Before I start, I will have to admit something to all of you: Nightstalker is a band that I can, honestly, admit to NEVER coming across before this latest release from Small Stone Records. At least, this band is not coming up in any searches from lists I gathered years ago to the present. I’m not sure how this is possible, but it is. After listening to Dead Rock Commandos, I’m starting to feel a little disappointed that I had kept this band from reaching my ears for all this time. Once again, I can thank Mr. Hamilton for helping me right past wrongs.
Those of you familiar with the band, unlike myself, shouldn’t really be surprised by the band’s sound throughout the album, which remains fairly consistent throughout the album. To me, the sound is best described as a mix between Monster Magnet and Baby Woodrose. There’s not really much else to it; it’s just great, catchy riff rock with a nice fuzzy and groovy feeling, borrowing classic sounds and keeping it relatively fresh. The loud guitars and the Wyndorf-like vocals melt together, and even though it’s familiar you can’t help but feel yourself losing control and being drug deep into the riffage. I’d be crazy to say I would want it any other way.
Allowing myself to truly listen to the album, I really do find myself losing the ability to concentrate in anything else. My mind forces me to wander, and I can’t help but to picture myself driving insanely fast on an empty desert highway with only the music and open road guiding me to wherever it takes me. In “Back to Dirt”, I can’t help but to feel as if I’m in a 5 gum commercial, like this one. The entire album has allowed me to let a surreal reality wash over me, taking me on a trip that allows for the, unfortunately, uncommon reversal of the senses. Instead of music being in the background, it’s reality that takes a backseat.
While the music doesn’t venture into uncharted territory, this album still manages to place itself head and shoulders above most thanks to the atmosphere of the entire album that allows you to escape reality, even if it is just for 40 minutes. It’s a good example of why I’ve found myself attracted to more psychedelic-based rock over the course of a year or so. This album is recommended for fans of Baby Woodrose, Novadriver, and Monster Magnet, or anyone who’s looking to take a little journey without drugs or having to spend a small fortune on fuel. The album’s street date isn’t until 08/28/12, but keep your eyes peeled as it’s bound to be available directly from Small Stone Records well before the record hits the shelves.