"Amber Galactic" is the third studio album by Swedish rock band The Night Flight Orchestra, released on 19 May 2017 via Nuclear Blast.
The record moves along at a natural pace, shifting between more articulated pieces and hummable rockers. Going along well with its spacey aesthetic, the final quarter of the record dives more into prog rock territory, especially dramatic closing number “Saturn In Velvet”. Fear not though, the album deftly avoids pretentious song lengths and instrumental breakaways without purpose, segueing them instead for riffs and keyboard parts that matter. There is no filler to speak of and while this record isn’t so accessible that it’s cut and dry, the word “listenable” describes it best. There are still instrumental journeys to be found, though no Steve Perry can be heard, ironically. However, Bjorn Strid has all the vocal tricks and heart to bring to mind a legendary rock wailer. P.S. More falsetto, Strid. Please. Don’t ever stop.
If you’re in the minority that is disappointed that The Night Flight Orchestra isn’t an orchestra at all, look past that simple misconception. You’ll be rewarded with a subtly tongue-in-cheek, well-executed classic rock/prog-influenced extravaganza. --- metalwani.com User Comments