NITERAIN – Vendetta
Niterain is a kick-ass hard rock outfit hailing from Norway, but it sounds as if they originate from L.A. and that the year is 1987. Mind you, that is not a bad thing, because these guys have definitely grasped and understood what made the early Motley Crue, Van Halen, and Guns ‘n’ Roses records so unbelievably awesome. Niterain has a lot to offer if you are in the mood for entertaining, memorable, and fist-pumping rock that will tear you a new asshole. Truth be told, NIterain sounds neither original nor innovative as such, and I suppose some wankers out there would make the claim that they sound derivative, but, in my opinion, the band possesses a charm and an authentic vibe that sounds neither contrived nor uninspired. Everything just seems so RIGHT about this disc. Killer tracks such as "Lost and Wasted", "The Threat", "Romeo", and the title track are bursting with energy and feeling. You can tell that these dirty fucks are passionate about what they are doing. The riffs are sharp and catchy, the vocals fit perfectly, and the rhythm section consisting of Morten Garberg (vocals/drums) and Frank Karlsen (bass/vocals) is tighter than a nun’s cunt. There are so many wicked hooks throughout "Vendetta" that it borders on the absurd. The album boasts a powerful and organic sound, too. The only track that does not really work for me is "Don’t Fade Away", but the rest are all great.
"Vendetta" is a no-holds-barred assault on your senses and you are going to love it! Unless you are a pathetic old zit, it is impossible not to be moved and carried away by the eleven anthems that constitute this album. Do you recall those long-haired sleazebags that used to sneak into your big sister’s room at night when you were eighteen years old and living at home, the ones that made your parents livid? The ones that you and your sister were warned to stay away from? I am pretty sure that those hard-rocking fucks are in this band now!