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Review: Midnight Force - Dunsinane
Midnight Force

Label: Iron Shield Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 43:03
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: August 2, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Scotland's Midnight Force has only been around a couple of years but sounds like they time-traveled from 1983 on their debut, Dunsinane. The NWOBHM is clearly dear to the lads' hearts as this album is full of simple, rocking heavy metal with catchy riffs around which the songs are built. There is a bit of a Manilla Road influence in the lyrics with epic efforts like "The Scarlet Citadel" and "Alesia Falls", but where Midnight Force shine is on the up-tempo rockers "Killer", "Witchfinder" and "Dunsinane." The singer has more ambition than ability and the production is excruciatingly (if authentically) thin, but these are the songs that'll have you breaking out the air guitar. Some of the other songs don't have the riffs to support the weighty subject matter, making Dunsinane rather hit-or-miss. Still, if you like NWOBHM bands such as Tokyo Blade, Sweet Savage, Tygers of Pan Tang, et al, this is one to check out.

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