Midnite Hellion - Hour Of The Wolf

‘Hour of the Wolf’ is a single release which hopefully will bear the fruit of a planned full length album in the non-too distant future from this new line up that features new female vocalist Pamela ‘P.J.’ Berlinghof and guitarist Nick Digiovacchino. The music is thoroughly in the traditional metal camp and such would be most suited to a future Keep It True festival line up, but the immediate comparison is marginally toward Christian Mistress and that’s mainly due to the vocal sounds emanating from this metal monster, as brief as it may be.

Although I say brief at two tracks, they are of considerable length. ‘Hour of the Wolf’ is a straight up metal tune, whilst ‘The Morrigan’ sounds slightly more epic, a little more flavoursome than a straight up galloping metal track. The production is still a little low key, there is a dated sounding guitar throughout, but I don’t really think any more distortion would suit the music in all fairness; therefore don’t expect balls to the wall modern production. It is what it is and if it isn’t broke then don’t fix it. ‘The Morrigon’ features a lot more musicianship than the opening tune, there are plenty of guitar flashes of speed and intensity that are combined with a genuine and thoughtful application of melody, also from the vocal too that has a varied range.

All in all, this is a cool release that showcases a band with plenty of ambition and talent. If you don’t know the band, then check them out, I am sure you will be talking in the same vein as other young bands that hone their abilities within the traditional metal field.

  1. Hour Of The Wolf
  2. The Morrigan