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Review: MP - Bursting Out (The Beast Became Human)
Bursting Out (The Beast Became Human)

Label: Relics from the Crypt
Year released: 2021
Originally released in: 1986
Duration: 55:12
Tracks: 15
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: April 12, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Bursting Out (The Beast Became Human)

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)

Germany's MP hit the scene with this, their debut titled Bursting Out (The Beast Became Human), in 1986 when metal was starting to peak and subgenres like thrash and speed metal, along with doom and "avant-garde" were starting to be used more and more. MP, however, played straight traditional metal, maybe a little in the direction of thrash on this one. Wholly European in sound, the vocals are rough and gravelly, following in the footsteps of Udo Dirkschneider and Rolf Kasparek and the guitars have a clean, sharp bite that screams '80s metal. Musically, MP wrote about typical things like rebelliousness and the metal life, and every song is entertaining though they fall short of the catchiness achieved by Accept and Running Wild. This version is a reissue by Relics from the Crypt, a new sub-label of Dying Victims Productions, and includes five bonus live tracks where, I have to admit, the band sounds a little bit better than on the studio tracks (I don't know when they were recorded). In fact, the best song on this version of Bursting Out is the live version of "Get It Now" which is the title track to the band's second album. It possesses a slow, simmering tempo with smooth chord changes and Accept-like vocal lines that stick around after the album is over. "Lost gem" and "cult classic" are terms that get tossed around a lot and I won't go as far as saying Bursting Out is a "gem" or a "classic", but it is fun, authentic heavy metal with an '80s vibe that today's bands trying for this sound just can't seem to duplicate.

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