Best viewed Satanic Royalty - Midnight - Satanic Royalty Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Sometimes, an album just deserves to be shouted about from the rooftops in your sickest voice. And that was one beer into a nihilistic one-beer drinking spree.
For the steadier cuts, there is slightly more of a crushing quality to the guitars, backed up by the gut-punch of the bass, which also makes the quick sections feel suitably heavy. Certainly not at 1am.
I was surprised when I saw this album was released in because it has a sound straight out of the '80s. This album is so heavily Venom-influenced that one might mistake it Satanic Royalty - Midnight - Satanic Royalty an unreleased album of the Satanic Royalty - Midnight - Satanic Royalty black metal FWBM band. But I'm not saying that Midnight's lone member on this album, Athenar, simply copy and pasted Venom's sound, because he didn't.
He just captured the 8'0s Thrash and FWBM scene very well while still Jingo - Various - S*T*A*R Hits a sound all his own.
The opening track completely sucked me Satanic Royalty - Midnight - Satanic Royaltyleaving me begging for more. This song Satanic Royalty was very melodic and I loved every second of it.
It was by far my favorite track on this album, and makes the rest disappointing in comparison. Note how I said "in comparison" as the rest of the album kicks ass also, but perhaps not as spectacularly. There is much emphasis on the guitars throughout the album, which I find a very desirable element. There are some killer, face-melting solos on a few of the songs, which I found immensely satisfying.
The drums and bass seem secondary, but play their part and play it well. The vocals are gloriously rough in that 80's thrashy way. Not raspy, but angry and scratchy. His voice actually sounds pretty similar to Lemmy Kilmister. The lyrical content is a mix of "Hail Satan! The former being typical of FWBM and the latter typical of thrash metal.
The lyrics of "Lust, Filth and Sleaze" had my sides in pain, with lyrics like: "You give me lust, you give me sleaze, I'm gonna bust when you're down on your knees". That's some Romeo and Juliet shit, man. But seriously, this album kicks major ass and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. And yes, it kicks serious ass.
With an added touch of first-wave black metal mainly from Cronos and Co. The title track is an absolutely triumphant piece of metal glory, with an added touch of melody that makes this song stand out a bit on the record. Additionally, Athenar sounds a hell We Call It Acieed ! - Have A Nice Day - We Call It Acieeed ! a lot like a slightly more distressed Cronos to me — which, of course, is awesome and completely welcome on an album like this.
After nine long years, Cleveland based sleaze machine Midnight finally rise from the mire and unleash their debut album of unkempt and filth laden speed metal upon the rabble, and what an album it is.
In short, what is essentially the grime enveloped bastard child of eighties Satan loving shock merchants Venom. Hell, Athenar could well be Cronos himself Two Stars - Various - Damn!
30 (Anniversary Edition) the receding hairline. And who says romance is dead eh? It never deviates from what would be expected of a Venom worship band but remains surprisingly diverse and so engaging that even after repeated listens it never gets old. This is the hurdle where most others attempting the same fall, and Midnight overcomes this with spectacular ease.
Venom even released a new album this year as well, but why bother when Midnight are currently doing Venom better than Venom themselves?
Ohio's Midnight is certainly a treat for us US fans, who have likely long been starved for a proper hybrid of traditional speed and heavy metal with a grimy black metal overtone to call our own.
Of course I'm jealous of the Japanese heavyweights Abigail, Metalucifer and Barbatos at least one of which these guys are friends with and have appeared on splits withbut the time is right, and it only took the underground legend Athemar aka Jamie Boulder of the painfully unappreciated Destructor to make it happen. After about eight years of touring, a Satanic Royalty - Midnight - Satanic Royalty of EPs and split appearances, the cult has arrived where it belongs Hell's Headbanger Records and delivered its first full-length, Satanic Royalty.
And, would you know, it rocks. Certainly the riffs follow those basic, dirty tenets that hard rock and 'eavy metal have been glued to for going on four decades now. Simple patterns attempt to hook the listener, and the leads and vocals to finish him or her off.
Speaking of which, 'Athenar' definitely has a style redolent of Deceased's King Fowley, a steady and constipated bark which fits well over the pummeling choices in chords fit for bloody knuckled street fighting.
Where Midnight tends to differ from some of its peers abroad, however, is in the production values, which are quite solid here and loud as opposed to raunchy filth. No, those aesthetics are manifest straight through the lyrics, voice, and rhythmic bluster alone. Within the first three tracks of the album, Satanic Royalty has already shown us a good deal of variation which the band holds up through the remainder of the tracks.
Deeper into the roster, they go even wider with the doom-like, occult overtures of "Black Damnation" and the bass-fueled punkish burst of "Holocaustic Deafening". Personally, I found that the more directly speed metal pieces like "Lust Filth and Sleaze" or "Violence on Violence" were the defining moments for me, but that's not to say that where they deviate there is any sizable dip in quality. Satanic Royalty flows rather well from fore to aft, with the only possible obstacles being the predictability with which a lot of the guitar patterns are structured, seeing that they've drawn on decades of tradition and chosen not to deviate from the norm.
But it's not like you'd be checking out a band like this for its originality, merely it's excess and lethal spin on a classic sound. Un Puesto Vacante - Eddie Palmieri - Gold 1973 / 1976 that extent, Midnight have a success on their hands, an album that will prove both 1.
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