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Blessed are the Sick (Digipack CD + Poster) [Enhanced, Limited Edition]

Morbid Angel Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Limited Edition
  • Label: Earache Records
  • ASIN: B004TVVYCO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Blessed Are The Sick - Leading The Rats [Explicit] 4:47£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Thy Kingdom Come [Explicit] 3:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Unholy Blasphemies [Explicit] 2:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Abominations [Explicit] 4:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Desolate Ways [Explicit] 1:40£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Ancient Ones [Explicit] 5:53£0.89  Buy MP3 
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Death metal classic 6 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
One of the top five death metal albums of all time, this monster towers over most releases of its ilk. There are often arguments over whether this or 'Altars Of Madness' is Morbid Angel's classic album. A parallel can be drawn between these arguments and the 'Reign In Blood' vs. 'South Of Heaven' debate. Like 'South Of Heaven' was a progression for Slayer after the breakneck pace of its predecessor, 'Blessed Are The Sick' was a direct progression for Morbid Angel. There wouldn't have been much point in them putting out another record like 'Altars Of Madness'. That album was famed for its sheer brutality but, for my money, this album is far better because of one thing: variety.
Following the obligatory death metal intro - one and a half minutes of static over which you can just about make out some strangled voices and guitar effects, 'Fall From Grace' kicks in with one of the sickest, most discordant riffs you will ever hear. Just as you are becoming accustomed to this, the main riff kicks in, which is a faster, Slayer-influenced affair. A blastbeat arrives without warning, then gives way again to a doomy, slower riff, before a groove is introduced at around 2:15. Of course, this again doesn't last long and another riff heralds the arrival of a Kerry-King style tremelo solo. More monstrous riffing comes and goes before the song ends... And that's just the first song. Phew!
The rest of the album is equally impressive, with David Vincent's vocals the most evil sounding ever committed to record. His lyrics may not be to everyone's taste (he seems to have an unhealthy disregard for the world's major religions) but to be honest, no-one takes satanism that seriously at the best of times, let alone when its as cartoon as here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Morbid Angel 23 July 2004
By Gryph
Format:Audio CD
While this is not my favourite Morbid Angel album, it is clearly a very good one. You can hear the transition in style from Altars of Madness to their later, more distinct sound, with the introduction of atmospheric instrumentals, and slower, darker songs like Blessed are the Sick/Leading the Rats.
There is some strong material on this release, being the one that saw them starting to break the mould, but it wouldn't be until its successor Covenant, that we saw them becoming possibly the best band in their genre. 'Blessed are the Sick' is essential to any Death Metal fan with its blinding speed sitting in close proximity to its bleak despair and dark fury.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic 7 Jun 2002
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
This in my opinion is one of Morbid Angel's best albums and certainly an adventurous one...
Obviously as you'd expect, the riffs are doomy and hyper speed at times, mixed with Pete Sandoval's bionic blast beating and ofcourse, David Vincent's bowel scraping vocals...
Its hard to under estimate the power of this album, the drumming and soloing in particular stand out as always...
All tracks here are great (even if the keyboard tracks are a tad strange!) and in particular Fall From Grace, Brainstorm, Day of Suffering and Unholy Blasphemies stick out...Although there is no filler here, and Desolate Ways- Rich Brunelles brilliant acoustic piece is a nice contrast with the brutality of the usual songs
Morbid Angel fans should already own this, and so should any real death metal fan, and if you don't? GO AND BUY IT NOW!
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4.0 out of 5 stars AH THE MEMORIES! 24 Aug 2006
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album was first given to me back in 1992 i would say and for a young lad who was into guns n roses,skid row and metallica this was something of a shock,never before had i heard such anger,spite and evil and sheer heaviness on a record in my life.But somehow it was what i always wanted to hear,over the following years death metal has become a genre i have walked in and out of but blessed are the sick is an album i will always admire.

It is a slower album than you may think given that it is regarded as a death metal masterpiece and there is a doomy feel to it,but make no mistake this is death metal from a band that had the powers back in 1991 when this was released.David vincents vocals were gutteral but strangely audible,the riffs were relentless and there is a feeling of a death metal band trying something just a little different here.

The great songs on here include brainstorm,thy kingdom come and rebel lands.What works so well for this album is that the songs are shorter than latter day morbid angel so the interest factor is maintained,i have never been keen on 7 or 8 minute death metal songs,the ferocity is such that it should be contained in shorter,leaner songs so there you have it,blessed are the sick is an album that defined a genre and cant be ignored.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. SCM Bell VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
For well over a decade now Morbid Angel have been battering us with some of the most forward thinking, varied and musically competent death metal the human race has ever produced. As a spotty, long-haired teenager I was obsessed with them and their occult image. Now as a clean-cut, 29 year old civil servant who recently heard their latest offering I was inspired to go back and buy up their back catalogue on CD.
Back in the days Blessed are the Sick was the first Morbid Angel album I ever heard. After the blistering pace and intensity of Altars of Madness it immediately alienated many extreme metal heads. What a shame, because for its time and genre it is an album of truly breathtaking scope, variety and production. Amongst, admittedly talented peers such as Carcass, Entombed and Deicide, Morbid Angel were the only band who had the guts to fully utilise a clean, tight production, decipherable lyrics and numerous melodic segways making use of non-rock instrumentation.
Blessed are the Sick is, all in all, a text book lesson on how to do a heavy album well. A distorted, loop driven intro brings things around to first track 'Fall From Grace' which right away showcases a breathtaking mix of tempo changes, catchy riffing and ridiculously fast and accurate drumming. From here the tone for the album is set. There is no repetition, no treading water just songs which at times reach levels of catchiness never seen before or since in death metal (see Rebel Lands, They Kingdom Come, Unholy Blasphemies, Ancient Ones).
As the songs progress one is reminded of the true brilliance of Trey Azagthoth's guitar playing. He truly was (and is) the death metal Jimi Hendrix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all time greats
This has to be a thrash/death metal classic... It has to be. Phenomenal musicianship, uniquely we'll produced for a metal album..
Published 14 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Blessed Are the Sick
Not as straightforward as the debut but still delivers awesome brutal and technical death metal. The sounds are wonderfully clear compared to the most death metal albums.
Published 20 months ago by Henri
4.0 out of 5 stars Limited edition Morbid angel 2CD set.
There must be loads of different versions of this album out by now, not least the latest celebratory digipak reissues from Earache to kind of trumpet their latest creation; Illud... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2011 by Agma
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album - petty about format (Picture Disk)
This album is one of the great Morbid Angel-albums, and I was really looking forward to getting this on vinyl. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by Kjetil Johnsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Sickness
Truly an album that has stood the test of time, and that can't be said for all first wave Death Metal fans. Even now it still sounds fresh, heavy and like no other band. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2009 by Prieure
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonecrunchingly Excellent
I am a 32 yr old rocker/headbanger. Likes stretch from glam to death metal
This album is splendid. Axe work is precise and well put together. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2005 by david thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album ruined by a turgid production
There are some excellent Angel tunes here, very much in a similar vein to their later stuff. But the album is let down by a horrible production - it doesn't sound muffled, not at... Read more
Published on 9 April 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Morbid Angel- Blessed Are The Sick
This is the first of Mobid Angel's albums that Trey used his 7-string guitar on. I must say that I found this album hard to get into, but that was due to the non-commercial, and... Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2000 by hypnos@pathwaytodarkness.com
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