Midnight - Satanic Loyalty (Blue/Grey Swirl vinyl)


I was surprised when I saw this album was released in 2011 because it has a sound straight out of the '80s. This album is so heavily Venom-influenced that one might mistake it for an unreleased album of the first-wave 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 maintaining a sound all his own.

The opening track completely sucked me in, leaving 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!" and "Drink Beer, Party Hard!". 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.