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Midnight Priest
Rainha Da Magia Negra (mini-CD)
March 2010
Released: 2009, Stormspell Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Portuguese heavy metal band Midnight Priest likes black magic, occult and women. And I would add early Maiden and Priest to the same pile of interests as well. These 5 Portuguese defenders of heavy metal have been around only since 2008, and recorded one 5-track demo (titled THE PRIEST IS BACK, limited to 400 copies) in 2009.

The band´s latest recording, a 6-track EP called RAINHA DA MAGIA NEGRA, is a solid slap of decent sounding, old school heavy metal that borrows a thing or two from both Maiden´s and Priest´s directions, too. The guys have a good grip on things on this EP, and one can tell right away that we are talking about long term fans of Maiden/Priest as far as some musical likings of these fellows are concerned. Their music is kind of simple, straightforward but all around catchy and hook-filled heavy metal that undoubtedly gets some attention among the heavy metal people. Vocals are sung in their native language Portuguese, and they sound more okay-ish than disturbing by any means. It´s just that at first you need to get used to his vocals a little bit before you fully accept them as a part of their sound. The guy behind the artist name ´The Priest´ is a good vocalist for the style they do; he can sing in a somewhat decent way even if he probably does not have the widest range vocally. The 80s spirit and vibe are both involved in Midnight Priest´s sound, and I can hardly complain personally. ;o)

Again, Stormspell Records has done something good for the underground metal scene, Midnight Priest´s EP replenishing nicely their whole roster of releases. I guess you may want to check them out?
Track Listing

01. Rainha Da Magia Negra
02. Juizo Final
03. Lenda Viva
04. Numa Campa De Cristal
05. Armada Da Noite
06. O Conde


The Priest - Vocals
Pita "Iron Fist" Commander - Guitar
Rod Wolf - Guitar
Joe "Murderface" Dalton - Bass
Alex "War Tank" Animal - Drums

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