Hailing from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, thrash metal band Morbid Saint released their 1988 full length debut entitled "Spectrum of Death" which is without a doubt, one of the most fastest, most vicious, violent, maniacal, and aggressive old school thrash metal albums that I have ever had the distinct pleasure to listen to, and an underrated 80's thrash masterpiece I might add. It is just absolutely amazing, I just freaking love it, and the fact that this band hails from my home state of Wisconsin really makes me like them even more. "Spectrum of Death" is an 8 track, 32 minute slab of pure vicious, raging, maniacal, ferocious, and violently addicting thrash metal that is an absolute blast of sonic adrenaline and energy throughout from the maniacal opening riff of "Lock Up Your Children" to the evil and bone chilling album closer "Beyond the Gates of Hell". Believe me, this thrash classic has got it all, from savage, scathing vocals, to ferocious, face cleaving riffs and wicked screaming, incinerating solos, to violent and aggressive rapid fast drumming, I mean seriously what more could you really ask for? Now as far as the production on this album goes, yeah it is a bit on the messy side, but hey I'm not complaining one bit at all, and of course the band's musicianship on here is just downright tight, brutal, locked and loaded, and amazing throughout. Frontman Pat Lind leads the speed-filled thrash attack with his brutal, scathing, screaming vocals that sound like that they've come straight from the bowels of hell. I mean he really sounds like he's freaking possessed or something. He is like Kreator's Mille Petrozza on crack. The guitars are also a huge highlight on this album as Jim Fergades and Jay Visser grind out an unstoppable avalanche of fast, lethal, razor sharp, speed-filled thrash riffs that are like Sonic the Hedgehog burrowing his way through tunnels with chainsaws running and buzzing, and wild, intense, and screaming trade-off solos that are just downright sharp and guaranteed to make every bone in your body quiver. Meanwhile, Tony Paletti beefs up the sound on here with his strong rhythmic bass playing, and drummer Lee Reynolds pounds and blasts his way throughout the album with his powerful, intense, rapid fast double bass drumming with insane speed, intensity, and precision that would make even Dave Lombardo and Gene Hoglan gasp. This album no doubt in my mind has got some of the fastest and I do mean fastest bass drums I have ever heard on a thrash album.
Every song here on "Spectrum of Death" is a pure energetic headbanging fest that spares you very little or no time at all to give your head and neck a rest. The album's first track "Lock Up Your Children" starts off with a maniacal and pounding opening riff that is guaranteed to give you a sudden rush of adrenaline, and is soon followed by pulverizing double bass thuds and violent breakneck riffing that is just flat out insane, and then Pat's maniacal vocals kick in. This song also features an intense chorus as well as some wild, fiery soloing. A classic, pounding opener, but the thrashing classics keep on coming. The next track "Burned at the Stake" is a short and brutal 2 minute and 16 second thrasher highlighted by more stunning riffs, screeching solos and pounding drums that keeps the pulverizing onslaught coming, as well as the 7 minute thrash epic "Assassin" which features a great deal of changes in riffs, drums, and speed throughout with awesomely devastating results. This song is truly a monster, I mean you seriously have to listen to it for yourself and see what I mean. Track four "Damien" is perhaps the album's fastest and thrashiest song, and is highlighted by savagely angry and over the top vocals from Pat, along with more rapid fire, breakneck riffs and speeding solos, and violently fast drumming. Next up, track five "Crying For Death" is yet another breakneck, speeding thrasher and my favorite song on the album which boasts more ferocious, face cleaving riffs, fast insane drumming, fiery incinerating solos, intense vocals, and a viciously addicting chorus, while the title track is a short 42 second acoustic instrumental that sets the tone for the following track "Scars" which is another 7 minute epic that features more fiery riffing, pounding drums, and vicious vocals. The album's final track "Beyond the Gates of Hell" to me stands out as possibly the band's most evil sounding song, featuring some wicked solos at the beginning that set up the sheer insanity. The song also features a deliciously evil chorus that is backed by some fiery tremolo riffing and stomping, marching double bass thuds.
All in all, "Spectrum of Death" is an absolute treat for any serious Thrash Metal fan like myself. This is without question, one of the absolute best and most underrated thrash classics that truly stands the test of time, and it still does to this very day forward. Take it from me, this album demands your attention...Strongly Recommended!!!