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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

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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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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 (23)

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Pauleto - 20.03.2010 at 10:47  
  Best album that the when Morbid Angel issued. Unfeigned jewel Death Metal!!!
Uirapuru - 01.05.2010 at 12:50  
Rating: 6 Gotta love the solos... no Death metal band has done what Azagoth and Brunelle make in here.

David Vincent vocals are not the most wonderful thing in the world, but they are ok, and the rest is everything Death metal is all about
soadbyob - 01.05.2010 at 18:14  
  Amazing fuckin album, one of the best debut albums ever
Daydream Nation - 13.06.2011 at 23:13  
  Listened to the ending of Suffocation today...That's how Morbid Angel pushed the boundaries of metal properly. This album isn't just one of the best debuts ever-- it is one of THE best albums.
azucarnegra - 06.08.2011 at 22:34  
Rating: 10 Excellent album, it's only the Azagthoth solos that suck.
Captain Obvious - 12.09.2011 at 08:49  
Rating: 10 This is the best album I've ever listened to.... I would try to give a thoughtful explanation as to why I love this album so much, but I can't, because I have a hard time describing perfection...
Troy Killjoy - 03.01.2012 at 20:39  
  Cool story bro, we didn't read it the first time in the review thread.
Syk - 10.02.2012 at 14:30  
Rating: 10 "Pete & David started M.A in the begining of 1989" + "5 MONTHS" my ass. You know some of these songs were demo'd by M.A two years earlier, right..?
Ozman - 10.02.2012 at 14:38  
Rating: 9
Written by Syk on 10.02.2012 at 14:30

"Pete & David started M.A in the begining of 1989" + "5 MONTHS" my ass. You know some of these songs were demo'd by M.A two years earlier, right..?


even three years earlier
And he also got it wrong that Pete formed MA
Pete was even part as drummer when MA formed and he doesn't even drum on the first two demo's that was Mike Browning at the time.
Ozman - 10.02.2012 at 14:40  
Rating: 9 Oh yeah and Oscar Garcia never had anything to do with MA or even Napalm Death
Oaken - 12.05.2012 at 18:54  
Rating: 8 Crushing effort, yet I still think it's very overhyped.
Troy Killjoy - 13.05.2012 at 05:26  
 
Written by Oaken on 12.05.2012 at 18:54
Crushing effort, yet I still think it's very overhyped.

I don't think this album has been hyped in probably 20 years. Overrated you mean?
Oaken - 13.05.2012 at 15:52  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.05.2012 at 05:26

Written by Oaken on 12.05.2012 at 18:54
Crushing effort, yet I still think it's very overhyped.

I don't think this album has been hyped in probably 20 years. Overrated you mean?

Yes. Overrated.
ThunderAxe1989 - 27.05.2012 at 17:06  
Rating: 8 If it's overrated, it's not by very much. This is a Death Metal jewel, such a classic! From even this first studio record, you can see that Morbid Angel sets themselves apart from other old school DM acts.
Troy Killjoy - 06.06.2012 at 20:09  
  I haven't listened to Altars in quite some time, but I definitely remember it being more varied than what you're implying.
Cuca Beludo - 10.06.2012 at 02:53  
  Man, I love these guitar solos.
danacooks - 01.09.2012 at 23:56  
  Totally
LordHypnos - 02.10.2012 at 17:52  
Rating: 10 Perfect. Need I say more?
bgcasio - 15.11.2012 at 10:01  
  Аbsolute classic
Maco - 17.03.2013 at 23:15  
  This album has not aged well, but it's a little enjoyable still
Ozman - 17.03.2013 at 23:48  
Rating: 9
Written by Maco on 17.03.2013 at 23:15

This album has not aged well, but it's a little enjoyable still


Not aged well? Wtf?

This album has aged brilliantly and is still head and shoulders above most death metal doing its rounds today.
Maco - 17.03.2013 at 23:57  
 
Written by Ozman on 17.03.2013 at 23:48

Written by Maco on 17.03.2013 at 23:15

This album has not aged well, but it's a little enjoyable still


Not aged well? Wtf?

This album has aged brilliantly and is still head and shoulders above most death metal doing its rounds today.



i can say that this album is not the big deal, that's all.
Lit. - 18.03.2013 at 03:34  
 
Written by Maco on 17.03.2013 at 23:57

say that this album is not the big deal, that's all.

I'm with this guy. I don't see what's so great about this album.
Ozman - 18.03.2013 at 12:43  
Rating: 9
Written by Maco on 17.03.2013 at 23:57



i can say that this album is not the big deal, that's all.


you might not enjoy it, that is totally possible, but saying the album is not a big deal is just ludicrous.
Altars Of Madness is one of the most important death metal albums ever, being extremely innovative for the time, containing brilliantly written songs containing stuff never heard before.
It is for a reason that ALL notable death metal and also metal in general musicians, journalists and such rate it among the top 10 best death metal albums ever. Most would put it even in a top 5 of death metal albums. For example chec out Decibel Magazine's 100 best death metal albums ever.

You have totally no clue as to the impact the album had when it was released. Goddamn, the impact was almost on par with the impact Kill 'Em All had in 1983.
Alex Fenger - 18.03.2013 at 15:28  
Rating: 9
Written by Maco on 17.03.2013 at 23:57

i can say that this album is not the big deal, that's all.

One of the most influential death metal albums ever which impacted the scene in a way most bands never will, Maco doesn't think it's a "big deal". You're an absolute fool, that's all.
Monolithic - 18.03.2013 at 17:01  
 
Written by Ozman on 17.03.2013 at 23:48

Written by Maco on 17.03.2013 at 23:15

This album has not aged well, but it's a little enjoyable still


Not aged well? Wtf?

This album has aged brilliantly and is still head and shoulders above most death metal doing its rounds today.

I'll double that.
Maco - 18.03.2013 at 23:14  
 
Written by Alex Fenger on 18.03.2013 at 15:28

Written by Maco on 17.03.2013 at 23:57

i can say that this album is not the big deal, that's all.

One of the most influential death metal albums ever which impacted the scene in a way most bands never will, Maco doesn't think it's a "big deal". You're an absolute fool, that's all.


poor vocals, lack of emotion and overrated of course, if it wasn't for trey's riffs it would have a 4.
Alex Fenger - 18.03.2013 at 23:32  
Rating: 9
Written by Maco on 18.03.2013 at 23:14

poor vocals, lack of emotion and overrated of course, if it wasn't for trey's riffs it would have a 4.

I don't care if you dislike it, that's perfectly acceptable. What you can't deny is the impact it had on the death metal scene
Ozman - 19.03.2013 at 00:55  
Rating: 9
Written by Alex Fenger on 18.03.2013 at 23:32

Written by Maco on 18.03.2013 at 23:14

poor vocals, lack of emotion and overrated of course, if it wasn't for trey's riffs it would have a 4.

I don't care if you dislike it, that's perfectly acceptable. What you can't deny is the impact it had on the death metal scene



the kid doesnt seem to get that fact. '
And weak vocals and lack of emotion? Vocals are stronger than the majority of death metal vocalists and surely better than hamster Chuck's and there's loads of emotion in there especially when comparing to any brutal death metal band or deathcore band for that matter.
Maco - 19.03.2013 at 02:07  
 
Written by Ozman on 19.03.2013 at 00:55

Written by Alex Fenger on 18.03.2013 at 23:32

Written by Maco on 18.03.2013 at 23:14

poor vocals, lack of emotion and overrated of course, if it wasn't for trey's riffs it would have a 4.

I don't care if you dislike it, that's perfectly acceptable. What you can't deny is the impact it had on the death metal scene



the kid doesnt seem to get that fact. '
And weak vocals and lack of emotion? Vocals are stronger than the majority of death metal vocalists and surely better than hamster Chuck's and there's loads of emotion in there especially when comparing to any brutal death metal band or deathcore band for that matter.



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.
Ozman - 19.03.2013 at 02:16  
Rating: 9
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.
Maco - 19.03.2013 at 04:45  
 
Written by Ozman 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
Mr. Doctor - 19.03.2013 at 13:19  
Rating: 8 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.
Maco - 19.03.2013 at 22:21  
  Not a big deal when it comes to death metal.
Mr. Doctor - 19.03.2013 at 22:57  
Rating: 8 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.
Lit. - 19.03.2013 at 23:00  
 
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.
Ozman - 19.03.2013 at 23:09  
Rating: 9
Written by Lit. 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
Lit. - 19.03.2013 at 23:19  
 
Written by Ozman on 19.03.2013 at 23:09

Thank you

First time we agree on something it seems.
Maco - 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
Vombatus - 19.03.2013 at 23:54  
 
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.
Big-Al - 08.05.2013 at 19:47  
Rating: 10 2013 - Still say 10/10!
Nick K. - 22.05.2013 at 19:36  
  Never grows old, and this after so many listens. When it Comes to old School death metal then it doesnt get much better than Altars.
deadone - 14.03.2014 at 06:47  
Rating: 7 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.
Daniell - 14.03.2014 at 09:50  
Rating: 9
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.
Angelic Storm - 15.03.2014 at 01:00  
  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.
deadone - 16.03.2014 at 23:35  
Rating: 7
Written by Angelic Storm on 15.03.2014 at 01:00

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.



I'd never deny Altars of Madness in terms of influence it had on Death Metal.


There is a difference between denying an album's influence/impact and liking/not liking elements of it.

Great example is Reeks of Putrefaction - massive influence on Grindcore (up there with Scum) but how many people actually like it?
Rulatore - 25.04.2014 at 14:30  
 
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
Nick K. - 25.04.2014 at 15:28  
 
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.

Funny that you say that, because to me this is one of the few death metal albums where each song is pretty much on the same level. And of course this is MAs best album.
deadone - 26.04.2014 at 06:42  
Rating: 7 Fair enough.

They just don't do it for me like the first half of the album.


Not a case of "listening fatigue" either as I prefer the latter half of Blessed Are The Sick and Covenant. There's just something about those 3 songs from Altars that don't click with me.

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