Of Allies - Night Sky | Album Review

UK rockers Of Allies have released their stunning debut LP, Night Sky. This 4-piece have already been gaining attention from the likes of Kerrang! as well as BBC Introducing. The quartet have also notched up some impressive live bookings under their belt - such as playing alongside Tesseract and a performance at the Humber Street Sesh Festival. Add to this the fact that this record was entirely crowd funded (and hit its target with a few months to spare) and we're looking at a band here who demand the attention they're getting

With varied influences and sounds already being compared to Twin Atlantic, Breaking Benjamin, and Deftones, Of Allies are clearly a band that will appeal to all. Title track, ‘Night Sky’ introduces the album with stunning vocals and ambient guitars; it gives the impression that you’ve heard this somewhere before. With the use of harsh rock, and contrasting quiet that creates atmosphere, it’s a nod to bands such as Biffy Clyro, yet it still stands out with a defined style and honest lyrics.

Rich Nichols’ characteristic vocals can be clearly heard in ‘Run’, one of the more reserved tracks on the LP. The soft guitars by Tom Hewson and modest drums really take this track into a league of its own; it stands out against the heavier songs on the album.

Night Sky is a beautiful creation punctuated by ambience that can be heard in interludes ‘Apparition’, ‘Drifting’, and ‘Solace’. Each song flows perfectly into the next, highlighting varying influences and experiments with sound.

‘CMD-Q’ is one of these songs, despite being only two minutes in length, it packs a punch, with crunchy guitars and forceful drums. It’s dynamic, and shows the song-writing ability of the four. Following this track is ‘Glass House’, with poignant lyrics and a big chorus that is sure to have crowds singing along.

Despite being such a young band, Of Allies have released a stunning album; not only in its excellent production levels, but in its almost obnoxious clarity that a lot of time and effort has gone into making sure each song is as close to perfect as possible. Fans of Twin Atlantic, Framing Hanley, and Arcane Roots will feel at home here - and it's pretty much a certainty that this band have a sizeable future ahead of them.

Score: 7.5/10

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