Altars of Madness

Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
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1989 Ratings: #126 / 189
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Amazing death metal album full of awesome songs. Love the consistency.


One of the most important and one of my favorite death metal records. Even though this album is not as brutal as other death metal records would become this album ultimately set huge foundations for the satanic genre. Everything works beautifully on this record. the vocals are crisp but not to out there for my liking, the drums and guitar work is insane. This is just a well rounded metal record and I would say for any new comers to the genre should be their first listen.

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I'm still not the biggest fan of traditional death metal as most of it kinda blends together for me, but this is still quite good. They can really play their asses off and when they settle into the groovier sections, it truly begins packing a punch. That slowed down break at the last 3rd of Maze of Torment for example is INSANE. Chapel of Ghouls' eerie choir vocals and melodious riff work also did wonders for me. More focus on these elements would put this more in my wheelhouse.


sick opening track


i've never thought of myself as the biggest morbid angel fan. i definitely appreciate 'em and i enjoy all the music i've heard by them, but unlike many of their contemporaries, they're simply not a name that comes to mind when i think of my favorite death metal bands. as i pondered the potential causes of this bizarre logical quandary, i thought "maybe i just don't listen to 'em enough" and decided to run through their discography. y'know, just to brush up on a classic catalog! i ... read more


Yeah I enjoy a few songs on here a lot but overall it just didn't sick out to me in any way. This is a great representation of death metal but that's exactly what I think it is, standard death metal that people getting into the genre should listen to.
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Added on: November 30, 2014