Midnight Guest: With a bridge between the present and the past!

Midnight Guest - Hellfire

As a bridge between the present and the past, Midnight Guest tunes 1970s heavy rock and occult rock with a modern look on their debut EP. The project created in 2020 by guitarist Daniel Stunges joins the vocals of Kjetil Landsgard, straight from Canada, and musicians Tadeu Correa on drums and Eduardo Oliveira on bass. The album hits streaming platforms accompanied by the video for the track Hellfire (Do What Thou Wilt),

The genesis of Midnight Guest comes from the desire to create within the occult rock genre, popularized by names like Black Sabbath and Ghost, but which also had a punk attitude mixed with metal, as is the case with Motörhead and Misfits. This more analogue sound guided the entire production.

«We recorded with instruments that were at least 20 years old and with tube amplifiers. I sent the mixes to be transferred to ¼” magnetic tape at the Welcome to 1979 studio in Nashville, and to master I chose Arthur Joly who is a master of analog sound. It’s because of this aesthetic that in addition to streaming, we’ll also make one limited edition of the EP in color cassette», says Daniel Stunges.

The lyrics are mainly based on religion and occultism. The single Hellfire (Do What Thou Wilt) is inspired by the history of the 18th century Hellfire Clubs and Stanley Kubrick’s With Eyes Wide Shut. The title track seeks to capture the atmosphere of some of Francisco Goya’s Black Paintings, especially El Querore, in addition to references to the feature films O Nome Da Rosa and A Bruxa. Nunsploitation talks about the Christian idea of purification through suffering and the exploration of this by the hierarchy of organized religions. Finally, The Future Is Vintage talks about the feeling of living in a dystopia in the face of disbelief in science and movements such as earthmoving and anti-vaccine.

«Initially this project would be something similar to a solo album, but I met Kjetil Landsgard and things started to take on more band form. Both of us are already working on new songs to be released in the second half of 2021», anticipates Stunges.

The entire creative process was developed from a distance and the recording took place in each musician’s home studios, with the exception of the drums. The compositions were all signed by Daniel Stunges.


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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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