We, who have bent the knee before the altar of madness and looked upon that most morose of angels have, undeniably, been tested. We, who have transcended the gateway, have known a heresy far exceeding the laws of covenant and cabal when that question, full of purgatorial implication and wanton bile, came smouldering into our collective consciousness… Am. I. Morbid. Six years on from the aberrant abomination that is Illud Divinus Insanum, Morbid Angel once more takes fetid flight in a bid for true domination with the release of Kingdoms Disdained, attempting to recapture the halcyon days of chaotic death metal that galvanized them as an institution. History, as it must, repeats, and the band are once more divested of original frontman David Vincent in favour of Steve Tucker in the hopes of leading them, if not to glories past, then at least well away from the anathema that preceded. But does it? Truly, blessed are the sick…

To review a record by a band whose career is as storied as Morbid Angel‘s, in the hopes of any kind of objectivity, is fraught. Is Kingdoms Disdained a return to form? The answer is a resounding yes, but let’s be honest, standards were treacherously low. Gone are the industrial indulgences, and, for the most part, gone is the writing that once so insulted my intelligence. Instead, the word to summarize this new ascension of the alphabet is: propulsion. “Piles of Little Arms” is about as blunt an intro as possible, and purposefully so. Trey’s signature rolling riffs barrel over newcomer Scott Fuller’s vast drumming to deliver a very clear statement – this is death metal, and while it’s not the record’s best, it makes known the material’s intentions. “D.E.A.D,” despite its utterly shit title, balances lashes of distorted tremolos with old-school grooves and smacks, very much, of the band’s classic oeuvre.

Steve Tucker, once so divisive in his appointment, is incredibly welcome here – while I’ve always enjoyed his output with the band, he sounds like a fucking beast on this record, orating these odes to the ossuary with apocalyptic consequence. Meanwhile, Trey Azagthoth careens through each cut with his affected alien soloing, still able to defy traditional expectation and utilize his considerable skill to unique effect – his run on the crushing “Righteous Voice” of particular mention. The issue I take with Kingdoms Disdained comes down to expectation. While all I really required from this record was it not to be the unequivocal disaster that its predecessor was, some of the material plays it a little safe. “Garden of Disdain” rumbles with a persistent mid-pace, particularly analogous of “Where the Slime Live,” but its self-referential nature is so overt in its attempt to distance itself from Illud, that it comes off a little trite, especially when “Architect and Iconoclast” leers just around the corner, seething with some of the album’s nastiest and most significant songwriting. Equally, “Paradigms Warped” unsettles with brooding riffs that interplay with Tucker’s unyielding bass backbone, toying with moody tempos, while “Declaring New Law (Secret Hell)” is largely redundant, employing a militaristic forward march, which wouldn’t be at all out of place on Domination. While no bad thing, its over-simplified structure and repetition of the line “torture any fool that does not submit” I could happily live without.

Although favored a little too enthusiastically by Erik Rutan’s intimately familiar production, Scott Fuller’s drumming truly channels the Commando in what are, unmistakably, Sandovalian patterns – his bellicose blasts are supercharged with a cavalry of fills that furnish the album’s more sadistic psalms with requisite urgency. In fact, the record’s final throes are resolutely resigned to violence, but almost clumsily so; “From the Hand of Kings” and “The Fall of Idols” are both ferocious, but instead of closing the album with a thunderous finale, they feel more akin to a sprint to the finish line. They are still, however, brimming with typical Trey riffs, and my neck is all the worse for them.

Kingdoms Disdained is a good album, and while at this point, that’s all it needed to be, it’s actually much better than expected. But I hold such septic seraphim more accountable than most, and when responsible for a legacy so reverberant, good won’t cut it for very long. Hopefully, this marks the beginning of an upward qualitative trend, one in which I can await new material sans the bone gnawing panic. While that remains to be seen, Kingdoms Disdained comfortably exists alongside the best of Steve Tucker’s tenure and reminds us that, though they may falter, Morbid Angel remain ever sworn to the black.


Rating: 3.0/5.0
DR: Stream Only | Format Reviewed: Stream Only
Label: Silver Lining Music
Websites: morbidangel.com | facebook.com/officialmorbidangelpage
Releases Worldwide: December 1st, 2017

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  • SoLeftISeeRight

    Phew!

  • Nukenado

    Eh…
    Eh.

  • R.Daneel Olivaw

    the same and the same.

  • Brutalist_Receptacle

    *farts*

    • drug_genosh

      you gassy box

    • Yon Ki’ Box speaks the truth, say thank ya.

  • Gage

    Meh, I’ll just stick with Altars of Madness, the only MA album that’s worth a damn.

    • Matthew

      Worst Take of the Day, 01/12/2017

      • Pure trolling –

      • drug_genosh

        seriously

      • Brutalist_Receptacle

        12/1/2017
        IN AMORICA WE MAKE OUR DATES LIKE THIS, IMMUGRINT!

        • Thatguy

          And how wrong you are.

          • Brutalist_Receptacle

            SHUT UP FRENCHIE LE PIEUX

          • Thatguy

            Merci

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      I have been saying this an awful lot lately but here it goes again… Yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man

      • I have been saying this an awful lot lately but here it goes again… Yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man

        (Note: this comment was written in good humor and no actual egos were harmed in the making of this comment)

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          How can you defeat an ego that finds nourishment in your attacks?

      • Brutalist_Receptacle

        OPINIONS ARE LIKE ASSHOLES AND GENERAL FLYNN IS ONE

      • Gage

        Well, you know, you must not understand death metal, man.

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          I must not understand Death Metal? Thanks for making me laugh…

          • Gage

            Thanks for having zero counterargument…

        • Brutalist_Receptacle

          I HEAR “THE FACELESS” IS GOOD.

          BWAAHAHAHHAAAAAA

    • drug_genosh

      at least go with Covenant…jesus

      • welyyt

        Hot take: Formulas is the best one.

        • drug_genosh

          I’ve heard this hot take before and every time I go back and listen but it just doesn’t grab me…I’ll go try again!

        • Drew P. Weiner

          I agree fully.

        • Morbidly Obese Angel

          There are dozens of us!!! DOZENS!!!

      • Gage

        I’m surrounded by plebs. Altars of Madness blows everything else out of the water. It is quintessential Morbid Angel. Covenant is when their sound turned to rubbish.

        • drug_genosh

          Lol what? Just say “I only like their earlier stuff” and be done with it. I would argue that covenant is when they found their sound. Ridiculous

    • Morbidly Obese Angel

      Yeah…… Nobody cares

    • Felchmeister777

      Haha, brilliant…

  • Tom Hardy

    Glowing review. Their music on this album … not so much. I might even prefer Heretic or the boring Domination over this. Like I tell people all the time when they ask my thoughts over the new Justice League. They say “atleast it’s better than Batman vs Superman” but my boy, unfortunately for you, that’s a low bar to begin with. Morbid Angel definitely didn’t need this in their discography but it’s the tarnish that INsaneANUS album brought on their legacy that perhaps propelled it to this less mediocre output. And it’s still mediocre.

    • drug_genosh

      why people shit on Domination i’ll never understand

      • BigPhat Tank

        I didn’t even that people shit on Domination. One of my favourite album by MA

        • drug_genosh

          you’d be surprised! I think its a perfect follow up to covenant and probably the record I reach for most

          • BigPhat Tank

            I knew that people shit on every album after Domination, I just wasn’t aware that it was on the shitlist as well. I personally like every album right up until Gateways. I seem to be more forgiving towards them than most. I am going to check this new one out for sure.

          • drug_genosh

            I even enjoy up until heretic but this new one is so far my least favorite of the tucker albums

      • libtard tamer

        Domination is their best.

      • Tom Hardy

        After a mighty Covenant, which is quite the opposite of Ridley’s very own, you’re slapped with … how shall I put it … think of it as a sequel where you find yourself watching Mr. Salt n Pepper wear a batsuit with nipples on it. Domination is what Batman & Robin is to the franchise. Domination feels thin, with a good amount of cheese in the song writing. I dug the album in the first few years I was into metal, listening to it now however, exposes those … holes in their game.

        • drug_genosh

          I’m rolling my eyes at you. I get your point but in the world of metal I think it’s a bit over blown. In no way is this a mainstream release

    • Ferrous Beuller

      I’m not sure I’d call this “glowing”. I enjoy the Tucker fronted iteration of the band and thus enjoyed this enough for it to end up comfortably commensurate with the score – no more and no less. Why you’ve just addressed a parent in his 30’s as “boy”, however, is an utter mystery. Your pompous levels clearly need attending, because that was fabulously dull.

      • Tom Hardy

        Who’s calling you a boy, my dear Ferrous? My comment was for all the lads tweeting and reviewing said movie. I appreciate your sentiment over the comment and as a father meself, have a glass of whiskey on me.

    • Nukenado

      Tom, how many albums did you find worthy in the past 3 years?

      • Tom Hardy

        Not a lot compared to the footprint metal has generated in the last 3 years. If you think about the output, it’s massive and ever growing. Diversifying and blending into other genres. On the top of my head I can tell you I enjoy the new ones put out by Artificial Brain, Meshuggah, Psudoku, Encenathrakh, Viscera Infest, Putridity, Defeated Sanity, Wormed, Deathspell Omega, Brutus, Dan Terminus, Carpenter Brut, Ad Nauseam, Cenotaph … I could go on but it’s time to hit the gym and sweat some venom.

  • MetalMartin

    Are the sponsored links at the bottom of the page new? That’s the stuff I would see on some other blogs, but not on the almighty AMG blog??? Or am I starting to suffer from some mental desease and I forget it was there before?

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      • Investors asking ‘how can this be monetized…’

        • Naturally, and we are terrible capitalists.

          • Which is why you have such a loyal following.

    • Ad blocker is your friend.

  • Just bought this a few hours ago. As with most Morbid Angel records, I expect it will take a while to understand the record and see how it ranks in their discography, but it certainly sounds excellent on first listen.
    In particular ‘The Righteous Voice’ sounds like it could have been on Altars.
    Good review, ‘Garden of Disdain’ could have been called ‘Where the Slime LIve II’ in Carcass fashion ( genital grinding … )
    I take issue with the blanket dismissal of Illud though, non techno tracks and Dave in general are awesome

  • Matthew

    I’m really enjoying the album. Stylistically it sounds a lot like Gateways, but a lot faster and more pissed off. I’m really enjoying all the throwbacks the album has to previous sounds/styles that remind you that, yeah, this is a Morbid Angel album and Trey’s still a sick guitarist and a mad genius. Garden of Disdain is a better take on Where the Slime Live, and D.E.A.D. is one of the heaviest, maddest tracks I’ve heard all year. The final two tracks are real highlights too imo, as is ‘The Pillars Crumbling’. The thin, tinny production does not do this album any favours however, and sort of muddies a lot of the really interesting guitarwork – you can see the difference if you listen to the ‘Complete Acid Terror’ instrumental demo tracks on Spotify.

    • Harley Sparx

      Agreed. I’m a nostalgia junkie, so the throwbacks really brought me back and I couldn’t help but smile. Morbid Angel has been one of my favorite bands since high school and I saw them live last year, which was amazing. They always get my adrenaline going.

  • Solrac Avan

    How does a band’s previous mediocrity influence your opinion (not as a reviewer but as a fan) of their following release? If at all

    • I like to hold on to hope. Everyone slips up here and there.

      • Solrac Avan

        I did once, I am an In Flames fan…

    • Ferrous Beuller

      If “mediocrity” was all I was dealing with, it wouldn’t influence my opinion at all.

      • Solrac Avan

        Could you elaborate?, I don’t quite get what you’re trying to say.

    • I was originally slated to review this but had to pass due to work demands. The fact the last album was so very bad was definitely making this sound better than it really was on the first spin or two.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    “”””Return to form”””””

  • Tom Wahl

    This need some more time, upon first listening it came across as a bit samey. But better than the last album, Heretic (no, there was no I-album in my book).

    • drug_genosh

      Yeah, heavy same-y vibes :/

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    WTF?
    New Warrior Soul out today? !

    • Huck N’ Roll

      Sadly yes.

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        I was a huge fan in the 90’s.
        Is the new one any good?
        Or is Kory still being the coolest guy he knows?

        • Huck N’ Roll

          Aside from one really good song, it’s awful. I think we’ve got a review for it in the queue. edit: not by me, though.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Crap.
            Ok thanks for the heads up.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Just gave it a listen….wow…5 years and THAT’S what they come up with? !
            Yes Kory…..we know you like to drink and get kicked out of bars……you’ve been telling us for 5 straight albums.
            I miss the Dead Century era……

          • Huck N’ Roll

            Thrill Seeker kicks ass, though.

  • The Akerstache

    I’m not really sure if I’m going to listen to this, but I’ve got another thought on my mind. What in the world is that album cover? That is without a doubt one of the worst album covers I’ve seen this year, it looks absolutely horrible.

    • Subjectivity, yo. I don’t particularly care for Morbid Angel but I really, REALLY want that artwork for my vinyl collection.

      • drug_genosh

        yeah, I kinda dig it too. Still not sure if it’ll end up in my vinyl collection yet. Spotifying today

        • I don’t even want to think about how much money I’ve thrown at albums just to have a badass vinyl for the stash. I’ve bought 52 since January, that is some horrifying math when set against my $11/hr pay rate.

          • drug_genosh

            oof yeah I hear ya. ive been a lot more discerning as of late. if its something I like but don’t need I’d rather buy it on cassette and pay a 1/4 of the price

          • Where music is pretty much the only thing that I care about, I consider it worth it. Part of me definitely takes masochistic joy in going broke for the metalz. Yeah, you gotta stay hungry, and this Muppet’s just about starving, dying for some vinyl action.

          • Speaking of purchasing records for the artwork. I’m pleased to say Gloryhammer was oh so worth it.

          • drug_genosh

            Switch to cassettes man! You’ll be swimming in cash and tapes!

          • I’ve considered it, but I just fucking love my vinyl collection, poverty and all. Keeping my eye on select gems til funds line up, random blind buys when the art and price is right, the suspense of waiting then seeing one arrive and trying to guess/remember which one it is… I live for that shit, quantity’s a goal but not the goal. Well, it is, but I think you know what I mean.

      • The Akerstache

        I dunno man, I don’t think it’d look right next to my Destroyer 666 remasters and the new Bell Witch.

        Fuck yeah, subjectivity!

    • welyyt

      Even with the onslaught of garbage power metal covers from the last few months? I like it, but it looks unfinished, à la Dance of Death.

      • The Akerstache

        I feel like there is a difference. Those power metal albums are all AWFUL. Horrific art that I really don’t care to ever see again, but it’s power metal. It’s going to be awful. I expect shit from them. But this is Morbid Angel. This is a death metal staple, one of the biggest death metal bands the world has seen. Maybe I’m expecting too much from the band that released Illud Divinum Insanus, but I feel like a band like this should be able to afford a graphic designer who can make this look great.

        This is isn’t the worst cover I’ve seen this year, but it is the laziest. It’s as you said unfinished, a half fleshed idea, and since Morbid Angel should be able to afford to fully flesh out this and turn it into a masterpiece it just annoys me further. This isn’t technically the worst cover I’ve seen this year, but I’ll take a thousand shitty, cheesy power metal album covers that fit the tone of the music over a lazy attempt from a band that should be able to do so much more any day.

        • welyyt

          Hmm, I agree pretty about pretty much everything. To be fair though, MA’s tend to have weird album art; I mean, I like the covers for Domination and Heretic (the music is good too), but those are some odd design choices to say the least.

        • Felchmeister777

          Ultimately, who gives a shit. Plenty of great albums have horrendous covers. It’s a secondary thing…

          • The Akerstache

            I give a shit.

            The first thing we see of an album is the cover. It’s what draws us as a listener in. It sets a tone. It’s an introduction. If I’m looking through a record store or perusing bandcamp the album cover is usually the first thing I learn about an album, and it’s usually what makes me decide to listen to it or not.

            If this weren’t Morbid Angel I would pass it by, same with how if Dance of Death weren’t Iron Maiden or Hardwired to Self-Destruct weren’t Metallica. This isn’t a secondary thing if it’s the first thing we know about an album. The music is more important, yes, but to label this as secondary completely undervalues how important a cover is.

          • Felchmeister777

            I’m not disputing that good artwork can be a huge bonus. It can, and arguably always should be, a really significant factor in forming a image between whst you’re seeing & what you’re hearing.

            Plenty of my all time favourite albums have awful artwork (Opeth’s ‘My Arms..’ and Pan.Thy.Monium’s ‘Khaaos and Konfusion’ being two that immediately spring to mind) and yeah, it’s a pisser…but i personally can’t quite relate to your empassioned views on it all. Still, I respect them.

          • doode

            Right. Who the fuck listens to music because of the album cover.

  • Angelus

    I liked it. But, is just a good album closer to a MEH album. Gracefully, it is not a channeling or recording of Illud Divinum Insanus 2: The Country Versions Of The Best From Morbid Angel, via David Vincent and his acoustic guitar. Yee Haw!

  • The Unicorn

    Excellent review my friend. Your use of album titles, imagery and the like has left me even more excited to hear this. Good riddance DV. I was never a Tucker fan, but this will do.

    • Nathan McCain

      My favorite part was the ‘I’ alliteration with regards to Illud… Fantastic writing, rest of the review is no worse!

  • Me

    Three is a fair rating. I’d give it a 4. Theres some fat that could have been trimmed. The mentioned Gardens and a couple others. It’s a strong album overall and I’m happy as a pig in s…

    • Matthew

      Gardens is the best track on the album

      • Me

        I don’t like it.
        DEAD is my fav.

        • Felchmeister777

          The Pillars Cumbling…that ending…

          • Me

            Yes!!!

  • Sergio Zambon

    Lesson learned with Kingdoms Disdained: an avarage Morbid Angel album is still better than 98% of modern death metal.

    • Felchmeister777

      Bit harsh. The album’s many high points put it above ‘average’ overall. It’s not all top tier Morbid Angel, but there are some fantastic riffs & a handful of genius solos,

      It’s not up there with the first five albums obviously, but i’m starting to think it’s stronger than Gateways (& Heretic obviously). Time will tell…

    • Morbidly Obese Angel

      No, not really actually

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    All this album needed to do was not being “Illud Divinus Insanum”

  • Norfair Legend

    I was such a huge fan of Altars and when Blessed came out, it completely blew me away. I met Vincent at a Medusa’s show in Chicago where the venue was having problems and the show started like 2 hours late. He was the only one who came out, sitting on the sidewalk just shooting the shit with us. At the time, was one of the coolest musicians I had ever met.

    Tucker fronted MA is good, no doubt but it’s just so hard not to imagine what MA could sound like if David got his heard out of his ass. He wants to do industrial, cool, do it with any other band/group of people. MA should be a progression of MA. With that being said, I just can’t help always to compare MA to their first few albums, rather than let the Tucker era stand on it’s own.

    By my messed up criteria though, this is one of the better albums they have put out I think. Trey sounds like Trey, Tucker varies it up rather than that steady, monotone growl, drumming is solid, songs are somewhat memorable and upon listen, warrant a repeated play…I’d say the 3 of 5 is apt and very fair. Great review as usual!

  • Choodi

    Is there a doctor in the house? Someone has swallowed a thesaurus on table 23 and needs an emergency Heimlich stat.

    • Ferrous Beuller

      Nah – just a synonym roll

      • Barry Neilson

        Comment of the year. Seriously, well done

      • John Mosley

        Did you just copy and pastry that?

  • Felchmeister777

    “but instead of closing the album with a thunderous finale, they feel more akin to a sprint to the finish line”

    What? The last minute or so of the album is dedicated to an absolutely gorgeous, leisurely-paced, totally trippy solo…

    • herrschobel

      you really like that Album …. i like your dedication !

      • Felchmeister777

        Ha! It’s far from perfect, but I do think some people are being a little harsh on it….

        • herrschobel

          perfection is a mental disease … it´s a very good, kick ass Death Metal Album IMO…

          • Felchmeister777

            Exactly…it’s easy to over-analyse it all.

            ‘Kick ass death metal’ – yeah, that sums it up pretty perfectly…

  • Drew P. Weiner

    Well, it’s certainly way better than that laughable piece of shit “I” album of theirs, but it’s like they went juuuuuusssttt a little overboard trying to prove it. It sounds a lot like “Heretic” to me, but in all honesty I like it a little more than that one. I like Tucker, he just seems so genuinely into it.

    • libtard tamer

      So into it he quit twice before.

      • Drew P. Weiner

        Fuck your mother…when I’m finished, queer.

        • libtard tamer

          Not only witty, but also homophobic. A true winner.

        • Jesus. I had something eloquent and tactful halfway written up for this, but I think a simple “fuck you, buddy” is more than enough for the likes of you.
          So, yeah. Fuck you, buddy.

          • Yolo Swaggins

            I’m not entirely sure you want him to be your buddy.

    • Felchmeister777

      For me it’s like as lesser Formulas. Certainly stronger than Heretic…

  • defjam

    Great review, keep up the good work.

  • libtard tamer

    I am waiting till my cd comes in the mail. I liked Piles though and it’s the only song I have heard. I do miss David though. I know he got slack for Illud but there were good songs on there. Tucker is cool but doesn’t have the personality Dave brought. I still have to wonder why they couldn’t get Pete back. MA is hardly satanic at this point and Terrorizer can’t be cutting it. Would love to know the real story.

    • Felchmeister777

      Much as it pains me to say it, I don’t feel Pete is missed on this album. The new guy has a very ‘Sandovalian’ approach anyway, but he’s taken up a few levels technically. I’ll always love Pete, but this guy’s youthful energy seems to have given Trey a much needed kick up the arse…

      The ‘extended jam’ at the end of The Pillars Cumbling is a pretty good example of that…

  • FrontRangeDrifter

    Give this thing a 4.0. Just for positive reinforcement. Kinda wish the leads were a little higher in the mix. I’m not wincing at the ear piercing-ness like albums past.

    • Felchmeister777

      On decent headphones those high-end runs/tapping sections come through really loud. Those demonic, witches’ cackles go straight down my spine…

      • Here’s Johnny

        The solo at the end of The Fall of Idols most evil thing you’ll hear this year.

        • Felchmeister777

          Yeah man, that last minute or so of the track absolutely floors me.

          When Trey is on form, his approach to solos/leads is just on an entirely different level…

  • Arthur Stingo

    The album is awesome and I’m a die hard fan , how can this guy rate it 3.0 out of 5.0 are you kidding me.

  • la porte

    Man, seems like I’m still the only long time Morbid Angel fan who absolutely loved Illud Divinum Insanum…

    • Jack Tors

      I enjoy about 4 songs in it.

    • Felchmeister777

      I’d love to hear it through your ears. I’m a long term fan too and, predictably, hated Illud at the time. Have it another spin in the build up to Kingdoms. Hated it even more…

      It’s not without its merits, but the horrible, adolescent lyrical approach/attitude really is cringeworthy. Teenagers doing that would be bad enough, but middle aged, forty-something men..(?) C’mon,..

      The ‘death metal’ tracks are perfectly reasonable but, apart from the odd riff/solo, they’re not great songs, they’re simply ok.

      The ‘experimental’ material is 98% cliched, brash, juvenile crap & should simply never have been conceived.

      This new album isn’t a classic, but a dozen or so listens in, it’s a damn fine album. Trey’s experimental soloing alone takes it up to four stars in my opinion. It’s fucking awesome having him back, inspired and hungry again. For all its shortcomings, the album has energy & we’ve not seen that from the band in a while…

      • la porte

        It’s actually the so-called experimental songs that I enjoyed the most.

        It still had the powerful and suffocating quality of previous MA albums, while putting a different spin on it. Sure, it was overall simpler in structure and songwriting, but this approach enabled the songs to gain in impact and effectiveness. A little similar in spirit to what Satyricon did on Now, Diabolical. Different, simpler, catchier, and immensely enjoyable (to me anyways).

        I didn’t find it juvenile, on the contrary I think it takes maturity to go beyond the flashiness of technicality, and accept to shed it if needed, and actually go for something visceral, even if that means simple (in structure and lyrics).

        But I can only observe that not many think that way and agree with me! But heh, I loved Mayhem’s Grand Declaration of War upon first listen at the time, when everybody else was shitting on it.

        • basenjibrian

          I still love GDW, silly wordy introductionsband all.

    • DeadHead

      There was maybe 3 or 4 songs I dug on the album. The rest was just awful. I wish I had your ears to hear what you hear as well.

  • Mark Z

    Man, this comment section kind of highlights something Steve Tucker said in a recent interview: ask a bunch of Metallica fans what the band’s best album is and they’ll probably say either Ride the Lightning or Master of Puppets, ask a bunch of Morbid Angel fans the same question and they’ll argue about it endlessly. It really speaks to the band that they’re able to create great albums with distinct character throughout their entire discography. I think that’s part of the reason I fell in love with them in the first place. I haven’t been able to give this new one a listen yet but I’m eager to do so to see where it fits.

    • Gage

      90% of Morbid Angel fans say Altars or Covenant, just like 90% of Metallica fans say Lightning or Puppets. Seems the same to me.

      • Mark Z

        Eh, I guess I’ve just always seen plenty of discussion where people claim Formulas, Gateways, or even Domination is their favorite MA album; whereas I’ve rarely seen anyone claim they prefer any of Metallica’s other albums over Lightning or Puppets. Maybe Kill Em All but even that’s uncommon.

        • Genocidefish

          Mine’s the Black Album, but that’s purely nostalgia because it was my first metal album; were it not, my favourite would probably be Ride The Lightning. So you’re basically right.

        • Gage

          Fair enough, but personally I’ve seen many people prefer And Justice and The Black Album over their other albums. Beats me.

        • DIMENSIONAL BLEEDTHROUGH

          I might pick Kill Em All in a pinch, but it’s kind of apples and oranges with the other early albums.

          I also might pick Gateways, if I’m in a certain mood.

  • HohenheimOL

    Aren’t their albums all supposed to start with consecutive letters of the alphabet? Are they just not bothering with J?

    • Felchmeister777

      ‘Juvenile’, a recent live album. Kinda slipped under the radar…

    • Danny Blitz

      It was a live album called Juvenilia. Pretty much alters live.

  • Genocidefish
  • Levly

    I’m surprised you didn’t complain more about the production, it’s god awful. You can’t hear the guitars most of the time and the drums are very weirdly produced on top of being too loud. A freaking mess.
    In any case, the music is bland and uninteresting so who cares…

    • Felchmeister777

      Fuck that…

    • Tofu muncher

      Agree with the guitar sound, that wicked drumming dominates.

    • Ferrous Beuller

      The copy I reviewed it from wasn’t that conducive to production criticism unfortunately.

    • Felchmeister777

      The production is spot on. Reminds me of Formulas.

      Your loss man, I’m finding plenty of ‘interesting’ music on this album…

  • Jack Tors

    Not bad but not very memorable. I really dont like the vocals. The music itself is heavy it seems.yo be lacking songwriting.

  • Tofu muncher

    Love the faster tracks in this one. To note, I found I enjoy Complete Acid Terror.

  • John Mosley

    The album is merely ok, but the Morbid Angel name guarantees if will receive far more attention than the work alone merits.

    • 12tonehead

      Right. It actually is quite dull and trying too hard to sound ferocious when it really is mind numbing -not in a good way.

  • 12tonehead

    Boring overloud drumming, uninspired riffing, plodding songwriting… Yawn. At least IDI made people react… I’ll pass on this one.

  • Here’s Johnny

    Good review, kind of sums up my feelings on it too. This album might turn out to be better than Gateways, Heretic and Illud(obv), so when you think about it this is their best album in 20 years.

    It really has an apocalyptic/end of world feeling which is just perfect for the time we are living in, i keep going back to it and i like it more and more each time. 3.5/5 for me.

  • dblbass

    I have never really followed Morbid Angel… but this album seems pretty kick ass to me. I have no idea how it ranks within the catalog… but I give it a thumbs up.

  • DeadHead

    I like dissonance in guitars but if that’s all you do the whole album it gets boring fast. In this case it really bored me after 4 songs.

  • Dark Self

    Well more like a Tucker album than a MA one…..

    Really not impressed, the drum is awful too…..

    It is muddy, something azagoth try its old tricks, but it is kind in the background…..

    At least Illud good songs were pretty good, here everything sounds average…

    S

  • herrschobel

    3.0 ?????? That Album absolutely slays….i have been in a very non metal mood as of lately but this just got me right on track …. very very good … very energetic and raw …. 4.0 and thank you