MIDNIGHT TO TWELVE


"XII" (JKH; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Midnight 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 an slight return to 80s hair metal excess thanks in part to a sharp display of keyboards -- this squad succeeds in varying the modern radio rock sound without sacrificing the big hooks found on tracks like "Story," demonstrating their readiness for the hockey arena circuit.

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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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