I normally steer clear of metal albums trying to replicate old styles, I suppose it's a bit of a silly thing to do really because half of the old bands have line-ups made up of new musicians. Midnight Chaser is an American band from California that go for a NWOBHM sound. The name of the band clearly taken from the White Spirit song. Released in 2011, this is the band's debut album "Rough and Tough"
Excellent heavy guitar riffs are the main source of excitement on the album, I can't say I'm overly enamoured with the vocalist's voice, it sounds a bit like Andrew Stockdale's from Wolfmother, a little too whingey for my liking.
Midnight Chaser don't really bring anything new to the table, you have the feeling it's all been done before and they don't really offer up any particularly interesting guitar riffs or lyrics. The lyrics sound like they've been written by a teenager and whilst songs are relatively easy to headbang to, they are not very memorable.
"Swords for Hire" is their biggest song on the album and is catchy but not that outstanding. "Awesome Party" starts off with an energetic powerful guitar riff, however the lyrics are like something off a Kiss B-side and the singer's wailing of "I've got nothing to lose" is pretty tedious after a while. "Turn Your Head Around" is the most enjoyable track on the album, starting off with a murky riff and following with fast-paced fun a la Motorhead.
This is metal by numbers and the band struggle to stamp their own identity on the music, musically they are pretty tight even if they lack creative vision, like Budgie they just don't really do it for me, just a relatively average hard rock band.
I feel the album deserves 2,5 stars rather than 2 but it certainly doesn't deserve 3.