Originally forming in 2003, Nightvision took three years to get the definitive sound they wanted, with the arrival of their lead vocalist Dave McKee in 2006. From here, Nightvision produced two demos and their debut album, ‘As The Lights Go Down’ by 2009. Add on top of this a great spread in Metal Hammer magazine and a two page spread in Powerplay, it is no wonder many have tipped them for great things in the near future. Countless touring and great praise from Bruce Dickinson, as well as coverage on several rock radio stations, including 106.1 Rock Radio, Manchester. In 2010, Nightvision had been nominated as one of the top six new bands at the RAWK awards, so understandably there is a certain anticipation leading up to the forthcoming album ‘Consequence of Sin’. If we can go off the back of their tours with bands such as Blaze Bayley and Diamond Head, and with the likes of Bruce raving about their debut, Nightvision’s good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll could be blasting out of our radios more often than not in the near future.
I suppose good old rock ‘n’ roll is the best description for Nightvision, you know, the good hearted eighties to nineties feel good rock, bordering on the all too common label of modern hard rock. Well, the newly titled ‘Consequence of Sin’ certainly consists of all the elements of a well-polished piece of art; punchy beats, precise vocals and gritty riffs. The opening track ‘So Many Lies’ truly kicks off what promises to be a high octane album. There are thundering guitar riffs from Bolda that produce a catchy rhythm, balanced by Dean and Daryl Hocking’s bass and drumming respectively, as well as the clean lyrics that are easy to follow thanks to the talent that is Dave McKee. What is great here is Nightvision’s ability to produce an elongated solo that is so rare in today’s market and something that is missing from the majority of modern hard rock. ‘Sob Story’ thrusts into being from the start with a blistering opening riff, complemented by some feel good lyrics that relay a great story; a story many know too well. Yet, this tongue and cheek version can make all smile and think, yeah, I’m better off without them. It’s relentless as the album just keeps getting better as the tracks follow one another; ‘Words like Bullets’ breathes fire in the body with powerful movement from the rhythm and percussion. Soloing of the highest calibre cuts a swath through the song which includes a sampling solo of bass from Dean Hocking.
‘Long Way From Home’ is just waiting for its listeners to bounce around the house to; I tell you, you can’t help but want to dance and embarrass yourself in front of your neighbours, and not even care. Riffs through the roof, percussion to sway to, solo work to drool over and a beat so catchy, you’ll be afraid of its infectious nature, even with the gritty slower pace for the chorus, which always picks up a gear. So far, Consequence of Sin has really rocked. ‘Nowhere to Hide’ turns up the volume yet again on an album already blistering with sure hits. Heavy riffage, thumping bass lines and also that graceful calm before the storm creation bring ‘Nowhere’ to a beautiful amalgamation of ferociousness and artful presence. It just can’t be faulted; nor would it seem can ‘Find Me’. It starts like an angry beast roaring away with a might that can’t be tamed. The guitar work is sublime, the drumming and bass lines pounding in the background like a pack of wolves protecting its alpha leader; a true animal of a track that you will want to sink your teeth into.
In faultless fashion, ‘What Makes You Mad’ produces clean lines, dirty, gritty guitar riffs that make you want to bang away. The drumming compliments the rhythm with the bass pumping away in the background. It could be considered a reprieve in the way that it doesn’t quite have the same kick as the rest of the album so far, but that is quickly abated with ‘Enter Escapism’ jumping in to tell us it’s not over yet. It may have a slightly slower beat but its heavy percussion and bass are a strong as ever and the lyrics really hit home, as does the lead guitar, by creating an ever increasing tempo throughout the song that is broken up by slower beats, which works superbly. ‘Nothing to Lose’ beats you down once again with gritty guitar chords, bleeding into the bass line, covered by the percussion of the drums. The lyrics really help sell this song well, as does the tone of Dave’s voice as well as the haunting solo that opens into a tirade of juicy lead chords.
‘Petrol and Practise’ kicks off with yet more relentless chord thrashing that is starting to generate doubt as to whether or not you can choose a favourite song; extremely high tempo throughout the chorus, the signature Nightvision solo- this song has it all for a floor filler. ‘Mirrors and Smoke’ bites in deeply with stunning riffs and bass; the drums producing a heavy beat to blend with the rhythm of the harmonies of the guitar and bass. The end is in sight, and ‘Post Tour Blues’ is the perfect song for it. Full of vigour and high octane, the artistry of all the instruments seem to work as one, as if they are just one, perfect instrument. The bluesy tones and the southern rock influences blend to create a spectacle of an ending to an already crammed album.
Nightvision have made an album you will not have trouble listening to over and over again, with solos galore and riffs that could make your heart skip a beat. This may be their second album but what this band has in store for their fans and the rock community is going to be mouth-watering if we are to expect more like this creation. I admit, I have not heard the debut album, and it is something I am relishing to have a go at; the only issue is getting hold of it which will be a disappointment for those who want to see where this all started. Nightvision truly deserved their nomination for the RAWK Awards; it is a name we may well be hearing for a long time to come. Bruce Dickinson is right, watch out for these guys because they RAWK!
Album Release Date: 19/09/2011
Review by: Aaron Emerson