Midnight Sun - Another World (Japan Edition) (1997)

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Midnight Sun - Another World (Japan Edition) (1997)

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Midnight Sun - Another World (Japan Edition) (1997)

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Year : 1997 (Japan Edition)
Style : Melodic Heavy Metal , Melodic Hard Rock
Country : Sweden
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 166 mb


Bio:

Midnight Sun was formed in Summer 1996. Still under the name of Tranquility the group gave a series of club shows all over Sweden and - after changing the band name to Midnight Sun – recorded their debut album, Another World in the ´Roasting House` Studio. The CD was released in in Japan, Sweden and Germany in 1997 and received brilliant reviews in BURRN, Young Guitar, Music Life, etc. Their follow-up work, Above & Beyond was released a year later and showed, with the help of two guest musicians, drummer Hempo Hildén (Dokken, Slash, Glenn Hughes Band) and the brilliant guitarrist John Norum (ex Europe), the band in the style of the heroes of melodic hardrock´s á la Rainbow, Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen. BURRN awarded Above & Beyond 89 from 100 possible marks and this was reflected in other reviews all over the world. For their third album, Nemesis (also awarded 89) Midnight Sun changed the line-up again. In the place of guitarist Chris Palm came the young, talented Magnus Karlsson who had already made a great name for himself for his fabulous playing in numerous other Swedish bands. Karlsson's fancy playing left a permanent mark on Nemesis and often led to comparisons with Malmsteen and even to Iron Maiden.New to the band is singer Jakob Samuel who has replaced shouter Pete Sandberg. "There were no personal problems between Pete and I," Reingold explains. "It was just the right time to go our separate ways. It's a bit like a football team - you have to change the players now and again to stay competitive. Even if such a shake-up means taking a certain risk." After Sandberg left Reingold contacted his old friend, Jakob Samuel who travelled down from Stockholm and who put all doubts aside at the very first rehearsal session together. "He was steaming!", Reingold recalls, still impressed. "His singing just blew us away." Guitarist Magnus Karlsson, who joined the band for the recordings of the last album, Nemesis has become an especially important part of the current Midnight Sun lineup. On Metal Machine, Karlsson can demonstrate all his talent. His precise, rhythmical way of playing and his clever solos prove him to be a brilliant instrumentalist, who enhances Metal Machine as much as he does on his own new Last Tribe album, The Ritual. Completing the current lineup is drummer Jaime Salazar, certainly one of the best and most popular Swedish drummers of the day and also a member of the Scandinavian progrock elite band, The Flowerkings. Majestic Keyboarder, Richard Anderson was invited to play as guest musician and although keyboard parts on Metal Machine are few and far between, Richard can be heard during his brilliant solo in ´Distorted Eyes`. The eleven tracks of the new album were produced by Anders Theo Theander (Majestic, Pain Of Salvation etc.) in the Swedish ´Roasting House` Studios! .

Album:

Aside from the logo being a complete rip-off of Apocalypse Now, this album is too good to be true. Don’t let the cowboy hats and all that other crap fool you, this band is heavy metal at their core. The music here goes from cold and aggressive to warm and mesmerizing, all with a serious grasp on reality between the darkest of desires and the temptations of love. There’s an obvious ‘80s vibe going on, too, which is something that most of these ‘90s bands just ditched for some reason. Most of the songs sound soft and touching, with a lot of synth backing for those ballads.I’d say that the ballads are the best tracks on the album: “Over And Over,” “Looking For Love,” “On ‘N On,” “Power Of Greed,” and “Deep In My Heart.” All of the tracks have ballad qualities, but these ones are strictly of that type. The synth support is one thing that coats the atmosphere delectably while giving that AOR, lovey-dovey feeling. The cover art fantastically depicts this feeling; the open sky above the desert with the dim haze setting in; very ‘80s and romanticized. I should just flat out say that this is a love album, but I’m not sure if that was the band’s exact intention (although the lyrics say otherwise). Aside from being incredibly somber and melodic, the riffs are a different story as they sometimes clobber you senseless. There are some moments that are so heavy that you feel the need to back away from the speakers. However, it usually plays it safe with clean build-ups and as a soft rhythm pacekeeper with the drums.Production is so rich that the bass and drums sound beefy. Everything about the drums is too blissful – a night out on the town with that characterizing echo, deep drum bass, and someone behind it who can keep a steady rhythm. Bass is my favorite next to the harmonious leads; lurking beside the drums with jazzy lines that paint the sky purple and red. The atmosphere is so relaxing, natural, and enchanting that it’s almost too much. As distant as it may be, Another World comes off as a prog-less love-version of a Conception album.Sandberg provides the vocals, and I always thought he sounded much older here than he would years later in Opus Atlantica. Here, his voice doesn’t have any effects, so all you’ll hear are his lush, soulful and squeaky cleans with vice and vigor to them. He’s dead serious and sure to make your experience one that you’ll never forget. He doesn’t force his vocals on you, but his wails can compete with the best of them. For most of the tracks, it’ll be the slow, reassuring style that becomes familiar.To me, I believe they picked the wrong route going for the old western / American country look. It’s so misleading; this isn’t country power metal. Fine, it’s a love album for those looking for a romantic night out, but that doesn’t mean everyone else can’t hop on and enjoy.

Line Up:

Pete Sandberg - Vocals - See also: ex-Madison
Jonas Reingold - Bass (1996-?) - See also: ex-Opus Atlantica, ex-Devil's Heaven, Kaipa, Karmakanic, The Flower Kings, ex-Reptilian, ex-Time Requiem, ex-Reingold
Mike D - Keyboards
Chris Palm - Guitars, Vocals
Anders "Theo" Theander - Drums, Vocals

Tracklist:

01. Another World (Intro) 01:54
02. Moneymaker 04:15
03. No Way Out 03:46
04. Over and Over 03:14
05. All I Want 03:41
06. Looking for Love 04:38
07. Black Night 03:46
08. Hold Me Back 04:19
09. On n' On 03:58
10. Power of Greed 03:57
11. Front-Page News 04:14
12. Deep in My Heart 04:31
13. Name of Love 03:51
14. Deep in My Heart 04:27 (Japan Bonus Track)
15. Fire Still Burns 02:50 (Japan Bonus Track)

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