The self-titled debut album from progressive rock group Thenighttimeproject caught me by surprise upon its release in early January. Led by October Tide guitarist Fredrik Norrman, In Mourning vocalist Tobias Netzell and drummer Nicklas Hjertton, the bands self-titled debut showcases what these musicians do best, deeply emotional music. The musical style is undeniably Fredrik with the mournful guitar leads going back as far as his days in Katatonia. Tobias’s vocals are the biggest surprise of the album, presenting a softer and gentler style of his voice that is so rarely heard in his other bands. A strong debut and great start to the year.