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Midnight Eternal
Midnight Eternal
November 2016
Released: 2016, Inner Wound
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Statistically the vast majority of female-fronted symphonic/orchestral Metal originates from Europe but there are exceptions. As the style continues to grow in popularity more and more North American bands are joining the battle. It will catch my eye when a band like Midnight Eternal from New York City releases their debut album. Someone else noticed too because the band have jumped right away onto the Swedish label Inner Wound. Whoever is working at Inner Wound and signing these North American bands like Leah, Mindmaze and now Midnight Eternal, is doing a great job scouting out new talent!

Earlier this year, the quartet released their self-titled debut. Everything seems to be in place; a good band name, quality production, an eye-catching album cover this band has what it takes to be in the race! The cover art is done by one of the hottest, most in demand artists in Metal right now, Jan Yrlund. Some pundits and critics suggest that ‘female-fronted’ is not a genre, which is technically true but I always mention it in my reviews because the reader would like to now what kind of singing is on the album! In this case the young woman of Israeli descent is Raine Hilai and she has an enchanting soprano-styled voice. I don’t think she really sings in a classic/operatic style but she has a good high range. There are a few male back-up vocals and some gang vocals on the track ‘Sign Of Fire’ .Behind her the band is very competent indeed churning out rally solid metal, based on good riffs, good song-writing. It is not too orchestral or symphonic but there are little flourishes. The songs are all about 3-5 minutes, so nothing too elaborate in terms of progressive arrangements, just good choruses, and some nice hooks. The album is nice and fast the whole 12 track, 50-minute albums rips by, lots of great speed. I love the solo on ‘Repentance’ and there are lots of great keyboard lines as well for extra flair. This is a fun, bouncy and happy album, it is very easy on the ears.

MIDNIGHT ETERNAL is an extremely promising debut and with very little effort could be (and should be!) recognized as one of the best American bands in this style.
Track Listing

1. 'Till the Bitter End
2. Repentance
3. Signs of Fire
4. Shadow Falls
5. The Lantern
6. Believe in Forever
7. Midnight Eternal
8. When Love and Faith Collide
9. Like an Eternity
10. Silence
11. Pilgrim and the Last Voyage
12. First Time Thrill


Raine Hilai Vocals
Richard Fischer Guitar
Boris Zaks Keyboards
Greg Manning Bass
Dan Prestup Drums



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