Released: 2009, Metal On Metal Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Midnight Idöls was formed in 2004, rising out of the ashes of several Northwest US bands. Vocalist Chris “Diamond C.” Tretton (also having a short stint in LA thrashers Holy Terror as their vocalist back in the day), bassist Scotty "Wrench" Jak and drummer Scott Smiley built up the backbone of Midnight Idöls in 2004, who soon hired Todd “Thermo” Ferkingstad and Fred Speakman for guitarists´ position.
As things went by, some line-up changes followed (among other things happened, too), the band eventually self-released 2 albums on their own (WE RULE THE NIGHT in 2006 and NIGHTRULERS in 2008), gaining some good response by those 2 aforementioned albums.
By mid-summer 2008 the band had a good load of new songs in their pockets again of which they demo-ed some, and shopped and distributed a short run of 100 copies of it around mainly to labels and radio stations. Their hard attempts paid off for them, and Italian Metal On Metal Records signed the band.
In May 2009 Midnight Idöls finished recordings for the 3rd recording, carrying the title SWORN TO THE NIGHT - containing the band´s darkest, heaviest and most aggressive, strongly NWOBHM–flavored songs thus far. Without having heard of their 2 previous efforts I cannot make any comments on that, but I can somewhat easily subscribe to the fact that this NWOBHM has been tagged all over their music. Paul Di´Anno era Maiden, Savage (the LOOSE ´N´ LETHAL era), early Tank and Grim Reaper are some of those names that crawled to my mind when letting their songs kick out from my speakers – and even Slayer (the riffing in “Beyond the Darkness” reminds me kinda much of the SOUTH OF HEAVEN era Slayer).
In other words, the band´s heavy metal is strongly testosterone-filled; truly masculine and throughout just enjoyable from start to finish. This is heavy metal played the way I want to hear it. It sends some cold shivers down my spine, makes me thrilled and pumped up with energy. Midnight Idöls´ heavy metal has got testicles that have both descended a long time ago when it comes to the material on SWORN TO THE NIGHT anyway. It even makes one scratch your balls (if you just happen to be male) because the hair on your balls starts growing faster and becoming thicker. So good their stuff is on this record. Naturally a very good production on this record helps almost to maximize the enjoyment, making you to want to play the album over and over again – and turning the volume up until your lovely neighbor stands behind your door with Safari 550 DGR (stands for Dangerous Game Rifle) in his hands.
But seriously, SWORN TO THE NIGHT is a pretty darn awesome NWOBHM-tinged heavy metal record. Just get it if you see it somewhere for sale. You will hardly regret it, believe me.