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Tracklist - Blessed are the sick
- 2.Fall from grace
- 4.Rebel lands
- 5.Doomsday celebration
- 6.Day of suffering
- 7.Blessed are the sick/ Leading the rats
- 8.Thy Kingdom come
- 9.Unholy blasphemies
- 11.Desolate Ways
- 12.The ancient ones
- 13.In remembrance
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With "Blessed Are the Sick" the Morbid crew had the unenviable task of following up one of the most heralded releases in death metal. "Altars of Madness" had redefined death metal, mashing death, thrash and speed all together in a vicious and original sound. It’s no surprise "Blessed" is more varied and experimental, as well as more evil. Morbid Angel pushed their sound in all directions on this disc and moved the bar for death even higher.
A hardworking band when it came to every aspect of their early years together (changing their own bus tires on tour, non-stop rehearsing, etc..), the members of Morbid Angel approached everyday life with the some vicious intent as they did music, very much living a “death metal” lifestyle. With these blue-collar ethics in hand, the progression between the band’s first album, Altars of Madness and their sophomore record Blessed Are The Sick is absolutely immense, a progression in every sense of the word. As intense and forward thinking as it was, Altars of Madness was still very much shackled to the thrashy-bounds Morbid Angel was founded on; Blessed Are The Sick forcefully discards these restraints, freeing the band and paving the way for Azagthoth’s bizarre genius to finally take fruition, pushing death metal in the abyss beyond reach forever.
Whereas Altars of Madness was crafted during a time when death metal was still all about achieving an undeterred terminal velocity by 1991 and the release of Blessed Are The Sick that air had cleared, allowing for a major growth to take place within the still fledgling genre. Far from a straightforward affair, Blessed Are The Sick finally started to display the hidden glut of Azagthoth’s influences, allowing elements of psychedelic and classical to permeate the album’s unwaveringly dense infrastructure. Finally implementing the “trippy” sound he really always desired, Blessed… is noticeably slower than its predecessor, but is in return more dynamic, exploring the contrasts between faster and slower sections and truly unorthodox song structures.
This was interesting, I might even check out more about this band because of this album. Maybe not my kind of death-metal but it got me hooked time to time, thanks to the albums variety among the songs, great guitar work and brutal sound this is an album that death-metal fans must own. Old-school death-metal fans might enjoy this more than melodic-death fans would, but it doesn’t matter, if you see this album buy it because this is one of the greatest death-metal albums to be recorded. I hoped that you enjoyed this review and if you have something to criticise just let me know.
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Gods of death! With these words, I will begin to review the second album of Morbid Angel. This album can be called one of the best in the group. It is with such a sound that we know. The music is great, the mixing is excellent, the musicians play at their best. I do not cease to admire the game Pete Sandoval and Trey Azagthoth. I also like vocals, this is not too typical growling, it is present the proportion of black screaming. On this album there were short instrumental compositions that are not related to the death. But they are incomparable, just a topic, give the music a special originality. Some write that music is not very heavy, but in general I think in principle that the Morbids never really were a heavy team. Someone may disagree, pointing to the last albums. I must say that some riffs are unusual for a tepid death.
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