Tracklist - Morbid visions
- 1.Morbid Visions
- 3.Troops Of Doom
- 6.Show Me The Wrath
- 7.Funeral Rites
- 8.Empire Of The Damned
- 9.The Curse
- 10.Bestial Devastation
- 13.Warriors Of Death
- 14.Necromancer (Demo Version)
- 15.Anticop (Live)
EMP Editorial Team (18.11.2005)
"Necromancer (Demo)" and "Anticop (Live)" as bonustracks!
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Sepultura's rise from utter obscurity in Brazil to being international metal stars is one that most fans are quite aware of. The mere fact that the band was able to attain any sort of success coming from such humble roots is quite impressive. But it should be noted that their success had to start somewhere, which in this case is a pair of early releases: Bestial Devastation and Morbid Visions. Bestial Devastation was one half of a 1985 split with Overdose and Morbid Visions was Sepultura's first LP released on a small Brazilian label.
Morbid Visions sounds somewhat like you'd expect from a group of young musicians with more ambition than time spent practicing their instruments. And yes, the production on the LP isn't exactly top notch either. That, of course, is to be expected in Sepultura's situation. I can't imagine the recording budget of Morbid Visions exceeding what Sepultura might have spent in twenty minutes around the time Arise was recorded. That said, Morbid Visions does manage to sound better than, say, Sodom's Obsessed By Cruelty. Possibly the most noticeable aspect of this LP is that someone loved their reverb. As a result, the record sounds cavernous where it occasionally sounds like they set up the band at the far end of a big expansive room and set the microphones far away from the scary, hairy Brazilian thrashers.
Satanic and morbid occultist imagery pervade the lyrics and composition of this release, which in the style which bands from Havohej to Beherit and Darkthrone employ, subjugates the ridiculous to serve the abstracted lifestyle determinations the visions of mythos and living mysticism evoke. Muscular in its recombinant structure in both sum of phrases and the construction of phrases as minimalist motion of structure around central tones, these dark hymns inspired generations of metalheads and after some delayed propagation following their respective releases in 1984-85 are recognized as foundational to the embryonic death metal genre.
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