Morbid Saint
Spectrum of Death


3.5
great

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
January 6th, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album will kick your ass and give you a headache.

This is an album I listened to five times straight when I finally got my hands on it. This is an album that’s so heavy, it gave me a goddamn headache, an album that stands the test of time to this very day, an album that single-handedly defines what it means to thrash. This is Morbid Saint, the heaviest ***ing band to come out of the thrash scene in the late 1980’s. This is the band’s first and last offering to the world, and although this is the only album they made, it still without a doubt made an impact on the late 80’s thrash scene.

Combining the heavy riffing of thrash metal with the harsh vocals of death metal, this thirty minute monster will satisfy even modern metal fans. The album’s strengths are heavy and compelling riffing, and expertly executed solos that sound frantic and angry. Vocals also sound evil and pissed off, and that fits the band’s aggressive style perfectly. Every instrument is played with speed and precision, and the band takes no prisoners with an attitude and extreme sound that gives them a certain unique style and sets them apart from other bands.

However, the album can become quite cumbersome, with repetitive riffing and repeated drum patterns being the main problem with the album. Although the band has at least two riffs and a solo in each track, this does little to make the album a varied listen. Expect heavy riffing and frantic soloing to be the only thing this album offers, as there aren't any tempo changes or stylistic transitions. The album also suffers from relatively poor production, as the album as a whole could have been a bit louder, and as it stands now, the album is in dire need of a mixing to iron out several production problems.

Still, if you’re content to just thrash and not care about variety and technicality, then this album is perfect for you. Despite some production flaws and some repetitive moments, this is still one of the heaviest albums I have ever heard, and it contains some of the most brutal riffs the genre has to offer. Seek this out of you’re a fan of extreme metal, as this album has it in ample supply.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
YoYoMancuso
January 5th 2013


11154 Comments


nice review, sounds intriguing.

EDIT: damn this is their only album?

ThrashTillDeath94
January 5th 2013


595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah sure is

YoYoMancuso
January 5th 2013


11154 Comments


just looked up the lyrics

"Scars, fuck you"


lol i wanna listen to this

ThrashTillDeath94
January 5th 2013


595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha yeah it can be pretty over the top lol

bloc
January 5th 2013


34926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't remember for sure, but I remember the production could have been better on this.

YoYoMancuso
January 5th 2013


11154 Comments


Youtube'd Lock Up Your Children, enjoyed it a good deal

CK
January 6th 2013


4930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Morbid Saint play thrash metal, and they play it very fast and very heavy. They're from Wisconsin and they never really got big, but they deserve tons of respect.

Digging: Death - Human

YoYoMancuso
January 6th 2013


11154 Comments


^ dude be careful, Tim LOVES Doritos!

RiffOClock
January 6th 2013


1051 Comments


whats it like, writing the same review over and over

also u give out some pretty fucked up ratings, this is way better than a 3.5 and most of the shit u point peoples attention to

ffs
January 6th 2013


4880 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damian

TheSpirit
January 6th 2013


17930 Comments


great album

RetroSpective
January 6th 2013


822 Comments


Album is the tits

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2013


21046 Comments


Rules.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2013


4443 Comments


A friend of mine introduced me to this a while back on vinyl, I had never heard it before but it was indeed a really great album to jam out. Good write-up on it, man, POS'd.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2013


14759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been meaning to listen to this.

Digging: Off Minor - The Heat Death of the Universe

Vrid
January 6th 2013


116 Comments


Dat nostalgia. This album kicked my ass pretty hard a couple of years ago. Like you said, the essence and very peak of thrash metal.

ThrashTillDeath94
January 6th 2013


595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha love you too riff, you never cease to amaze me with your poise and insight.

ShadowRemains
January 6th 2013


21072 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album fucking slays

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

apert
January 6th 2013


3040 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

assassin slays

YoYoMancuso
January 6th 2013


11154 Comments


probably gonna dl later



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