Jul 022016
 

midnight_eternal_artwork_1600_aa9The symphonic metal band from NYC, Midnight Eternal, has released their self-titled debut album on the European label Inner Wound Records.  Like many reading that sentence, I found the NYC part as a bit of a surprise, but it’s all true and given their label, things do start to make sense.

Midnight Eternal began a few short years ago in 2014, when Boris Zaks and Richard Fischer of Operatika invited Daniel Prestup (Spider Rockets, Rivera Vomma) and Mike LePond (Symphony X) to join a band.  Soon after singer Raine Hilai was asked to join on vocals and Greg Manning (Spider Rockets, Zamora) took over on bass guitar.  Given the pedigree of the band members being largely symphonic metal – based and with female vocals, a number of bands for comparison arise, including the well-known Epica, Delain, and Nightwish, just to name a few.  As a testament to the quality of the band, shortly after their two song demo was released, the band started getting offers to play shows and during 2014 and 2015 played with the likes of Kamelot, Dragonforce, Delain, Xandria, Doro, and oddly enough The Agonist and Quiet Riot (assuredly not all on the same bill).  During the summer of 2016, the band will hit the road supporting Queeensryche and Amored Saint, which will certainly increase their fan base.  For a debut album, the band has managed to pull in some well-known names for the recording with Eric Rachel (Skid Row, Symphony X) handling the engineering and Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pretty Maids, Jorn) handling the mixing and mastering. Continue reading »

Jun 232016
 

midnight_eternal_01__1__4d2Progressive metal icons Queensryche are continuing to put support behind their standout 2015 effort, “Condition Human.” The group will head out in the fall later this year for a month-long string of dates backed by Los Angeles metal legends Armored Saint and symphonic newcomers Midnight Eternal (picture).

The trek is set to launch on Nov. 15 in Queensryche’s hometown of Seattle, Wash. and will work its way down the West Coast, over to Texas and Florida then up the East Coast before turning back across the country and wrapping up in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Dec. 15.

Frontman Todd La Torre exclaimed, “We are pleased to announce that we will be hitting the road this November with the one and only Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you for this great billing of musical diversity and high energy performances! Come join the Ryche this November – December!”

“Condition Human” marks the second Queensryche album since La Torre was brought in to relieve the dismissed Geoff Tate in 2012. The album landed at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 and fans can expect to hear some new cuts like like ‘Guardian,’ ‘Arrow of Time’ and ‘Eye9’ spliced in with the classics. Continue reading »

Apr 302016
 

midnight_eternal_01__1__4d2The US symphonic metal band Midnight Eternal have released their self-titled debut album on April 29th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings. The band just posted a studio video from the last day of the recordings for the album, check it out below.

What characterizes the sound of Midnight Eternal is the sense of melody- a synthesis of melody and power, crushing guitars, double bass and beautiful multi-layered vocals. Led by the beautiful and emotional vocals of Raine Hilai, the future of Midnight Eternal looks very bright.

The album was engineered by Eric Rachel [Skid Row, Symphony X] and the mixing and mastering was handled by Tommy Hansen [Helloween, Pretty Maids, Jorn]. The impressive artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Delain].

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Apr 192016
 

midnight_eternal_01__1__4d2The US symphonic metal band Midnight Eternal just released a music video for the track ‘Signs Of Fire’ from their upcoming self-titled debut album. The album will be released in Europe and North America on April 29th through Inner Wound Recordings and in Japan on April 27th through Avalon/Marquee. The video can be seen below.

What characterizes the sound of Midnight Eternal is the sense of melody- a synthesis of melody and power, crushing guitars, double bass and beautiful multi-layered vocals. Led by the beautiful and emotional vocals of Raine Hilai, the future of Midnight Eternal looks very bright.

The album was engineered by Eric Rachel [Skid Row, Symphony X] and the mixing and mastering was handled by Tommy Hansen [Helloween, Pretty Maids, Jorn]. The impressive artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Delain].

Continue reading »

Apr 142016
 

midnight_eternal_01__1__4d2The US symphonic metal band Midnight Eternal will release their self-titled debut album on April 29th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings. The band just posted a studio video from the vocal recordings for the album, check it out below.

What characterizes the sound of Midnight Eternal is the sense of melody- a synthesis of melody and power, crushing guitars, double bass and beautiful multi-layered vocals. Led by the beautiful and emotional vocals of Raine Hilai, the future of Midnight Eternal looks very bright.

The album was engineered by Eric Rachel [Skid Row, Symphony X] and the mixing and mastering was handled by Tommy Hansen [Helloween, Pretty Maids, Jorn]. The impressive artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Delain].

Continue reading »