With a somewhat underwhelming biography on their social media pages you could quite easily dismiss Knighthood as just another rough cut from the giant lathe of bands cropping up all over the North West but you’d be missing a trick. Knighthood may not make a big song and dance about their rock’n’roll credentials but they’re forged from the same metal as the likes of Riggs, Dio and Deep Purple.
‘Cryin’ to the Moon’ is a metal ballad that Ronnie James Dio would be proud of. The rich and densely produced music is accompanied by Frank Knights raspy vocal style that adds authenticity to the lyrics that are being sung.
Title track ‘Permission to Ride’ is an old school blues-influenced heavy metal romp with psychedelic overtones. Think of this track as the love child of AC/DC and Deep Purple after spending a dirty weekend in a sleazy motel and you’ll be more than halfway there.
‘Too Much’ is a sinister meeting of Judas Priest and Dio with Van Halen skirting around the border on lookout duty. Once again Frank Knight delights with his vocal delivery as the rest of the band thump through another heavy metal number that’s been sent into the present from 1984.
‘Vegas’ is a live track and is the only chink Knighthoods armour. Telling the tale of a friends escapades in Vegas after winning some dosh on an internet gambling site it fails to hit the mark the same way as the other tracks do. Throwing a live track into an otherwise well-produced EP is always, like the subject matter of this song, going to be a gamble.
Knighthood are far from cutting-edge but they don’t need to be as they smash out their hard rock numbers with blunt-force trauma. With the exception of the live track, it’s difficult not to imagine scenes from the 1981 movie ‘Heavy Metal’ while playing this EP. Indeed Knighthood sound like they have been sent on a holy quest to bring back some good old fashioned hard rock into the world and on the strength of this EP they appear to have succeeded. I can’t wait to hear more!
Frank Knight – Vocals
Paul Curtis – Guitars
Luis Antonio Gutarra – Bass
John Powney – Bass