We have dug deep explored all facets of our musical identity on “Morning Star.” The new album carries on where Resist Or Serve has left off, We got some fantastic reviews and the fans loved the album. With the addition of George and Danny there is inevitably a different feel to the new album, differences that we feel will make it our best release to date. The full sonic width of the band is explored and there are epic tracks next to more hard hitting numbers that build and cover a whole spectrum of moods and atmospheres, it combines all the best qualities of the trademark Cloven Hoof sound but it is played with precision and the vocal delivery is off the scale. We are back to basics playing from the heart and we think it shows. Every song is different and yet somehow fits together. We want to show where we have come from musically and pave the way for a future direction. It is a very exciting release and I’m positive the fans will agree it is our best ever album. I think the new album will appeal not only to NWOBHM fans but to fans of European power metal as well as an American audience, there is something for everybody, at least that’s the plan.
it’s difficult to choose a favourite as they all have their place on the album and cover different styles yet live together very well. That said ‘Star Rider’ definitely has place as a favourite, it’s an absolute scorcher of an opener, for me it really showcases George’s vocal and how well it suits Cloven Hoof’s style with power and energy and also Luke’s virtuoso guitar solo. In contrast to ‘Star Rider’ the more guitar based heavy riffing ‘Talk to the Dead’ with solid rhythm work from Danny and Chris is a powerful track.
Talking of Danny his out and out favourite is ‘Bannockburn’ again it’s one that has a special place in my heart also. The title track “Morning Star” is one of the best songs I have ever written. It starts slowly then builds into an epic monster!
The album cover shows Lucifer metamorphasising from angel to devil with the keys to hell in his right hand. Artist Alexander von Wieding depicted the brief I gave him perfectly. He really captured the tone and essence of the opus.
The song is about Lucifer Morning Star and his fall from grace, but told from the devil’s perspective. If God is so good why can’t he forgive his most beautiful angel? Why can’t he ever find atonement and redemption. Lucifer is a somewhat heroic figure in this song doomed because of his vanity… is it the ultimate sin of all in God’s own eyes?