Midnight, the Cleveland “black rock ’n’ roll” band coming to Ace of Cups this Saturday, is seriously dark and twisted party music. It’s got that wild Motorhead joyride momentum, but the joy is gleaned from the bowels of hell and inflected with low-fidelity skuzz in the gnarly, primitivist black metal tradition.
When I say this stuff is hellish, that’s not just colorful language. Midnight’s first full-length album, released after a decade of kvlt-favorite EPs, singles and comps, is called Satanic Royalty. The band’s embrace of the dark side is extensive and more than a little chilling. This is what people have in mind when they talk about rock being the devil’s music.
With Nekrofilth, Nukkehammer and Fumes there too, this should be raw, powerful and a little scary.