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Midnight Sin: One Last Ride
Midnight Sin - One Last Ride CD Album Review

Midnight Sin: One Last Ride

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
4.0/5.0

Italy is fertile ground for all types of hard rock and heavy metal. To the latter, symphonic, power and traditional metal have long been staples of the boot shoe country. Of the former, Italians love their melodic rock, from the milder and sweeter AOR to the edgier and grittier hard, heavy, or sleaze rock. That's where Midnight Sin comes in. Formed a only a few years ago, the band dropped their debut Sex First in 2014. Now, on the heels of a short EP last year, they return with their sophomore long player, One Last Ride.

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Midnight Sin

Midnight Sin hasn't departed from their classic Eighties Sunset Strip sound, but they have ramped up their music. The tunes within One Last Ride seem a bit sharper and heavier, sounding more like melodic heavy metal with a strong hard rock groove. Actually, excepting one song, all the tunes are hard and heavy rockers. Butt kickers come from the start with Loaded Gun, Land Of The Freak, Game Over Frame and continue with the speedier The Maze and Not Today later in the album. Besides the vigorous groove of the rhythm section, the sharp assertive riffs and stinging guitar solos are the most prevalent elements in each song.

Alternatively, Never Say Never turns on a fan bass line that rises to the top at the midpoint. But the exception to all these songs is the exceptional and different Send Me A Light, which has a fantastic blues driven groove, first from the bass, then later from the guitar lines. It's easily the best song here. Finally, with this album, Midnight Sin offers not one pussy ballad. That's somewhat of shocker, or not. While not quite a change of direction for Midnight Sin, but One Last Ride definitely develops a larger heavy metal edge into their hard rock groove, and I liked it. Recommended.



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The Bottom Line

While not quite a change of direction for Midnight Sin, but One Last Ride definitely develops a larger heavy metal edge into their hard rock groove, and I liked it. Recommended.

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