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Review: Midnight Rider - Manifestation
Midnight Rider

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 49:06
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 6, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

Germany's Midnight Rider have been around since 2004 and now, thanks to Massacre Records, have released their debut Manifestation. Midnight Rider have a huge old-school bent in terms of sound and songwriting and names like Axe Witch and Tokyo Blade were the first to come to mind but there's more here than meets the ear. The guitars are loaded with reverb and the frequent mid-paced tempos give a definite Doom feel. Vocalist Wayne has a distinctive warble that makes him sound like he's about to lose the note he's singing any minute but it never happens. He sounds a little like Tim Baker and together with the Doomy guitars that brings the mighty Cirith Ungol to mind. Lyrically, we're more in the NWOBHM sphere as titles like "I Wanna Be a Prowler" and "Creature of the Night" imply, so the Ungol comparisons fall short in that realm. There are also some upbeat compositions ("Unknown Woman of the Seine" for instance), that are more in line with the bluesy stuff the U.S. West Coast scene was based on.

Manifestation is a strange record that covers some varied ground but that adds to its charm. If albums like King of the Dead are in your playlist you'll likely find some value here. Fans with a more cosmopolitan taste will have an even greater chance of finding something they like. Either way, it doesn't neatly fit into any category and that alone makes it worth checking out.

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