Written by: The Administrator
Lookin' for a little feel-good heavy metal revelry on this fine Valentine's Sunday? If so, you've got something in common with our population of highfalutin peasants, who hath persuaded yours truly to scribble a few words. in honor of Dangerous Times For the Dead's latest banger.
Back in the fall of 2020 we covered, in our weekly roundup, a self-titled single by the band in question. "Dangerous Times For the Dead" tickled our fancy--indeed, to self-plagiarize: "Exuding a spirit reminiscent of, well, basically any of your favorite 80's personalities, it's not a particularly inventive track, but clearly isn't aiming for lofty heights so much as providing a rollickin' good time...a potent metal brew with a hooky-ass chorus, some delicious axemanship, and a full-throttle Danzig-esque momentum that just won't quit." Needless to say, further efforts were worth checking out, and so here we are, hitting play on "Queen of the Night" yet again. 'Cuz, y'know, it's becoming a bit of a pattern around these parts.
That delightfully potent sense of excitement captured in the self-titled single remains, as does the clear love for the tropes of heavy metal's heyday. In contrast, however, "Queen of the Night" feels significantly more refined. The intrinsic rawness of their previous riffage and vocal delivery has been smoothed out, allowing a certain dramatic flair to step into the spotlight. Like unto the best of NWOBHM revivalism, the vocals go down smooth, riding alongside the leads with a triumphantly positive air. Traditional heavy metal, in my book, serves as a pretty damn reliable remedy when one is feeling down, and "Queen of The Night" is no different, leaning into the kind of chorus that practically demands a sing-a-long once the refrain firmly lodges itself in the listener's ear.
As before, there's nothing here that reeks of invention, but as an homage to the sounds of yore, it stands alone as a stellar contribution. And really, if you're here for a swig of good ol' heavy metal, you're here for the riffs, the epic vocals, the high-octane momentum, and the promise of time well spent. With "Queen of the Night"--and with any of the singles these guys have put out, frankly--you're bound to check all those boxes. Give it a listen above!
Dangerous Times For the Dead - Queen of the Night was released Feb. 14th, 2020.
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