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Review: Cabal - Midian

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

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 4, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.39/5 (67.78%) (18 Votes)

This was the only album Cabal ever released way back in 1990 and, once again, Vic Records grace us with a reissue of a nice little underground gem. Midian won't necessarily turn heads these days because the field is so flooded, but it is a nice varied melodic death metal album—not melodic in the Gothenburg sense. Cabal's brand of death metal is pretty old school garnished with a strong razor-sharp thrash edge, which is bound to draw in a few thrashers especially since the vocals are harsh but not overly guttural, often a sticking point for some. There's definitely an influence from the most extreme thrash of the mid-80s here. The guys throw in a heavy and healthy dose of melody without compromising the brute force of the music. Too bad they would only go to release only this one album.

Additional Information

- 2019 reissue on Vic Records reviewed.

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