STYGIAN OATH - Midnight Flames LP (Blue Vinyl)
Stygian Oath

STYGIAN OATH - Midnight Flames LP (Blue Vinyl)

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These 5 fresh Greeks on the scene combine Maiden-esque heavy metal with some power metal bombast and a pinch of grit, making Midnight Flames an appealing first album released after 7 years together. The first thing that caught my ear was the charm of the production, which allows plenty of bite for the rhythm guitars and drums without compromising the melodic sound, nor skimping on the extra juice when frequent solos arrive. Other than the great balance achieved on the mixing desk, the vocals of Akis Daflis pulled me in both directions early in the listening experience: he possesses the ability to hit some high notes as well as to preside over the sturdy guitars with either gritty Mark Tornillo (Accept) expressions or soaring Bruce Dickinson idolatry.