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Disaster at the MA camp.,
This review is from: Illud Divinum Insanus (Metal Starpak) (Audio CD)
Well I had turned up a little late to the show after initially being put off with this release after reading some of the kicking this album got on and offline. And so now after a full listen myself I also have to solidly conform to the determination that "Illud divinum Insanus" is an atrocious blunt ended entry into the Morbid Angel catalogue, spoiling and insulting a illustrious album career including the classic first four albums and to some extent "Formulas and Heretic" as well. Let's be honest, with Vincent back in the band and the very appropriate move to the Season of mist label I could never have predicted such an outcome, even after such an invigorating and refreshing recording situation for the band. Perhaps the biggest surprise is as to why it had taken 8 years to create and result in an album which in all honesty I expected to kick in a hard and sharp death metal approach. Ironically IDI doesn't really kick anything and only brief moments in the song Nevermore (Which is an undeniably good one!) is really anything approaching the high standards we expect of the band.
What IDI does show however is a classic example of how not to experiment and deviate away from the very origins of what made the fans fans in the first place. I'm guessing to a certain degree than many fans would like their bands to produce music of what the band stands for or previous material which has has already proven to be good. No metalhead needs reminding of the pinnacles reached in Altars and Blessed. Instead IDI encompasses a variety of rather poor lesser sounds such as Industrial computer-techno style influences and nu metal inputs. Inevitably the album ultimately projects a futile and an astonishingly bizarre outcome. Many fans I am sure will be left bewildered after listening to IDI and then looking across sadingly at their Morbid Angel back catalogue thou with an accompanying feeling of non-acceptance that this is actually the same band. Experimentation always needs to be appropriate and well executed, IDI represents neither which places it in a strong position of the disappointment of the year for death metal. Many fans will now be sure to hope this dive in form from the band is both brief and expelled by a strong comeback follow up.
Verdict: A surefire one star effort - avoid.