|After the excellent debut '...and Jesus Wept' my expectations about the band's follow-up were not exactly low. I’m glad to say then, that they have not been deceived in any way.|
The familiar bizarre ingredients are still there creating a manic depressive combination of extremes. Soothing pianos are juxtaposed with insane screams; distorted guitars with clean singing; screaming saxophone sounds –seemingly escaped from asylums of the insane- with tasteful guitar solos; etc. Nightly Gale is a band that is not afraid to experiment and that is one of their stronger assets. Take e.g. the eastern dirge vocals in the beginning of 'At Your Command' and ask yourself: "how many other doom bands would do something like that?"
My main complaint with the band’s previous album was that it set off with two exceptionally strong tracks, which were followed by three just ok tracks. This time, the whole feels more balanced and although not all sections of these four long tracks offer the same high interest, there will be plenty of material there to satisfy the most demanding fan.
This relatively unknown band deserves to be heard and I would recommend it to fans of anything bizarre and out of the ordinary in the doomy realms, from Unholy to Black Lodge.
1. At Your Command
2. Illusion of Evil
Duration : Approx. 53 minutes
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