Editor's Rating

Promising debut from upcoming Manchester metallers.

8.3

In the absolute shit show that has been 2020, there’s some great news on the horizon for fans of the heavier side of music. Manchester based Midnight Drive are finally releasing their long awaited first EP Misery on the 9th October.

Opener Faded has a cool electronic synth vibe with heavy undertones, vocalist George Holding gets the chance to showcase the melodic side as well as using his screams as background to beef the track up more than some Bisto on a delicious Sunday roast. The bridge leads up to final raucous chorus which has serious Motionless in White timbres which seamlessly leads into second track Skeletons.

The macabre titled song is most definitely a bop on first listen, the drums are infectious and the screams that lead up to the chorus excite the listener. There must be something about this band and excellent bridges; the pulverising screams that take the listener hand in hand to the breakdown are perfect. This song is for sure the heaviest guise we’ve ever seen Midnight Drive in.

Reality is the third track on the album and has a very melodic metalcore sound to it, it is difficult to believe this is the debut EP for MD. Listeners would struggle to believe that everything on the album has been self-produced, recorded and mastered with the four lads all mucking in to do their bit. They have set up a crowdfunding page with some amazing incentives which you can still donate towards until 09/10/20, linked here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/midnight-drive-misery#/

Title track Misery has a sombre vocal tone to begin, there are bouts of rousing instrumental sections but its really the vocal line that is most striking. This whole EP has a real mature sound to it, Midnight Drive are a real emerging bit of Northern talent that need to be heard.