Morbid Angel Poll

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metal polls are fun
i don't know which one i'm choosing yet...

Poll Results

Blessed Are the Sick 7
Altars of Madness 4
Covenant 2
Domination 1
Formulas Fatal to the Flesh 1
Gateways to Annihilation 0

matt o, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 15:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

wait, I just realized something. A,B,C,D,F,G... is that a coincidence? am i an idiot for just realizing that? don't answer that...

matt o, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 15:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Altars of Madness
Blessed Are the Sick

^^^ cant decide... probably Blessed

chaki, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 15:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

wait, I just realized something. A,B,C,D,F,G... is that a coincidence?

yep. somebody tell them, i can't wait to see the look on their faces! there's actually two a's if you count their demo/album abominations of desolation, but they don't seem to.

voting for altars. blessed is probably tied, though, it's just that the second side kinda runs out of steam with a bunch of covers of early material. i thought heretic wasn't bad. i don't remember most of the rest of them, except the D one being sludgy and kind of stupid.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 15:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Why they miss E out?

Mark G, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 15:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I go with Blessed though I think Gateways is hugely underrated - people seemed to have kinda burned out on Morbid Angel by the time it came out, but it was pretty great

J0hn D., Wednesday, 23 April 2008 15:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I voted for Blessed.

rockapads, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 18:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

altars all the way. I never really got into blessed, aside from "thy kingdom come". though all the comments here are making me think I should pull it out again for a test drive.

Edward III, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 18:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

some ancient sandbox content, my sub-custos translation of morbid angel lyrics...

Ghouls attack the church
Crush the holy priest
Turning the cross towards hell
Writhe in satan's flames

TRANSLATION: Legions of undead creatures are laying seige to a denominational Christian house of worship. Said creatures plan to administer grievous bodily harm to the resident authority figure via a sudden and violent application of pressure, which will surely result in contusions and discomfort. As a religious symbol of great import is inverted to represent a rejection of its implicit value system, it will also be set ablaze. This act yields a twofold result; it adds further physical discomfort to the already-suffering religous representative, and it also elicits gyrations of a sensual nature on the part of those who have pledged allegiance to the diametrically-opposed teachings of the fallen archangel, Lucifer, of whom I consider myself a representative.

Crush the priest
The feeble church

TRANSLATION: I order you now to join the army of undead creatures in their physical abuse of the clergyman. I have adjudged the status of the Christian religion as a whole and found it to be lacking in sufficient force to defend itself against attack.

Dead - your god is dead
Fools - your god is dead
Useless prayers of lies
Behold Satan's rise

TRANSLATION: The all-powerful sentient being that you worship is deceased. Belief in this monotheistic entity is surely a sign of buffonery on your part since, as I restate, this entity has ceased to exist. Therefore your continued entreaties for the extinct spirit to intervene on your behalf are not only futile, but may also be patently false. Now please bear witness to the subsequent elevated status of my preferred symbolic personification of evil-doing. Hoo hah!

Edward III, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 19:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

There's a live one for "E". "Entangled In Chaos", I think?

BigLurks, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 19:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Decided to bust out Blessed after not hearing it for many years. Too bad the production is so thin on this album. I guess it's just the ear of the beholder - I remember it as being really heavy and full back in the day. Maybe it's just listening to it on headphones. It's still a great album. Up next is Covenant, which I also haven't listened to in many years.

rockapads, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 20:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Never knew/heard enough about this shit but the album with 'Brainstorm' always out Slayered Slayer - with their lightning bolt(not that shit D&B love in - nah love em)) riffs

Fer Ark, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 22:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Sorry - solos - not riffs. How dare i?

Great band

Fer Ark, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 22:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I guess it's just the ear of the beholder

BATS is really dry and odd-sounding. there's definitely substance to the production but it's quirky and sounds really shit on some stereos/headphones.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Thursday, 24 April 2008 04:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I gotta go with Covenant... maybe because it was the first death metal album i ever owned.

matt o, Thursday, 24 April 2008 21:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Saturday, 26 April 2008 23:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh and WTF at Azagthoth's thank you list from Heretic. What a weirdo.

BigLurks, Saturday, 26 April 2008 23:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

that pretty much sums him up. nice guy, though.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Sunday, 27 April 2008 01:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink


latebloomer, Sunday, 27 April 2008 14:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Sunday, 27 April 2008 23:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i am completely unsurprised.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Monday, 28 April 2008 01:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Gateways is underrated OK but I think this poll shakes out almost exactly right.

J0hn D., Monday, 28 April 2008 01:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ok listening to Domination back to back with Covenant this morning and thinking that Domination is pretty underrated

J0hn D., Wednesday, 30 April 2008 16:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

been listening to blessed a lot lately... not quite the dud I thought it was, been loving "the ancient ones", but still can't rate it over altars. there's not an ounce of fat on altars, whereas the midi-harpsichord and acoustic gtr interludes on blessed dilute the overall effect.

almost every move they pull on blessed was already waxed more effectively on altars, plus, "chapel of ghouls" will always sound like demon hordes riding firehorse steeds over the hills and decapitating everything in their path, yes, even puppies and squirrels, so fuck...

Edward III, Sunday, 4 May 2008 19:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Why they miss E out?

It seems that E is indeed for the live album, but wouldn't it be great if the E was for Eddie Van Halen. I'm pretty sure Azagthoth is a disciple.

MacDara, Sunday, 4 May 2008 22:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

The kept this convention going for Illud Divinum Insanus, but unfortunately decided not to take my suggestion of Junk Insanus for the remix collection.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 September 2012 20:02 (six years ago) Permalink

gateways robbed

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 September 2012 20:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Funny this got bumped... Blessed just clicked into place for me earlier today. I got it a while back, but I suppose I was never quite in the right frame of mind for it. It really rips, though. I do kind of hate the sort of distant, flat recording; I found that giving the treble on my EQ a pretty big boost helped bring the sound into focus.

Clarke B., Tuesday, 11 September 2012 21:42 (six years ago) Permalink

I still haven't heard Blessed, I actually bumped the thread because these dudes were on my mind since I picked up Altars today.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 September 2012 21:45 (six years ago) Permalink

That's the one I need next! I'm pretty noobish with metal, and death is finally clicking for me I think. It took me a little while to get past the vocals, but I had this weird duck-rabbit-y perspective shift when I was listening to Blessed today wherein I started hearing the vocals as hip hop almost, as a measured cadence all about rhythm and inflection and measured force. It's hard to describe. But it was really interesting to have it just sort of *ding* for me. I think I'm used to black metal, where the voice generally washes into the wash/rush of the rest of it even when it's harsh/syllable-spitty. Suffocation versus stabbing.

Clarke B., Tuesday, 11 September 2012 22:37 (six years ago) Permalink

I also just recently got Individual Thought Patterns by Death, however, which I loved immediately.

Clarke B., Tuesday, 11 September 2012 22:42 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I just picked up Altars of Madness... It completely rules. It's a freaking blast to walk around NYC and dive in and out of subways (part of my day-to-day job) with this stuff in my headphones. I do have the urge to do that David Vincent "OOOOOOOOOO" at random strangers, though.

Clarke B., Thursday, 27 September 2012 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

An urge we all struggle with, similar to Tom G. Warrior Syndrome.

Half Jaglom Half Winkler (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 28 September 2012 07:08 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Just popped in to say


Clarke B., Friday, 12 October 2012 18:06 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

just got tix to the Morbid Angel tour where they're playing Covenant in its entirety.

My relationship with M.A. is weird. They're the exact type of death metal I love the most, and yet I've barely listened to them in ten years. The first M.A. I got was "Covenant" and it wasn't linear enough for my ears as it was only the third death metal album I'd bought. "Domination" I grew to like for its weird harmonies and moods. But "Altars" was the one I all-out fell in love with, the chaotic-thrashy death. Couldn't quit playing it. Ate up "Blessed" too, but it's been so long since I spun it I barely remember it.

I actually liked Formulas and Gateways just fine, Heretic bored the hell out of me, and didn't hear the new one other than the shitty 'industrial' singles. Got a CD copy of Covenant this weekend (as I'd only had it on cassette previously) and this is a really solid album! It's not as essential as the first two, but this is the first proper listen I've given it in over a decade and I'm going to enjoy hearing this material live.

Neanderthal, Saturday, 19 October 2013 21:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Best thing I heard these guys do was a remix by Laibach. Can anyone remind me of what it was?

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Sunday, 20 October 2013 08:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Probably God of Emptiness, maybe Sworn to the Black?

ΙΧΘΥΣ blindness (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 20 October 2013 09:53 (five years ago) Permalink

was anybody else's first exposure to these guys the Beavis and Butthead episode where they were imitating Vincent singing "BOOWWWWWW TO ME FAITHFULLYYYYYYYYYY"?

Neanderthal, Sunday, 20 October 2013 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

^^ yes

was feelin a little sunday night sad, put on covenant, cleared that right up

^ power of music right there

j., Sunday, 19 January 2014 21:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Recently realized I saw Morbid Angel live once (2002-3) and forgot all about it. They were opening for Motörhead; Today Is The Day and (REO) Speedealer were also on the bill.

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 19 January 2014 22:05 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

jus like a snake god, slither-in

j., Thursday, 4 June 2015 17:26 (four years ago) Permalink

Surprised but pleased that Blessed bested Altars. Seems like every other online metal community ranks A well over B and while I love both of those albums I think the second really took Morbid Angel beyond the realm of "amazing metal" into something more grand and imposing. I admit though that some of those instrumentals make me feel less like a flesh and blood necromancer plumbing the depths of tombs and more like a twinkling SNES sprite hopping through a side-scrolling 16-bit cemetery.

I'm going to take this opportunity to once again suggest that fans of MA, early era specifically, hike on over to Domains' bandcamp and grab (for free!) the best death metal album put out in ages, Sinister Ceremonies. The songwriting, the atmosphere, the musicianship, all of it sounds like it came bubbling up through that portal on the Altars cover art. (And its own cover art is likewise amazing.) It sort of combines that classically composed Blessed stuff with the blackened occult aggression of the Altars stuff. Top shelf.

Devilock, Thursday, 4 June 2015 21:41 (four years ago) Permalink

I liked that instrumental a lot. Wish there was more stuff like that (not necessarily on that album).

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 4 June 2015 22:36 (four years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

am0n, Tuesday, 10 May 2016 16:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Buncha nerds on rolling metal copping to not getting these guys wtf nerds go back to listening to Nightwish

You say tomato, Isao Tomita (RIP) (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 07:29 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm a Tarja-era Nightwish apologist and yet I have to say you are OTM

The bald Phil Collins impersonator cash grab (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 11 May 2016 10:31 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

I think Covenant is now my fav

Neanderthal, Monday, 5 December 2016 00:02 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

"Immortal Rites" actually summons Sumerian demons, make sure not to go to the bathroom right after listening cos they come up thru sewer

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Friday, 21 December 2018 21:56 (five months ago) Permalink

that was the first MA album I had heard (heard "Chapel of Ghouls" on Grindcrusher tho) and it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 22 December 2018 04:49 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Domination is actually a pretty good album that gets shat on for "Where the Slime Live" and Vincent's terrible "WWF wrestler" vocals

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:48 (five months ago) Permalink

I can completely understand why people make fun of Vincent on this album though.

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 6 January 2019 22:55 (five months ago) Permalink

Domination is the album I keep thinking I should go back to but then I'm like "eh why not just listen to Altars or Blessed again"

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 6 January 2019 23:27 (five months ago) Permalink

that's what took me so long to go back to it lol

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 6 January 2019 23:28 (five months ago) Permalink

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