Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick review
|Album:||Blessed Are The Sick|
Disc I [CD]
02. Fall From Grace
04. Rebel Lands
05. Doomsday Celebration
06. Day Of Suffering
07. Blessed Are The Sick / Leading The Rats
08. Thy Kingdom Come
09. Unholy Blasphemies
11. Desolate Ways
12. The Ancient Ones
13. In Remembrance
Disc II [DVD] [2009 Reissue bonus]
Tales Of The Sick: A Closer Look
01. Making The Records
02. The Cover And The Image
03. The Background Of The Live Show
04. You¹re Either With Us...
06. Making The Video
07. At War With Weakeners
08. Band Merchandising
09. The Tampa Scene
10. Who Is Morbid Angel?
+ Blessed Are The Sick [video]
Nearly every band's career goes like this: it starts with a good album, which is not very experimental, and then continues with an album which is more weird and progressive (and has better production). After that they either start making music that is inferior to the first two albums or start playing catchy and accessible stuff (some bands fail to do either). Morbid Angel belongs to the latter group, but this review will focus on their second and probably the best work (some say that Altars of Madness is better, but I disagree).
To show how experimental this album is, lets just say that four of thirteen tracks are instrumental, and that only two are longer than five minutes ("Fall From Grace" and "The Ancient Ones", which are really the highlights of the album). That doesn't mean that most of the songs are fillers because they are not, in fact, they just show how diverse music Morbid Angel can compose. Some tracks are probably hard to listen (like the title track, which is not far from being doom metal), while some are accessible ("Abominations"). Some really kick ass, especially when they start with a guitar solo, like "The Ancient Ones", while the third instrumental track "Desolate Ways" is there to help you meditate.
The sound of this album is kind of groovy, which is notable because of its originality (don't forget that this album was released in 1991, before some other great bands such as At the Gates hadn't yet released any albums. Nearly every track is filled with slow parts which may be annoying to the new listeners but they really make the music more progressive and allow you to relax after one headbanging and prepare for another. It is best to listen to this album early in the day, exhausted people usually don't have the energy required to fully enjoy this masterpiece.
To conclude, Blessed are the Sick is one of the best death metal albums ever, and shows Vincent's songwriting skills. Buying this is an excellent choice even if you are new to death metal because it isn't aggressive like the other great death metal albums but is more for the people who can really appreciate good progressive music and the hard work that is put into this.
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