Dennis : Nightlord is an old-school thrash metal band from London that was active from 1989 until 1993 and in this period of time they released the demo 'Approaching Thunder' and the EP 'Cult of the Moon'. According to the band their song 'Vote for Me' from 1989 inspired Metallica to write 'Enter Sandman' and Kreator used 'Twisted Out Of Mind' for inspiration for their 1997 song 'Outcast'. Those are quite the statements… Nightlord was quite the influence on the scene so to say, even though I have a hard time recognizing similarities between the songs. In 2010 the original bandmembers got together again, re-released their demo and EP on CD and started playing gigs again with the likes of Artillery, Annihilator, Onslaught and Sepultura. Over the past six years the guys worked on new material as well and finally recorded nine new tracks last year, which were mixed and mastered by the late producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Exodus).
With all this namedropping one might assume that Nightlord’s debut album 'Reborn in Darkness' is a killer record to really look forward to. But unfortunately it is not. This release is quite disappointing if you ask me. First of all the compositions are pretty lame, there isn’t a whole lot going on in the songs, the riffs aren’t memorable at all, actually they are quite boring. The vocals don’t fit the music, they lack power and are simply dull. Besides that they are way too weak in the mix. The band used an analogue recording process in order to go for a real old school sound. In that respect they have managed to do just that, the whole record sounds old school, but not in a positive way. 'Reborn in Darkness' sounds very outdated and really, this release has nothing new or interesting to add to the massive amount of releases that come out every month. Some things can better stay in the past and maybe this band should have stayed there too.