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Midas Touch - Presage Of Disaster (Reissue)

Midas Touch
Presage Of Disaster (Reissue)
by Michael "MettleAngel" Francisco at 31 December 2012, 1:52 PM

When I first enjoyed the instant blaze of MIDAS TOUCH on Noise International Records in 1989, I had not known of too many Thrash acts who hailed from the North, and I certainly was not a fan of the more successful rockin' acts like EUROPE, or aware of the more cult bands like 220 VOLT, BISCAYA or OVERDRIVE at this time.

These shreddin' Swedish deliberate strangers at once impressed me with their MEKONG DELTA meets GRAVE DIGGER inclinations. In fact, given my ignorance back then, I thought that they hailed from Russia given the voice-overs found on “Accessory Before The Fact”. Once I heard “Aceldama – Terminal Breath” on the “Doomsday News II” Compilation, I instantly sought out the cassette, which I played numerous times.

As a true believer in all Noise Records releases of that era, when I finally found the then lost paradigm CD for dirt cheap, I was so grateful, even if the band had signed their own sepulchral epitaph. Thankfully, now DiveBomb Records have released an excellent two CD re-issue of “Presage Of Disaster” which includes high quality re-mastered music and a ton of hard to find demos! I was so excited with what they did with the D.A.M. re-issues, and I sincerely hope the retro label attain the rights to even more killer Noise International Records rarities.

Like “Deception Ignored” by DEATHROW, “Weird Visions” By ADX, “No More Color” by CORONER, “Cracked Brain” by DESTRUCTION, “Trapped” by RAGE, “Changing Times” by MANIA, “Terminal Earth” By SCANNER, “Choir Of Horrors” or “Rotten Perish” by MESSIAH, “Art In Motion” by SECRECY, or the self-titled by HELICON, or any other Noise Records releases of the late '80s and early '90s, this is fast, technical, well-executed Metal.

The lyrics penned by drummer Bosse Lundström and bassist Patrik Sporrong (brother of guitarist Rikard) are well-written and just plain witty. Just check out the pertinent wording on the insightful “Sinking Censorship”, or the criminally under-rated “Accessory Before The Fact”. In keeping with all the Evangelical Religious scandals of the time, in the vein of “Leper Messiah”, “Corporate Preacher” by ANVIL, “Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind” by ANTHRAX, or “No Believers” by SACRED REICH, “True Believers Inc.” continues the masquerade with that backlash against Christian hypocrites like Jim and Tammy Fay Baker who riddled our TV screens with their inane moral corruption.

The second disc demos almost have a bit of that raw, primitive Thrash approach to them. With each terminal breath, Partick Wiren enunciates with a grittier, gruff delivery similar to some cult Swedish, Swiss, and German legions who may have influenced him. He strives for some level of lucid expression, and his English is surprisingly sound.

Just hearing those “Ground Zero” 1987 demos was a real treat for me, and several of the songs strike me with some sense of longing, as I had never experienced them previously. I am actually surprised how “Pow-Wow”, “(The Shape) Of Rage”, “Instant Blaze”, “Strikezone” or “M.A.D. (Armed For Justice)” were not included on the original release, or at least a pending second full-length effort.

Apparently, they did at least record a 1990 demo, and the last three bonus tracks on Disc 1 are culled from this less aggressive, dicey, and even more technical exercise in mobility and experimentation. These three cuts are not as fast, and more drawn out, with less suggestive soloing. They also lack the lyrical expertise, and in some sense set a precedent for what Swedish Death acts like ENTOMBED, AT THE GATES, MESSHUGAH, etc. would go on to create. As the adage goes, so shall you sow, so shall you reap!”

I do not have any source of discontent; however, I do prefer the album versions of “Forcibly Incarcerated” and “True Believers Inc.” to the original demos. Overall, if you have not heard this rare gem, you truly must join the cycle of rebirth. If you know this sublime album all too well, then reminisce because it is well worth reliving the precious re-mastered sound and celebrating all of those delicious demos.

4 Star Rating

Disc 1
1. The Arrival
2. Forcibly Incarcerated
3. Sinking Censorship
4. When the Boot Comes Down
5. True Believers Inc.
6. Reminiscence
7. Sepulchral Epitaph
8. Lost Paradise
9. Accessory Before the Fact
10. Aceldama – Terminal Breath
11. Subhumanity (A New Cycle)
12. The Deliberate Stranger
13. Source of Discontent
14. So Shall You Reap

Disc 2
1. Forcible Incarcerated (Involuntary Custody)
2. Pow Wow
3. True Believers Inc.
4. When the Boot Comes Down
5. (The Shape) of Rage
6. Pow Wow
7. (The Shape) of Rage
8. When the Boot Comes Down
9. Subside Vision
10. Stikezone
11. M.A.D. (Armed for Justice)
12. The Dice
13. Masquerade
14. Instant Blaze
15. Tatsch Tooo Matsch
Patrick Wiren – Vocals
Rickard Sporrong – Guitars
Lasse Gustavsson - Guitars
Patrik Sporrong – Bass
Bosse Lundström - Drums
Record Label: Divebomb Records


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