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MIDNIGHT Reveals Details For New Album Let There Be Witchery

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, January 24, 2022 @ 12:01 AM

Out March 4; Video For "Szex Witchery" Launches

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Photo Credit: Hannah Verbeuren

On March 4th, MIDNIGHT will release their fifth full-length, Let There Be Witchery, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, the new single, video "Szex Witchery", can be seen on KNAC.COM HERE. Head to https://metalblade.com/midnight/ - where Let There Be Witchery can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

  • jewelcase-CD
  • 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
  • green marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 666 copies)
  • indigo marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
  • wine red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 400 copies)
  • violet marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
  • clear lavender vinyl (Metal Blade Shop exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
  • clear lilac vinyl (High Roller Records exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
  • light grey marbled vinyl (Decibel exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
  • coke bottle clear vinyl (US exclusive)
  • purple / black blend vinyl (US exclusive)
  • clear / black haze vinyl (Band exclusive - limited to 200 copies) **available HERE in the USA OR HERE internationally**
Filthy, belligerent and obnoxious, MIDNIGHT make music to start fights to. Since 2003, one-man-band Athenar has been churning out an ungodly racket, dropping countless demos, splits and EPs - and in 2022 he returns, delivering a catchy mixture of black metal, speed metal, and dirty punk rock. "I always want it to be loud and nasty," he asserts. "That kinda thing never gets old with me. How funny will that look to see me at age 77 - if I reach that point - sitting on the porch blasting HELLHAMMER?"

The title is a combination of the song titles "Let There Be Sodomy" and "Szex Witchery", Athenar wanting to maintain the tradition of using six syllables. Lyrically, the record is "unfiltered savage animalisticness", and the deeper the listener delves, the dirtier they get, which is just the way it should be. When it came to tracking the record, Athenar returned to Mercenary Studios in Cleveland, OH and producer Noah Buchanan, who makes it very easy for him to cut loose and make noise, choosing to once again record all the instruments himself despite having a live band that could step in and help out. "It's still just me and my science project gone awry. I realize I'm musically handicapped, but there's a charm to it."

Mulling over the question as to why anyone should actually give a shit about MIDNIGHT, he once again comes up with a typical Athenar answer: "If I were to give actual good advice, I would say stay clear of anything to do with MIDNIGHT. But I'm not a rational thinker, so as usual, I will give terrible advice and say punish your earholes and play this album as loud as your stereo goes, go out to a gig and mingle with others that you don't know, lick their faces and rub upon each other's sweaty torsos to the hellish, neanderthalish noise of a band called MIDNIGHT! You gotta release your demons somehow! That's why you should give a shit, or two."

Let There Be Witchery tracklisting:

  • "Telepathic Nightmare"
  • "Frothing Foulness"
  • "In Sinful Secrecy"
  • "Nocturnal Molestation"
  • "More Torment"
  • "Let There Be Sodomy"
  • "Devil Virgin"
  • "Snake Obsession"
  • "Villainy Wretched Villainy"
  • "Szex Witchery"
Shortly after record release, MIDNIGHT will head out on the road with MAYHEM and WATAIN for the "Sanguine Sodomy of North America" tour. See below for all dates!

"Sanguine Sodomy of North America" tour dates
w/ MAYHEM, WATAIN, MIDNIGHT

  • 3.7 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
  • 3.8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
  • 3.9 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile Theater
  • 3.11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
  • 3.12 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
  • 3.14 - Dallas, TX @ Amplified Live
  • 3.15 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
  • 3.16 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
  • 3.18 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
  • 3.19 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
  • 3.20 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
  • 3.22 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
  • 3.23 - Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
  • 3.25 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
  • 3.26 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 3.27 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 3.29 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
  • 3.30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Roxian
  • 3.31 - Detroit, MI @ The Majestic
  • 4.1 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic
  • 4.2 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
  • 4.3 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge


 

 

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