Texas' Midnight Empire is another good reason to thank the Lord above that classic American hard rock is still alive and relevant. Their debut disc Everything and Nothing is no muss, no fuss, straight up rock.
You'll hear some significant influences here, like GnR, Aerosmith, and AC/DC, but also enough modern sensibility like Alter Bridge. The power trio puts emphasis on strong vocals, impressive guitar licks, and a steady, vigorous, rhythm section. They mix melody with groove and rock gusto, and sometimes you'll hear some a blues undercurrent as on Two Against One or Under the Table.
The effective wild card here is vocals of Jacob Henderson. Sometimes he can sound like some wicked cross between Geddy Lee and Myles Kennedy as on Under the Table. Then combined with the music you'd think he and the band sound like a modern Aerosmith on Can't Get Enough. It's the best track here. Later, on the ballad Sign of the Times, he's simply powerful and emotional. Midnight Empire better not lose this dude.
Midnight Empire's Everything and Nothing is a strong and entertaining effort from an immensely talented and promising band. Quite recommended.
Midnight Empire's Everything and Nothing is a strong and entertaining slab of classic American hard rock in a modern context from an immensely talented and promising band.
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