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Midnight: Let There Be Witchery

The one man Speed, Black Metal and dirty punk project known as Midnight has returned with the 5th installment in his crusade to make loud and aggressive music to start fights too. Let There Be Witchery delivers more of what fans would expect from main man Athenar. He has said himself that this would be as good a place as any to discover Midnight as all the requisite ingredients are present. Filthy, belligerent, obnoxious and relentlessly compulsive as described in the presser.

Let There Be Witchery opens with “Telepathic Nightmare” and begins with doomy guitars and graveyard vibes before unleashing the speed metal attack. Athenar’s vocals percolate between Thrash Metal barks, Death Metal Growls and Black Metal Shrieks, never quite allowing the listener to relax into any of them and giving the whole album an exciting unhinged quality. "Frothing Foulness" continues with a simple but satisfying punk infused speed metal feel. "In Sinful Secrecy" has a more traditional heavy metal sound musically but with Athenars manic vocals giving it the nastiness.

Another feature of the Midnight sound is the spontaneous guitar soloing. I think Athenar himself describes it best when he said “That's the way I like solos to sound, spontaneous yet have some sorta map in there to follow, kinda like a methed up lunatic driving a car missing a wheel at top speed down a curvy highway on his way to get more meth. It's not gonna be pretty, but you know he'll find a way to get there somehow."

Other Standouts on Let There Be Witchery are “Nocturnal Molestation” which gives me images of English soccer riots but with a seedy and disturbed edge to it. “Let There Be Sodomy” has a punk and Motorhead like vibe to it, actually there is a lot of Motorhead in the Midnight sound. I really like the bridge feel into the solo. Very cool. “Devil Virgin” has somewhat of a Mercyful Fate vibe and that's always gonna be cool in my book. Of course when I’m describing the different feels it's referring to the instrumentation. The vocals remain as described earlier, just as extreme and manic. Finally the album wraps up with “Szex Witchery” and it again has some of those traditional heavy metal elements in the sound. Another killer track.

Let There Be Witchery is a raw and raucous exploration of vintage hard edged Metal styles that have always lived on the extreme end of the metal landscape through different eras. Obviously Athenar has a deep love for everything from Motorhead and Mercyful Fate to Mayhem and Bathory and it shows. If you like your Metal with a chaotic punk infused ferocity that takes no prisoners and goes for the throat, then this album is for you.


Tracklist
1. Telepathic Nightmare (3:31)
2. Frothing Foulness (2:59)
3. In Sinful Secrecy (3:21)
4. Nocturnal Molestation (3:41)
5. More Torment (3:59)
6. Let There Be Sodomy (3:22)
7. Devil Virgin (3:45)
8. Snake Obsession (2:41)
9. Villainy Wretched Villainy (3:26)
10. Szex Witchery (3:59)
Total Time 34:44

Added: August 2nd 2022
Reviewer: Benjamin Dudai
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Language: english

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