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Review: Morningstar - Hell

Label: R.I.P. Records
Year released: 1998
Duration: 44:05
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 10, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Morningstar are one of those bands who most people have never heard, or even heard of, they are so underground. So mention their name, and you'll get either a "who?" or a hearty, horns-up "Hell Yeah!" The latter response indicating someone who has actually heard this great Finnish band.

If comparisons must be made, the frequent referrals to this band as "The Finnish Motorhead" are not too far off the mark. Morningstar are a classic power trio who play stripped-down, raw and dirty metal in the style of Motorhead or classic Venom. At times they play slow, mostly they play a fast, chaotic breed of proto-thrash with gruff but understandable vocals and killer riffs. They have been likened to very early Running Wild or Hellhammer, all of which should give you an idea of what kind of dirty bashing beast we are dealing with. This is just a fun CD, supposedly recorded more or less live in the studio with no headphones. So the production is raw and mean, with brass-knuckled riffing and an infectious energy. Some of the songs are serious, like "The King" and "my Restless Soul", others, like the gleeful "Booze & Hate", or the speedy killer "Chainsaw Philosophy" are obviously silly, but all the tunes pack headbangable riffs and will get your fist in the air.

"Hell" was the 3rd CD from this band, and they have put out two more since, so there is more fun to be had than just this one. Morningstar are a primitive, obscure band, and that is part of what makes them great. Other than that, they just rule. Highly recommended for those who can take it.

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