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High-energy high points, but quite inconsistent - 76%

Jophelerx, June 3rd, 2014

There wasn't a whole lot of quality German heavy/power in the mid 80s (nor has there really ever been, with only a handful of high quality bands), so Metal Priest (MP) stand out as one of the better gems from that era. With a clear yet immensely heavy production, chunky and American-styled heavy/power riffs, and a razor-sharp vocalist that sounds more like someone out of a thrash outfit yet still works very well with the music and is highly enjoyable, MP did a lot of things right with this '86 debut full-length. Vocalist Thomas Zeller is very gruff, but not really in a Rock n Rolf way, often staying in the upper register and going into wild, half-clean shrieks that just rule. He has a slightly nasal tone, and sounds a bit punkish like Cronos or maybe even Keith Deen (Holy Terror) combined with an over-the-top German shrieker like the guy from Mephisto. I haven't heard anyone quite like him, and he's highly charismatic and enjoyable, possibly the best part of this album, although certainly not the only thing to like here.

The problem with this album is songwriting consistency. The first four songs come bursting out triumphantly, staying consistently awesome and full of energy, brimming with classic metal attitude, tons of catchy hooks, and strong riffs; highlights include the infectious chorus of "Bursting Out" which is simply the title repeated over and over again with awesome delivery, sort of like Angel Witch's titular song. Sadly, the album starts to slip after the fourth song, and never fully recovers. The tracks "On the Loose Again" and "World of Tears" are worthwhile; the former is decent, with some generic sections but a cool solo and some epic guitar wanking towards the end, while the latter is excellent, on par with the first four tracks, with a good flow and strong hooks.

However, the album's sole ballad "Out for Love" is just godawful - this really isn't a band I would think would be good at ballads anyway, they should've just stuck to speed metal tracks - and the other songs don't ever rise above mediocrity, so the second half of the album is really just a pain to slog through. Overall, the album is worth listening to, but only for 6 out of 10 tracks - all of which are pretty close to top-tier, but still, the album is far from being consistently great. If you're a fan of classic heavy/power/speed, check this one out and just skip the clunkers in the second half of the album, you'll have yourself a pretty sweet little EP.

For fans of Tyrant, Crossfire, Noisehunter - 74%

gravedigger84, June 18th, 2012

MP aka Metal Priests were an obscure heavy metal band formed in Germany at 1986. Later on same year they released their first full length album Bursting Out – eventually releasing three more albums after the debut at 1987 (Get It Now), 1988 (Showdown) and 1992 (Melting Point under changed band name “Melting Point”).

What we have here is quite damn straightforward set of heavy rocking songs, with a good dose of energy. Perhaps a record not to be taken too seriously. Bursting Out is cheesy, simple, dirty and yet kind of a record that is fun to listen to. MP sound a bit like their country mates Noisehunter but being more rocking and dirtier – perhaps being even closer to their other country mates Tyrant. There is similar snottyness and roughness in their sound than Tyrant as well as the rocking attitude. Even singer is almost same caliber with over the top hoarse voice similar to Tyrant’s singer Kerrmit, but with occasional higher pitch in the voice which tends to sound a bit whiny even (slight complaint). Crossfire from Belgium also comes quite close style wise. Take the most straight forward riffs of Judas Priest and Accept and add over the top german hoarse voiced vocalist and you get pretty close to the end result what Metal Priests sound like. Even though the album has very hard rock'ish edge, it has certain level of heaviness in it's sound and manages to sound quite strong and raw.

The material varies between safe mid fast tempo rockers and a few speedier moments. The material is perhaps sailing on a bit too “safe waters” with no much surprises – just regular in your face heavy metal with hard rocking edge. The choruses are basic and made to shout along with. Strong and crispy power chord riffage is all over the place and leads are quite minimal – however guitar solos are decently good and fluent and stand out when played. Stomping mid-fast drumming and audible bass are also trademarks throughout the album.

As a highlights I’d pick the title track Bursting Out which is totally in your face speed metal song with nice lead guitar shredding and strong palm muted riffing. It’s just full of energy and chorus makes you want to shout out loud “Bursting, bursting! (Bursting Out!)”. MP (Metal Priests) is another one with mid-fast tempo, smashing drums and very simple but working power chord mania driving it forward. There’s just unresistable dirty groove in this song. Heavy slower stompers with massive drum pound – Startide Rising and Out For Love – work out well. The rest of the songs are pretty much more of the same but not as great as these tracks.

This album is nice to crank up while driving on highway and would as well to fit to some beer party. There’s quite strong uplifting general feeling in the album. It's generic with it's riffs and lyrics (especially simple shout-along choruses) but some songs are just irresistible - you can not be without headbanging to them. Very enjoyable in-your-face rocking solid heavy metal album from massive german touch to it – recommended for anyone who like bands like Tyrant (GER) and Crossfire (BEL) and dirty rocking german sound in general, in my opinion Bursting Out is very well up to par with best releases from those two bands. Not mind blowing but well enjoyable..

74/100 (Good)

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