Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review: Morbid Angel/ Illud Divinum Insanus

Morbid Angel/ Illud Divinum Insanus (Season of Mist, 2011)
On this, Morbid Angel's eighth proper studio album (not counting the demo collection Abominations of Desolation), we find Trey Azagthoth and company incorporating a slew of new elements into the Death Metal sound that they helped pioneer nearly a quarter century ago. While the industrial and techno elements are new to Morbid Angel, they are hardly new to music, Metal or otherwise. The more experimental tracks on the album come off as Ministry meets Rob Zombie retreads (Radikult) or are merely extremely aggressive techno/industrial/ Death Metal hybrids (Too Extreme! and Destructos Vs. The Earth). The former doesn't work, while the latter will please the band's more open minded fans. 
That's not to say that this is a big beat album. Far from it. There is plenty of balls-out Death Metal here (Existo Vulgore', Blades For Baal and my personal favorite, Nevermore) that should please even the most stringent Death Metal purist. Those songs are a blast to listen to at full volume while driving at top speed down the freeway.
Morbid Angel 2011 is a different beast than the Altars of Madness era band. For starters, half of the band is brand new. Original vocalist/ bassist David Vincent rejoined several years ago, but this is his first album with the bands since 1995's Domination. It's obvious that his stint in The Genitorturers has impacted his writing, especially lyrically. This album doesn't top any of the original 4 Morbid Angel albums but is way more enjoyable than the ones the band did post-Vincent. I stopped caring after he left, and after two disappointing albums in a row wrote these guys off. It's nice to see even a mutated David Vincent fronted Morbid Angel back in action. 
My rating is 7 out of 10. Add or subtract a point if you are pushing 40 and living in your parent's basement.

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