Germany continues to pump out good Melodic Rock, and Midnite Club is no exception. I must admit that I have not heard Midnite Club’s debut record, Running Out of Lies, so I really didn’t know what to expect when I fired this disc up.
What I found is a good band with strong guitar work and a very good vocalist. Guitarist, Stephen Seeger has called George Lynch one of his influences, and he makes no attempt to hide his Dokken style riffage. At times, I think he has mastered George Lynch’s style more than current Dokken guitarist, Jon Levin. Midnite CLub’s singer, Carsten Schulz reminds me a lot of Gotthard’s Steve Lee, and he might actually be a tad bit better.
Midnite Club’s music doesn’t really clone the sound of either Dokken or Gotthard though. This is due to the keyboards of Holger Seeger. At times his keyboards overpowers Midnite Club’s songs, and at other times it seems to empower them. Some of the songs on Circus of Life could have sounded better without the keyboard mix in my opinion, but even with the keyboards, most of the songs seem fairly solid.
I liked Midnite Club’s cover of the Kenny Loggins tune, Danger Zone. This was a completely unexpected cover, and not something I would expect to hear a band redo in 2008. Some other cuts that I really enjoyed were Circus, Behind My Eyes, and Shelter From the Storm.
Circus of Life is a decent mix of AOR and hard rock. It isn’t a perfect record by any means, but if you like good, melodic hard rock, it is certainly something you will want to check out!
Rating:Out of 10
2. Afraid Of Love
3. Promises Remain
4. Behind My Eyes
5. Heart Of A Dragon
6. Danger Zone
7. Shelter From The Storm
8. Memories For Sale
9. Closer To The Distance
10. Calling For Crazy
11. Crying In A Dream
Midnite Club is:
Stephen ‘Seegi’ Seeger – Guitar
Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz – Vocals
Bernd Herrmann – Drums
Andy Keller – Bass
Holger ‘Holgi’ Seeger – Keyboards