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Morbid Angel, Formulas Fatal to the Flesh - Way back in the year of 1989 the Death Metal godfathers ‘Morbid Angel’ released their debut album ‘Altars Of Madness’. The album saw a new wave of extreme metal form through its creation, hailing the group as one of the most influential metal bands ever. From there on in, the band have released album after album of intense Death Metal with an ever evolving and adapting sound that proved ‘Morbid Angel’ to be unique and very talented metal gods.
A fair few albums later, the band released their sixth album ‘Formulas Fatal To The Flesh’ in the year of 1998. The album saw a major turning point for the band as Steve Tucker joined as bassist and vocalist in the previous year, bringing the album a new sound and musical angle to work from.
The album delivers a multi-dimensional masterpiece of spiritual Death Metal that retains the bands extreme style but with a new conceptual twist. With a fair few of the tracks being instrumental and quite a few of the songs that do have lyrics being written in ancient Sumerian, the band have formed a well thought out masterpiece.
Steve Tucker’s vocals are deep and powerful, working well with the complex layers of the band’s fierce music. The album production is superb, bringing out the various musical elements within the tracks that give ‘Morbid Angel’ such a unique sound. If you’re new to the band I would personally recommend first listening to either ‘Altars of Madness’ or the mighty ‘Blessed Are The Sick’ albums.
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on 7 December 2000
This album, after the departure of the charismatic David Vincent, was always going to have it tough. I think that Trey did well, but my only critisicm of this particular works spans 2 things: the timing, and the writing.
The length of the album is a bit too much to take in all at one time, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a good album. The riffing, and the songs are all still good, and the lyrical theme is naturally new, which keeps up the Morbid Angel tradition of being different.
The amount of writing done by the rest of the band, however (no Erik Rutan on this- he was upset at Trey's decision to take all of the credit for the songs), and the new lead vocalist Steve Tucker, ther's a little bit of a one man show to it. Add to that, the fact the Steve came from a band a little bit more unknown then Morbid Angel, means that he's not sorted out quite where he is, and need's time to put his stamp of authority on it. This was viewed to full extent in the next release Gatewasy's To Annihilation, which shows more of a team effort, and showcases Try's singing talents, as well, as Steve's maturation into the band system.
Overall, no Domination, but, as with all line-up changes, there needs to be a settling time to get the songs just perfect. As Morbid Angel albums go, not the best, but for Death metal, it's still a classic.
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on 25 July 2004
At first I wasn't too taken with this album. The producation makes it quite hard to make out the notes being played and you really need a few listens to get a feel for the riffs and song structures.
It's probably my favourite MA album now though. The music is there to appreciate once you're accustomed to it. The speed is up there with their fastest works but unlike some other albums you can make out the blastbeats instead of the vanishing-snare phenomenon you get with some production jobs.
Steve Tucker's vocals are perhaps not up to the standard David Vincent reached on this album but they are certainly up to the job. The lyrics are quite dull though. Left to his own devices Azagthoth really does come up with some strange stuff.
The album tails off towards the end. I usually swap CDs after Covenant of Death as Invocation of the Continual One is long and average and the last three tracks are weird instrumentals. Sometimes though I just take a wind back to the fantastic opener Heaving Earth and have another listen.
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