Morningstar - _Hell_
(R.I.P., 1998)
by: Alex Cantwell (6 out of 10)
These lads from Finland play basic '80s thrash that some would deem as being "classic sounding", while others would say it was generic, outdated, boring, redundant, etc.. I seem to fall in the middle somewhere, because while this CD had me playing air guitar and headbanging through its entirety upon my first listen, I must admit that the music is a bit redundant. I do have to say, though, that I haven't heard a thrash album like this in a long time, and some of the songs hearken memories of Celtic Frost's _Morbid Tales_, especially "Metalstorm". Most of the songs are okay, but then there are some stupid ones as well, such as "Speed Demon", "Heavy Metal Heretics", and "Booze and Hate", which happen to be the first three songs -- things can only get better from there, I suppose. Although played well, the mistitled _Hell_ (there's really nothing about "hell" on the whole CD) is comprised of basic thrash, so unless you've really been jonesin' on Xentrix and Detritus lately, I would say "pass" on this one.

Contact: R.I.P. Records, P.O. Box 41182, Chicago, IL 60641 USA

(article published 13/2/1999)

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