|Review: Midnight Idöls - Sworn to the Night|
|Sworn to the Night|
Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: November 20, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:Sworn to the Night
Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (10 Votes)
This is the third album in four years from Midnight Idöls, but this is my first experience with this band. With the recent stream of good, if not great underground U.S. metal bands I was afraid that this would sound stale and without inspiration. However, once again I am treated to a band that knows just how to do it right – every song on this album is very good. Sworn to the Night isn't a speed attack by any means; in fact I'd say that this sounds like recent Slough Feg.
Musicianship-wise, these guys have the goods starting with their singer. He isn't a Halford and his raspy voice is rough around the edges but his style is perfect for this kind of metal. It takes time to get used to him but once you do, you'll realize that this is the perfect singer for this band. The rhythm section is unusually good (especially the drumming), it adds a little punch to the songs, improving them. Their guitarists on the other hand are the stars of the show, easily the best part of the band sound-wise. They seem to pull out great riffs and catchy solos as if it was nothing and by doing so they provide many air guitar moments.
You can have the greatest musicians the world but without the songwriting talent you won't get far. Fortunately, this band has that aspect covered as there are plenty of songs that will constantly kick your ass, like the opening title track, the slow and crushing "Beyond of Darkness" and the fast closer "Necropolis (City of the Dead)". And while the variety found on the album is outstanding there are some songs that are weaker (but still better than most bands) as is the case with "Curse of the Crimson Moon". Also the album is too short, but I guess that is better this way because there isn't too much room for a filler.
I am just nitpicking here, as the flaws that this album may have are overshadowed by the positives of Sworn to the Night. I don't know if this album is an improvement over their previous works but by listening to the record, I've come to the conclusion that this band has all the elements to become a great underground band. If you like great metal in the vein of October 31, Slough Feg and Twisted Tower Dire, you can't go wrong with this album. Absolutely recommended.
P.S. That is another great cover art by Jowita Kaminska
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