Midnight- No Mercy For Mayhem (Hells Headbangers)

Midnight hits hard with No Mercy for Mayhem.
Release Date: 
19 Aug 2014 (All day)

Imagine receiving an invitation to the most filthy, depraved party ever held. The kind held in the dingy basement of a back alley apartment block in the bad part of town. You get there and you’re handed a cocktail of suspicious liquids and pretty soon you’re having the time of your life. Everyone is dancing, there are whips and chains and people in dog suits. Next thing you know, there’s someone with an axe chopping down the door and an elevator full of blood... Oh, excuse me. I seem to have started reviewing The Shining by accident.

It’s an easy mistake to make- the line between a horror movie keg party and this album are very blurred indeed. Midnight seems to have spawned forth from a time when horror movies were still good and the most cutting edge metal bands were Venom, Bathory and Hellhammer. To call what they do thrash or even black metal is implying a level of musical evolution that simply isn’t taught in their textbooks. This is metal where the palpable urgency and sloppiness of punk rock was still a present influence, yet was all filtered through the distinctly metal ethos that sometimes the best good times came from bad vibes.

What Midnight succeeds so well in doing is capturing the downright evil fun of Venom and injecting a double dose of steroids into it. Who could resist cracking a malicious grin at songs like Prowling Leather and Try Suicide? The title track even has some ‘put your arm around your best mate’s shoulder’ sing-along pomp. This is party music for people that don’t get invited to parties. 

The Venom-isms continue on Degradation, where singer Athenar does his best Cronos impersonation on a song that could easily have been some long-lost demo of the Black Metal sessions. Elsewhere, Whiplash Danger and Aggressive Crucifixion tear their way through your eardrums with primitive claws. 

In a climate awash with throwback thrash bands, Midnight manages to actually come off as refreshing for going so far back into the genre’s history. It’s probably more accurate to call them a throwback 1st wave of black metal band. No Mercy for Mayhem manages to be both one of the nastiest, and strangely, one of the most fun metal albums I’ve heard in a long time.