Music review – NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA re-issues

A band formed by members of Soilwork and Arch Enemy to perform their love of 80’s AOR/melodic rock doesn’t sound like it should work but it does and after forming in 2007, the Night Flight Orchestra are going from strength to strength, including a recent packed out UK debut show.

Nuclear Blast have recently re-issued the band’s first two albums, ‘Internal Affairs’ (2012) and ‘Skyline Whispers’ (2015), both previously released on the independent label Coroner Records.

Both albums have the band’s distinctive 80’s AOR/melodic rock feel of the likes of Survivor, REO Speedwagon and those mid-tempo rock songs that featured on 80’s movies. ‘Glowing City Madness’ off ‘Internal Affairs’ is a real stand out, shades of ELO on the harmony vocals and a melody to lift you out of a dark mood.

‘Skyline Whispers’ has the band using female backing vocals more and nowadays the band have two permanent female backing singers in their line-up. The epic nine minutes plus of ‘The Heather Report’ has a distinct 70’s West Coast AOR feel at the start before the guitars kick in and we have a John Miles approved epic on our hands.

Personally I prefer their most recent two albums as they have a slicker sound and feel, however both of these are worth owning if you are a newcomer to the band and/or love all things melodic rock with an 80’s sound.

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