MIDIAN - THRASHOLOGY
AREA DEATH PRODUCTIONS
Metal To Infinity
out of the USA I received this double Thrash Metal CD. Midian is, for those who
have a good working memory, a band from New Jersey that was active at the late
Eighties. Before they were known under the name of Mercenari but I admit I was
also ignorant about this info. I’ve told it many times before and I suppose I
must repeat it many times after; in that era it was almost an impossible job for
a young band to break through! There was too many competition because Thrash was
way too popular and when Nirvana killed Metal especially this kind of bands were
helpless in the survival of the fittest. It makes it understandable why Midian
never broke through and disbanded in the early nineties.
far as I know there was only an official release of an EP called “The Last
War” but I can’t remember I’ve seen that in one or another Metal store
around here. Anyway, these are words for the history books because Area Death
Production decided to release all band’s work at this double CD.
delivers the kind of Thrash we’ve heard in the eighties many times. The EP
“The last war” is good enough produced and you’ll hear one after another
fast track. Midian keeps the tempo mostly very high and I’m quite sure the
band is able to please several generations with their non compromising Metal!
Midian comes from out of the underground, will probably always stay there but
that doesn’t mean “Thrashology” isn’t an album to look out for.
often flirts with the boundaries of Crossover in vein of D.R.I., Excel, Suicidal
Tendencies but for the main part Nuclear Assault, Acid Reign, S.O.D. are
crossing my mind. Not that all these bands were able to reach world domination
but there has always been a worldwide fan base for them. The new generation of
Thrash bands are also mainly influenced by them. Therefore it isn’t a bad idea
at all for Midian to reunite, what they also actually did a few months ago.
the demo “First Impressions” pleases me much more. Midian sounds more
technical on these songs and “Anthem” for example really is a hell of a
track! This song contains darker vocals, sublime guitar solos and riffs that
take me by the throat. Midian is meaner around here and at this point Dark
Angel, Vio-lence and Sabbat (UK) are formations that sound similar. I don’t
know what direction Midian will take after their reunion but I can only hold my
thumbs high and hope for this kind of aggressive Thrash.
the vocals please me a lot. I have always been a big fan of Sean Killian (Vio-lence).
Not that Dean Martinetti has an equal sounding voice but some of his vocal lines
do remind me of
him. Anyway Dean Martinetti contains a strong and clear voice and for
this kind of music he’s pretty wide ranged and I suppose his more aggressive
vocal lines are the reason why I mentioned Sabbat before. Dean Martinetti is the
perfect front man and because of what he did right here I can’t wait to hear
how the band sounds nowadays.
the guitars on “First Impressions” sound much better! One after another
killer riff is heading my way and the fast played screaming solos make me long
for more! The next demo contains, we’re still talking about CD1, the same
songs. Then it’s about time to hear Mercenari... but still with Dean
Martinetti on vocals because also Alex Guider was a member of the band (CD2).
Anyway I’m enjoying the old pictures in the booklet.
to CD I hear the recordings with Alex Guider and also he wasn’t a bad singer.
Mercenari sounded more traditional and he could please me too. The result is a
second CD with one after another great song. Fans of pure eighties Thrash Metal
shouldn’t doubt purchasing this one and let’s hope the band will come out
with something new in the near future! Check http://www.myspace.com/midianthrashnj.
My Points: 84 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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