This band gives everything away from the start. Everything you need to know about the Midnight Sin is revealed, not only with its name, but also in the title to it's first album Sex First, the artwork and the band photo.
Yep. Hailing from Italy, home to European sleaze rock and the Pope, Midnight Sin is another 21st century interpretation of classic Eighties melodic hard rock of the Sunset Strip sleaze variety. And, frankly, they're actually pretty good at the genre. Strong melodies and vocal harmonies, big guitars, solid rock groove, a singer with a bit of a punkish snotty sound, and the normal trashy lyrical content fill this album. To make it even more palatable, they package it in an AOR wrapper.
Excepting a few lighter songs, most everything rocks, and that's basically the fundamental requirement for classic sleaze rock. The punch of groove and fire of guitar solos are the highlight of Midnight Revolution, Feed Me With Lies, and Rise & Yell, by example. You Piss Me Off is a bit more low key rock, but humorous nonetheless. 'till It's All Gone Away and No Matter rock, but with heavier riffs and feeling. Code 69 and Sweet Pain are the two lighter songs. Working mostly from acoustic guitar, they might be called ballads, especially the latter.
Overall, Sex First is a fine first effort. You can say what you will about the sleaze rock genre. That it's derivative or cliche, easy to clone and that's why bands do it. But, at the very least, Midnight Sin didn't screw it up.
Midnight Sin is another 21st century interpretation of classic Eighties melodic hard rock of the Sunset Strip sleaze variety. And, frankly, they're actually pretty good at the genre.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]