Thursday, August 25, 2011

Midnight: Satanic Royalty

Review: William Wheaton

This is the new single Satanic Royalty by Midnight. Midnight is a metal band from Ohio that sound very much like 80’s metal, specifically the very beginnings of black metal as it grew out of N.W.O.B.H.M. (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) sound. Metal fans will have guessed it immediately, they sound a lot like the band Venom. Hey that’s not too bad- to sound like Venom. They’ve been putting out music since 2003 but only this November will they have their first full-length album released.
Goth and metal are starting to be at very much the same impasse these days. A good band is able to pass off as an eighties band. My friend Sean McBride’s band Xeno & Oaklander is a goth band that has that problem- they can re-create 80’s art student type music from Europe but they can’t seem to create the new moment. Another band I saw this week hanging out with my friend Kevin Shea called Le Sphinxx is a New York goth band that sounds a little more distinctive. And then for metal I’ve already written about the band Children of Technology who have picked the excellent Voivod to sound like, but they haven’t seem to be able to create something truly new yet. We’ll see with all those bands what happens. I don’t know, maybe Le Sphinxx, Xeno & Oaklander, Midnight, and Children of Technology should all get together and switch up members or something like that. I don’t know. Maybe that would be the new moment. I doubt it will ever happen though. I think the impasse may unfortunately be permanent.
All is relative, though, considering there is a new Strokes album. That to me is a deeper impasse, an impasse deep within the functions of the human organism. It’s hard to create something truly new.
Well, if you don’t care about that so much, you’re fine with a newer band that sounds much like Venom, crank it up!

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