Morbid Angel
Domination


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Writer Ov This Review USER (50 Reviews)
March 8th, 2010 | 42 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Morbid Angel takes a risk with a change in sound and it pays off.

Morbid Angel is a Florida based death metal band that has been very influential on the genre since their debut. Many of their albums are regarded as classics, but for some reason or another some of the bands albums go unnoticed. Domination is a departure from the bands overall previous releases and has a very thick feeling. The sludge influence on Domination is apparent through and through which allows the album take its time delivering sweet riffs and very catchy songs overall.

Trey Azagthoth and Erik Rutan do their best in creating some of the most memorable and infectious riffs and solos as usual. The tempo changes on the record are great. While as mentioned before, most songs have very sludged out slow guitarwork on occasion the duo gets a hit of NOS that allows them to deliver some blazingly fast riffing that definitely gives the flow of Domination the kick in the ass that it needs.

The vocal delivery on Domination is a major change compared to Morbid Angel's previous releases. The vocals are delivered with a great amount of energy but lack the variation that they need, the majority of the album Dave Vincent sticks with his mid ranged growl. Some odd vocal effects are used at times that give the performance a slightly fresh feel but all around the vocals throughout are nothing too special. Vincent's vocals are clean enough that most listeners should easily be able to make out the lyrics without having to look them up. Speaking of which the lyrics on the album are interesting, nothing groundbreaking but still worth listening to when you find yourself playing the album.

Given that Domination has a slower pace than your average death metal record, Pete Sandoval doesn't do too many blastbeats during the play time of Domination, there are certainly plenty to tide the average listener over but just enough to where it doesn't begin to work at your nerves. The bass on the album remains unheard for the most part. Fortunately the riffs make up for that. The production is decent and thick, all of the instruments are decipherable apart from the bass.

The album is pretty sinister for the most part. "Hatework" is the most aggressive song featured on the album as well as the most memorable. It features some experimentation that the rest of the album just simply doesn't have, exemplifying an atmosphere that is unmatched by most death metal at the time. One thing that Domination could do without is the interludes. While they are epic they throw off the flow of the album as a whole and could easily been seen as filler.

Another highlight on the record is "Eyes to See... Ears to Hear", it is without a doubt one of the catchiest songs on the album. Morbid Angel did a good job creating a creepy atmosphere on the song using a very melancholic chorus. The song features the only clean vocals on the album, which may be a turn off to some but they do contribute to the track successfully making it a very standout moment on the album.

Overall Domination gets a generous four out of five. It certainly doesn't surpass Morbid Angel's legendary debut, but it is a a worthy addition to any metalheads collection. The sludge attribute is what really enhances Domination's overall sound. This record would also work very well as a gateway album for the death metal genre, it is easy to digest compared to a good portion of albums in the genre.



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combustion07
March 8th 2010


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good soundoff. Review isn't needed but I am bored. :/

Wizard
March 8th 2010


19612 Comments


Good read dude, I love everything this band has done. One thing to maybe keep in mind next time regarding formatting, try and make the album titles stick out a bit more with italics or whatever. Just makes the read a bit smoother, looks a bit better too. Really good to see this bands underrated discography getting the attention it deserves.

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ninjuice
March 8th 2010


6760 Comments


The cover looks like something ICP would have if they were metal.

R6Rider
March 8th 2010


4715 Comments


cover rules

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combustion07
March 8th 2010


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback. I had the track names in italics on wordpad and then I pasted it here and it didn't show up. Is there some special thing I have to do to get them to show here?

@ninjuice
lol

jingledeath
March 8th 2010


7104 Comments


Good stuff man, I definitely need more Morbid Angel.

Wizard
March 8th 2010


19612 Comments


I had the track names in italics on wordpad and then I pasted it here and it didn't show up. Is there some special thing I have to do to get them to show here?

[i insert album title[/i (add a square bracket to the ends of i's)

Good stuff man, I definitely need more Morbid Angel.

Covenant and Altars of Madness are essential dm.



XulOnerom
March 8th 2010


1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. The 3rd and 4th paragraphs would sound a lot better if you referred to Dave Vincent (vocals/bass) and Pete Sandoval (drums) by their names, rather than just by "he"

Agree with the Wiz, everything this band has done is great (although latter albums have quite an amount of filler). Their first four albums are definitive death metal masterpieces

Hawks
March 8th 2010


35838 Comments


Good review man. Really good album. Never was into Morbid Angel too much, but I do really like this album.

lostforwords
March 9th 2010


446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, Ceasar's Palace is probably my favourite Morbid Angel track

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2010


6280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

in this record Morbid Angel become catchy TOTALLY IN THEIR OWN TERMS.-

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combustion07
March 9th 2010


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback I fixed all the things mentioned. And yes Caesar's Palace kicks ass. I love the intro riff

bloozclooz
March 9th 2010


1770 Comments


surprised this only has 2 reviews thus far. while no time to bleed has 7. and counting.

combustion07
March 9th 2010


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, sputnik tends to ignore Morbid Angel's "not so classic" albums

Wizard
March 9th 2010


19612 Comments


It's criminal how many great albums Sputnik overlooks.

bloozclooz
March 9th 2010


1770 Comments


well i'm changing that, one weekend at a time. lol

combustion07
March 9th 2010


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed, I've been listening to alot of old school death and grind stuff lately and when I go to rate them 50% of the time they only have 1 rating or aren't even in the database.

XulOnerom
March 9th 2010


1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

surprised this only has 2 reviews thus far. while no time to bleed has 7. and counting.


that's because of people jumping on the SS bashing bandwagon. I mean, they do suck, but one bad review is enough, not four

bloozclooz
March 9th 2010


1770 Comments


or 7

combustion07
March 9th 2010


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All 7 of the review are negative? Holy shit!



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