ALBUM REVIEW: Nocturnal Creatures – Bomber

What was the best decade for rock music? There are a multitude of answers depending on who you ask. Variable upon variable stack to change a person’s opinion. If you ask a Swedish band BOMBERthey will tell you that the golden age was that of the 70s. With the recent release of their first album, nocturnal creaturesthey hope to resurrect the bygone era.

The title track sets the tone not with a typical song but with a monologue that lasts just under a minute. To the rhythm of guitars playing on a band distorted by time, we are entitled to a voice close to the tone of the great Vincent Price – a voice synonymous with storytelling of the finest caliber, anyone would agree. Here, that’s put to good use, setting the stage for a tribute record.

Uplifting Tale to “beware of the road you travel” concluded, BOMBER get to the heart of the matter. Named after the Persian prophet, Zarathustra weaves a gold thread of one “God who reigned above”. Anton Skold Effortlessly fulfills the role of both narrator and riff maker, weaving its narrative around the undulation of the guitar. Rasmus GrahnThe heartbeats of us take us on a roller coaster of breathtaking proportions. There are many things BOMBER choose to bring back forgotten times. One of the most enjoyable is the full band harmonies. The whole quartet duplicates their respective instruments as well as vocalizations close to euphoria in places.

A euphoria of a completely different nature makes an almost predictable appearance on nocturnal creatures. Sex and all that surrounds it comes with us fever eyes and magic black pants. With a touch of T-REX influence, the lower tone of the muted guitar creates the hazy soundscape of heady desire. Intoxicated by the alien across the room, the vocal harmonies sound like the voice of the head, heart, and lower region. With fever eyes‘ contagious chorus and delicious solo, we are carried away by this story of lust at first sight. That leaves us wide open for the more carnal magic black pants. “Don’t get up baby I’m going down” speaks for itself but at the same time shows some hesitations inside Skoldthe vocal performance of. After listening again, we find that the song intended to make the engines roar simply leaves them idling.

Is there anything more appropriate to rock music than an epic? BOMBER believe it, presenting not one, not two, but three. The best of them comes first A march of titans (hearts will break). In a buildup that features isolated vocals blending into guitars and a hum of synthesizers, it reminds us QUEENis iconic A vision. The world that is being built in this land ruled by the titans is exquisite. SkoldThe vocal swaps harmonies with his backline before teaming up with another guitarist Max Hudden for dueling guitar solos worthy of a song like this. However, The Tiger and album closer Dawn doesn’t fire our imaginations in quite the same way. Glimmers of The TigerThe stalking guitar tune is promising, but this predator eventually falls prey to BOMBERpredictability. In the meantime, they take the opportunity to experiment DawnThe six-minute runtime, albeit a longer than necessary and oddly put together instrumental section is a heartbreaking shame.

BOMBER made it their mission to bring us the best music from a long gone era. Sometimes they achieve this with marvelous vigour. What they also do is remind us of some of the weaker moments of the pioneers before them. The result is an album that fluctuates in quality when listened to as a main activity. Does that mean it’s bad? Not at all. nocturnal creatures is a good listen from start to finish. At a time when music has been exceptional, good unfortunately does not light our fire.

Rating: 7/10

Nocturnal Creatures is available now via Napalm Records.

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