Review: Midnight to Twelve – XII [2008]

amazon-midnight-to-twelveMidnight to Twelve is a hard rock quintet armed with a streamlined sound which placed them on the melodrama One Tree Hill. The group’s 12-track offering is a mixed bag of tricks switching between gnashing hard rock (“Burnin,” “Contain It”) and sappy Nickelback-esque wallowing (“Slam”). Finding a middle ground between the guitar rock of Saliva, Theory of a Deadman, and Buckcherry while marking a slight return to 80’s hair metal excess thanks in part to a sharp display of keyboards, this squad succeeds in variating the modern radio rock sound without sacrificing the big hooks found on tracks like “Story,” demonstrating their readiness for the hockey arena circuit. www.m212.comMike SOS

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