|Gothic Metal, Symphponic Black Metal
Metal Blade Records, Music for Nations
October 30th, 2000
Release length: 58:59
Midian is an amazing album, there’s no doubt about that. The beautifully crafted lyrics and music on this release that are empowered by the sheer heaviness of the instruments and vocal range of Dani Filth really do push this album to the top. The haunting introduction track “At The Gates Of Midian” does a nice job setting the tone of the album, even if it does seem to take a bit too long to build up and bleed into “Cthulhu Dawn”, which shows off that the band has strayed from some of their earlier content, and really focused on adding a dark gothic feel to the music more so on this release. But that’s not to say that the album is not as intense as their past releases. While it’s clear that the feel of the band’s material has changed somewhat, tracks like “Cthulhu Dawn” and “Lord Abortion” still retain that same blistering metal sound the band has been noted for, and even some of the lighter sounding tracks, such as “Saffron’s Curse” and “Her Ghost In The Fog” are well done and have the same bite as the heavier tracks.
But, even though some of the lighter tracks are still great, some of them, such as “Saffron’s Curse” and “Lord Abortion” do feature moments where the music will just slow down even more, almost abruptly, and slowly pick the pace back up in a completely different form, sometimes as if the band decided for a few moments to break back into a straight forward Death Metal sound. This will catch you by surprise and really doesn’t sound all that great for the flow of the album, leaving you desiring more from the songs in the long run. The only exception to this would be “Her Ghost In The Fog” which features this issue as well, however it’s bridged so that it’s not an abrupt change, and goes right back into the normal flow of the song and doesn’t completely destroy the structure that was already built.
And, aside the introductory instrumental track “At The Gates Of Midian”, you also have two more, practically back to back, with “Creates That Kissed In Cold Mirrors” which seems to act as an introduction to the band’s single, and one of the best tracks off the album, “Her Ghost In The Fog”, which is immediately followed by “Satanic Mantra” which is just the chanting of one line that goes higher and higher until Dani Filth comes in and practically whispers it. These really serve no purpose, since the first is so insanely long, and the second really serves no purpose at all and will quickly get on your nerves after the second time the line is chanted. The following track, “Tearing The Veil From Grace” will take you by surprise, and it’s a nice ballad-like track by Gothic Metal standards, but the female vocals on here just don’t sound human due to the production, and the introduction of the track (which does show up again later in the track) just comes off as corny.
While Midian is a spectacular album, it really did need some more work with the music. Due to the faults in some of the material on this album, you’ll wind up walking away from it a little disappointed. It’s a nice departure from the band’s original sound, but it’s clear, thanks to the random moments of song structure destruction, that the band really needs to concentrate more so on the power of the songs then the beauty that they really pushed on the material found here. If you haven’t heard this release, it’s definitely one to check out, just don’t go into it with high expectations.<
01. At The Gates Of Midian – 2:21
02. Cthulhu Dawn – 4:17
03. Saffron’s Curse – 6:33
04. Death Magick For Adepts – 5:53
05. Lord Abortion – 6:52
06. Amor E Morte – 6:44
07. Creatures That Kissed In Cold Mirrors – 3:01
08. Her Ghost In The Fog – 6:24
09. Satanic Mantra – 0:51
10. Tearing The Veil From Grace – 8:13
11. Tortured Soul Asylum – 7:47
|Overall Score: 6/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.