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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pantera nerds are just Crying For Death 29 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I totally agree with the previous reviewer; Morbid Saint totally fail to be annoying Pantera-type posturing aggro-rock nonsense.
This band is easily one of the most undderated American underground metal bands ever. From what I understand, this is just the band's 1988 (or 1989?) demo pressed to CD--I don't know why Grind Core Records chose to release this when they did or all of the circumstances surrounding it (I suspect Eric Greif and a certain Bulgarian living in Mexico had a big hand in it), but I'm glad they did.
From the cover or label, one might think this is generic early '90s death metal. Or from the band photo, one might surmise they're an unknown thrash band from a rinky-dink town. Instead, this is violent, classic death/thrash, in the best '80s tradition.
Since apparently Anselmo-loving aggrocore morons are reading this, I'll be somewhat vague and say the basic sound falls somewhere in between a certain California quartet who fathered death metal and had albums about churches, and a certain group of thrashers from Essen, Germany.
What's so unique is that Morbid Saint is one of the scarce few American bands that play death/thrash in the truest sense. This is not proto-death metal, nor is it plain death metal with a couple solos thrown in for good measure. Nor is this excessively fast or technical thrash where people have decided to fudge with proper labels. This is an excellent blend of thrash and death metal as in the tradition of many fine German and French bands from the late '80s to early '90s. The thrash component of the music has more of a Germanic thrash feel to it. Pat Lind's vocals are very caustic and perfectly complementary to the music. Stylewise, the vocals are pretty similar to what a lot of thrash/proto-black metal bands in the early '80s were doing (think Petrozza, less gruff Angelripper, etc., etc.), but lack the distinct accents that most of the German or Brazilian singers had.
As excellent as this is, it's not going to usurp the position of any classic '80s underground albums as there's nothing revolutionary about it. It's best regarded as a minor underground classic, excellent for what it is. A band of the time that released some great demos/EPs and disappeared with little fanfare. No soap opera nonsense, disappointing style changes, etc.
The way it should be.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC ALBUM 8 Jan 2005
By E. Greif - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't know who the reviewer is ("a music fan") who wrote such an eloquent and spot-on review in April '04, but that was the best that I've ever read. It was a pleasure to produce such a raw and honest example of perfect late 80s thrash. The shame is that it got lost in the shuffle and never saw the light of day properly. For that I must take part of the blame - but then again it was always an uphill battle coming from the American Midwest. Anyway, though I produced it, I can still say it stands the test of time...and is still available on the net if you hunt it down. Oh, and anyone that can say it is a ripoff of Pantera is certainly mistaken - this album predates Pantera.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC EARLY THRASH-DEATH METAL!!! 15 Dec 2004
By T. Kasuboski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
WOW!!! MORBID SAINT is another one of those unfortunate bands who probably will be unjustly forgotten by 99% of all metal "historians". MORBID SAINT only released one demo(as far as I know) called "Spectrum of Death" in 1988, and probably would have been completely overlooked had that demo not been rereleased on Grindcore Records in 1992. At any rate, Morbid Saint were awesome. Blending "Darkness Descends" era DARK ANGEL with early death-thrash like NUM SKULL, ASSASSIN(Ger.), BLESSED DEATH, KREATOR, POISON(Ger.), and BLOOD FEAST, MORBID SAINT definetly deserve a larger place in metal history. I think it's safe to say, however, that they have secured a spot as a "cult" thrash act cool enough only for those willing to go digging for the true underground classics of the early days of death metal...It may cost you a few $$$, but if you're a thrash fanatic MORBID SAINT is essential!!! It sure would be nice if some label would put this classic back in print!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE CLASSIC GEM! 13 July 2006
By D. B. Batten - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Classic Thrash at its best.
Wisconsin Thrash metal band with a little Death thrown in .The songs are fast in your face and never let you go. Pat Lind vocals are raw, aggressive. A very hard CD to find but a must have.
This is a treasure find for any Collector of Heavy Metal. Classic Thrash Metal done right and still holds up today.
Some label really does need to pick this up and reissues it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vicious Spectrum of Thrash!!! 20 Aug 2013
By Jeremy Brackeen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.

The Songs:

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!!!

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