Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things

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Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things
Released: June 15th, 2018 / Metal Blade Records
Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine

I could do the gratuitous here for the younger audience to introduce the master of theatrical heavy metal of the ‘80’s, but I feel it would be an introduction that may let some listeners down. In every way shape and form, I can only say to those of you out there if you have not listened to any of Lizzy Borden’s early material, say the first few releases, it is highly recommended to do so.

For those of us familiar with Lizzy Borden the band, unless you are the type that states, ‘he can do no wrong’, as a fan, with MY MIDNIGHT THINGS he has.

The disc starts off with a bit of excitement with the title track. A haunting yet hard rocking arena anthem that showcases the mesmerizing vocals we have come to love about Lizzy over the years. He is truly a unique and standout vocalist. Next the disc rolls into another fairly light to heavy track title ‘Obsessed With You’. This track also bleeds the murderous metal of yesteryear.

That is where it sort of hits a wall and as fan, obviously not hardcore enough, it goes downhill from there. I have heard a few tracks from the last 2 releases in the 2000’s but I do not remember them enough to compare. I own on vinyl his first 6 releases basically all releases in the ‘80’s. And I still listen to them today. This latest is the first release in 11 years. It almost seems that they forgot how to put out a heavy metal album in that time.

I cannot total down this one though. The rest of the album, aside from the first two tracks is obviously written for some fan base. My issue with these tracks is that they come off as too bubblegum pop metal for me. The tracks come off as completely boring and unnecessary for such a legend in the metal world to even be releasing. And I do not want to say they are bad, as there are certainly music lovers out there that will like these tracks for what they are, are good. They are just a style I do not like.

It is great that Lizzy still has a powerhouse set of pipes that sound better than ever even on the over-produced, layered vocals on a couple of the tracks. That and there is a dark and haunting acoustic reprise of ‘My Midnight Things’ which is also a pretty cool track. Other than that …. Man.…, you decide. Blah!!!


1. My Midnight Things
2. Obsessed with You
3. Long May They Haunt Us
4. The Scar Across My Heart
5. A Stranger to Love
6. The Perfect Poison
7. Run Away with Me
8. Our Love Is God
9. My Midnight Things (Reprise)
10. We Belong to the Shadows
11. Long May They Haunt Us (Reprise)
12. Silent Night
13. Waiting in the Wings

Lizzy Borden: Vocals
Joey Scott: Drums
Marten Andersson: Bass
Dario Lorina: Guitar
AC Alexander: Guitar