Released: 2004, Napalm Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This German band stated out in 98 and released their first demo the same year. In 99 came their second demo and at the end of the same year they signed on to their current label. In 2000 came their debut album called “FEUERTAUFE” and two of the members, the singer Steffen and the guitar player Maan, left the band because of differences of opinions. In order to keep going the remaining members takes in Rico on vocals and Jörg on bass instead and so begins the work on album number two that will be called “HEUTE IST RACHE MEIN”. That second album was released in 2001 and then took rehearsal and recording session over in order to prepare for the forthcoming album “RAUSCH”. Encouraged by the reviews of their second long player, the band’s efforts concentrated on further developing technically and combining the playful sounds of medieval times with the metallic genres of our time.
And now it’s time for Morgenstern to release their fourth album “FUEGO” (which means fire) and in this case it stands for energy, strength and power, something the band wants their music to bring to the listener. Morgenstern is described as a mix between metal rock and medieval folk sounds with the main focus on the later and with that I certainly agree.
“FUEGO” contains 11 tracks and all the songs are in their native German. This weird mix of folk rock and metal with flutes and other odd instruments that really cracks your ear is nothing but strange. Rico has an enormously enervating voice and he lies on the same pitch all the time. In the middle of it all there comes in a female and take over the lead vocals and then it all works a bit better. But altogether this is a dreadful mix of all the strangest music styles you can think of.
I’m sorry to say that this is nothing you should invest your money in. I have nothing remotely positive to say about this weird album, just take a look on what instrument the members play you’ll see what I mean by weird.
I’m doubtful to if anyone wants to buy this album except for the medieval fans of course, for all of you other sane folks out there please AVOID this crap.