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Midnight – Through Oceans of Space to be released September 15

On July 8th, 2009, Florida’s metal scene lost a pivotal vocalist. John Patrick Jr. McDonald, best known as Midnight while fronting the classic lineup of Crimson Glory, would pass away from a brain aneurysm at age 47. Under such circumstances, the chances of newer material surfacing later on is usually slim. However, last Friday, just one day shy of his commemoration and much to the delight of fans, Conquest Music Inc announced the release of a posthumous full-length solo album, Through Oceans of Space, which is set for September 15th, 2023.

The 12-song album is a collection of covers that showcases an impressive range, from classic hard rock to contemporary pop, based on favorites of Midnight and suggestions from fans. It was completed over two years, from 2007 to 2009, in collaboration with Monstrosity drummer (and label owner) Lee Harrison. Initially, it was part of a larger body of work between the two, alongside Matt LaPorte, who played guitar in Jon Oliva’s Pain as well as Midnight’s solo band. LaPorte, who would pass away two years after Midnight, is featured as one of several guests throughout the album.

In addition to its digital release, Through Oceans of Space will be available physically in an exclusive silver CD box, as well as two distinct vinyl record prints – green with a swirl, and clear with a red splatter. Regarding the album’s turnout, Lee Harrison is grateful despite having faced challenges.

“I wish Midnight and Matt LaPorte were here to see and hear the finished product, but I know they would be glad that it is finally available for the fans to have in their hands. The plan was to have this out two years ago, but several issues made it impossible. There were manufacturing issues and rights issues to be cleared, but it’s done, and it really turned out stellar. Now I have all the product in-house and ready to go for release day,” he’d say.

For more info, head to www.conquestmusic.com/site.

About Jake Kussmaul

I come from a family who is passionate about all things music. I learned to sing at an early age, and by 13, had my very own Fender Strat guitar. I tried my hardest at learning all that I could. Because I was born with cerebral palsy, I had to teach myself an adaptive playing style. I learned to write and record my own music, despite these difficulties. In college, I started making great use of my writing abilities by reviewing music, as well as copy editing. I guess it's best to stick with what you know, while welcoming a fair challenge at the same time.

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