Spellcaster – Night Hides The World album review

New album from classically styled metallers Spellcaster lack an infectious edge

Spellcaster, Night Hides The World album cover

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If you crack into Spellcaster expecting a doomy, proto-metal voyage into the darker realms of occult rituals and psychedelia, you’ll be somewhat confused to instead find a familiar-sounding classic metal band referencing the likes of Metallica, Metal Church and Magnum.

Their third studio outing sees the band recommitting to their love of melodic hard rock, powered by meticulously arranged duelling guitars and the clear and dramatic stylings of vocalist Tyler Loney.

Night Hides The World boasts all of the elements of a great metal record: surging riffs, prismatic solos and taut, muscular grooves but the songwriting fails to deliver any of those hummable, head-bobbing earworms that command repeated spins. Opener Aria and the title track showcase tight musicianship and honest-to-goodness passion, but the over-sanitised production has removed any potential snarl or swagger. Only The Moon Doors and Prophecy give any real sense of the band going for the jugular, behind a siege of pounding riffs and blazing solos. Not bad, but not terribly memorable, either.

Hailing from San Diego, California, Joe Daly is an award-winning music journalist with over thirty years experience. Since 2010, Joe has been a regular contributor for Metal Hammer, penning cover features, news stories, album reviews and other content. Joe also writes for Classic Rock, Bass Player, Men’s Health and Outburn magazines. He has served as Music Editor for several online outlets and he has been a contributor for SPIN, the BBC and a frequent guest on several podcasts. When he’s not serenading his neighbours with black metal, Joe enjoys playing hockey, beating on his bass and fawning over his dogs.