years after their sophomore The Difference
German Heavy Metal band ARREST start-up again
to cement with Night Stalker what they
have achieved with the predecessor. But if they will make it …
I’m really not sure. Actually ARREST does
not do any wrong and fulfill again all criteria that have enthused
me on The Difference: energetic, powerful
and catchy songs, ranging in the entire field of Heavy Metal.
One will find crushers like the opener Same Old Story
and Night Stalker, groovy midtempo riff monsters like
Dancing On The Edge Of Chaos as well as the usual ballad
Desperate Memories. Night Stalker
offers shining guitar solos, sing-along refrains and unobtrusive
keyboard line, and an exceptionally good singer, who this time
sounds even more like Ozzy. The sound is dense and intensive and
the production again kicks ass heavily. There is not really much
to nag about, well, two songs are a bit lengthy (Silent Truth
and Shadows Behind Me) and the first one has some annoying
clarinet-like tones. So everything else is going smoothly?
No, not really in my opinion. At the end I miss the special kick.
If I would have listened to ARREST the first
time I guess I would have acclaimed Night Stalker
the same way I did with The Difference.
Do not get me wrong, Night Stalker is
still a very good album, but to me it is nothing new anymore.