The New Wave Of Traditional Metal continues to roll on with a steady stream of new bands popping up almost daily. Nitehawks from Italy are the latest addition to the ever growing crowd of bands. One glance at the album art and you kind of get an idea of what to expect here. Nothing really revolutionary here, nor should it really be expected from this genre honestly. Now that may come across as a negative, but it really isn’t. I am one of the biggest proponents for the musical movement and even though I must admit it can get tired after awhile with so many bands doing it, but some bands can really do a great job and I have to say that these guys can definitely get it done. The songs for the most part are rather anthemic and they really stand up nicely on their own. This band brings a bit more aggression into the mix and seem to be a bit more creative than the “paint by the numbers” songwriting that so many of the other traditionalists are doing these days. The vocalist has a bit of a Dio quality going with him (though with a bit of a heavy Italian accent). Interestingly my biggest gripe with most Italian bands are the vocalists and their heavy accents which usually comes across as pretty unmetal sounding. That is not the case here, as the accent is there but it works well with this style of music and even at that isn’t as pronounced as many other Italian vocalists. Yeah not much else to say here other than if you like the NWOTHM wave, you are going to love this. Even if you are getting tired of that style, these guys do a great job with it and stick out a bit from most of the crowd so they should garner a closer look!
Choice Tracks – Blackout In Paradise, Nitehawks, Looking For Trouble, Into The Wild, Rocketman, Never Let You Go