Germany's melodic hard rockers Midnite Club is back and they are sounding better than ever. Their sound is big, full of aggressive riffs, great melodies, and catchy choruses. Frankly, it's been too long of a wait since their 2003 work 'Running Out Of Lies.' But, as always, patience can be a virtue even in the fast-paced, ever changing rock and roll biz. Of course, Midnite Club mastermind and guitar hero, Steffen 'Seegi' Seeger is back. What's even better is that Carsten 'Lizard' Schultz (Domain, Evidence One) handles the vocals. I've always been impressed by his performances. The whole band is incredibly skilled and tight. 'Circus Of Life' is some of the best of the best.
'Circus Of Life' is a complete melodic rock album. Though I found some dull moments on the work, there are certainly no 'fillers' here; rather this is first class melodic hard rock. The album starts enthusiastically with 'Circus,' but this only a foretaste of some very good rock to come. 'Afraid Of Love' is an aggressive rocker thanks to strong guitar work from the beginning. It has a 'Whitesnake moment' near the end as Schultz leads and the band supports. Midnite Club excels at bringing a great groove to their arrangements. 'Promises Remain' has strong riffs, but the chorus brings the groove. The best track on the album is 'Heart Of A Dragon,' where the rock and roll groove is totally awesome and persuasive. If the arrangement doesn't hook you, the fantastic chorus will. This song is worth the price of the album.
As for the rest of 'Circus Of Life,' you can expect more of the same (that's a good thing, by the way). They cover Kenny Loggin's 'Danger Zone' from the the movie 'Top Gun,' and, yes, they do it very well. I did find some later moments to be a bit repetitious and dull including 'Memories To The Distance' and 'Closer To The Distance.' But both were still solid efforts. Midnite Club ends strong with 'Calling For Crazy,' a fine rocker and 'Crying In A Dream,' where Mr. Schultz simply excels and the band is incredibly smooth.
Indeed, Midnite Club's latest work 'Circle Of Life' is solid work of melodic hard rock. Their enthusiasm and skill is preeminent on this album. 'Circus Of Life' should be a definite addition to your collection. Very recommended.
- Craig Hartranft
Midnite Club featuring guitarist Steffen 'Seegi' Seeger and vocalist Carsten 'Lizard' Schultz offer premium melodic hard rock. 'Circus Of Life' easily inspires with great riffs and solid melodies. This is a band to be reckoned with.