Friday, January 03, 2014

Review: Midnite Hellion - Hour of the Wolf

In their short existence Midnite Hellion have undergone consistent line-up changes since their crystallization in 2011. Up to this point the heavy metal collection have issued a demo, an EP and now the single Hour of the Wolf, which is anticipated to precede their first full-length album later this year. In the mix this time around is the addition of vocalist Pamela Berlinghof, the band having previously been male fronted, and guitarist Nick DiGiovacchino. What cadaverous sounds await in this single that is boasting such intriguing artwork?

Genre: Heavy/Speed Metal
Label: Witches Brew
Release Date: November 29th, 2013
  1. Hour of the Wolf
  2. The Morrigan
Total Playtime: 10 minutes, 08 seconds

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Rating: 8.5/10







In their short existence, Midnite Hellion have undergone consistent line-up changes since their crystallization in 2011. Up to this point the heavy metal collection have issued a demo, an EP and now the single Hour of the Wolf, which is anticipated to precede their first full-length album later this year. In the mix this time around is the addition of vocalist Pamela Berlinghof, the band having previously been male fronted, and guitarist Nick DiGiovacchino. What cadaverous sounds await in this single that is boasting such intriguing artwork?

The title track begins the material as an appropriate heavy metal anthem; a steady rocking rhythm, clean melodic vocals, chants, grooving riffs and a solo right at the beginning. Pamela's vocals shine through the haze of foggy galloping guitar riffs and a very deeply pronounced hollow bass line that sits just on top of the guitar tracks. The chants come off rather lackluster and apathetic, which holds the song back at times; however the combination of the bass solo along with the third guitar solo after the vocalist's lively screech helps to redeem the material here. This song could have been a lot more sturdy if the chants were either removed entirely or if they had more power behind them.


When it comes time for the following track, "The Morrigan" has a more mystical atmosphere to it akin to Coven. The bass is slightly more noticeable here, you can actually hear the fret slides and walking notes more clearly as the rhythm guitar takes a back seat with palm muted riffs. The lead guitar demonstrates further mastery of the fret board in this track rather than "Hour of the Wolf", especially towards the end. Overall, this track comes off more dynamic than the introductory song largely for its lack of unimpressive chants but as well as the short but sweet solos. The drumming in both songs is pretty much your standard cut-and-paste heavy metal set and is comprised of varying beats and rhythms that match the tempo and changes of the rhythm guitar in most scenarios.

There have been a plethora of artists recently who've led audiences on with an outstanding single, only to falter and disappoint potential fans by making all tracks of the album nearly the exact same formula. It's too early to tell what Midnite Hellion will do with their full-length album, but given the material at hand it's going to be something great. There are few flaws here that need to be improved, and with just the slightest bit more effort they could be rectified rather easily and the band would come out ahead of the game. A definite worth while listen for fans of heavy metal, keep your ears open later this year for their debut full-length album!

Digital Download Provided by: Clawhammer PR

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