Midnight
Sweet Death and Ecstasy


4.5
superb

Review

by PsychicChris USER (212 Reviews)
December 15th, 2017 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite a noticeable focus on slower tempos, Midnight responds to any sellout accusations with a punch in the face that’s just as lethal as the ones that came before it.

Cleveland’s Midnight is as sure to keep pioneering blackened speed metal as they are to fill their artworks with satanic lesbian orgies (Now there’s a band name for ya). Sweet Death and Ecstasy provides much of the same Venom-inspired mayhem as its two predecessors but it adds some some tweaks to the established formula. While Midnight’s experiments may not as wild as their stage shows, the results are refreshing while being as entertaining as ever.

Sweet Death and Ecstasy features multi-instrumentalist Anthenar’s established mix of sleazy guitar riffs, unhinged drums, and harsh vocals, but it may also have less emphasis on the “black” part of Midnight’s black metal label. It’s immediately noticed as the bookending “Crushed by Demons” and “Before My Time in Hell” are the band’s slowest and longest songs to date. It goes even further as songs like “Here Comes Sweet Death” feature much more of their hard rock influences than was previously established, even offering choruses that could be called sing-along in nature.

While this different songwriting approach does result in more immediately memorable tracks, there is concern as to how it affects the group’s musicianship. The performances aren’t quite at the level of savagery seen before, but even the slower numbers exert plenty of energy and passion. It also helps that upbeat rockers like the misogynistic “Bitch Mongrel” still have a fun sneer to them while “Poison Trash” dares to reach the speeds seen on No Mercy for Mayhem.

Overall, Midnight’s third album sees the band staying fresh by incorporating more variety into their savage presentation. Despite a noticeable focus on slower tempos, it remains as concise as ever and responds to any sellout accusations with a punch in the face that’s just as lethal as the ones that came before it. If you’re a fan of Venom or Saxon that still hasn’t seen the Satanic Royalty at work, I’d definitely give this one a listen.

Highlights:
“Crushed by Demons”
“Here Comes Sweet Death”
“Bitch Mongrel”
“Before My Time in Hell”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com



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manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2017


10969 Comments


Glad to see this one reviewed. Dunno if I prefer it compared to No Mercy for Mayhem but it's really solid and definitely deserves more love on here.

It's good that you review these albums, man.

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south_of_heaven 11
December 15th 2017


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Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album.

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Dewinged
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Jesus, that cover. Good review man.

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Album Rating: 4.0

Needs more love (2)

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"pioneering"

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PsychicChris
December 16th 2017


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Album Rating: 4.5

Not sure why you would want to but okay.

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March 20th 2018


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best 1-2 opening punch in history???



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