Rating: 95 / 100 “An assortment of nostalgic effects and melodies form the foundation of a modern musical artifact that is genuinely retro without pandering to generic commercial sensibilities. The song entries are packed with elegant and memorable moments, and they canvas the recording’s running length to create a true synthwave space epic.”
Rating: 47 / 100 Seas of Infiinity feels like an EP that’s been artificially stretch to a full-length album with non-songs and repetitive filler tracks
Rating: 65 / 100. “The most remarkable part of the album is its unfaltering commitment to ’80s underground heavy metal. Those who enjoy tight execution and clean production should skip this one, but fans craving a chunk of unrefined nostalgia mined from the depths of metal history will find a satisfying, if ultimately limited, listening experience.”
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Rating: 88 / 100 “The flawless sound production and detailed technical execution are enhanced by a host of guest artists who create unique and memorable songs, some with stellar vocal performances, and the resulting effort is one of the best the genre has seen.”
Rating: 91 / 100. “The drums frequently mix things up in the middle of verse sections, guitar riffs evolve rapidly, and new elements are selflessly introduced late into a song’s running time to keep things fresh. In short, this is a smart and nuanced recording that rewards careful listening and repeated spins.”
Rating: 93 / 100. “With its hefty running length, remarkable blend of traditional metal styles, and outstanding execution, Return of the Spectral Rider emerges as one of the best modern releases in true metal.”
Rating: 93 / 100. “The history of Nightstop’s music, and indeed the breadth of the genre, is synthesized into a carefully paradoxical musical journey that is both beautiful and dangerous, club-friendly and introspective. Musically, it is a dancing killer.”
Rating: 84 / 100. “The band is adept at a variety of styles, shifting easily from speed metal to classic heavy metal and supporting it all with genuine elements of blues and hard rock.”
A homogenized lump of soft synthwave with few interesting moments.