On January 24th, MIDNIGHT will release their new album, Rebirth by Blasphemy , via Metal Blade Records. “‘Rebirth By Blasphemy‘ is a rebirth,” states Midnight‘s sole driving force, Athenar. “It’s a change in life and it’s a rebirth of doing whatever the fuck you want and seeing what happens after that. It’s about saying yes, taking opportunities, taking a fucking chance.” These sentiments are backed up by the notorious – and prolific – underground band’s trademark blend of speed metal, black metal and punk rock, sounding both fuller and more raucous than ever before.
For a preview of Rebirth by Blasphemy , the new single “Fucking Speed and Darkness” can be heard below:
The title track and the previous single, “Rising Scum”, are also streaming now at: metalblade.com/midnight – where the record can be pre-ordered in various formats.
Dating back to the band’s inception in 2002, vocalist/guitarist/bassist/drummer Athenar has always known exactly what he wanted Midnight to be, and over the course of countless demos, EPs, compilations, splits and three full-lengths he has stayed true to his roots. There is no denying that, like its predecessors, Rebirth By Blasphemy is a ruthlessly catchy collection, every song, vicious as they are, wielding the kind of hooks that sink deep and don’t let go.
Handling every instrument himself and being quite unfussy when it comes to production typically means that the recording process is a straightforward one for Midnight, and this time was no different. Staying in his home town of Cleveland, he opted to record at Mercenary Studios with the assistance of Noah Buchanan, laying the drums down in a day, the guitars in a little more than that, bass in a few hours, and then tracking the vocals to two or three songs a day. “I think there’s really no production value on the album, it’s really just get in there, press record and see what happens. Maybe you can tell that the sessions went pretty quickly when you listen to it. There are so-called mistakes, of course, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.” He also wouldn’t have it any other way when it comes to touring this latest collection hard, with a lot of dates with a variety of bands already locked down. “It’s the rebirth, it’s saying fuck it and getting out there and doing what you’re supposed to do, and we’re supposed to play music. If people want to damage their ears by listening to it, that’s welcomed.”
Rebirth by Blasphemy track-listing
1. Fucking Speed and Darkness
2. Rebirth by Blasphemy
3. Escape the Grave
4. Devil’s Excrement
5. Rising Scum
6. Warning from the Reaper
7. Cursed Possessions
8. Raw Attack
9. The Sounds of Hell
10. You Can Drag Me Through Fire
NYC fans can hear Rebirth by Blasphemy (with the band!) before its release by attending the official listening party at Saint Vitus Bar on January 10th from 6-9PM. See the below event flyer for more details.
Midnight comments: “In the 80′s when heavy metal was the #1 commercial genre of music, you always heard about controversy and lawsuits against bands…whether that be satanic panic, or just general contract disputes where bands got FUCKED!
Although the age of information has watered down shock value and true artistry, there are still some legal things that we need to adhere by just to avoid the simple headache of lawsuits and contractual dispute. SO…Let us just plainly and simply state that the listening party we are hosting at Saint Vitus on Friday January 10th, 2020 from 6:00-9:00pm EST will be nothing like the standard listening party all you fuckers have had to endure in the past. We have some very special things planned for our die hard fans that have and will agree to show up for this event. Even though we can’t speak about it here for legal reasons…WHO GIVES A FUCK?!
Our intention here is to hang out and honor the existing fans who have stood by us through the years, and give you all the most authentic experience of just being an equal part of what we do. Again…for legal reasons, we can’t say certain things…But, we are ready to party with you filthy mother fuckers in the best way possible.
Be there, or be NOWHERE!!!”
Midnight tour dates
Jan. 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus *listening party
Jan. 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
Apr. 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Decibel Metal & Beer Fest @ The Filmore
May 30 – Seattle, WA – Northwest Terror Fest @ Highline Bar
June 13 – San Juan, PR – La Respuesta
June 20 – Millvale, PA – Metal Immortal Fest @ Mr. Smalls Theatre