|Review: Night Viper - Night Viper|
Label: Svart Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 12, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Night Viper is a new (formed in 2014) Traditional Heavy Metal band from Sweden and their self-titled debut is a balls-to-the-wall riff-fest with a thick, crunchy guitar tone, propulsive drums and pulsating bass. Over the top are the vocals of Sofie-Lee Johannson who belts out her vocal lines like a Heavy Metal version of Pat Benatar (just because she wasn't Metal doesn't mean she wasn't a kick-ass singer). The album has a nice variety of speedy numbers ("Run for Cover" "Faces in the Mirror"), mid-range rockers ("Never Be Enslaved" "The Hammer") and slower, atmospheric songs ("Curse of a Thousand Deaths") that border on Doom. The solos are crisp, old-school ear-candy for fans of the twin-guitar attacks of the 80s. The songwriting isn't overly original, instead sticking to tried and true formulas, and there are a few weak tracks like "Dagger in Hand" that has a really dull chorus but Night Viper is a young band that shows some flashes of potential. They should be on the radar screens of all Traditional Heavy Metal fans.
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