13 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Florida’s Morbid Angel didn’t merely ensure thrash’s transition into death metal on their 1989 debut. Thanks to cranium-cracking solos by guitarists Trey Azagthoth and Richard Brunelle on tracks like “Immortal Rites,” “Maze of Torment,” and “Damnation”—and time signature changes that induce serial whiplash—the album sets a standard of technical mastery that death metal bands are still trying to match. Yet Pete Sandoval’s bludgeoning drums manage to keep pace with the axe attack. Atop it all, David Vincent’s guttural growling sounds downright sick.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Florida’s Morbid Angel didn’t merely ensure thrash’s transition into death metal on their 1989 debut. Thanks to cranium-cracking solos by guitarists Trey Azagthoth and Richard Brunelle on tracks like “Immortal Rites,” “Maze of Torment,” and “Damnation”—and time signature changes that induce serial whiplash—the album sets a standard of technical mastery that death metal bands are still trying to match. Yet Pete Sandoval’s bludgeoning drums manage to keep pace with the axe attack. Atop it all, David Vincent’s guttural growling sounds downright sick.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

Stevenson-the-office-jerk ,

man this is good

i love this cd and every one should be forced to by it

Ravishing Grimness ,

greatest of the great

this is probably one of the greatest death metal albums ever released. it has the brutallity of modern death metal, and the thrash element of old school death metal. this album is a must have for any death metal fan.

Guitar Master169 ,

Excellant Album!

This is a great album. I have Morbid Angel's first demo and I'm getting their third demo also.

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