Mad at the World might seen like an odd influence if you are familiar with them. I say that because most people probably remember them for albums like Season of Love, Boomerang, Through the Forest, and The Ferris Wheel. But Roger and Randy Rose started the band with a completely different sound. In 1987 their debut album was euro-synth-pop the likes of Depeche Mode. It caught my ear back in ’87, but not like their second release “Flowers in the Rain” in 1988. This album was similar in sound, but more edgy and guitar driven. I would liken it to Gary Numan.
Flower in the Rain
Skip to the 2nd track in this video to give the title track a listen. The song Puppet Strings features Randy on vocals. His raspy voice is incredible. I would love to hear this album re-recorded and produced by Travis Wyrick.
The band went on to produce several more rock albums. Randy went on to produce some solo work as well. It’s an interesting thing for me to look back at how different bands helped to shape my musical tastes. These guys are cool in my book.
Everyday we are told that the planet is being destroyed. From our environment to to the ground beneath our feet. One group claims that we are entirely responsible. Mankind has polluted the planet. The other side claims that’s a bunch of nonsense.
The truth is, the planet began to decay when mankind allowed sin to enter the world. In the beginning, everything was perfect and undefiled. Now the earth groans for the end of days louder than ever before. Judgement is coming to mankind, and by the looks of things, it will be sooner rather than later.
Psalm 88 is an industrial metal song about some of the struggles we face with faith and life. Our minds and emotions often run into difficult questions. This song is heavy both lyrically and musically. So get ready for battle.
In 1992, an industrial band of the Christian variety released their first album. This self titled album was pretty good for a 1992 sophomore effort. The album focused on the telling of a futuristic sci-fi story of a humanoid wanting to discover if he had a soul. The story telling part of the album really drew me in, being just a teenager at the time. Songs like Babylon USA and Die to Myself are both classics.
Then, in 1994, they released their second and last album titled “Void”. I felt like this album really brought them out into their own and showed that they could have a sound all their own.
This album was very strong in my mind, and for the life of me I don’t understand why they stopped here. “Lie to Me” is still fresh sounding, along with several other tracks. Many of the songs are incredibly catchy on top of having a good, hard industrial sound.
So now it’s 20 years after this release. I’m unable to pull anything up to find out what they are up to today. So, Under Midnight, if you’re listening, hit me up. Tell me what you’re doing now!