Audrey Horne – Waiting for the Night (Napalm)

Thursday, 27th February 2020
Rating: 8/10

A band’s first live album always seems to mean that they’ve reached a certain point in their career. While they may not be as popular in present day due to things like YouTube and the like, there’s still something engaging about the right live album. After six full-length albums, Waiting for the Night showcases Audrey Horne at their finest.

With sixteen cuts in total, there’s plenty to unpack and enjoy. While there’s a good chunk of cuts from the most recent album, Blackout, that’s to be expected and it’s also one of the band’s strongest releases. That said, there’s also been some care to include solid cuts from each of the band’s prior albums. In that regard, it almost feels more akin to working as a greatest hits as well as a live release. The sound of the recording is quite good, as it’s really crisp and you can hear all of the instruments in the mix. As a live release, the crowd isn’t ignored either, and you can hear them singing along to tracks like “Waiting for the Night” with fervor and it’s captured without sacrificing the sound of the album. The songs are merged from two different live shows in their hometown in Bergen, and you’d never notice where cuts were made, as it’s a seamless and flowing experience. There’s plenty of high energy in Audrey Horne’s music, and the consistency from start to finish also makes it a perfect diving in point if one hasn’t heard the band before.

In addition to the music, there’s a Blu Ray included with 13 live tracks and some snippets from the band’s history. It all makes for a compelling package for fans as well as an opportunity for Audrey Horne to show why they are one of the premier hard rock bands out there at the moment.

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