Midnight Eternal – Signs Of Fire: A Video Breakdown

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2 minutes to Midnight Eternal

Today’s video breakdown comes by request of ToH’s very own Sarah Lafayette. It also comes courtesy of a YouTube ad. Just a few days ago, this entire video came up as an advertisement prior to whatever music video I was playing. I can understand throwing out a few coins to have a 30 second sample of your new album or a brief clip of your music video, but the entire thing? That’s got to be expensive and not particularly offensive. People don’t want to see advertisements and I’m pretty sure they don’t want to sit through four minutes of another band before seeing the band they originally wanted to watch.

Midnight Eternal are a symphonic metal band based out of New York. Prepare your frilly dresses, eyeliner, heaving bosoms and ill-advised top hats.

0:03: This’ll really make your keyboards pop.
0:06: They couldn’t even spring for a big fake amp?
0:09: Ow my nose!
0:13: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
0:15: We have a top hat sighting. Repeat: We have a top hat sighting.
0:18: And a wallet chain.
0:25: Someone gets 15% off for working at Guitar Center…
0:30: Did she drop a contact?
0:37: Seizure Eternal.
0:41: My Face Is Up Here Eternal.
0:47: All those hair flips will lead to a lot of neck problems later in life.
0:52: It’s like a romance novel cover come to life.
0:59: Or bad high school poetry.
1:05: I’m no fashion maven, but it seems like there are some pieces missing to that dress.
1:11: Whoa, who turned on the AC?
1:16: It’s like Alice Cooper and Marco Hietala had a baby.
1:22: Careful, you’ll poke an eye out.
1:27: More wallet chains!
1:35: Hey, that’s a fire hazard. Blow out those candles!
1:40: Smokey The Bear weeps at the lack of fire safety.
1:47: How does he get that sound without being anywhere near a microphone?
1:57: I really have to start going to Renaissance fairs.
2:00: For the, um, cultural experience.
2:08: Pretentious by Calvin Klein.
2:14: She actually has to put on that perfume to combat the dork stench.
2:22: Were top hats ever cool?
2:25: Like, even when wearing top hats were socially acceptable?
2:28: The only direction given to her for this entire video was “Do some shit with your hands.”
2:37: I will say that the top hat does a good job of distracting from the goatee.
2:42: Hello!
2:48: It’s like they took the Leaves’ Eyes video for “Into Your Light” and said “We can do even less.”
2:52: Midnight Eternal: Now with more hair crimping.
2:56: It takes a lot of red Tootsie Pops to get that lip color.
3:03: I wonder if he knows the top hat-wearing guitarist from Zenobia.
3:08: Is there a store that caters specifically to the top hat-wearing metal guitarists of the world?
3:12: I hope it has a clever name like “Top Hats, Bottom Bitches” or “Top O’ The Hat To You”
3:14: “Carol Ann, listen to me! Do not go into the light!”
3:20: The power of the top hat is so strong, I didn’t even notice his vest.
3:27: Fuuuuuuck.
3:35: T..t..time to leave?
3:44: There’s no fog in that room, it’s just their natural musk.
3:53: Top Hat’s leather pants are really the cherry on this nerd sundae.
4:01: Get that sweet Children Of Bodom sound all without having to deal with Alexi Laiho.
4:09: “My god… what have I done?”
4:12: “Ugh, those chili cheese fries ain’t sitting right.”
4:17: I think we can all agree that Dino Cazares would look drop-dead gorgeous in that dress.
4:20: And here I thought “End roll” was what happened when Chris Christie wore undies that were too tight.

Midnight Eternal’s self-titled debut album is out now via Inner Wound Recordings.

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  • Óðinn
    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      saw this tour live with the old man back in 87

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

        Good band, and their live shows seem pretty good.

  • Óðinn
    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Bwahahahaha, the foremothers of Top Hat Core.

      • Óðinn

        I kinda miss the grunge era. I could dress however the fuck I wanted (Dayton shitkicker boots, plaid shirt, long-ass motherfuckin’ hair, Sepultura concert shirt, plaid shirt, Schott NYC black motorcycle jacket), and not only did people not complain, but they tried to dress like me.

        https://youtu.be/k7CPIXnaeeQ

        • more beer

          There is a guy here I see at shows from time to time. He has the 80’s fringe leather jacket with a top hat. Every time I see him it’s like going back to 1987.

          • Óðinn

            That is very 1987.

          • more beer

            Yes it is. I always think Slash and Bon Jovi are gonna show up and take their clothes back.

  • brokensnow

    METAL MONKS on youtube post alot of stuff like this. really obscure, overproduced, art/opera/symphonic/derp. Some neat stuff every once in awhile.

    • ¡JAJAJAJAJAJAJA!

    • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

      I really can’t take anyone who plays one of those horrendous Dimebag guitars seriously. The top hat is just icing on the cake.

      • Top Yes to that, those Dimebag guitars are horrible!!

      • Óðinn

        Same here. Dimebag guitars are hideous.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        People who can play a Dimebag guitar:
        A) Dimebag
        B) Someone who personally received one from Dimebag
        C) See A and B

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          Or Alex from Cryptopsy

        • Óðinn

          People who should play Dean Guitars…

          Nobody.

          • brokensnow

            See Perms answer.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Or the guy from Goatpenis

  • This was super fun to read!!! Thanks, Sarah and 365.

    I would like to watch the video to see the faces and the top-hat top-kek in High Definition, but at least I’m returning home with this jewel in my head: “Like, even when wearing top hats were socially acceptable?”

  • brokensnow

    This is a pretty good example.
    https://youtu.be/lTMWrI_9Dfk

  • Möthër Shäbübü

    I saw that top hat guy and knew this was going to be lolbuttz.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe
    • Getcha pull m’lady *

      • Elegant Gazing Globe

        that krank amp is further evidence that the entire band is just a stage prop

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          What’s actually wrong with Krank amps? I see a lot of people talking shit about them but they never explain why.

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            I had a Rev JR stack that melted it’s PCB.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Ah. That’s certainly a problem.

      • Möthër Shäbübü

        And thus Neckbeard the pirate sailed the seas of Mountain Dew, pillaging gaming forums and message boards of all reason and logic.

        • you tryin ta throw shade, Shabubu!?

          • Möthër Shäbübü

            No, I’m trying to drown people in it.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      “Achieve a fine pull, my good sir. Until the morrow…”
      *daintily sips blacktooth grin from pewter chalice*
      *adjusts dimeslime monocle*

  • Möthër Shäbübü

    “If freedom comes with nudity, than with bondage must come top hats.”

    -Winston Churchill, probably

    • brokensnow

      and really bad vox.

      • Möthër Shäbübü

        I watched it with the sound on this time. Was not expecting that.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Or the ancient wiseman, Gary Busey.

    • Joaquin Stick

      It’s like… you don’t even read my news *sadface*

      • Sorry. I missed that section, obviously.

        • Joaquin Stick

          Haha it happens. Things get lost in the mega list.

          • Sounds incredible so far. Some supreme haunting atmosphere happening here.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      not enough reverb

      • Can always have more reverb.

  • Spear

    Oh my god. I’ve been joking about this for awhile now, but now I realize that Top Hat metal is an actual thing.
    Exhibit A) Nightwish starts off… well, tolerable, but turns to shit the moment their keyboardist puts on a top hat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPonioDYnoY

    Exhibit B) Amberian Dawn was a fantastic operatic power metal band until their keyboardist put on a top hat. Now they sound like Nightwish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNs8Z6W7Y8Y

    Exhibit C) Fallen Arise has likely always been crap. Precedence indicates it’s because the bassist wears a top hat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6npIAHxgvsM

    Exhibit D) Midnight Eternal. See above.

    Say no to top hats in metal, kids.

  • Joaquin Stick

    Is Top-hat-core a thing? Saw these guys open for Porcupine Tree a few years back. Was lolbuttz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wJFnxJbCqU

    • brokensnow

      This a little more pattony,with some 70’s grit for good measure. I dig this. Thin lizzy meets Some of pattons more reasonable efforts.

      • Joaquin Stick

        Live, they weren’t torture to listen to, but I cannot see myself actively seeking them out.

    • Spear

      The conspiracy deepens. Doesn’t quite sound like all the other top hat bands, though.

      • Joaquin Stick

        The genre of top hat is not about the sounds. It’s about the FEELS!

        • Spear

          I thought it was about crappy Hans Zimmer worship.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            And hot, untalented two octave singers who think they’re Sarah Brightman.

        • more beer

          And the style.

    • more beer

      You will have a lifetimes worth of jokes for having endured these guys. I got to 35 seconds. That was all I could take..

      • brokensnow

        ……………lol more beer indeed.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    that Krank amp certainly is a big fake amp

  • tertius_decimus

    Nothing is more horrible than metal video that isn’t a bootleg.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      good to see you t_d

      • tertius_decimus

        Chapeau!

  • JWEG

    Totally unrelated note: I seem to have lost about 400 upvotes in the last week, at a rate of 40-70 per day, depending on the day (all overnight).

    Is this a common phenomenon? Or just me?

    • no, i have lost close to 2000

      • JWEG

        Well.

        At least now I can be sure it’s Disqus changing their upvote algorithm (adding in downvotes maybe?) and retroactively realigning the count to match.

        Kinda sucks that there’s no official explanation yet. Just that ridiculous recommended article every time I log in.

        • No man if they were adding in down votes then I would be in the negatives by now

          • brokensnow

            Karma perhaps..?

  • JWEG
  • Waynecro

    “Top Hats, Bottom Bitches”: Hilarious and clearly a song title waiting to happen. I hope an irreverent grindcore band hops on this ASAP.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Sounds right up Akercocke’s alley.

      • i donno man, theyre already on next-level turtleneck game

        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

          I almost forgot about that! Their new song kicks ass, but the lack of top hats and Billy The Butcher/Salvador Dali/the bartender from Bravestar mustaches has me worried. That’s a deal breaker.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I hope the new song is the poppiest from the new album.

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    Wow, I was just watching this last night since it was in my YT recommendations. God awful Nightwishcore with Lullacry vocals, but yowza that chick is:

    https://media.giphy.com/media/l2QZSzg6ExnurHbNu/giphy.gif

    I shall be on the top bunk, researching this band’s work.

  • Pentagram Sam

    I dig me some Nightwish, but the worst thing Nightwish did was spawn a legion of wannabe’s who ironically, all think they’re better than Nightwish. Maybe it’s the smug look on the guitarist’s face or the sheer “I love the smell of my genius farts” on the keyboardist’s but these guys look like can’t have fun without mentioning how great they are.

    Srsly, who the fuck thinks it’s a good idea to shove your full video into an ad before another video? “we are so great, that people will forget what they actually clicked on to watch when our greatness becomes apparent.”

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Nightwish is far and away the number one reason why people cringe when they hear the term ‘symphonic metal’.

      • more beer

        Besides it being symphonic. Which is reason enough to cringe.

        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

          There’s a hell of a lot of good symphonic music out there! Das Ich, Deine Lakaien, Helium Vola, Rhapsody/Rhapsody Of Fire, Andre Matos, certain Manowar songs, for starters. I hate it though when rock and metal bands come out with shitty remakes of their songs with an orchestra (looking at you, Metallica!). At that point, you know for sure they’ve completely run out of ideas.

          • more beer

            That just doesn’t do it for me.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Lol, me and Ross joked a while back about Symphonic Hardcore. Basically, taking hardcore punk, add some symphonics and them talking tough about dragons and elves. Who wouldn’t want to hear Agnostic Front cover Rhapsody’s ‘Village Of Dwarves’?

          • more beer

            Agnostic Front for one.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Or Rhapsody singing about living on the hard streets of NYC, and incorporating wizards, ogres, etc.

          • brokensnow

            pretty generalized statement.

          • more beer

            That was diplomacy.

  • Max

    If I wasn’t already into metal, this is exactly the sort of song that would make me think, “Thank fuck I don’t listen to metal and aren’t gonna start.”

    • brokensnow

      mmmmm… plenty of heavier stuff that that would do that with just sound, let alone visuals.

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    This isn’t metal, but this is what comes to mind when I think of Top Hat core:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgdgptaBma8

    • brokensnow

      the fuq…..

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    I’m surprised they actually put down the cash to post the entire video as a YT ad, considering the vast majority of YT users probably use Adblock or some other ad blocking software. People want to get to their IceJJFish and cats playing pianos videos without being bothered with Nightwishcore.

    • brokensnow

      This generation in a nutshell.

  • this may not sound like its relevant but my girlfriend just gave me a shot of cucumber vodka. . .

    so, what im trying to say is . . . like wtf

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Uggggh! Now vodka with cucumber soda on the other hand…………..

    • As an avid detractor of Cucumber Water, I don’t feel I can in good conscious condone your girlfriend’s actions.

      • more beer

        I don’t think any man can condone that.

      • well vodka > water, cucumber or not

      • who invented cucumber water? she’d better be a 10, or i’ll be especially confused.

        • Probably. There’s this snooty breakfast joint up the road from me in Arcadia that serves cucumber water instead of lemon water. It suxxx.

          • ditto for me. it’s a “cafe” and they put cucumber in water by default. you ask for a water, you get a cucumber water. still trying to solve this puzzle…

          • Let me know if you crack it.

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    Random pic of the day:

    http://i.imgur.com/DAsHekN.gif?1

    • brokensnow

      Great match. comparable to a lot of music that gets pushed on here.

  • Pentagram Sam

    Just a few thoughts while I was thinking bout this at work. A. How would you do a video for a metal band that doesn’t seem pretentious? I think either a story vid that doesn’t show the band at all, or a video spliced together of actual live performances would be cool.

    Or B. Is this a problem really with symphonic metal bands, or some power metal in general? Maybe it’s cos I come from the school of Cliff Burton / Lemmy. Cliff wore bell bottoms, a band shirt and a denim jacket. Lemmy wore boots, leathers, and a fucking shirt.

    I also think staged photo shoots are some of the most awkward things ever. I like stuff like Blind Guardian’s pics on the back of Battalions and Follow The Blind. It seems like they were snapped just outside of the rehearsal studio. Shit like the photo shoots for Wintersun’s Time I where they look like waiters at a Chinese food restaurant make me cringe.

    ramblerambleramble

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    As a NJ resident I can appreciate a good Crispy Creme joke. O and “were stronger than the storm, were stronger than the storm…”

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    I vote for you president:

  • Rowsdower

    Her vocals wouldn’t sound bad if they were an 80s synth-pop band.