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Midnite City: Midnite City
Midnite City 2017 Self-titled CD Album Review

Midnite City: Midnite City

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

Describing the band's sound as "timeless melodic rock and hair metal," vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Rob Wylde (Tygertailz, Vega) developed his new band, Midnite City. On the strength of three songs, where he played all instruments except drums, former Eden's Curse drummer played drums and produced, and Harem Scarem's Harry Hess mastered, Midnite City was picked up by Germany's AOR Heaven for the release of their self-titled debut.

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Midnite City

Timeless, classic, melodic rock are apt adjectives to describe Midnite City, just toss in a large dose of AOR magic and viola! You have everything here you need to spin this classic rock genre: twin guitar harmony, stirring lead solos, sweet melodies and vocal harmonies, catchy refrains, and vibrant rock rhythm and groove from a tight rhythm section. All that's left is to wrap the tunes in arena-ready, radio-friendly, AOR accessibility. It's not only the tried and true formula, but the right and necessary one. Wylde and Midnite City get it, and you get melodic hard rock ear candy.

Solid and straight up rockers come with Can't Wait For The Night, We Belong, and Think About. AOR groove and accessibility come with the I Can't Take It, the quite catchy refrain from Ghost Of My Old Friends, the Bryan Adams reminiscent Summer Of Our Lives, and the groovy smooth Last Beat Of My Heart. And what's AOR melodic rock without dropping a swollen, soon soaring, ballad? You have it with Everything You Meant To Me. Conversely, you'll find some musical redundancy with One Step Away and Things She Said, both beginning with nearly similar riff line. Nevertheless, for classic Eighties variety AOR melodic hard rock, Midnite City is spot on target with this promising debut. Easily recommended. - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft

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The Bottom Line

For classic Eighties AOR melodic hard rock, Midnite City is spot on target with this promising debut. Easily recommended.

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