This weeks highlight is the third album from classic rock throwback group Night Flight Orchestra entitled “Amber Galactic” and was released May 19th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. This group harks back to the days of classic AOR and FM radio rock but with a few touches. The most interesting thing to me as well when I first heard this band was that they feature members of both Arch Enemy and Soilwork. I thought “How could these guys write classic rock just as good as modern day metal?”. Well after hearing this album I was pleasantly surprised.
The album opens with “Midnight Flyer” and right off the bat the production really catches you with very lush keyboards into a very high energy riff with lead singer Bjorn Strid who hits high soaring notes with ease. The more rocking songs such as this one and “Space Whisperer” have a very oldschool Graham Bonnet/ Alcatrazz feel to them and I even get a hint of Gillan as well. However, the album holds so much more with tracks like “Gemini” featuring a very catchy shimmering chorus soaked guitar riff, the funky disco-like “Domino”, and my favorite song being “Something Mysterious” which is so 80’s and so authentic it will be a song that sticks with me for a long long time. The album isn’t very heavy in terms of most of the artists I mention on here but every single song has monumental hooks. Even the more ballad songs with a more Journey feel such as “Josephine” or even the cheesy but catchy “Jennie” are just so fun and fresh to listen to. The album is really a feel good summer album that you have playing very loud driving through the hot summer heat and like I said before every song is a swing hit and this is easily going to make it not only on my top list of the year but way into the top 10’s as well. The band really nails that early 80’s/late 70’s sound here and if you are a fan of classic rock with big hooks , you are in for a very fun and powerful album. I also recommend looking up the bands previous two releases as well, they are definitely worth a listen!