– by Steve The Roadie
Artist: Thief In The Night
Title: Under The Influence
Genre: Hard Rock
Record Label: Finish Strong Music
Release Date: 11th October 2012
TBFM internet radios Independence Thursday evening show is a bit of a pot luck affair, Mucka & Scarlett play 2 hours of unsigned / independent artists most of which have never received air play before. Last week’s was a bit different because Mucka & Scarlett didn’t get a chance to listen to any of the CD’s prior to going on air. Amongst the collection of “interesting” tracks played one band stood out from the crowd, Thief In The Night. The listeners to the show (me being amongst them) were treated to a track that was head and shoulders (in my opinion) to anything else played during the show. A few messages later and TBFM not only had the debut album but also their “Akoustic Set” EP which turned out to be another gem.
Under the Influence’s opening track “Chasing Utopia” is probably the heaviest of the album with Johnny Rossa sounding more Layne Stanley (Alice in Chains) than Ozzy or Myles Kennedy and Chris Van Duyn’s guitar pounding out distorted riff after distorted riff. The rhythm section of Randy Cooke on drums and Rafael Moreira on bass whilst both appearing on the album as guest/session musicians keep the whole thing tight and beat perfect.
“Breaking through (Out of the darkness)” is another heavy driving track with some well defined changes in tempo midway through, another quality track with a darker edge to it both musically and lyrically.
“Broken beyond repair”, the 3rd track, opens much the same as the previous two tracks with a heavy riff and drawn out vocals (this time moving towards the bluesy sound of Myles Kennedy and away from the dirtier grunge sound) this is a solid rock track albeit with a slow tempo but certainly none the worse for it.
“Under the Influence” the albums title track is an instrumental, basically an extended guitar solo by Chris Van Duyn but rather than serve as an example of self indulgent plank spanking this track highlights the extreme talent that Van Duyn has as a guitarist, at just over 4mins long it doesn’t drift off towards some far off musical horizon, it is purely what it intends to be, an opportunity for you to listen to some quality guitar work.
“No one else” is more laid back, it certainly shows some of the bands more rock orientated influences and there are elements of Ozzy , AlterBridge, and SoundGarden, and Rossa’s vocals take on a more plaintive tone during the verses before lifting into a more upbeat chorus.
“Etude for Chelsea” the closing track is a simple acoustic number that gently closes the album in reflective fashion, this is a haunting instrumental played on guitar only with an almost classical feel to it.
The album is available at http://www.thiefinthenightband.com as well as iTunes, Amazon, Google plus and most digital download stores.
1. Chasing Utopia
2. Breaking through (Out of the darkness)
3. Broken beyond repair
4. Under the influence
5. No one else
6. Etude for Chelsea
Johnny Rossa – Vocals
Chris Van Duyn – Guitar
Randy Cooke – Drums (session musician)
Rafael Moreira – Bass (session musician)