Published Jan 21, 2020Kicking off the new year with delinquent fervour from hell, Midnight aim to make the end times a little bit more fun with their trademark approach to evil. Taking Satanic rites and drenching them in beer, putting a crowbar in your hand and directing you toward the nearest graveyard, Midnight once again draw wholesale on a sense of misconduct and celebration of all things macabre and blasphemous.
Building with the sounds of classic rock, trad metal and punk in a way that only a diehard could, Rebirth By Blasphemy manages to go even further than its predecessor, Sweet Death and Ecstasy, in finding the balance between its elements while also retaining the Midnight sleaze that Athenar, the man behind the project, pervades with every release.
Rebirth By Blasphemy seems to delve more deeply into trad metal than previous albums, owing more to bands like KISS and Motörhead than previous, more punk-driven songs. "Rebirth By Blasphemy" seamlessly marries the vitality of early KISS with Venom's depravity, and "Raw Attack" owes its lifeblood to the mighty Motörhead. But songs like "Devil's Excrement" keep the punk spirit alive. However, Athenar never fails to deliver his own highly characterized riffs and grooves, ensuring that Midnight is only ever its own beast and not simply a retro clone.
In Midnight, Athenar somehow makes the old new again, invigorating classic sounds with an aura based in unabashed sin. Rebirth By Blasphemy is Midnight's best realized work to date, continuing Athenar's upward trajectory that sees the hooded ghoul become only stronger in songwriting and execution, as he exorcises the demons of the '80s to create new monstrosities for the modern day. (Metal Blade)