blacklite district 1990

BLACKLITE DISTRICT – 1990 AK19 Entertainment, LLC [Release date 31.12.21]

Kyle Pfeiffer is better known by the name Blacklite District and has been releasing music since 2011.

The album title gives a little clue to the sounds contained within, as the music takes its cue from grunge and nu metal (which is slightly after 1990 granted). As Kyle notes – “It feels good to get things to a point where you can create art for yourself and your fans, without having to worry about commercial performance. That’s what recording 1990 was all about.”

He certainly likes to mix things up as one minute we have the catchy metal of ‘Confessed’, then the nu metal single ‘Gotta Get Out Here’ and album closer ‘Thank You’, is a beast of an electro pop tune.

Fans of his work will certainly be onboard, with those after something a little different would do well to seek this one out. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

NORTHTALE – Eternal Flame

NORTHTALE – Eternal Flame Nuclear Blast [Release date .21]

NorthTale are often labelled as a power metal ‘supergroup’ featuring former U.D.O. guitarist Bill Hudson, ex-Malmsteen drummer Patrick Johansson, former Twilight Force vocalist Christian Eriksson plus bass player Mikael Planefeldt and keyboards player Jimmy Pitts. In 2020 it was announced that Eriksson had left the band due to that age old musical differences excuse with Guilherme Hirose replacing him.

Hirose certainly follows the Michael Kiske school of metal singing, as ‘Only Human’ and the title track sound like prime time Helloween. They do epic too as the eleven minutes plus of ‘Nature’s Revenge’ shows. In actual fact the album’s stand out as they add in symphonic parts and a damn fine lyrical yarn. Plus plenty of shredding solos! A real movie soundtrack feel to this one.

Personally I find power metal can be a little one paced at time with relentless double bass drums and widdly guitar solos, however, if they float your boat add an extra star for this album. NorthTale are certainly talented and bound to win over more fans with this album. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

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