Genre/Influences: Industrial-Pop, Dark-Pop, Gothic.
Background/Info: Night Terror is an American project, which by the end of 2020 unleashed its debut album. It’s a very personal work inspired by very personal issues like ‘depression, addiction, and love to disgust with male chauvinists and the human virus that plagues this world’.
Content: It’s not an easy thing defining the sound of this band. There clearly is an Electro-Pop basis running through the songs, but it’s ‘pop’ without real melodies and accomplished with some Industrial-driven sound treatments. I also noticed some EBM elements on the harder cuts. Some of the songs feature refined, bleeping sequences while other parts are carried by guitar sounds. The vocals have been produced in a rather dark and powerful way.
+ + + : The main strength of this project is its atypical approach. You can’t call it Electro-Pop while the harder and darker side is not pure Industrial. This is an offspring between different, related genres. It has something of an experiment, which is pretty exciting at the instrumental “Maxxed Out”. “Falling Time” is another attention grabber featuring a more refreshing sound approach. I also like the charismatic vocals.
– – – : It’s not easy to really get into this album; the unusual format makes it hard to label, but you sometimes feel the project is still in search of a proper sound identity. Some of the tracks are poorly inspired and less elaborated.
Conclusion: I have some mixed feelings with this debut album. There’s an interesting and definitely unique sound approach, which now has to be elaborated.
Best songs: “Maxxed Out”, “Falling Time”, “Beloved”.