Man you gotta love that old school hard hitting heavy metal. Spellcaster certainly do, and they do it right on their latest offering, the fun filled journey that is Night Hides The World. Spellcaster roar forward, powerful vocals et al. The guitar work in particular is delicious, with elegant playing defining the entirety of the album and reminding us why so many come back time and time again. Spellcaster understand the NWOBHM in a way that few of their peers could dare, and hints at much greater stuff to come.
The fundamental problem with a lot of these bands who hearken back to the NWOBHM era is that they too clearly ape one specific band. They rarely dare to create their own void and find a place for themselves that truly makes sense in the grand scheme of things. Fortunately with Spellcaster this is not the case. They sound quite unlike any of their peers but manage to adhere to a lot of the genres traditional paradigms. The trademark crunch and rock and roll stomp of a song like Betrayal can't help but to capture the imagination. There is a clear sense of sonic poetry here that will keep you coming back time and time again.
Night Hides The World truly understands the bleak and bitter realities of the heavy metal hellscape. It's rare that we find a band who can speak to the soul and also remind us of a lost time. Now as we face perhaps a new Reagan and an uncertain future in America then we can see that we are on track for something far more terrifying and need music to match it. Spellcaster are the soundtrack to a lost generation and a reminder that as bad as it might get, there will always be a sense of infinite return keeping us safe.
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