Black Phantom : “Zero Hour Is Now” CD 20th March 2020 Punishment 18 Records. Italy Heavy Metal band.
Formed by Mesmerize ‘s bass player Andrea Tito in 2014, the band released a first album few years later as a project in 2017 on the label to finally become a real band. Here is the second album , after many live gigs around the country.
Amazing cover artwork, basting riffs and melodies taking you on a journey of pleasure. Professional musicians who knows how to create powerful songs. For sure Black Phantom is on the right path to stardom. The singer is very influenced by Bruce Dickinson giving this band a much Maiden like.
Listening to the album you will hear much more influences , yet the voice keeps you focus on one band. It has some speed rhythms and heavy tunes giving sometimes the little link to Thrash Metal at some point without passing the borders. I would then put this band into the time of late eighties influences.
The album ends up with a German song, pretty rare and surprising from an Italian band. You would expect an Italian song instead. Nice booklet with great photos among the lyrics. An album that should reach the shelves of many Metal Heads maniacs.
Have a listen :
Influences are various, yet a strong Iron Maiden one is bleeding from this album. But you will also hear some Tokyo Blade, Agent Steel , Helloween, Running Wild, Lethal, Iced Earth and so on.
Black Phantom keeps the roots of Heavy Metal alive and it feels good. A band that needs to get spread a lot; the fans will love it so get it now 98/100.