MIDNITE HELLION - ENTER THE UNKNOWN (Independent)
(Review by Officer Nice)
Midnite Hellion contains five Metal heads from out of New Jersey / USA. After they released a demo in 2011 they came up with their first official debut, an EP under the name of “Enter The Unknown”. It’s a four song EP you really should try to lay your hands on because these youngsters are totally under the spell of traditional Metal. I suppose they were born in the era that Heavy metal was at its best but they worship it, be sure! The singer of this band already left the band, so don’t focus too much on it…
“1903” is the opening track and makes clear Iron Maiden is, as for tons of bands, a source of inspiration. This is another band that doesn’t jump out of the box but stands for good Heavy Metal. Varied mid-tempo tracks that might have been a bit more powerful if you would ask me. Some more intensity and a bit sharper riffs would change the tracks that are, I must admit, good qua song writing. What excites is the fact that the band uses different tempi and so they keep the attention of the listener. Good leads, great bass tunes and good rums. When the band gears up the tempo, they play sharper, proves me right I suppose.
The vocals aren’t bad at all but with a better singer Midnite Hellion will steal more souls. It’s a point to work on but as I’ve said before the band is busy with it. It makes me curious about what will be released in the future. “The Fever” is another good track that contains also all elements of what we call old school Metal. “Cross The Line” starts furious and that fits the band well. The band changes again the tempo and sound but the Thrashy touch is overall present, sounds good. Not that I want this band to be a Thrash metal band but the fury and aggression they use in this particular song is what I am looking for. I hope their next singer will be able to deliver high-pitched screams as well…
“Enter The Unknown” is a good debut EP for this American band. There’s still a lot of work to do but the enthusiasm of this band is what we, true Metal fans, really want. This youngsters are on the good path and you can order this EP at http://www.midnitehellion.com.
My points: 79 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard