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Dark Black is a Portland, OR by way of Lancaster, PA outfit whose retro hard rock sound could easily snag Preservation Society honors based on their five-track EP MIDNIGHT WRAITH. Laden with NWOBHM colloquialisms and acid wash bell-bottom bluesy vibes (“Power Monger”), this quartet rips through the speakers with a bevy of killer riffs and tasty percussive fills bolstering their retread assault (“Midnight Wraith”). Led by a proto-doom metal falsetto vocal and a sensational guitar tandem whose Iron Maiden meets Thin Lizzy style chugs and shreds with dignified elegance, this album’s authentic throwback aura renders the perfect soundtrack to cruising down the freeway as you notice the cops chasing you down in the rearview.
- Mike SOS