Reviewing a traditional heavy metal release in 2017 can be tricky, as the idea of NWOTHM is not to break new ground in music, but to relive/revive the glory days of classic heavy metal. So, in a way, it is only fair that a heavy metal record be reviewed in the spirit of heavy metal. Knight’s debut EP does not present us with anything that we have not heard before, but instead, makes an effort to celebrate the heavy metal spirit in all its passion and glory.
For someone who is not big on old heavy metal, it could be easy to write this off as generic and rehashed, but progressiveness is not the point of ‘High on Voodoo‘. The essence of the music that inspired these guys is strongly felt throughout the record. The intro leading to “The Ventriloquist” is somewhat reminiscent of Priest’s “The Hellion” leading to “Electric Eye”, and the influences only become more prominent as the EP progresses. The riffs, as one would come to expect, are essentially classic heavy metal worship, as are the lyrics. While some of the riffs stand out, the rest are more of vehicles for the vocals.
The vocals are a bit of an oddball here. Since I am too lazy to explain it better, let’s just say that they are more Manilla Road than Iron Maiden. Also, there isn’t any virtuosic guitar soloing. The solos are quite simplistic, with the one on “Master of Dreams” standing out just a tad bit from the others. As for the songs themselves, “Break the Chains” is the one that stands out for me. It slows things down, and has more of a heavy rock vibe. It might sound a minute too long, but is a fun song nonetheless.
All in all, it is a spirited performance by the boys from Silchar. If you are a fan of traditional heavy metal, be sure to check them out!
Shibam Talukdar – Guitars/Vocals
Soumyadeep Nath Barbhuiyan – Bass
Written by: Metal Police