I, the Architect
Midnight Realm is what would happen if Insomnium ran all their riffs through Architects and hired Septicflesh to provide the orchestrations.
In other words, it’s melodic death metal with modern sensibilities and a much wider appeal. Midnight Realm kicked their career off in 2012 with their whiplash-inducing debut record Polarissima, which featured drum arrangements from Alex Rüdinger (Whitechapel, Threat Signal, The Faceless,etc.) the single “Solaris” is still found in top melodic death metal streaming playlists. Building on the success of Polarissima, Midnight Realm returned in 2014 with their follow-up single “The Rebuild”. The song features guest vocals from Mutiny Within singer Chris Clancy (who also mixed the track) and was positively received, with critics such as Metal Injection citing it as “melodic death metal done right” and having an “absolutely monolithic” chorus. Midnight Realm went on hiatus in 2015, but made a strong return in late 2019 with the new single “I, The Architect”. A return to form,the track made waves enough to be featured on Apple Music’s Breaking Metal playlist alongside massive artists such as Black Sabbath, Slayer, and Blind Guardian.