"Midnight Forces" (Inner Axis; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


"Midnight Forces," by German rockers Inner Axis, is a serviceable metal album, with ten tracks of fast-paced melodic metal that does what it needs to do but that probably won't stick with you after the album reaches its finish.

In trying to find a band to compare Inner Axis to, the closest I could come up with was Saxon. And that's not a bad comparison, obviously. It's just that the tracks on "Midnight Forces" are so ... I don't know ... typical. That's not a bad thing. If you've read other reviews that I've written, you know that I have no problem with a band just playing the music they're best known for. Every new album doesn't have to be groundbreaking or fresh or quirky. It just has to kick my ass. And Inner Axis do that occasionally on "Midnight Forces" (especially on my favorite track, "Evil Dead") but there's nothing here that makes the band really stand out on their own.

Again, I want to make it clear that "Midnight Forces" isn't a bad album. It isn't. It's sometimes very good. It just didn't stick to my ribs like I hoped it would.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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