Writing this review is almost redundant. It's almost redundant because everything that could be said about this album has already been said in other reviews, on forums, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The common denominator between all of the mentions of this record is that it is absolutely awesome. Midnight's debut full-length "Satanic Royalty" has been one of the year's most anticipated releases. After releasing several demos, splits, and compilations, Midnight has had fans around the world anxiously awaiting this hellbeast, and the wait was certainly worth it.
"Satanic Royalty" is ten tracks of pure Venom-worshiping, punk-riddled speed metal that will get anyone's headbanging. The vocals are rough and have a dirty feel that sets a great tone throughout the album. The drums and bass both do their jobs just fine and keep the punk driven pace going at a high level. The best part of the music, though, comes from the rhythm and lead guitars. From simple, yet highly effective punk styled chords, to catchy rock riffs, all the way to speed infused ragers, this record has the perfect amount of variety. The solos and melodies are all stellar and add to the great overall sound found on "Satanic Royalty."
There are no complaints to be made about this album whatsoever. Every song is simple, catchy and memorable so it's hard to pick the best tracks but the title track and "You Can't Stop Steel" are especially fun, and so is the much slower, yet still great "Black Damnation." This album is a must have if you're a fan of some good ol' fashioned Black N' Roll, and if not then may Midnight have mercy on your false soul.
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"You Can't Stop Steel"
Final Rating - 4.3/5 or 86%.