Night Mistress – Into The Madness
Reviewed by Christopher Foley
Following an impressive, charming debut affair from Night Mistress is Into The Madness, the sophomore effort from one of Poland’s gleaming gems. I was surprised to see this one coming out, as I had next to no idea it was due – certainly a pleasant surprise – and here the band further builds upon its style, with stronger performances and more intricate song-writing than ever – albeit at the slight expense of the energetic charm which really sold the band’s debut.
A short intro recalling the chorus from The Back Of Beyond’s glorious opener, “City Of Stone”, sets the tone for the proceedings. Instantly you can hear leaps that the band has made in both the performance and production departments. What’s more – almost unbelievably – is that Chris Sokolowski has further upped his game as a singer. Man, this guy is super impressive, channeling the spirit of Bruce Dickinson throughout, as well as emphasizing a glorious high range which recalls Hibria’s Iuri Sanson at his ultimate, Defying The Rules finest.
The music contained within the album displays powerful, calculated heavy metal with deft structuring and piercing hooks. As I said earlier, a certain degree of energy which adorned the debut has been dialed back, but it was a necessary sacrifice, I’d say, ensuring that the songs are wholly locked in and calculated. Fortunately, whilst a lot of mid-pacing dominates the album, the band still knocks out the propulsive numbers and the dynamic throughout is absorbing. In this way, it’s certainly similar to the debut, although afforded more breathing space thanks to an increased run-time.
At its strongest, Into The Madness delivers bold, affecting hooks which ensure songs like the rollicking “Hand Of God”, with its powerful refrain, and highlight “Sacred Dance” hit the mark. Melodies twirl through the mind long after the final notes of “Recurring Night” have quelled. Elements of Bruce Dickinson’s solo efforts can be heard throughout the vocal lines, and it furthers the album’s atmosphere and class. The contrast between the vocal lines and the modern heavy/power metal values awards Night Mistress their niche, and it certainly feels like the band is coming well into its own.
Into The Madness is a strong sophomore effort, with little at fault. Night Mistress has the makings of a great band, but I just feel the members need to take things to the next level. For now, you could do far, far worse than this solid and endearing full-length album. Pick this up if passionate heavy metal with great vocals, tasteful song-writing, and well-integrated power metal nuances sounds good to you. It sounds good to me, and once again Night Mistress is getting my stamp of approval. Recommended!
3.75 // 5