Midnight Eternal is a female fronted symphonic metal band based out of New York City/NJ. It was created in March 2014 when two members of Operatika (Richard Fischer and Boris Zaks) invited Daniel Prestup (Rivera Bomma, Spider Rockets) and Mike LePond (Symphony X) to join them to record a two song single. During the recording the band acquired the talents of vocalist Raine Hilai based on her previous work in theater and her solo endeavor. The planned two song single quickly evolved into the formation of a full-time band when it became apparent the group had something special on their hands. Shortly thereafter, Greg Manning (of Spider Rockets, Zamora) joined the band as permanent member taking over bass duties, with Mike LePond taking a featured role.
In April of 2014, the band made their live debut in support of Adrenaline Mob (a heavy metal supergroup formed in early 2011 by singer Russell Allen of Symphony X, guitarist Mike Orlando and drummer Mike Portnoy of ex-Dream Theater). In June of the same year, Midnight Eternal was one of the bands who performed at the Women of Metal Fest I in Pittsburgh, PA. The band continued their upward trajectory by being featured on the 2014 ProgPower USA compilation and numerous radio stations and online publications; as well as booking several more high-profile gigs, sharing the stage with such influential and established acts as Sonata Arctica, DORO, Kamelot, Delain, Xandria, Dragonforce, The Agonist and Quiet Riot.
The current line-up of Midnight Eternal includes Raine Hilai on lead vocals, Richard Fischer on guitars and vocals, Daniel Prestup on drums, Greg Manning on bass and vocals, and Boris Zaks on keyboards.
In early 2016 the band signed deals with Marquee/Avalon (Asia) and Inner Wound Recordings (Europe/North America) for the release of the self-titled debut album on April 27 and 29, 2016 respectively. The album was engineered by Eric Rachel [Skid Row, Symphony X] and the mixing and mastering was handled by Tommy Hansen [Helloween, Pretty Maids, Jorn]. The impressive artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Delain].