MetalBite Review by Tobias on 3/7/2002
Coming back at us all with chunky fuzzed out crushing riffs, no holds barred rhythm and tough-guy vocals, Entombed
wields their Morning Star
like a true weapon of destruction.
Trouncing your eardrums with the same pagan/Satanist attitude that was defined by Danzig
, singer L. G. Petrov
gives one of his strongest balls-to-the-wall performances that will be well respected for ages by all thrash vocalists. Driving the songs with a charisma that is found on metal classics like Vulgar Display…
beats the problem of mediocre lyrics with incredibly focused force.
In what some might consider an open act of defiance, Entombed
’s Uffe Cederlund
and Alex Hellid
produce a chunky and fuzzy sound, similar to stoner metal bands like Electric Wizard
, but with thrash speed and a conquering edge. This is probably best exampled on the track ‘City of Ghosts’
; a track that competes to be my favorite versus ‘Chief Rebel Angel’
and ‘I for an Eye’
. Don’t be surprised if their rolling thunder results in lifetime heart palpitations.
The rhythm section which is nothing out of the ordinary is certainly strong enough to hold the band together and steady the rocket-fueled thrashing six stringers. Adding a few dynamics on this end could make this an all-time genre masterpiece.
After only two listens, I’ve gone from being slightly impressed to highly engrossed. The more I listen to the album, the more it seems to have the makings of the same greatness that bands like Pantera
are lauded for: strength, purposefulness, creativity and just being an all around badass.
As I find myself deeper in the clutches of Morning Star
, I find that I’m starting to forget some of the weaknesses. That in and of itself is an envious strength! So I’ll mention them while I still care, there are some spots where the production could use some work and perhaps some new arrangements, most notably on ‘Out of Heaven’. Also there are the lyrics; not too original, but not the super-cheese bullcrap you hear from fellow satan-mongers Burzum
or In Aeternum
… ah hell, time’s up, I don’t give two twits about that anymore. This is a classic.
Bottom Line: Morning Star
will blast your bloody little pants off, this is a must for all fans of real metal.
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