|Morbid Angel: 1984-2011|
One of Tampa Bay's biggest products, Morbid Angel are one the many bands that revolutionized and coined "death metal". But they never did the same thing twice. After firing David Vincent in 1996, the band's quality waned sharply, and when he came back for a new record in 2011, the backlash was legendary.
Altars of Madness
The first, and best Morbid Angel record is also a true game-changer for extreme metal music. Standouts include "Chapel of Ghouls", "Immortal Rites".
Blessed Are the Sick
A very worthy follow-up to the "Madness" in every way, shape and form. Best tracks are "Fall from Grace", title track.
Most familiar with the fans, and also one of only two Morbid Angel releases on a major label. The chaotic rage and fury is intact, with stunning tracks like "Rapture" and "God of Emptiness".
David Vincent's last album with the band (until 2011) turned a few heads in the death metal camps. The lyrics may have taken a hit, but the music is still crushing and divine. Standouts include "Dominate", "Where the Slime Live".
Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
Steve Tucker's first release with Morbid Angel is the one that really started the downward trend. Some good tracks, some boring ones.
Gateways to Annihilation
The slowest Morbid Angel release benefits from cleaner production, but the music is somewhat stale.
A middling death metal release, "Heretic" recycles past Morbid Angel ideas and fails to capitalize on the acclaim of the original four albums. No wonder Steve Tucker got the boot.
Illud Divinum Insanus
16 years after David Vincent left the band, he returns. The band makes a new album, but that album isn't very good. In fact, it sees the Tampa legends "fall from grace".