Morbid Angel
Abominations of Desolation


5.0
classic

Review

by 70sPriestIsBetter USER (2 Reviews)
January 25th, 2013 | 994 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is Morbid Angel in its purest incarnation.

IA! IA! IAK SAKKAKTH!

TOWARDS THE FOREST I SUMMON THEE

COME FORTH AND MAKE THE GATES APPEAR

IAK SAKKAKTH IS THE GATE IN WHICH THE SPHERES MEET

OPEN WIDE THE GATE

THE ANCIENT ONES RULE THE VAULT AND SHALL RULE AGAIN

COME FORTH THROUGH THE GATE AND TAKE THE EARTH AS YOUR OWN!


Back in the early-mid 80s, Morbid Angel was a seriously occult band, deeply into the type of dark subject matter found within the Necronomicon and the like. However, unlike a lot of other bands around at the time, it wasn't just a front for the music. The band actually performed occult rituals and the music was truly a reflection of what its members were passionate about. This album was recorded in 1986 and was meant to be their debut album, but allegedly Mike Browning (original drummer/vocalist) and Trey got into a fight resulting in Mike leaving the band and Trey refusing to release the album. David "Disco D" Vincent, who produced the album, took over on bass/vocal duties and Pete Sandoval was brought in on drums and the rest is history.

This was ultimately officially released in 1991 to combat the bootlegs that were going around, but unfortunately it still remains vastly overlooked by many a metalhead. It's a shame because this is hands down the most evil album recorded in '86 and would have certainly had a devastating, massive impact on the entire metal pantheon if it had actually been released that year. Instead, it sits in the hall of forgotten metal classics when really it belongs in the eternal hall of fame of underground 80s first wave black metal classics. This album is pure chaos and evil put to tape.

Mike Browning is a much, much better and more fitting vocalist than Disco D, and while the latter's performance on Altars of Madness is still phenomenal (going progressively downhill with each subsequent album), after listening to this album you can tell that he was just doing his best to imitate Browning, who truly sounds like a demon writhing in the depths of hell, for lack of better words.

This album has an evil atmosphere like no other. The production is raw, primal and grating and this combined with Browning's simpler and slower drum style helps create a truly sinister sound. Browning might not have the technical finesse of his replacement but he certainly has passion and his style fits the songs perfectly. Little touches like the AWESOME intros to Chapel of Ghouls and Lord of All Fevers and Plague really add a lot to the dark atmosphere. There is something indescribable about the way this album sounds, it truly is the band's most passionate recording. Some of the best solos in the entire Morbid Angel catalogue are found on this majestic collection of occult hymns and Trey and Richard sound like they are channeling other-dimensional demons out of their respective guitars. Either these guys were on some POTENT hallucinogens or they actually WERE possessed during the recording of this album. Probably both.

Bottom line, this album is absolutely essential for any fan of thrashing deathblack metal. While 8 of the 9 songs on this album were re-recorded by Disco D and company on later releases, the "primitive" versions found here all reign supreme to their respective counterparts (though the three tracks re-recorded for altars still stand on their own as some of the best songs they ever recorded).

Anyhoo, *** this review. I just needed there to be a thread so I can bump the *** out of this dark satanic thrashterpiece.

Here's a clip of Browning talking about weed with Chuck [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch"v=SJQh8y95gao[/url]


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70sPriestIsBetter
January 24th 2013


1933 Comments


m/

demigod!
January 24th 2013


49295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fantastic review pos'd hard, didnt know this came out in '86. just makes this even more m/ wow

oltnabrick
January 24th 2013


36324 Comments


"Here's a clip of Browning talking about weed with Chuck http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJQh8y95gao"

posd

Digging: Nivhek - After Its own Death/ Walking in a Spiral

70sPriestIsBetter
January 24th 2013


1933 Comments


m/

oltnabrick
January 24th 2013


36324 Comments


needs more comments

70sPriestIsBetter
January 24th 2013


1933 Comments


agreed

70sPriestIsBetter
January 24th 2013


1933 Comments


how long does it take for a review to appear on the front page

oltnabrick
January 24th 2013


36324 Comments


should be instantly

70sPriestIsBetter
January 24th 2013


1933 Comments


wtf

demigod!
January 24th 2013


49295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

proof that sputnik hates metal

70sPriestIsBetter
January 24th 2013


1933 Comments


hard truth, fuck 'em

COME FORTH
AZAGTHOTH
YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOG SOTHOTH

70sPriestIsBetter
January 24th 2013


1933 Comments


I DESTROY JEHOVAH IN SACRIFICE

oltnabrick
January 24th 2013


36324 Comments


tell the mods theyll prob fix it for you

demigod!
January 24th 2013


49295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

or they'll ban you for being metal

70sPriestIsBetter
January 24th 2013


1933 Comments


hahahah they'll probably do that anyways

oltnabrick
January 24th 2013


36324 Comments


its a really good review you should try to get it on the homepage.

its also your first review so maybe that has something to do with it

70sPriestIsBetter
January 24th 2013


1933 Comments


thanks for the feedback guys

i posted in the meds thread so we'll see what happens

i'd be so proud to see MA on the front page

evilford
January 24th 2013


42078 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet, pos'd



Too true for sput

ILJ
January 24th 2013


6941 Comments


Mods are taking forever to do things today so it might be a while before this is approved.

70sPriestIsBetter
January 24th 2013


1933 Comments


oh well as long as i have a thread to bump that's all that really matters

HANGING HELPLESS ABOVE THE PENTAGRAM



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