Middian was formed by guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheidt
shortly after the breakup of his previous band
he deciding to pursue a new direction rather than
introduce yet another version of Yob (he went through
several rhythm sections in that band).
The 2007 debut, Age Eternal
, shows that Middian
is neither a completely different animal than Yob
nor a radical departure from that band.
Sludgy doom is still at the forefront, and with five tracks
totalling almost an hour, Scheidt is still prone to
writing drawn-out songs as he did in Yob.
Vocally there are both clean and death vocals (the latter
now handled by bassist Will Lindsay, as Scheidt has
decided he really can't commit to both styles), and
while most of the pace is on the slow doom side,
there is a bit more uptempo moments such as
"The Celebrant", the shortest and arguably most
accessible song on the album.
Scheidt is clearly trying to both continue the Yob spirit
and branch out a bit at the same time, and on that
level Age Eternal
The band entered a long legal battle over its name (a different band
named Midian apparently had issues), and though a decision was reached
to change Middian to Age Eternal, the toll of the lawsuit, among other
issues, eventually caused the band to split up altogether.
Scheidt has revived a new version of Yob in its place.
Lords Of Metal
- Dreamless Eye
- the Blood of Icons
- Age Eternal
- The Celebrant
- Sink to the Center
- Mike Scheidt
- Will Lindsay
- Scott Headrick