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Transnight - The Big Rip

The Big Rip
by Michael "MettleAngel" Francisco at 01 April 2013, 5:07 PM

Germany's wraith child -TRANSNIGHT - are about to release their sophomore effort - “The Big Rip”. Their last album - “The Dark Half” was released on Pure Underground Records. This time they are doing it all by themselves. I just wish they would have put more effort into making a better album, with more memorable songs. Their debut was a total disappointment! C'mon guys you should use your time more wisely, and at least invest in better production values. I know this is a costly endeavour, but the results are worthwhile.

Honestly, I do not know how to describe their brand of Power / Thrashing Doom. They are heavy, but not with a modern Hardcore groove. I would compare them to how HALLOWEEN now sounds, with a hint of early SAVATAGE. The band themselves also claim to be inspired by the likes of METAL CHURCH, MORGANA LEFAY, and even TESTAMENT. The name TRANSNIGHT itself is an abbreviated form of Transylvanian Night, as the second song suggests.

The three Roth brothers all work well together with Dave striving to be the vocalist. He attenuates a bit of a high register, but by no means is he attempting to reach a staccato range. He does not vary too much in his pitch either. In fact some of his enunciations are clouded, semi-inchoate, and hard to discern. Most of the songs are average at best, and few really stand out save the title track. None of the songs are particularly fast, but "Transylvanian Night" does have some level of extreme aggression to it. Lyrically, I am not overwhelmed with any really well-thought out transcriptions, or attempts to be clever. There is narration on "Playing Chess", punctuated by a strong bass line. This does not however make the song any better, or more engrossing. On their debut the opening track was called "Devils Don't Wear Plaid". Now they have the ambiguously evil "Project Satan", but here the system breaks down with many mistakes of human nature, and this is barely a tranquil journey to the dark side of the lunatic mind.

"Back In The House Again" begins with a child's taunting. It appears that she is playing a game of tag before she screams in terror. This fear made flesh ghastly story keeps me feeling bored. With a frightening tale of terror as such, this should have a more haunting and threatening presence, but I do not find myself provoked or intimidated in the least, even with Dave's menacing laugh added as a form of suspense. It is similar to what they strove to create with "Ghost Story". However, Jeff Waters and ANNIHILATOR did a far better job when they cast Crystal Ann and Alice in Hell.

"Welcome To Euphoristan" has a real MEGADETH’s "Sweating Bullets” snare tinged, but the muddy production drowns out the guitars. I find this pill hard to swallow, and I seldom feel like I am in a state of euphoria. My tolerance becomes slow and painless with the dearth of solos. The guitar work is ace rose, and not too involved. "The Running Man" simply stalls and holds very little of my interest.

The title track is one of the better big riffs, and this track as well as "Back In The House Again" feature some guest appearances. Unfortunately, the drums are drowned out, and even if struggling to be pounding and relentless, they are poorly mixed. As usual, Dave's vocal intonations do not express the message efficiently.

I am torn to relay these excoriations, but it is if TRANSNIGHT find themselves aboard a sinking rattle ship. Sincerely, this sick rebuke is making me seem like I want to rip this band apart from the inside. I am being brutally honest, though.  Maybe the brothers will respect my convictions, or perhaps they will just respond with, "Bite my Metal ass!" Speaking of which, that song from their debut does not pack the punch it infers either. I will at least give golf clap applause for the Gothic string arrangements and dissonance of violin which allow for a hint of BELIEVER .

All good things come to an end, but when you get to the bonus content like, "When The Gods Of Metal Die" instantly you will come to the conclusion that this is not MANOWAR or MAJESTY. In fact, this song is so weak, that the Twilight Metal Gods of Thunder would die after hearing this, were they not immortal! The banal bleak Sabbath riff, and lack of willingness to keep it true makes this exclusive bonus track not all that worthy of steel. Thank You Chris for sending me the song, so I could at least play it a number of times, before trouncing it.

The other digipack bonus track is an attempt to cover "Destroyer" by Twisted Sister. Once again, this is ill conceived, and not as moving as Hail Of Bullets' rendition. I make no apology for my censure of this shit, because the band spent their own money to send me a CD-r with a cool black cardboard folded packaging and a lyric booklet. Although, the cover art itself it banal and simplistic too. I guess I had hoped for so much more. Thank you dark souls of decay and members of TRANSNIGHT for allowing me to experience your dark half ass attempt at a Metal album. After all you got to do what you got to do.

2 Star Rating

1. From The Inside Torn Apart
2. Transylvanian Night
3. Project Satan
4. Playing Chess
5. Back In The House Again
6. Welcome To Euphoristan
7. The Running Man
8. All The Good Things End
9. The Big Rip
10. Black Tranquility
11. When The Gods Of Metal Die
12. Destroyer (TWISTED SISTER cover)
Dave Ivanov– Vocals
Christoph Roth – Guitars
Markus Roth – Bass
Daniel Roth – Drums
Record Label: Independent


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