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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Earache Records
  • ASIN: B001SCFW84
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
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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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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Format: Audio CD
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x995b5690) out of 5 stars A Good, Diverse Album 23 July 2000
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'll admit, I put off buying this for a while. The lack ofDavid Vincent (Now with the Genitortures) scared me a bit, but itwasn't well founded. Steve Tucker does a great job on vocals. This CD is quite diverse. It has 14 tracks, but 5 of them are instramentals. The 9 death metal songs are all pretty much in the same vein, the standouts being "Nothing Is Not" (Crushingly heavy with a killer intro) and "Umulamarhi". The songs are a great mess of downtuned to pluck guitars, machine gun double bass drumming, and solo's from the man himself, Trey Azagthoth. He has taken the helm of this band, writing the majority of the songs, producing the album, and even doing vocals on "Invocation of the Continual One." This is a departure from the earlier M.A. albums, not as sludgy as Domination, but not as clear as Blessed are the Sick. Morbid Angel are still the leaders of Death Metal, but they could have added another song or two to this. Highlights: "Nothing is Not" "Umulmarhi" and "Invocation of the Continual One." END
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x995b57e0) out of 5 stars Now that's the stuff! 3 Aug. 2002
By Wheelchair Assassin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I like this album so darn much I've put off reviewing it for a while because I'm not sure I can do it justice, but here goes. Morbid Angel were my first death metal band, and after more than a year of listening to the genre they're still my favorite. It seems on every album they manage to deliver with flair, innovation, and of course, mind-blowing musicianship. "FFF" showcases the band in fine form.
One aspect of this album that jumps right out is its speed. Right from the beginning of the classic "Heaving Earth," it's evident that "FFF" is going to be a speed-oriented album. However, this is not to imply that it is in any way one-dimensional, as the first three tracks wind their way through a dizzying amount of tempo changes. The changes are often somewhat subtle, but each of these songs ranges from midtempo to kind of fast to really freaking fast, keeping things from ever getting monotonous. However, "FFF" in my opinion really hits its peak on slower, more groove-oriented songs like "Nothing is Not" and "Invocation of the Continual One." These two songs each feature absolutely crushing riffs from Trey Azagthoth, guaranteed to get your head banging in no time.
Another noteworthy element of "FFF" is its production. It's thicker than molasses, perfectly matching Trey's heavy, downtuned riffs. Now while the riffs here may be way downtuned, Trey does a lot more with them than anyone has any right to expect. While downtuned riffs have been a staple of death metal since the genre was pioneered way back when, I don't think I've ever heard them played with such speed and precision. Not to mention the fact that Trey throws in plenty of harmonics and fast, distorted solos that will make your head spin. I don't know the technical jargon for what he does, but I do know that it sounds pretty damn cool.
Almost as impressive as Trey's guitar work is the fact that no matter what he does, Pete Sandoval mangages to keep up with him on the drum kit. Sometimes he pummels away with typical death-metal intensity, sometimes he goes with a faster tap-tap-tap style to keep pace on the speedier sections. Steve Tucker was new to the band on this album, but his vicious growl makes him sound right at home. His bass isn't much of a presence, but this band still has one of the tightest sounds to come out of the metal genre. If you haven't heard this album, you're really missing something.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x995b5b1c) out of 5 stars Formulas Fatal For Success 11 Nov. 2004
By Ronald Placeres - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favorite Morbid Angel albums in my collection. I bought it sometime in the summer of 1998. Before the release of the album, the band was under a lot of heat. They were no longer with Giant Records but the band was back on Earache Records. This was the label that distributed their first 2 albums which are Alters Of Madnes and Blessed Are The Sick. I know I have not said this before but Domination was the last album that the band released on Giant. After that, they resigned with Earache and released the live Entangled In Chaos album but on the labal. After that, second guitarist Eric Rutan had left to form Hate Eternal as well as other projects and longtime bassist, vocalist and frontment David Vincent went on to join The Genotorturers. This left the band as Trey Azagthoth and Pete Sandoval. Many people said at the time that the band was finished. However, the band still continued. So they recruited Steve Tucker as new bassist, vocalist and frontman but the band stayed as a 3-piece. Anyway, they went into the studio and recorded a masterpiece of an album together and it surely delivered.

Now on with my review. With this album, it is a totally new direction for the band but at the same, they retain all the elements that have made them who they are as a band. Especially on this album because those elements have been delivered more severely than they ever had before but with the edition of newer elements. I mean this is a statement album. The lyrics demonstrate where the band is coming from emontionally, spiritually, dogmatically, conceptually, consciously and mentally. The music however is multi-dimensional. You still have songs with killer riffs, harsh vocals, thunderous bass, solos and blast beats but lets also not forget that some of the songs are speedy, medium-pace, slow or they are just a combination of 2 or all of them. Some of the songs have harmonies, melodies, keyboards and just incredable song arrangements. The others are instrimentals. Most of them have classical influences while others consist of drum arrangements, keyboards and haunting and at times, beautiful musical passages. So with this album, the listener will know who the band is on all sides with nothing missing. So this is a mandatory purchase especially for people like myself who love death metal with an overall amount of talent, potential, dynamics, creativity and unlimited, incredible musicianship. Some of my favorite songs here are Heaving Earth, Prayer Of Hatred, Nothing Is Not, Hellspawn: The Rebirth, Hymnos Rituales De Guera, Hymn To A Gas Giant and Invocation Of The Continual One which is the best song on the whole album as well as my favorite. That song has the potential of blowing just about anyone away if given half the chance. So buy this album and taste the formulas that destroy the flesh.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x995b5648) out of 5 stars Inhumanly fast, technical, and brutal death metal! 30 Aug. 2002
By Abraham Tetenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dude--if you like death metal, you should purchase Formulas Fatal To The Flesh immediately if you dont already own it. FFTTF is Morbid Angel's most sonically brutal and fast album to date. Trey wrote all of the songs and lyrics on this record, too. This CD also features the new singer, Steve Tucker, who is in my opinion much better than David Vincent's Domination performance. His growls are deeper more brutal and all around just better sounding than David Vincent's were. Trey definately doesnt let us down with insane down tuned and sludgy guitar. FFTTF retains the sludginess of Domination while picking up the tempo and technicality. Pete sandovals drumwork is amazing. he is the god of extreme metal drumming. nuff said. While not being as groovy as Gateways, or not as sludgy as Domination, FFTTF is a perfect death metal album.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By JJB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After losing main man David Vincent to the Genitorturers, Morbid Angel storms ahead with hurricane fury and viciousness on FFTF.
From the opening bars of 'Heaving Earth' and to the last measures of 'Trooper', the listener is swept away with blistering/smoldering drumming, bass and guitars that drip with emotive power, choatic time signatures, and vocals that *finally* deliver!
This album contains absolutely no filler-like Morbid's previous two studio albums. Consider this the perfected follow up to their amazing 'Blessed Are The Sick' album.
For the guitar afficionados, buy this CD with the 'Lava of Love' disc; it contains all the isolated guitars solos(+) from this album.
David WHO?
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