Midnight
No Mercy for Mayhem


4.0
excellent

Review

by manosg STAFF
November 7th, 2014 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A highly successful throwback to ‘80s heavy metal and an album every metalhead should check.

There are two words that you’ll probably read in every No Mercy for Mayhem review on the web, Motorhead and Venom. Yes, Midnight sounds like the bastard child of those two legendary bands so if you’re not a fan of their music, you almost certainly won’t enjoy what vocalist Athenar and Co. offer. Midnight’s music is a blend of NWOBHM, thrash, speed and first wave of black metal. As a result, instrumentally they’re very similar to Motorhead while their vocalist screams and shrieks like a madman in the same manner Venom’s Cronos did more than 30 years ago. In addition, there’s a scent of early Bathory in the air and as much trite as it may sound, Midnight wear their influences on their sleeve.

On No Mercy for Mayhem, Midnight use the same elements that one can find on their debut but the songwriting is even stronger. Satanic Royalty is a great album but it tends to be quite samey and linear resulting in a somewhat tiresome experience. However on the band’s sophomore effort, one can find a few midtempo songs that help the listener distinguish easier among the various tracks while making the album sound more diverse than its predecessor. Another difference between the two albums is that No Mercy for Mayhem includes more tasty guitar solos. Granted, they’re not as if they were performed by Dave Mustaine but still they make the songs a more enjoyable experience. Besides these differences, No Mercy for Mayhem is all about disturbing lyrics with reference to violence and Satan, anthemic choruses and hooks. The music is loud, energetic and sleazy while the production is neither too polished nor too sloppy. For those who seek standout moments there are a few, so it depends whether you prefer the faster or the more midtempo tracks on the album.

On the other hand, No Mercy for Mayhem contains virtually nothing new to those of you who are familiar with Motorhead and Venom. In addition, more guitar solos would have probably made the album even more enjoyable.

Overall, if you are a fan of the aforementioned bands or genres or just a metalhead, No Mercy for Mayhem is an album you seriously need to check. It’s got everything you might ask from a heavy metal album plus it’s really entertaining despite the morbid nature of the lyrics.



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manosg
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2014


11987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seriously, can't rec this one enough.



Full album, http://hellsheadbangers.bandcamp.com/album/no-mercy-for-mayhem



Comments are appreciated.

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SharkTooth
November 7th 2014


14164 Comments


Sweet rev man!

I've always been a fan of Motörhead so I guess Ill have to check these guys out

adr
November 7th 2014


12095 Comments


this guy*

manosg
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2014


11987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Shark, you'll probably love this one.

emester
November 7th 2014


8271 Comments


Cant wait to check this later

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2014


8843 Comments


Great review Manos, pos.

I've jammed some tracks from the streaming link, the record sounds awesome.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2014


11987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Voivod

Thanks man. That 80s vibe on this one is unbeatable.



@Captain

you know it bro

deslad
November 7th 2014


645 Comments


Great review, pos. I am a bit skeptical about the disturbing lyrics but I will give this a shot at some point.

laughingman22
November 7th 2014


2830 Comments


if manosg recs it, it is probably great

manosg
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2014


11987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you brothers. It really rules.

rockandmetaljunkie
November 7th 2014


9287 Comments


sweet review Mano, I'll check it out.

facupm
November 8th 2014


11640 Comments


nice one manos pos!

BallsToTheWall
November 8th 2014


50100 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album kills

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2014


11987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@rockandmetaljunkie

Thanks man, you'll have a good time I think.



@facupm

Thanks dude.



@Balls

Seriously.

InFlamesWeThrash666
November 8th 2014


9824 Comments


Nice review man. Will check this later

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2014


11987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude. Looking at your ratings, I think you'll enjoy this one.

danielcardoso
November 8th 2014


11770 Comments


Great review as usual, man. Easy pos'd.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2014


14876 Comments


Nice review manosg.
Satanic Royalty is cool, might check this out.

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YUJOS
November 8th 2014


1018 Comments


Props for reviewing this Mano!

manosg
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2014


11987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@danielcardoso

Thanks dude.



@TheNotrap

Thanks man. This one's definitely worth your time since you enjoyed Satanic Royalty.



@Yujos

Thanks man, album rules.



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