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Nightvision - 2005 Nightvision

Peter Hogberg - vocals
Stefan Fjellner - guitars
Johan Petersson - bass
Marten Sanden - keyboards
Mikael Szemler - drums

Nightvision are a new Swedish band with a big sound, and look to have arrived with an equally big reputation. Signed to MTM Music, the band display a healthy dose of eighties style hard rock, and put their own 21st metallic and steely resolve over the top of it all. Plenty of reference points here. Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake and Lion, and with singer Peter Hogberg they have a star in the making. From what little I knew of them, I was suitably blown away listening to some of these tracks. Newcomers or seasoned professionals? You'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference with the quality of this album.

The Songs
There are aspects of heavy metal and melodic rock that I enjoy within their own respective boundaries. But when a band like Nightvision turns up like a thief in the night looking to tear the fence down between the two, then I get very interested and very animated in the same breath. Powerhouse riffing and keyboard stabs a la Supreme Majesty turn the house upside down on 'Fight', while the riffs are still being tossed out to the audience like Stryper tossing out bibles with the track 'Silent Cry'. No silence here folks, just pure gung-ho metal that a guy like John Sykes would appreciate. The impassioned vocals of Hogberg on 'Stand Tall' do just that, the energy brimming with Kal Swann likeness. Nightvision try a ballad for something different, and while 'Hard To Let You Go' is a reasonable attempt, I feel they could do better. Back to riff-fest territory is 'Break The Chain', again John Sykes or Doug Aldrich would have a field day with this! 'The Last Time' has a faint similarity to Finnish newcomers Wingdom, the instrumentation used I guess is the reason why. The intro sound effects on 'Time Is Running Out' is very cool, the song taking on a heavy as horses approach guaranteed to put even daylight saving at risk! The aptly titled closing track, is a blistering piece of hard rock, including police radio chaos sound effects in among the hectic guitar and keyboard interplay.

In Summary
If this album was the byproduct of newbies then what the heck will album number two be like? That I am truly looking forward to, because quite clearly we have a very promising outfit on our hands. Just a note on the CD pressing, it seems the intro track 'Before The Storm' was missed off, but if you are really keen on the band, then you can take a listen over at their website. For me, I think these guys have rookie of the year written all over them. Another year together will result in stronger songwriting, and just watch out when these guys return with their second effort!!


Track Listing:
01 Before The Storm
02 Fight
03 Soldier Of A Dark Land
04 Silent Cry
05 Dragonfire
06 Thin Line Between Love And Hate
07 Stand Tall
08 Hard To Let You Go
09 Break The Chain
10 The Last Time
11 Time Is Running Out
12 The End


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