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Review: Cabal - Midian

Label: Red Stream
Year released: 1990
Duration: 32:05
Tracks: 7
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: August 22, 2003
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.47/5 (69.47%) (19 Votes)

This is a thrash re-release from the heyday of the style waaaaaay back in 1990. I don't know if this band had any other albums or what, as info is scanty at best, but this is a pretty cool re-release from Red Stream.

Cabal are thrash, but not speedy. They play a chunky mostly midpaced thrash style reminding me a lot of Usurper without the Black Metal touches. The guitar sound is cool, even if the mix overall is a little weak. The vocals are a rough-shout-out type that again reminds me of Tom Warrior or Usurper's General Diabolical Slaughter, if more generic and with less conviction. I would have to say the vocals are the one real drawback of the CD. They aren't horrible, but they lack character and tend to yammer rather monotonously.

There is no booklet, and the CD comes in an infidel digipack with so-so cover art, so don't buy this CD for the packaging. I must also point out that track 6 - "Khaos Theory" – is a BS 'ambient' track of war sounds with a drumbeat. I seem to recall this type of thing was endemic on thrash records of the time.

So this is a pretty good CD. If you are a fan of Usurper, Celtic Frost or old Sodom you will probably dig this. You are paying for only six real songs, so the value is a little iffy, but I find this fun enough to warrant the expense. (Of course I got this off Dark Symphonies for $10, so I can't complain.) Not a lost classic or anything, but enjoyable.

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