Morbid Angel - Gateways To Annihilation
Earache Records
Death Metal
11 songs (44'30)
Release year: 2000
Morbid Angel, Earache Records
Reviewed by Marc

Is introducing "Morbid Angel" really necessary? Those guys were part of the few bands that created the death metal style, now long ago. They also were the first death band I ever heard.

Now they are back with another album. The first thing that I noticed was the relative slowness of this album. Not relative in fact, this album is slow and dark. But even for a death metal band, slow isn't always bad.

This time they rely more on atmosphere to pass on their message of Lovecraftian prophecies. And it works quite well. The dark atmosphere could be used as a soundtrack for the next alien movie without problems (the great covert-art seems quite alien-inspired already).

I believe some of the fans might be disappointed by the slowness but on the other hand they might gain new fans (come on, doom-people you're going to love that one ;). The production by Jim Morris has created a very oppressive sound that doesn't explode in your face but will rather slowly attack your nerves until you're ready to freak out.

A very cool album, and if you like very dark atmospheres, it might be the right one for you.

Killing Songs :
Summoning Redemption, He Who Sleeps, I
Marc quoted 83 / 100
Other albums by Morbid Angel that we have reviewed:
Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained reviewed by Andy and quoted 76 / 100
Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus reviewed by Jake and quoted 86 / 100
Morbid Angel - Entangled In Chaos reviewed by Goat and quoted no quote
Morbid Angel - Formulas Fatal to the Flesh reviewed by Tony and quoted 84 / 100
Morbid Angel - Domination reviewed by Tony and quoted 81 / 100
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