MIDAS - Demo Tapes CD
Hailing from the mean streets of Detroit, MIDAS are a four-piece band of hard rock warriors. Theirs is an ancient, time-lost sound, recalling rock ‘n’ roll’s first transitions into heavy metal during the hazy, crazy ‘70s. But, MIDAS are not simply retro-retread plagiarists looking to replicate the past; this era and style of music burns within them, and it bursts forth with effervescence and excitement across their two demos to date.
Both released during 2019, MIDAS’ "Solid Gold Heavy Metal" and "Still Hungry" each feature four effervescent, exciting songs, and both trounce most bands regular recordings. Brimming with a startling, stultifying confidence, "Solid Gold Heavy Metal patiently builds eldritch grooves guided by narrative lead work. There’s a subtle yet no-less-dazzling mysticism here recalling early SCORPIONS and JUDAS PRIEST, and even trio-era THIN LIZZY – just witness the demo’s eerily breathtaking closer, "Blackened Blade" – as well as subsequent legends MANILLA ROAD and CIRITH UNGOL. The heavier stylings of the latter begin to come to the fore on "Still Hungry". Now fully into late ‘70s heavy metal mode, MIDAS move beyond the moodiness of their first demo to more epic and fantastical landscapes, kicking up the octane and cruising into the night with the ever-aptly titled "Street Knights." Together, both demos could verily hold together as an exceptionally tight ‘n’ thematic album-length work.