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Review: Superchrist - South Of Hell
South Of Hell

Label: Autopsy Kitchen Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 39:34
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 9, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
South Of Hell

Rated 4/5 (80%) (10 Votes)

Well, things have been a bit boring here for the past week or so, having to go through a couple of good but slightly too happy/over polished heavy/power metal offerings, for which I just couldn't find any words (yet.) Then THIS came in the mail. Just what the doctor ordered. Total fucking Motörhead worship motherfuckers! I've often heard bands described by some as "just like Motörhead", but it usually wasn't the case and none ever came even remotely this close anyway. This is about 30 minutes that sounds very much like late 70s Motörhead: Strong punk and rock 'n' roll influences added to a full pot of burning blue-collar metal. Even the vocals are in the same style as Lemmy's, but a little less raucous. It's raw, it's dirty, not overproduced, and, quite simply, it rocks. At times you'll wonder if you're supposed to headbang or dance (in a rock-ish fashion, of course), or even both.

I mentioned that this is about 30 minutes of music, even though it clocks in at nearly 40 minutes. The last song - "Don't Ride with Superchrist" - is over 13 minutes longs, but the last 10 minutes are just the kind of cacophonous all-instruments-banging sound that some bands often finish the last song of a set with. That's OK in a live setting, it's fucking annoying on an album. So that leaves about 30 minutes. But not all of it is original: The album opens with a cover of Iron Maiden's "Running Free" - at first I even wondered if this was a cover album, since opening up with a cover is quite uncommon. They made this version even more raw than the original, and Di'Anno fans will be happy to hear that the vocals are closer to Paul's than to Bruce's. Not a great cover, but it still rocks, which is all that songs was meant to be anyway. And that's not the last surprise, as there is a cover of Motörhead's "Metropolis" also included. Not bad, but the original still rules over this one - I don't think they were trying to outdo them anyway.

So despite the fact that the number of original tracks is limited in length and number, and the useless 10 minutes at the end, this is a damn good album. Short songs designed to rock your socks off, nothing more, nothing less. And sometimes that's just what the doctor ordered. This one lit up my day.

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