"Nightrulers" (Full8Me; 2008)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The fat New Wave of British Metal riffs and furious leads found aplenty on "Nightrulers" might sound a little familiar ... and they're supposed to. This CD is a tribute to -- and an exploration of -- the classic heavy metal of NWOBHM. You'll find hints of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, Grim Reaper and more throughout this CD and, if you're a fan of that kind of music, you'll be glad they're there.

It's not complex, it's not technical, it's not slick and over-produced. It's just heavy metal. Throughout "Nightrulers," Seattle's Midnight Idols offers no apologies for delivering that 80s style of old school metal that's rather hard to find these days (without going back to catalog CDs). 

The band does tend to get a little silly with their song titles sometimes ("Nymphonomicon" and "Kockstruck" come immediately to mind) and sometimes take themselves too seriously ("Upon Cloven Hooves We Ride" is so deadly, over-the-top serious it almost becomes comical), but if you just go along and enjoy the ride, this CD is hard to dislike. 

Midnight Idols: Diamond C - vocals; Thermo - guitars; Rizz - guitars; Theo - bass; Smiley - drums, percussion.

For more information, check out http://www.midnightidols.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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