Ohio black metal outfit Midnight is helmed by frontman Jamie Walters (aka Athenar), whose former group, Boulder
, had been an integral part of Cleveland's metal and punk scenes.
Initially formed as a side project of Boulder
, Walters debuted Midnight in 2003 with the Funeral Bell EP, and spent the next eight years doling out small run singles, splits, and other D.I.Y. rarities before delivering a proper full-length release in 2011's Satanic Royalty. With this album, Midnight established themselves beyond mere cultdom, earning a more widespread following and setting the table for their 2014 follow-up, No Mercy for Mayhem. In between their major releases, Walters continued to issue new and archived material in a variety of other formats including a 2015 split 7" with Shitfucker
and the 2016 EP Shox of Violence, further branding his style of metal as "lust, filth, and sleaze." A third proper full-length, Sweet Death & Ecstasy, appeared in 2017. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi