Cloven Hoof
Eye of the Sun

Release date: June 23rd 2006
Label: Escape Music
Distribution: Bonnier Amigo
Provided by: Zink Music

Heavy Metal

Rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Jørgen Ditlev
Date: June 29th 2006

N.W.O.B.H.M. pioneers Cloven Hoof are back with a new album. It’s been 17 years since the release of their latest album “A Sultans Ransom”. The history of Cloven Hoof goes all the way back to 1979 where four guys including Lee Payne, who is the only remaining member in today’s incarnation of Cloven Hoof founded the band.

A self released four track mini album called “The Opening Ritual” was released in 1982, shortly after they signed a record deal with the Neat label and their debut album “Cloven Hoof” was released in 1984. The next album - a live album “Fighting Back” hit the streets in 1986, two more albums “Dominator” and “A Sultans Ransom” were released before Cloven Hoof vanished from the face of the Earth in 1990.

The new album “Eye of the Sun” has absolutely nothing to do with the older album, no N.W.O.B.H.M. here. “Eye of the Sun” sounds more like a US Metal album from the late Eighties, or something like Ruffians meets Metallica.

My absolutely fave is “Golgotha” one of the more simplistic songs on the album. “Eye of the Sun” is not an exceptional album but it is a great comeback album, much better than most comeback albums from other N.W.O.B.H.M. bands. And it all comes with a great production and a nice cover artwork.  

Recommended tracks: “Whore of Babylon”, “Golgotha” & “King for a Day”.