BAND Black Phantom
ALBUM ZERO HOUR IS NOW
LABEL PUNISHMENT 18 RECORDS
OUR RATING 85/100
BLACK PHANTOM is a band led by Andrea Tito, bass-player and mastermind of MESMERIZE, well known Italian HM band with over 25 years of career.
Born in 2014 as a solo project, with a debut album entitled “Better Beware!" out in 2017, BLACK PHANTOM become a proper band, playin’ live on several concerts and festivals in Italy.
Now, the north-Italian band is out with a new platter, the second one, "Zero Hour Is Now", out on March 2020 via Punishment 18 Records.
Over 45 mins and nine tracks in this new fatigue, where we can hear a band self-confident, proud of the roots and lessons of classic metal masters but able to look ahead, ready to carry on classic sounds on the next level.
REDEMPTION is the first attack; our first sensation, within a personal style, is a clear influence from Maiden with their never obvious structures, with fine entanglements between vocals (thanks to excellent MANUEL MALINI, always inspired) and backing vocals and sparkling works of two axes, all enriched by solos to remark.
HORDES OF DESTRUCTION starts with roaring bass of ANDREA TITO, next riffing is effective and vocals provide an epic touch, while SCHATTENJÄGER, available both in english and german language, begins in different ways, developing a clear own style.
They go on with THE ROAD, lilting and epic, showin’ a great work of rhythm section, with bass always starring in the mix helped by dynamic drums, while ABOARD THE RATTLING ARK, shows good rhythm and astructure growin’ second after second.
A lot of emphasis in following EITHER YOU OR ME with solo parts to remark, and in great BEGINE!, while streamlined HANDS OF TIME ends in the best way this album which, obviously we suggest.