Morbid Saint
Spectrum of Death


4.5
superb

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2006 | 160 replies | 20,822 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


3 of 4 thought this review was well written

HISTORY
We have gathered here today to take farewell of the extreme thrash-metal band Morbid Saint, this band came to earth and disappeared equally as fast, but they left one single album to this world. The band is claimed to have played some sort of hardcore/speed-metal and others has claimed that they played extreme thrash-metal. It sounds like a mix between Dark Angel and Kreator and if you have heard any of these bands you can imagine how this may sound, I think that it sounds more like thrash-metal with some splashes from death-metal and black-metal vocal work.

THE CREW
This was very interesting I must say, the album contains energetic, full-assault, aggressive metal. The paces are very fast, the guitar work is also very intesive. The bass does also shines through in the songs which was a bit surprising and the vocals suited brilliant in the songs. We begin to look at the vocalist Pat Lind, his vocals is a mix between Mille Petrozza and Don Doty. The vocals are pretty sinister, impish and whiny but yet highly aggressive, the vocals has serious attitude and it really does this album to a unique one. Jay Visser and Ji Fergades are the two guitarists, their guitar style is also aggressive, intensive and quite technical. The rhythm sections are rock-solid and there is also room for catchy tunes and brutally heavy riffing. The solos are pretty good, but if you thought that the solos were melodic stuff you are wrong. The solos are very chaotic, pretty frantic and they are also quite high-pitched time to time, though these guitarists did a great work in this album. The bassist Mike Chappy did very good in this album too, his bass stands out equally as much as the guitars. The bass helps to build up a heavy rhythm section and it makes more brutal, rawer and thicker sound, I was really surprised that the bass was this loud. Usually the bass is always faded away by the rest of the instruments in lots of other bands but this was very enjoying, trust me. And at last we have the drummer Lee Raynolds, like any thrash-metal drummer Lee delivers intensive beats and heavy drum patterns, you can actually say that this guy is almost as good as Gene Hoglan. Anyway, this dude did his performance with excellence and precision.

THINGS I LIKED
Let me tell you some things that I enjoyed and disliked about this album. The things I thought were great about this album was many things, we can start with the vocals which I think is the most unique part in a band. The vocals was as I said very aggressive, impish, sinister and a bit whiney. But the vocals suited very good to the music and it made the album sound special, I think that both thrash, death and black-metal would enjoy this kind of vocals. The second thing I thought were great was the great thrashing energy in the songs, every song had a good structure and most of them had catchy rhythm sections and riffing. The sound was sometimes near to enter the territoriums of death-metal but the band had a good ability to make the sound as ''thrashy'' as they could.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE
One thing I didn't like was...The band does not exist anymore! It so sad that this band disbanded just after one album, the band had a future with this album if you ask me. This album was nealry perfect extreme thrash that would even grab people from the death and black-metal genres but the band had other thougts. The second thing I didn't enjoyed so much was the production, the music sounded great but the soudn felt a bit blury, not high-quality production though. And the last thing is not a big deal but the album cover is highly uninteresting, it doesn't look like an intersting album with that white-haired half-rotten corpse. Maybe cool at that time but it doesn't look great in this day though.

CONCLUSION
I hope this was as accurate as possible and I hope it wasen't to boring to read, this was the best I could come up with about this band. This was very enjoying in my ears, to bad that they only did one single album. This is one undiscovered gem in the world of metal and I think it needs to be discovered by so many metal-heads as possible. It may not be a unique or ice-breaking album but it will make your metal-coolection a whole lot better. People who likes early Dark Angel and early Kreator should get this album because it has loads of aggressive energy and cool vocals, many would think that these vocals would sound like other singers but this band was still classified as a thrash-metal band. Death and black-metal people should check this out too, you either love or hate but at least give this band and album a chance. This band and their only album must be remembered, it must not be forgotten by the fans of metal.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
-- Assassin
-- Scars
-- Damien
-- Burned At The Stake

REASON FOR THE RATING
For being an aggressive and intensive album with unique vocals for the genre and for being the only album from a short-lived band this album will be given a proud and memorable 4.5/5. I will not give it a full score because the band did just release one album and we will never know how other albums would've sounded like.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Apocalyptic Raids
August 2nd 2006



810 Comments


Quality album.

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 2nd 2006



721 Comments


That's a cute band name.

FatalEnergy
August 2nd 2006



40 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my second favorite album of all time. I've never grown tired of it. Probably the most catchy, yet brutal thing I've ever heard.

Nepenthe
August 2nd 2006



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Morbid Saint are excellent. A band I can never get tired of.

Bazarov
August 2nd 2006



55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Am I crazy... or isn't Destruction System an album as well? Good review. I love this band. Seriously they are on par with my love for Slayer. This Message Edited On 08.02.06

FatalEnergy
August 2nd 2006



40 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It was an unreleased Demo album.


Bazarov
August 2nd 2006



55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh. Thanks for straigthening that out.

skeggjadr
August 3rd 2006



11 Comments


I was gonna review this album soon cos I thought no one else would! Anyway good job with the review

My only complaint is that I don't see how you could call the vocals whiney! I'm mostly into BM right now so I love the vocals and especially the raw production which I think suits the music.

This album is certainly EXTREME thrash and the band gets up to some really impressive speeds. One of the best thrash albums ever, and maybe even my favourite. Shame they only made one album! You can download the full album here: http://www.pcmdusa.com/ms/index.html#mp3sThis Message Edited On 08.03.06

Dethtrasher
August 3rd 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I never thought that this album was this well-known, but I prefer Dark Angel though.
Can you download other albums as well?

morbidbass
August 10th 2006



1 Comments


Even though it says Mike Chappy on the album, the bass on the recording was actually performed by Tony Paletti. Here are two MS links:

Tony Paletti's MS site:

http://www.pcmdusa.com/ms

A recent interview with Tony Paletti of Morbid Saint:

http://www.nocturnalcult.com/morbidsaintint.htm


Apocalyptic Raids
August 11th 2006



810 Comments


Can you download other albums as well?

You can find the unreleased second album on filesharing programs.

south_of_heaven 11
August 13th 2006



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm DLing this album right now...it's pretty good so far. Only thing I don't like is the drum sound...doesn't sound like it was produced very well, ya know?
Good review anyway, as always.

south_of_heaven 11
April 3rd 2008



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album fucking rulessss

myhigherpie
May 30th 2009



3027 Comments


this is too underrated.

Anthracks
May 30th 2009



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not rly

Digging: Tobacco - Ultima II Massage

jingledeath
June 17th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listening to this now and it is destroying my testicles

KILL
June 22nd 2009



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the rec jingle will definitely get this, nice review too deth

jingledeath
June 22nd 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sure man, you should love this. digging it immensely atm

steveo2937
August 11th 2009



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Took me a little while to warm up to it initially, but now I think its a masterpiece.

Up for sale on itunes, so really no reason for any thrash fan not to have this!!!

steveo2937
August 11th 2009



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

PS the new cover on itunes is 100x better, cooler and less cheesy



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