There's an aggression and energy on Abominations of Desolation that you won't find on several MA records. The fact that this album is so well-executed is a testament to this band's potential at the time. Of special note is the role of Browning as both drummer and vocalist. He lacks Vincent's depth in his growls, and doesn't quite have Sandoval's punch, but makes up for both with his sheer intensity. Where this ranks for you in MA's discog will depend on how raw you like your MA.