Begun only a handful of years ago, Norway's Niterain has had some significant success. It started with their debut album Crossfire and followed up by a monumental amount of touring from their native country to Europe and the UK to the United States. Niterain returns with their second long-player, Vendetta.
Perhaps everything you need to know about Niterain could be explained by their band photo (right) and their video for Rock N Roll (below). The latter was filmed while in Los Angeles in early 2015 for several shows, including one at the infamous Whiskey-a-Go-Go. The Niterain sound is straight up Eighties Sunset Strip sleaze rock, essentially melodic hard rock infused with a metal edge. If you've watched the video, I'm sure you're hearing echoes of Motley Crue. I did. These youngsters were born nearly a generation too late, but took the time to listen to their parents' collection of vinyl.
So here's the thing: Niterain are very good at channeling the sound of this classic genre. They have the essential elements: sharp brisk riffs with soaring solos and a lot of them, a solid rock rhythm and groove, and clean vocals backed up by a proper amount of gang harmonies and shouts. All these things are wrapped up in melody and a subtle but respectable amount of AOR accessibility. As for the songs, most are assertive straight up rockers such as Come Out, The Threat, Vendetta,or Electric, blazing with sharp riffs, quick pacing, and storming guitar solos. Then there's something like #1 Bad Boy which blends a punk attitude with the urgency of speed metal. You might catch a little blues groove in the song Something Ain't Right with its groovy bass line. But the unexpected song comes with Don't Fade Away, where the melody and vocal harmonies remind of 60's pop rock from sunny southern California. Suffice to say, Niterain knows and nails their chosen and classic style with some fine songwriting.
All in all, Niterain's Vendetta is an excellent second effort from the band, a solid and entertaining platter of classic 80's heavy metal infused melodic hard rock. Easily recommended.
Niterain's Vendetta is an excellent second effort from the band, a solid and entertaining platter of classic 80's heavy metal infused melodic hard rock. Easily recommended.
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