US dark power metal group Silver Talon has announced a stellar slate of upcoming festival appearances on the horizon, and to celebrate these live performances, they have made their ripping cover of Savatage’s 1985 classic anthem, ‘Power Of The Night‘ – originally released by the band at the beginning of 2021 as the B-side to their now sold-out 7-inch vinyl release of ‘Deceiver, I Am‘ and described by Savatage vocalist Jon Oliva as “the best Savatage cover I’ve heard”- available for streaming on all digital platforms. Digital, CD, cassette and limited-edition vinyl copies of the band’s full-length debut album, ‘Decadence and Decay‘, are also available at www.smarturl.com/silvertalon.
Silver Talon has so far confirmed appearances at the following 2022 festivals, among other live performances to be announced at a later date:
04/15-04/17/2022 – Hyperspace Metal Festival III @ Funky Winter Beans and The Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC (w/Into Eternity, Witherfall, Helion Prime, Novareign and more)
05/13-05/14/2022 – Legions of Metal IV @ Reggie’s in Chicago, IL (w/Nasty Savage, Riot, Fifth Angel, The Lord Weird Slough Feg, Brocas Helm and more)
11/19-11/20/2022 – Dragon Rojo Metalfest @ Explanada Estadio Chevron in Tijuana, MX (w/Khafra, Hirax, Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper, Blood Feast, Cemican and more)
‘Decadence and Decay‘ – released in May 2021 – was the long-awaited follow-up to Silver Talon‘s acclaimed 2018 debut EP, ‘Becoming A Demon‘. The full-length album is a masterful display of the thrilling combination of heavy metal hooks and guitar-driven virtuosity that has powered the band since their formation in 2017. Music videos for the album’s blistering lead-off track, ‘Deceiver, I Am‘ (in which Decibel says the band “sound(s) absolutely immortal”), ‘As The World Burns‘ (which Metal Injection says showcases “everything that makes their triple guitar attack so killer in the first place”), ‘Kill All Kings‘ (hailed by MetalSucks as “at once hard-hitting and melodic, melancholy and uplifting”), and ‘Divine Fury‘ can all be viewed: here.
The album – which features striking cover artwork from noted fantasy artist Gerald Brom (Doom, Diablo, Magic: The Gathering, World of Warcraft) – also features a guest appearance by guitarist Andy La Rocque (King Diamond, Death) on the song ‘Resistance 2029‘.
With a virtuosic triple-guitar attack, a rumbling rhythm section and powerful vocals, Silver Talon was birthed in 2017 after rising from the ashes of the acclaimed Pacific Northwest metal group Spellcaster in a shared mission to keep the heavy metal flame burning brightly. Bolstered by the soaring vocal attack of Wyatt Howell (Sanctifyre), Silver Talon began 2018 by unveiling two demo tracks, ‘Devil Machine‘ and ‘Warrior’s End‘, which showcased the group’s ability to create fist-clenching, head-banging heavy metal through a combination of masterful hooks, lush melody and technical dexterity.
Silver Talon subsequently built on this foundation with the release of their self-released debut EP ‘Becoming A Demon‘, which included re-recorded versions of their original demos with Zack Ohren (Exmortus, Fallujah, Machine Head) alongside three new originals and a cover of Sanctuary’s ‘Battle Angels‘ featuring that group’s former guitarist (and future Nevermore/Arch Enemy guitar hero) Jeff Loomis. The release was praised by Dead Rhetoric as “a solid salvo for those who love mid-’80s U.S.-style power/heavy metal with occasional nods to Teutonic finesse” and “metal that has plenty of heaviness while being musically sharp, sophisticated and awe-inspiring.”
The group would further their reputation as masters of triumphant heavy metal with live performances alongside acts such as Exmortus, Unleash The Archers, Striker, The Absence, Powerglove and Hatchet, as well as a nationwide tour at the end of 2019 supporting Savage Master. VanHoosen’s guitar prowess is also displayed through his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/BryceVanHoosen, which is updated regularly with play-through videos, guitar covers and product reviews.
Wyatt Howell – Vocals
Bryce R. VanHoosen – Guitar
Sebastian Silva – Guitar
Devon Miller – Guitar
Walter Hartzell – Bass
Michael Thompson – Drums