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Morbid Angel - Heretic - Earache Records 2003 reviewed by: Chaoslord

Track Listing

1. CLEANSED IN PESTILENCE (BLADE OF ELOHIM)
2. ENSHRINED BY GRACE
3. BENEATH THE HOLLOW
4. CURSE THE FLESH
5. PRAISE THE STRENGTH
6. STRICKEN ARISE
7. PLACE OF MANY DEATHS
8. ABYSSOUS
9. GOD OF OUR OWN DIVINITY
10. WITHIN THY ENEMY
11. MEMORIES OF THE PAST
12. VICTORIUOS MARCH OF REIGN THE CONQUEROR
13. DRUM CHECK
14. BORN AGAIN
Well, the death metal boys from Florida are back after a short break and seem to be relatively pissed.

From the outset of "Heretic" you can tell this is a Morbid Angel album. This is a great follow up to the previous release "Gateways to Annihilation" and continues the trend of having alphabetical titles in the catalog. Musically, this album is just absolutely fucking heavy.

Trey has created some kick ass riffs and drummer Pete Sandoval proves he can still pound the drums like he used to. Steve Tucker reprises his vocal duties and seems to be filling things in quite nicely. The trademark squeals and crushing groove are in the album.

Overall, this is a great album, but note that there are a few different versions out there. There is the regular 2 disc set which was released in the US. Over in Europe, those guys get a box set of the album which comes with some stickers and a bunch of other stuff. The only hang up I have with the album is the bonus tracks. They are all instrumentals and are all short. While this is a great way to see what talent Trey Azagtoth is with his guitar, it is not something I really feel like listening to after a crushing album of death metal.

Anyone who has enjoyed this band should go pick this album up. And anyone who is looking for a good death metal album should grab this as well.


--Chaoslord 11.3.03
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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HereticMorbid Angel
2003
Greg Watson11/5/2003


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2011
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