Saturday, 9 June 2018

Young Bull - Midnight Climax (Album Review)

Release date: June 08th 2018. Label: The Company KC. Format: Cassette/CD/DD/Vinyl

Midnight Climax – Tracklisting

1.Purple Pain 03:32
2.G.A.C. 02:01
3.Light Beam 03:07
4.The Worm 03:24
5.Swordbearer 02:53
6.Overbored 03:03
7.Horned One 02:37
8.Know the Drill 03:07
9.13 Reasons 02:02
10.Midnight Climax 03:32
11.Chainwhipped 03:07


Cameron -GTR


Young Bull are currently signed to The Company KC and they have just released their debut album Midnight Climax. This album is a very loud and boisterous Sludge/Punk/Stoner Metal affair with the right amount of aggression and progressive sounds.

Opening with the fast-paced - Purple Pain, Young Bull waste no time in laying down some heavy psychedelic and classic sounding riffs. The atmosphere is quite angry and has an old-school Punk-Rock sensibility especially with the superb drumming from Aaron and distorted bass playing from Brian as well. The vocals from Treet are very much in your face and they offer an unsettling presence at times.

Young Bull carries on playing this highly aggressive style of Sludge/Stoner Metal throughout the majority of the album. With songs such as: G.A.C., Light Beam, The Worm, and Overbored allowing Young Bull to put in a commanding performance throughout the album. The band may feel they play a standard Sludge/Stoner Metal sound. However look behind the fast-paced riffs, Young Bull actually play a wide range of different styles. My favourite parts is when the Thin Lizzy style classic guitar solos appear. Young Bull even treats you to a few Classic Rock/Heavy Metal musical passages.

The best moments of the album appear on the second half of the album on songs such as Know The Drill, 13 Reasons, Midnight Climax and Chainwhipped. Most of the songs last around two to three minutes in length. So there is no waiting around for the loud and violent music to appear. Young Bull has got a job to do and they excel at playing a more precise sound.

The music maybe too fast-paced for some but there sure is a lot of fun to be had when Young Bull decide to move away from the standard Sludge/Stoner Metal sound and you can feel the band enjoying themselves. The lyrics are fine for the most part however there are a few songs that could have done with more work or be left as instrumental songs.

The production is excellent, so no complaints on that score with the album having a powerful sound. Young Bull never outstays their welcome and this album proves they might have something about them in the years to come.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to The Company KC for the promo. Midnight Climax is available to buy on Cassette/CD/DD/Vinyl now via The Company KC