Who Mourns For The Morning Star
High Roller Records
April 21, 2017
User Review( votes)
Cloven Hoof, the Wolverhampton, UK, NWOBHM pioneers, have returned with their 2nd release on High Roller Records entitled, Who Mourns For The Morning Star. The band has a new line-up reflecting a cross-Atlantic feel with Dallas, Texas, based ASKA bandmates, vocalist, George Call, and drummer, Danny White. Lee Payne, the bass guitarist, creative mastermind and lone remaining founding member is the driving force behind the evolution of the band from Traditional Heavy Metal to the modern Power Metal sound of this album.
The production places the five octave range of Call’s vocals mixed front and center for most songs. This works fairly well as Call delivers the power and the range not found in a lot of bands in this genre. Unfortunately, it can hurt a song such as “Star Rider”, when the chorus is repetitive and a song such as “Go Tell The Spartans” when there is too much lyrical content.
The highlights of the album occur when the band channels Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. The songs “Neon Angels” and “Time To Burn” have the straight ahead Biker Metal riffing of “Heading Out To The Highway” and “Painkiller” with the vocals kept in a powerful midrange punctuated by high notes. The last song and capstone to the album, “Bannockburn”, is a song reminiscent of “Paschendale”. Its many textures showcase the band’s song writing, vocals, and musicianship.
Overall, this album delivers Power Metal with a core of NWOBHM sure to please old Cloven Hoof fans and create new ones.
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