Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness


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Release date: 1989
Style: Death metal

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Disc I
01. Immortal Rites
02. Suffocation
03. Visions From The Darkside
04. Maze Of Torment
05. Lord Of All Fevers And Plague [CD version bonus]
06. Chapel Of Ghouls
07. Bleed For The Devil
08. Damnation
09. Blasphemy
10. Evil Spells

Disc II [DVD] [2006 Reissue bonus]
Live In Nottingham Rock City 1989
01. Immortal Rites
02. Suffocation
03. Visions From The Darkside
04. Maze Of Torment
05. Lord Of All Fevers And Plague
06. Chapel Of Ghouls
07. Bleed For The Devil
08. Damnation
09. Blasphemy
10. Evil Spells

Top 20 albums of 1989: 4
Top 200 albums of all time: 111

Guest review by
Mega-Slayer
Rating:
9.8
Where do I begin to explain such a worthy debut? Well, I should start with the affect it had on me, and the metal community: I believe this had the biggest affect towards the influence of extreme music with it's relentless blasting, blasphemous lyrics, and heavy riffing. I mean this record contains any metal heads' dream that being if solos are your thing. Well my friend they are a plenty here, there must be 35-40 solos, and what impresses me is that there isn't really any similarity between any of them. Richard Brunelle and Trey Azagthoth make the greatest team, equivalent even to the mighty Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, the solos and performance for a debut will really blow your mind. Trey had formed Morbid in '83 so his eagerness to release a record must've really helped as he poured his heart and soul in the composition and execution of the riffs and soloing.

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published 17.11.2006 | Comments (12)

Guest review by
Ænigma
Rating:
7.9
There is a living continuum that flows through all of us, connects us together, but also lets us be who we are. It's just ever-flowing lava, and the inner rhythm that guides and commands us. It was always bound to happen, and somewhere in the musical mess of the 80's death metal was born. You could say the force of the universe gave us the creative mind to birth a genre of such musical genius that would later be labelled as one of the very few that still requires a substantial amount of talent to create.

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published 25.03.2011 | Comments (22)

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19.03.2013 - 02:16
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Maco on 19.03.2013 at 02:07


if you really didn't care, you would not have started a pointless discussion where it has 2 opposite opinions, and marcel, I am not criticizing the vocalist because in later works has better performance it's just that in this album is very weak.


I don't care that you don't like it.
I care about the crooked reasoning behind it and the fact you said this album is not a big deal since historically it IS a big deal even more so than most of Death's albums.
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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19.03.2013 - 04:45
Rating: 9
Maco
Handbanana
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 19.03.2013 at 02:16

Written by Maco on 19.03.2013 at 02:07


if you really didn't care, you would not have started a pointless discussion where it has 2 opposite opinions, and marcel, I am not criticizing the vocalist because in later works has better performance it's just that in this album is very weak.


I don't care that you don't like it.
I care about the crooked reasoning behind it and the fact you said this album is not a big deal since historically it IS a big deal even more so than most of Death's albums.



I explained that above. and if it's not enough for you. Sorry
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19.03.2013 - 13:19
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
I've been watching this discussion for a while now and felt the need to jump in to see if everything is clear.
Written by Maco on 19.03.2013 at 04:45
I explained that above. and if it's not enough for you. Sorry

When you say "it's not a big deal". There are two completely different ways to interpret your comment:
1) "I don't like it. It doesnt move me, no big deal for me".
2) "This album is no big deal when it comes to death metal".

There's an obvious difference here. The first one is a personal opinion regarding how much you like/dislike an album, giving nothing to argue about it.
Saying the second one though... It's ignoring fact. I'll be the first one to ask the question: Which one did you mean? Because I have the feeling you meant the first one and people just misunderstood you.

Language can be after all, a tricky thing specially in written form.
Cheers.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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19.03.2013 - 22:21
Rating: 9
Maco
Handbanana
Not a big deal when it comes to death metal.
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I'm derp.
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19.03.2013 - 22:57
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Then I rest my case. As you clearly have nothing of value to contribute to any discussion about death metal and metal history in general.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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19.03.2013 - 23:00
Lit.
Account deleted
Written by Maco on 19.03.2013 at 22:21

Not a big deal when it comes to death metal.

When I said I was with you, it was because I didn't find the album appealing to me.
But denying it any of its legacy as influence to the DM scene and saying it's "not that big a deal" is just idiotic of you, not to mention narrow-minded.
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19.03.2013 - 23:09
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 19.03.2013 at 23:00


When I said I was with you, it was because I didn't find the album appealing to me.
But denying it any of its legacy as influence to the DM scene and saying it's "not that big a deal" is just idiotic of you, not to mention narrow-minded.


Thank you

Venom, Bathory's first couple of albums, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost don't appeal to me AT ALL and I find it horrendous but for me to say they are no big deal when it comes to their legacy and influence would be idiotic to say. Since clearly they all were and still of huge influence just like Altars Of Mdness was and still is huge influence
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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19.03.2013 - 23:19
Lit.
Account deleted
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 19.03.2013 at 23:09

Thank you

First time we agree on something it seems.
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19.03.2013 - 23:19
Rating: 9
Maco
Handbanana
I listened to death metal albums prior to this (though not many) and I think that influenced more than Altars if it actually did. but if everyone feels better i can say that this influenced too
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19.03.2013 - 23:54
Vombatus
Potorro
Written by Maco on 19.03.2013 at 23:19

I listened to death metal albums prior to this (though not many) and I think that influenced more than Altars if it actually did. but if everyone feels better i can say that this influenced too


There are other albums that also had an influence for sure, yet they don't make this one less relevant.
It is not about making people feel better, but getting the facts right.
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08.05.2013 - 19:47
Rating: 10
Big-Al
2013 - Still say 10/10!
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14.03.2014 - 09:50
Rating: 9
Daniell
No, you don't
Written by deadone on 14.03.2014 at 06:47

I've always wondered whether people listen to the whole album.
Up to and including Chapel Of Ghouls the album is awesome.
After that it comes across as filler.
I mean how many of you can remember:
Bleed for the Devil - mindlessly thrashes along with too much time given to typical Trey solos that invariably sound the same.
Damnation -Mainly midpaced by the numbers MA
Blasphemy - Another filler song
Evil Spells - Well I actually like this one! However my problem is I usually miss it cause the previous 3 filler tracks make me loose attention.


I haven't listened to Altars for YEARS. Yet, having read the above, I am remembering lyrics, and choruses of these songs. I remember riffs and solos. I remember them very well.

So no, these songs aren't filler.
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Now loving:
Katatonia - Takeover
Kreator - World War Now
Ortega - Crows
Ahab - The Light In the Weed
Anaal Nathrakh - Depravity Favours the Bold
Dark Tranquillity - Encircled
Moonsorrow - Ihmisen Aika
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15.03.2014 - 01:00
Angelic Storm
Melodious
On the subject of influence, Altars was massively influential on the soon to be burgeoning death metal scene at the time. Only "Seven Churches", and "Scream Bloody Gore" can reasonably lay claim to being more influential. Denying the influence of this album, is the type of revisionist nonsense which sees people trying to downplay, or even outright deny, the huge influence of Metallica and "Kill 'Em All" on thrash metal. It's denying facts, and just being plain stupid.
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25.04.2014 - 14:30
Rulatore
Written by deadone on 14.03.2014 at 06:47

I've always wondered whether people listen to the whole album.

Up to and including Chapel Of Ghouls the album is awesome.


After that it comes across as filler.

I mean how many of you can remember:

Bleed for the Devil - mindlessly thrashes along with too much time given to typical Trey solos that invariably sound the same.

Damnation -Mainly midpaced by the numbers MA

Blasphemy - Another filler song

Evil Spells - Well I actually like this one! However my problem is I usually miss it cause the previous 3 filler tracks make me loose attention.

Well, the only one from this list that I don't remember very well is Bleed of the Devil. The others I remember very well, and they are good
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05.04.2015 - 00:59
Rating: 9
Maco
Handbanana
After a long time I decided to try this album again. I take back everything I ever said about Altars Of Madness and Morbid Angel. This is totally amazing. I don't know why it didn't click on the first listen. I guess my ears aged well, lol.

Apologize to Morbid Angel and especially, this album.
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16.06.2015 - 17:21
Rating: 8
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Maco on 05.04.2015 at 00:59

I guess my ears aged well, lol.

Ironic considering your first comment on this page It is indeed a great album.
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23.08.2015 - 15:49
Rating: 8
Reaper_Redeamer
Mindblowing effort from the genre's pioneers. Tracks like
01. Immortal Rites
02. Suffocation
04. Maze Of Torment
06. Chapel Of Ghouls
will never get out of my mind.
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