Classic Albums

CA33 Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness


On this week’s Classic Album podcast we take our first tentative steps into the world of extreme metal, as we look at Altars of Madness, the debut full length record from Floridian death metal legends Morbid Angel. 

Released on the 12th of May 1989, Altars… represents something of a full stop for a metal scene that was in the process of obsessing over outdoing itself in terms of speed, ferocity, gruesome imagery and brutality. We look at the birth of the band, and how they could have been considered one of the first names in death metal had their original debut album back in 1986 not sat on the shelf for 5 years, the sound that set the band apart from their peers and, even more tellingly, the lyrical inspiration from the infamous Necronomicon book that the members of Morbid Angel obsessed over. Before delving into the record itself and looking at the aftermath of death metal, and discussing whether Altars of Madness set a bar for death metal that was so high that it immediately helped to contribute to its creative downfall.

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