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Review: Midnight - Shox of Violence
Shox of Violence

Label: Hells Headbangers
Year released: 2017
Duration: 1:11:25
Tracks: 25
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: May 27, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Shox of Violence

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

Black/Thrash revivalist band Midnight follows up their 2014 album No Mercy for Mayhem with a 25-song collection of material previously released (for the most part) by the band on demos, compilations, singles, etc. Their formula on Shox of Violence is simple; fast, loose Thrash with blackened vocals, high energy and squealing guitars. In addition to original music (mostly from demos) there is a mix of NWOBHM (Venom, Girlschool) and obscure Punk (The Spits, Scarab, Pagans) covers as well as a hilariously incongruous rendition of Quiet Riot's "Slick Black Cadillac." Most of the songs are live or demo-space products and the sound quality suffers, ranging from passable to poor. The only people I can think of who need this album are Midnight completists (if there are any) and fans whose tastes extend to truly underground Punk. If you don't fit into either of those categories and given the crummy sound, missing Shox of Violence isn't going to hurt but I did laugh out loud at "Slick Black Cadillac."

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