if you liked the first album, expect the same here.

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