This Midnight Stream - _Cinematic_
(Sound Vortex, 2002)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
The Midnight Sun's _Cinematic_ album is one of the strangest CDs I have come in contact with in the last little at Chronicles of Chaos, kind of like a mix between The Gathering, Enya and Tom Waits or Lou Reed. I kid you not. The album, which as you'd probably already figured out by now incorporates a lot of female vocals and keyboard/electronic work, thrusts upon us a dazzling atmospheric vibe as it carries on. Fans of newer-era The Gathering, underrated act The Dreamside and others of the ilk might be into checking this band out, as the echoing swirls of electronic bliss are tantalizing. Nice to see an album like this reviewed in CoC, as it is far from blazing death metal, but interesting enough for us metalheads to take a chance on it and explore what else out there is extreme and possibly groundbreaking. Check out the spiritual flow of "The Way Inside", the bizarre opener "Fallen Angel" and the beautiful "Esther". Lots to choose from here, so take a chance...


(article published 3/7/2002)

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