After the end of Q5 (who doesn’t like to think back to the phenomenal “Steel The Light”?) their former members Jonathan Scott K. (vocals) and Rick Pierce (guitar) formed NIGHTSHADE, which released its debut “Dead Of Night” in 1991. And what a whack they belted out! Earthy, melodic heavy rock with a lot of edges and corners.
Because of the vocals, but also the music, comparisons with SAXON at their heyday were almost inevitable. SAMSON with their best songs also could be drawn. Rough hookline killers, such as the sharp speedster “Surrender“, the brilliant title track, the smoothly rocking “Situation Critical“, the equally great “Into Knightshade“, the riff hammer “Somebody’s Watching You“, the enthusing “Violent Times“ that stands in tradition with WARRIOR, the hymn “Last Train Home“, or…eh, what should I still write a lot, the CD is worshippable from beginning to end!
Even today, where there are tons of good bands, the songs of this album are an exception. Who is interested in this CD, it has been re-issued via Delinquent Records with a new cover and should be available at every good mail order. (Online June 20, 2004)