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Night Flight Orchestra - 2017 Amber Galactic

ARTIST: Night Flight Orchestra
ALBUM: Amber Galactic
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
SERIAL: NB 4010-2
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Björn Strid - vocals * Sharlee D' Angelo - bass * David Andersson - guitar * Richard Larsson - keyboards * Jonas Källsbäck - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Midnight Flyer * 02 Star Of Rio * 03 Gemini * 04 Sad State Of Affairs * 05 Jennie * 06 Domino * 07 Josephine * 08 Space Whisperer * 09 Something Mysterious * 10 Saturn In Velvet * 11 Just Another Night



These Swedes have been around for about five years now, and seem to be getting better by the album. As a result, I've gone on a bit of a catalogue collection and picked up everything that they've released to date. This latest 2017 release is a blatant pomp bombast of the best kind, and for anyone looking to recreate late 70's space pomp then 'Amber Galactic' has it in spades. It's also their first major label release through Nuclear Blast Records, with their prior releases appearing on the Coroner Records label. It's a bit of an unusual pairing to be honest, NFO aren't really a metal band as per Nuclear Blast's modus operandi, though in saying that, Swiss outfit Gotthard are an NB signing, and they aren't really metal either! Go figure..

The Songs
The opener 'Midnight Flyer' pulses along in the same fashion as Groundstar at their cosmic best, as per their classic 'It's All The Same Up There', while 'Gemini' and 'Sad State Of Affairs' even invoke some Balance like precision into the mix. 'Jennie' introduces a symphonic element to good effect, and by the midway point, the album is warming up rather nicely. I love the funky smooth grooves of 'Domino', which sounds like it is sourced from some 70's lounge club. 'Josephine' is the definite AOR moment, fusing the likes of Balance and Snowball in a 70's styled mash-up. Love it. 'Space Whisperer' picks up the tempo noticeably, it's followed by the mid tempo 'Something Mysterious', which is probably the first time the band have eased up. We're getting towards the end now, two tracks to go and there's no stopping this band. 'Saturn In Velvet' is another symphonic workout, like E.L.O on steroids, the closing 'Just Another Night' shifts slightly to an AOR direction, especially the radio friendly chorus and sax solo.

In Summary
Every song has its own point of interest, which makes for an entertaining listen throughout. I can't recommend this album highly enough, especially to regular readers of this website who know the sort of music that we try to promote. Fans of pomp and symphonic rock should investigate 'Amber Galactic' with immediate urgency.

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#1 | gdazegod on June 06 2017 03:13:43
Night Flight Orchestra - 2017 Midnight Flyer
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#2 | gdazegod on June 06 2017 03:15:55
Night Flight Orchestra - 2017 Josephine
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#3 | gdazegod on June 06 2017 03:21:49
Night Flight Orchestra - 2017 Gemini
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#4 | DEMONAOR on June 07 2017 06:58:21
Only one thing to say. Killer album, one of the top ones in 2017.
#5 | Jez on June 07 2017 18:37:32
So far, the best album of the year by a long mile..absolutely killer album
#6 | reyno-roxx on June 28 2017 18:11:58
This band really reminds me a great deal of what Tokyo were doing in the early 80s.
#7 | diegopomp on June 29 2017 22:51:08
#8 | melodiapositiva on July 17 2017 12:45:22
Well imho is a good album for 2017 standards, the songs and the production are fine, but this band needs a different kind of singer, Bjorn is not bad but his voice is a little 'agressive' for this kind of music,ugly in some parts.
Anyway i agree is one of the better albums of this year .
#9 | swazi on August 21 2017 21:22:23
Just listening to their 'Internal Affairs' release. Awesome! music

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