Touch The Wind

Ljubo Marjanovic (voc), Branislav Bogdanovic (git), Miroslav Petrovic (git), Goran Rastovac (bs) , Dusan Bogdanovic (dr)

format: LP Side A:
  1. Intro
  2. Coming Again
  3. No More Lies
  4. And After All
  5. Livin' In Another World

Side B:

  1. Touch The Wind
  2. Young & Proud
  3. Winds Of War
  4. Total Thrash
year: 1992
country: Yugoslavia
label: Explosive Records
#: ELP 004
insert: no
edition: 500
rarity: 8/10


"Rare as hell Power/Speed on micro-label, primitive fantasy cover art", that's what it says on my tradelist and I guess that's enough for many of you to start salivating and promptly update your wantlists, but let's still elaborate a bit further in order to make this into a proper review... The 1st thing that strikes you when listening to this LP is the annoying production, or annoying drum-sound to be specific. It's that pointless digital/triggered/drum-machine sound that can ruin the best of metal records, and almost succeeds this time as well. Luckily DEMONIAC are great songwriters and manage to keep their metalheads above water throughout the whole album. Classic, catchy Speed/Power/melodic Thrash Metal is the dish of the day, served with good, high vocals as is customary. Not one ounce of originality, but who would expect otherwise, seeing as this is post- and not pre-iron curtain East Euro-Metal. Songwise it's a rather even album with at least one rememberable riff or harmony in each song, but some cuts stand out, like the epic, mid-paced "Winds Of War" with a really neat & crunchy lead riff, the METALLICA-influenced "And After All" and the mid-paced "Livin' In Another World" with it's simple but catchy chorus. So the sound may be thinner than my wallet after a Metal Market, but the musicianship and songs matches (and resembles) such revered collector items like VALOR or the Norwegian WITCHHAMMER, so curious collectors should indeed try out this platter if opportunity comes. There's also a cassette version available, but it doesn't do the "Crystal Logic"-inspired artwork much justice, although it might be easier to locate. Tapes have a tendency to withstand months of UN-bombing much better than fragile vinyl records. At least that's what I've been told.

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