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Underrated Morbid Angel genius,
This review is from: Covenant (Audio CD)
I am a big fan of Covenant. I had it the week it was released, and still regard it as highly now, as I did when I first heard it.
To pull this out of the hat, after producing the ground breaking Blessed are the sick, was quite some feat.
Its here that opinion splits into two camps over Trey Azagthoth's 3rd disc.(not including 'Abominations...').
Some people say the production is awful, and that the ideas are rehashed B.A.T.S. concepts.
Others, including myself, say "Phooey". This album has some of the finest drumming heard up to that particular moment in time (93)on any death metal album. The riffs on songs like Rapture, 'Pain Devine' and 'Vengeance Is Mine' are frankly genius. It seemed to be a problem that Morbid Angel had left the super technical for a little bit of "catchiness".... gasp in shock horror. And even that isn't completely accurate, as some of the playing on 'Covenant' was extremly technical. Proof that you can have millimetre perfcet playing, and memorable tunes in the same songs !!
The opening guitar/ drum blasts of 'Rapture' give it away early that this album is about slamming in the main. Having it large in the blasting department !!! The kick drums are brutal through out the disc, the solos (by both Brunelle and Trey) are fast, flash and not overly long, just complimenting the extreme ryhthems nicely.
It is true that a bit more could have been done on the mixing, but hey, you can't have everything, and unless you are a music purist, its still perfectly listenable.
Highlights on this album include the final drum blasts of 'Vengeance is Mine' (a sign of trends to come within death metal.)
David Vincent's proud, gutteral vocals. Even by today's standards the man rarely has competition in the death metal growling dept. Sure there are deeper, faster and nastier vocalists, but none have that special something he brings to a track. Couple his vocals to the slow but crushing riffs of 'Sworn to the Black', and you have another great highlight track of this album.
The only let down (in my own opinion) is the final track, 'God of Emptiness'. So much could have been done with this track, and it was left with the rediculous spoken work chorus. The opening bars and lines promise a Morbid Angel slow 'doom'
masterpiece ...and then the silly spoken word chorus chimes in, and its all ruined.
BUT fear not ! This album deserves to be up there with the pioneering death metal albums of the early 90's..the golden years of foundation in serious death metal.
If you don't own it...get it !!