Malignant Altar
Realms of Exquisite Morbidity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
December 9th, 2021 | 204 replies


Release Date: 12/10/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Morbid beginnings

Although Morbid Angel are undeniably a major influence on death metal, it's not very common to stumble upon contemporary bands emanating their style. This is mainly for aesthetic and practical reasons. For a young musician, it is certainly easier to clone Incantation, Bolt Thrower, or Entombed, than to recreate the intricacies of Trey Azagthoth's formula. Without wanting to diminish the relevance of the aforementioned collectives, it is an understandable, pragmatic choice. As you've probably guessed by now, Texans Malignant Altar have chosen the morbid path, proudly displaying their admiration for Morbid Angel on their debut album, Realms of Exquisite Morbidity. Nevertheless, it is important not to confuse reverence with cloning, as they are two different things. Even though the influence of Florida's death metal gods is all too evident, Malignant Altar infuses their music with an extra layer of filth that gives it a distinct character, much like a child born of two fathers. As if Trey Azagthoth had joined forces with John McEntee and a talented drummer, unleashing a malignant hybrid creature. The five tracks (plus an ambient) are thus one big riff manifesto that swings between intricate power chords and filthy tremolo picking, roaming mostly slow, mid-paced territory. And while the death metal horde has plenty to feast on, it should stay for the final course, as 'Rite of Krasue', with its colossal ending section, will ensure nobody leaves with an empty stomach today.




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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2021


17129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's basically an extended soundoff, a formula that I'll probably be using more often.

The album delivers some of the best riffs of 2021. Morbid Angel's horde should take a peek.



It will be out this Friday, but the full streaming is already available at:

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/2021/12/08/full-album-stream-malignant-altar-realms-of-exquisite-morbidity

Funeralopolis
December 9th 2021


14586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah! Thank you for posting this - I heard this album the other day and I couldn't find it again. Rules.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
December 9th 2021


21496 Comments


so stoked for this. great shortform.

Digging: Cygnus - 100% Dope

botb
December 9th 2021


15048 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

DM AOTY for me outside of maybe suffering hour

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2021


17129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great rating ;)

Cheers Hyperion

DungeonBoy
December 9th 2021


8646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That drummer carrying the weight on that featured track

CaptainDooRight
December 9th 2021


5093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

heard the two last tracks last night, was mad delish

Digging: Ablaze My Sorrow - If Emotions Still Burn

CaptainDooRight
December 9th 2021


5093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love the shorter review style, straight to the point, my cup of tea



can’t read the novels anymore

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2021


17129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My next one should be similar.

The drumming is easily one of the album's highlights. Awesome performance

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
December 9th 2021


21496 Comments


the drummer is dobber beverly of insect warfare fame and he’s one of the best drummers in extreme metal

check this drum cam out it’s insanity: https://youtu.be/K_3pSBOkHsE

ffs
December 9th 2021


5435 Comments


great band, 2 members including the drummer from insect warfare for those who don't know. very fun to hear him fit his insane fills in the groove. looking forward to hearing this one

edit: ah u beat me

bloc
December 9th 2021


67539 Comments


The band name and album title are the most dm things I've ever read

Digging: Matthew Good - Avalanche

ShadowRemains
December 9th 2021


26758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking need this shit, will probably be one of the best death/doom releases in recent years

Digging: Malignant Altar - Realms of Exquisite Morbidity

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2021


17129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"check this drum cam out it’s insanity: https://youtu.be/K_3pSBOkHsE"

🔥🔥🔥

botb
December 9th 2021


15048 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Other member is the guitar player lol I know dobby rules but my man has the riffs on this

Pikazilla
December 9th 2021


20548 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't wait to check this

canczar
December 9th 2021


71 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best this year. No question. Going to see them in NY in two months

brainmelter
December 9th 2021


7719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

the kind of album that punishes people for making their year end list too early

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JayEnder
December 9th 2021


12302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Retribution rules, this should rule even harder m/

Digging: HRVRD - The Inevitable And I

Azog
December 9th 2021


682 Comments


Was just listening to this on Bandcamp, and good god does this rip!

Digging: Funeral Mist - Deiform



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