The 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.