Roundtable Album Review: Nigromante – Black Magic Night

NigromanteLabel: Shadow Kingdom Records

Release Date: 7 January 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 33 minutes

Genre: Heavy metal

Studio Albums: None

Location: Spain

WarpRider – I would normally gravitate to anything that reminds me of the glory of the ’80s and sounds a bit like Judas Priest or Iron Maiden. However, I am uninspired by Nigromante despite some catchy hooks and melodies. Not bad, but something is missing. 2.5

Atleastimhousebroken – Good grooves, manly man vocals, old school sound, dirty tone, and lots of bluesy licks, riffs, and solos. And the same for the next song, and the next, and the next, and the next. All ’round fun album even if it does get really repetitious. A bit more variety and a bit less throwbacks would do wonders for Nigromante. Also, I am going to start sending very angry letters to bands that feel the need to put in the words/phrases “Heavy Metal”, “Black Magic”, and “Satan Death Squad” (or any other variation of the Squad name thingy). STOP IT! It’s dumb as hell! 3.0

Irmelinis – I understand that it’s cool to bring back that nostalgic feeling from 30 years ago in your music, but why just produce more of exactly the same music they made back then? Why not add something new, bring it up a level and create your own unique sound in this subgenre?  This album has a nice guitar sound, some good riffs and vocals that really suit the music, but there are no memorable hooks and no diversity whatsoever. 2.0

ChristopherMammal – Let’s tick some boxes. Derivative? Yes. Original? Not notably. Varied? Yes, as much as most heavy metal albums. Formulaic? Yes. Satisfying? Oh, yes! Of course classic-style heavy metal has a sameness about it. That’s why we still love it. This album is easy listening for us granddad metal types, and it’s enhanced by gruff’n’tough vocals from the School of Lemmy Kilminster. 3.5

A Metal State of Mind Score 2.8


About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on January 18, 2014, in Album Reviews, Roundtable Reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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