Genre: Black/Speed
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Hells Headbangers Records
Year: 2014

Chaos returned to blast your ears off. Cleveland’s pride, Midnight, released its second full length album on August 19, 2014, via Hell’s Headbangers Records. Based on a black speed metal template, the album sets a filthy, evil, heavy mood to get you through the night. Following the successful practice of 2011 full length “Satanic Royalty”, Athenar (stage name for Jamie Walters), once again carries the whole burden to himself, performing all instruments and vocals of the album, placing his signature of punk heavy metal. Diabolic, perverted, twisted, sadistic, brutal. A kick in the goolies.

Midnight is a band in the vein of Venom, Motörhead and GG Allin, with a blacker twist. The concept of “No Mercy For Mayhem” is cheap booze, drugs, women, leather, chains, and the glory of Satan of course! First thing that strikes your eye is the artwork. Stokes of bright red colour, anthropomorphic representatives of Hell and a young lady deep – throating a chain, a concept familiar to Midnight fans. Concerning the tracks, we face a wonderful mash up of rock ‘n’ roll, NWOBHM, punk, heavy and black metal. It’s a huge pile of different influences complement to each other, like a bonfire before hunting , pursuing wankers, etc.

The album begins with “The Mercy Curse”, a rather strange intro, filled with weird sounds and screams, setting the mood for something evil. A few seconds later, BOOM. “Evil Like a Knife”. Furiously catchy riffs, full of speed and raw energy, like watching a fight in a motorcycle club. Lyrics come crashing down like flames of Hell, ready to burn down to the ground all that’s left from “Satanic Loyalty”. Fluctuations of speed throughout the album keep you vigilant. Ultra fast riffs replaced by hard – rock – like ones and vice vera. Screams from the depths of Gehenna, raising the dead, forming an army of evil bastard warriors. Cutthroat tracks as “The Final Rape Of Night” and “Whiplash Disaster” make you clench and raise your fist. Vocals drenched in whiskey and sequences of dark thoughts punching the lines, urge you to destroy everything and coax you glorify the Unholy one, i.e. “Rise, Satan rise, bring forth your black curse”.

To put it in a nutshell, “No Mercy For Mayhem” is a solid album, from the top to the bottom. Once you hit the play button, you instantly want to put on your favorite leather jacket, spikes, chains and get hammered by tons of booze. Those who haven’t checked it out yet, I pity you.

All hail hell!

4,5/6