New Blood has a pretty strong Punk presence over the Hardcore sound, having more of a crusty kind of vibe to it, and even with the atmosphere. The album’s audio sounds a little on the analog side, being a little empty as far as the quality goes, but the music makes up for that. The songs here have plenty of energy, and it’s nicely reflected in the somewhat guitars and bass that seems to go in and out depending on what’s being played, either being masked by the other instruments or pretty loud and dominant in the mix. The drumming is usually on pace with them as well, having a nice click to the bass kicks and pretty loud snares that also sound a bit raw from the audio quality, and the cymbols sound alright, suiting the Punk formula and not overpowering the music in any way, but could have been a little louder. The vocals here are a little odd in quality, they have more of an immature sound to them, as if by a young teen and with a rhaspy harmonization and some distortion to put a little noise on them. It actually sounds pretty good and the performance is pretty on key with the music despite that higher pitched younger sound to them. Of course the energy in them can be a bad thing and, like with “Better Off Dead,” they can crack and it sounds a little awkward in the song. The music can sometimes even switch the audio a bit, as “Twilight Zone” sounds cleaner and a little louder, but then “Better Off Dead” comes in with a more muffled audio sound that may make you bring the volume of your speakers up.
But, the main thing about New Blood is that it’s a fun release. Musically there’s really nothing wrong with it. “Twilight Zone” starts this release off in a more traditional Punk with some catchy guitars and cleaner vocals harmonization against well paced two-step and the bass backing up the guitar. The transition made into a more Hard Rock meets Punk sound works well and feels natural to the pace of the song when Night Fever jump in and out. But while this song makes a good starting track, it’s just not one of the better songs off the album. The material immediately picks up more and doesn’t quite feel as professional, having more of a raw and energetic quality to the music being played that shows the band having more fun with some of the following tracks then “Twilight Zone,” leaving you wanting to go crazy wherever you may be. The urge is especially strong during “Still Kicking,” the most energetic track of them all, and once again finds the audio quality changing. This track sounds deeper with a stronger, louder bass presence you can immediately pick up on and not have to try to decipher through the mix like other tracks here. The richer, muddier sound of the song matches the higher pitched harmonized vocals that sound a bit Axl Rose-ish if he were to enter into a strict Punk band at this point in his career, though not quite as high pitched.
Of all the songs, the faster ones are the tracks that really stand out, such as “Still Kicking,” and even the Punk anthem track “This is Copenhagen” though it’s not quite as fast. “Wasted” makes for another great faster paced tracks to be found on this album, and a heavy drug-related lyrical content which becomes obvious through the chorus of repeatedly shouting “Coke. Speed.” the entire time. But overall, it’s another fun track regardless of what direct the band would take the lyrics in, either pro-drug or anti-drug song (which seems to be geared more towards the latter of those two options). “Insane” is another furious track that will have you going nuts where you stand with it’s more aggressive and intense material, which is also thanks to the more analog audio quality to the song that brings the sound back to the early days of the style. This more rebellious track really captures that enthusiasm of the band well and can easily get the listener chiming in or start Hardcore dancing with anyone around.
The only complaints that can be had on this are related to the audio. The sound on “Insane” and even “Wasted” is amazing, and really should have been what the entire release sounded like. Instead, it varies so heavily, and sometimes it’s not for the best. “New Blood” suffers horribly from it thanks to the distortion on the mic coming in loud and clear, making the vocals sound inhuman and robotic, whereas “Twilight Zone” has a raw edge to start the effort off but seems to drown out the bass. Aside that, there’s also long gaps between the songs, and sometimes the tracks will just kick in as if there was a little bit cut from the start and you jumped in a few seconds late. This happens in “This is Copenhagen,” and it just feels as odd and waiting a solid three seconds for a track to end, then another two or three before the next song actually starts.
Honestly, it’s great to be able to hear this release without breaking your neck to find it. Night Fever gives us a very energetic album, aside the less enthusiastic “Twilight Zone,” and it would have been a shame for fans of Hardcore and Punk to lose such an enthusiastic release. The higher pitched harmonizations from the vocalist, regardless of how young he is or sounds, really makes for a more unique underground release in that department, and the band really just sounds like they are having fun performing the music. The audio may change and at times hurt the album, but that energy through the release, and the catchy material being played that runs between intense rebellion, simply having fun, and everything between, really makes New Blood an effort fans of this style should definitely pick up while they can.