Open Your Mind’ the bands first commercial album release is a melodically furious fusion of metal riff’s and melodic vocal’s held together beautifully by a tight as a vice groove driven rhythm section. Slices of metal tinged alternative rock that will appeal to fans of bands such as Stone Sour, Shinedown and Alter Bridge.
Songs such as “Mine Tonight” and “All Fades Away” showcase beautifully what the band are all about, huge riffs tighter than a ducks bottom, groove laden rhythm section. NG26 are well placed to make an impact on the UK scene.
Modern metal done with class! Derbyshire’s new kings of metal.
When it comes to modern melodic metal you really have to cast your eyes with envy across the Atlantic to get a feel for what is really hot in this scene where bands like Alter Bridge, Papa Roach, Shinedown and Five Finger Death Punch enjoy massive success. We are yet to really see a British band of the same ilk really make their mark in this genre, in fact Bush are the only ones that spring to mind, but that could all be about to change…
Holier Than Thou have unearthed a real gem with Midlands based NG26 who deal in massive monster riffs, stadium sized chorus’s and tunes as catchy as an STD during Fresher’s Week at the School Of Rock!
Taking massive influence from the bands mentioned above, they have managed to weld it all together with superb musicianship and a real English vibe to create a masterclass in modern guitar rock. Everything works to it’s maximum – great vocals, superb drumming, classy guitar skills and beastly bass work and the production values are to die for!
As far as debut albums go you will have to look far and wide to find a more impressive effort and if you are all about hooks with your power than you will discover more barbed weapons in these 10 tracks than you would in a fisherman’s tackle box!
NG26 have nailed it – hook, line and rocking sinker!
9/10Best Track(s)Bring Back The Day, Look To The Sky & One More Road From Home.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet: NG26 rock and I mean Soundgarden/AlterBridge/Papa Roach style rock!
Massive riffs, huge sounding drums, intricate and impressive guitar work and some great vocals make for an album that is packed to the rafters with tunes. It is amazing that this is the bands first album – I really wasn’t sure what to expect upon settings eyes on this, but as soon as I had it playing I was blown away – this literally sounds as big as a jumbo jets engine on take-off! I really didn’t think that British bands sounded like this anymore and that we had long since sold our souls to the American rockers but this really can be held up as an example of what can be achieved with the right amount of ambition and vision.NG26 are surely one of the UK’s best new bands and I really would be suprised if they don’t kick on and become stars of the future. One thing is for sure – if they can pull this off live then they are really going to make some friends on their upcoming tour! Outstanding! 9/10
NG26 specialise in full-throttle in your face alternative rock and with the release of ‘Open Your Mind’ they have delivered a belter of a debut album!
The Midlands based noise-merchants have taken a leaf directly from the book of rock as written by such luminaries as Creed, Alter Bridge and Shinedown, managing to weld some awesomely memorable chorus’s with very powerful and melodic verses. The vocals are impressive, Chris Topley the band’s front man, has a huge set of lungs on him that compliments the classy guitar work superbly.
Musically speaking the hard rock vibe of this band owes as much to older classic bands as it does to the new kids on the block mentioned above but they still have a clearly developed sound of their own. My 3 favourite songs on the album are the blistering opener ‘Bring Back The Day’, the video accompanied ‘One More Road From Home’ and the belting ‘Look To The Sky’. In all honesty though you could put this album on and let it play from start to finish and you wouldn’t skip a track – the quality is ace. This in an album of top notch alternative anthems and I cannot recommend it highly enough – what a band NG26 could turn out to be.