Rip this hell...
Playing a genre dubbed black heavy metal, Midnight essentially combines primitive traditional heavy metal with punk and inserts in it a context of Satanic decadence.
Now that sounds good, doesn't it?
And, to my own surprise, it did not take more than a couple of listens for me to get hooked on this album. Using dirty guitars and punkish vocals, but combining these with traditional metal and hard rock elements (just check out the bluesy guitar solo in 'Black Damnation' and the guitar trades in 'Shock til Blood'), Midnight offers up some primitive but very energetic and hard rocking music as in the case of the 'You Can't Stop Steel', 'Rip this Hell', 'Lust, Filth, and Sleaze', and 'Savage Dominance' all of which neatly balance metal and punk. Motörhead and crust punk seem to be particularly big sources of inspiration for the music on this album, and 'Shock til Blood' and 'You Can't Stop Steel' sound like an even dirtier Motörhead, while 'Holocaustic Deafening' and 'Violence on violence' are all out d-beating crust attacks. On 'Necromania' Midnight experiment with a primitive Celtic Frost-ish type of thrash metal, combined with a more melodic chorus.
The production is dirty and has a certain DIY feel to it, but it is far from lo-fi and suits the raw satanic rock 'n' roll music perfectly.
Midnight's black heavy metal (or Satanic punk metal, if you wish) is dirty, raw, and rocks fucking hard, and 'Satanic Royalty' should appeal to fans of Discharge, Celtic Frost, Venom and Motörhead alike.