Review: Amber Galactic

I have to admit that I was a little surprised when I put this album on. i didn’t actually know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. The Night Flight Orchestra have a strong ’70s sound, for those familiar with bands of the time, you will right at home here. The bands vocalist Björn Strid who is known for his work Soilwork amongst others has an instantly recognisable voice, one that strongly resembles rock veteran Graham Bonnet in power and range.

The opening song Midnight Flyer has a strong resemblance to Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow’s Down To Earth album. Star of Rio and Gemini are very much early ’80s rock, the kind you heard every day on the radio and on the ‘dad rock’ compilations. Jennie and Josephine sounds like Journey whilst Domino and Something Mysterious sound strikingly like post Eye of the Tiger Survivor. Each song is consistent extremely catchy and a great variety of styles.

What makes this album that little more impressive is that the production style sounds quite authentic to the era and would mix amongst bands like the previously mentioned Rainbow as well as Michael Schenker Group, Journey and so on. It lands itself nicely to the bands music and sounds quite fresh despite being based on ideas made famous thirty five to forty years ago.

I was very impressed by this album in many ways and I can see a big audience for this album. The Night Flight Orchestra might be a terrible band name but their music is on point, extremely energetic and is great for lifting a bad mood. This is the kind of rock music that the world is sorely missing. Other than being a hefty fifty one minutes long, there is absolutely nothing to dislike here. Amber Galactic is extremely refreshing and one that I would highly recommend picking up. For those looking to add to their ’70s and ’80s revival bands like Blues Pills, Graveyard and Brother Firetribe, well here is another one for you.

Rating : 9 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. Midnight Flyer
  2. Star of Rio
  3. Gemini
  4. Sad State of Affairs
  5. Jennie
  6. Domino
  7. Josephine
  8. Space Whisperer
  9. Something Mysterious
  10. Saturn In Velvet