It’s been a looooooong time since we’ve gotten some new music from MORBID ANGEL, right? Well, get ready because the band is about to drop their brand new album Kingdoms Disdained on our heads December 1 via Silver Lining Music. When I was first getting into Death Metal several years ago a friend was like, “Dude, you need to check out MORBID ANGEL’S stuff, man. That shit is killer!” So I did, and he was right. Going through their back catalog I was blown away by the visceral nature of their music. And I was especially drawn to the stuff during the early Steve Tucker period, albums like Heretic, and Gateways to Annihilation. The band is just firing on all cylinders on those records and I still play the shit out of them.
Well, rejoice, my people!! Because Steve Tucker is back on bass and vocals for the first time since 2003, and man oh man, the band is bringing the fucking ruckus every which way but loose. One of the reasons this stuff sounds so good is: surprise, surprise, Erik Rutan in the producer’s chair. The man knows how to get the best out of people. As soon as opener “Piles of Little Arms” starts it’s an all-out ragefest, and that only continues with “D.E.A.D.”, but this one takes a turn while still managing to be aggressive as Hell. Founding member and Guitar God Trey Azagthoth churns out riff after pummeling riff while unleashing solos that burn a hole through your skull, and at the same time drummer Scott Fuller stomps a mudhole in you.
“Architect and Iconoclast” was one that struck me from the very first listen because it’s slightly different from the other tracks, but it fits nicely within the framework of the album. Tucker really, REALLY sounds fucking awesome on this one, and Fuller and Azagthoth go pretty crazy themselves. This is one that absolutely needs to be played live. “Paradigms Warped” is another one that at first will have you guessing where it’s headed, but not at the expense of its brutality because it still packs plenty of punch. Azagthoth’s guitar on “The Righteous Voice” is the sonic equivalent of what I imagine is strapping someone down and skinning them alive, so of course I loved it! Then Tucker and Fuller come in and proceed to wreck shop.
But my absolute runaway favorite tune on this record is “Declaring New Law.” The build-up, the meaty, dirty riff, and the way Tucker sounds like a beast recently uncaged and ready to feast on human flesh had me in seconds. This fucking song is now one of my favorites in the band’s arsenal and if they don’t do it live on tour I might do something drastic. “From the Hand of Kings” is another one that showcases just how vicious this band is, and closer “The Fall of Idols” is an all-out punisher from the first note to the last. Believe me when I tell you this one is like a mule kick to the chest. “The Pillars Crumbling” is also a track that feels like the soundtrack to zombies getting through, killing, and eating everyone in the camp, so yay!!
At the end of the day MORBID ANGEL have not only come back, they have come back in a BIG motherfucking way, you hear me? One of the pioneers of Death Metal has triumphantly returned, and Kingdoms Disdained will definitely be an album that every Death Metal aficionado can play over and over while they wreck everything in sight. Seriously, get this record. You have no excuses, you know you love this shit, and your life will be sad and meaningless without it. So, GO and buy it on December 1, yeah??
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Declaring New Law”, “Architect and Iconoclast”, “The Righteous Voice”, “The Fall of Idols”, “The Pillars Crumbling”