Another Return
Unpayable Silence
Infinite Fairytale
Dancing With The Midnightsun
Tapt Av Hap


Carmen Elise Espanaes - vocals
Daniel Fischer - keyboards
Chris Merzinsky - drums
Christian Hector - guitar, acoustic guitar, mouth harp
Birgit Öllbrunner - bass
Daniel Droste – guitar, acoustic guitar

MIDNATTSOL: "Where Twilight dwells"     midnattsol             

“Where Twilight Dwells” ' world can be further explored  through a book entitled En dans i midnattsol (A Dance In The Midnight Sun). Written by Doreen Krase and available through, the book is a Nordic fairytale connected to the midnight sun and the themes explored in MIDNATTSOL’s lyrics.  

Produced by Alexander Krull & Midnattsol - 

Recorded  by Alexander Krull at Mastersound-Studios in Fellbach (



by Matthew "Newbreed99" Haumschild___



Carmen reminds me of early Cristina Scabbia before she learned how to release her voice.  




When I see “Folk metal” from the Scandinavian part of the globe, the first thing I think of is Finntroll. Debate if you will if Finland is in that region, however, in Midnattsol’s description on their website, it clearly states “Nordic Folk Metal.” I am thinking of badass riffs with a bad ass female. I was incorrect. It was nothing that I had pre-conceived prior to listening to the CD. The best way to describe the bands sound is power-metal with a female vocalist singing of songs of middle earth*. It took me about six times before “Where Twilight Dwells,” started to grow on me. The band is dead on, pounding drums, and blazing-melodic guitar solos, everything you could expect from a power-metal band. The problem I have though are with the vocals: Carmen’s voice, has a nice tone, but should it be in a metal band or children’s music? In a sense, it reminds me of early Cristina Scabbia before she learned how to release her voice. Carmen fails to belt out lyrics. She sings them as if she’s just reading off paper. It lacks heart and soul needed to get peoples genuine attention. I’ll repeat, the tone is there, now just put the whole diaphragm in there and boom! Then we have a vocalist that could threaten the very fabric of society but not on this album.


    After listening to “Where Twilight Dwells” about a dozen times, I have determined that this album has very few songs that would appeal to a broad metal audience: “Another Return,” is a really nice song that gets the blood pumping! Lots of drum rolls and double bass kicks, songbird type vocals and half time feel guitars. Not to mention that this song has frequently been stuck in my head more times than I can count over the past few weeks. Another great track is “Lament”. The band here sounds really tight! Heavy guitars, a dreary keyboard riff, and then the verse kicks in and could easily start a nice pit! Those two tracks are well worth the price of admission. “Desolation” seems like the song should have stayed in the middle ages. It has depressive feeling to it, almost gothic but the drums are going to fast to make it that way. The vocals in this song are mesmerizing almost zombifying. In short, I’d have to say that this track is a power ballad, the likes of which I haven’t heard done well in a long time.


    The quality of the recording is top notch. An Audiophile couldn’t ask for anything more. The production is there, however I would criticize the song order. During the mastering stage or whoever decided the song list didn’t take in consideration that the two strongest songs are on the middle of this CD. Now, if “Another Return” were placed in the middle of the CD, it would keep my attention. If I were just an average listener, I’d listen to this CD a few more times for the first two tracks and forget about it and the next time I’d see the band’s name pop up, I’d likely wouldn’t care. Other than that, the guitar sound is amongst the best I’ve heard, absolutely perfect for this type of music, same with all the other instruments. Vocals could have had a better reverb on it not to mention an extra .005-second delay and just a tad more compression and you’d have utter perfection.

rating: 7/10

Matthew Haumschild      06.03.2005 

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