Company: Heavy Artillery Release: 2011 Genre: Power Reviewer: EC
Harkens back to the mid 80s
Man...California is pushing the heavy load right now.
Throw another iron in the fire with these LA upstarts. Midnight Chaser proves rough and tough on this debut scorcher that combines NWOBHM with a grindstone, blue-collar feel that harkens back to the mid 80s. I would imagine if this was 1985 then Shrapnel or Metal Blade would have sleeved this on vinyl for human consumption.
Midnight Chaser compares to the new crew of White Wizzard and Holy Grail with tons of speed chopping and blazing strings. The band rides the power chords hard but are one step ahead of the game with a fantastic singer. Highlights are the Manowar themed "Out On Your Shield" (could have made "Into Glory Ride") and throwback cover of Scorpions rocker "Dynamite". The Atari album cover leaves something to be desired though.
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