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