Music Review: Midnite Hellion
Enter the Unknown EP
I recently was contacted by a band called Midnite Hellion hailing from Trenton, New Jersey asking me if I would mind reviewing their ep Enter the Unknown. Well of course I don’t mind. If I did I wouldn’t be a music reviewer now would I?
After reviewing Zamboni’s ep Sucks! The Stupid Ep I was unsure what I was going to get out of Jersey these days…after all it is the home of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and we all know how ef’ed up that is…and how metal it is too. So should you Enter the Unknown with Midnite Hellion or be a grammar Nazi and autocorrect their name right now? Read on!
What kind of band do we have with Midnite Hellion? Is it a retro band? Is it a talented band? Is it a band on the verge of something special? Well the answers to these questions are a traditional metal band that has good solid talent that with a little more time and experience could be a band that makes a name for themselves.
Midnite Hellion is at its core a New Wave of British Heavy Metal Band which, with bands like Holy Grail, White Wizzard, Enforcer and Skullfist and some others seem to be making some sort of comeback.
Midnight Hellion’s sound has catchy melodies, the old school sound but with a bit of modern touches in their production and a vocalist that goes between midrange growls to trying to hit the high end notes. You have two guitarists that you will hear compliment off each other at times and songs that talk about supernatural and horror elements that some of those old NWOBHM bands would sing about.
I think Midnite Hellion have the core ingredients to maybe get them signed to a label with a few caveats. The first is the vocalist. The first song on the EP is 1903. In nearly the whole song he seems to be trying to sing out of his range and it really took me out of the song. However, the other 3 songs on the Ep he reverts to a more mid-range growl vocal style which I thought sounded amazing and helped the songs really hit and I thought he complimented the songs really well when he did this. He would also revert back to trying to sing high like the old NWOBHM bands would, like Praying Mantis, and it just did not work. I’m not saying this to bash the singer anyway.
Being a singer is tough, and he may mature into singing in the high range more effectively as time goes on and I can even see where such a style would sound good in the song if implemented properly. Can anyone remember what James Hetfield sounded like on those first Metallica albums? Yeah. So anything is possible.
As of right now though, I think when he sang in the mid range areas the songs were so much stronger and he reminded me a bit of Armored Saint’s John Bush. If he can get the high range vocals down then we might have a force to reckon with here.
The only other thing is I wish the songs had a bit more “PUNCH” to their sound but overall we have good song compositions and I think with a little more time Midnite Hellion can mature and find a niche for themselves. Which I hope they do. I’m really interested to see what a few more years together can produce from these guys as I think they can break through and get a deal.
Keep it rocking guys.
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