Natur – “Afternoon Nightmare” LP
Heavy fucking metal and proud. But then, aren’t we all? For their second studio album Brooklyn’s Natur channel the timeless master template of metal from throughout the ages, going right back to Dust, Captain Beyond and Sir Lord Baltimore, and evolving from that point onwards… All muscle, denim and leather, with zero pretence or tongue-in-cheek affectations. Tasteful and respectful. It’s pretty clever to pull off a sound that is both instantly familiar and yet free of cheesey cliches and banalities. This is tight, musically accomplished, and as serious minded as power metal needs to be: neither frivolous nor pseudo intellectual. The perfect balance. And it just absolutely rocks.