Midnight Sorrow – At First (2014)


Hailing from France, today we have a new entry into the Symphonic/Gothic Metal category with Midnight Sorrow and their debut EP, “At First”. Delivering over 15 minutes of well-crafted traditional Symphonic Gothic Metal, the band can easily rival the likes of Edenbridge, Xandria, Delain, etc. with their very direct and easy going music.

As it is usual to open with an instrumental track, “Crystal Drops” sets a very magical atmosphere and generates expectation for the listener to keep reading. In a very bombastic manner, “Waterfall” instantly delivers and intense opening with fast guitars and very lush instrumentations. Maureen’s vocals are quite potent and very fitting to the music, she reminds us of Helena Iren Michaelsen from Imperia/Trail of Tears fame.

Things settle into a darker and heavier folkish vibe with the excellent “Between Sun and Moon”. While some people might argue that classically trained vocals started to get dull several years ago, we still love them and think that when they fit the music perfectly, they are more than welcome, and this is the case with Midnight Sorrow. Some growls also appear in this track giving it that old-school ‘beauty and the beast’ approach.

Our favorite track is the melodramatic “At First” and its lush atmospheric elements. We love how this track slowly progresses. The keyboards are particularly cheeky and engaging in this one. The band rounds up their release with “Behind the Waterfall”, an instrumental piece that showcases their composing abilities and closes the album on a high note.

As a whole, “At First” is one very solid release from a promising band. While there is still some work to be done for the band to find their own identity and signature style, they have all the right pieces to further develop in the future. If you live Symphonic/Gothic Metal with strong female vocals, look no further and check Midnight Sorrow out.

Band: Midnight Sorrow Album: At First

Label: Self-Released

Release: Feburary 1st, 2014

Oficial Site Social Media

Genre: Symphonic / Gothic Metal

Country: France

Rating: 84/100

Recent Image Galleries