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Morbid AngelAltars Of Madness

Genre:Rock
Style:Death Metal
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Tracklist

Immortal Rites
Suffocation
Visions From The Dark Side
Maze Of Torment
Chapel Of Ghouls
Bleed For The Devil
Damnation
Blasphemy
Evil Spells

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The debut album of Florida-based death metal band Morbid Angel. It was released on May 12, 1989 through Combat Records/Earache Records. The album was recorded in December 1988 at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida. The album is one of the earliest examples of death metal and is considered to have helped pioneer the sound along with Possessed's Seven Churches in 1985 and Death's Scream Bloody Gore in 1987, and set a new precedent for heaviness and extremity, both musically and lyrically. It is one of the most celebrated albums in death metal history, and one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time. The overtly Satanic and occult lyrical themes were a significant influence on the early Norwegian black metal scene.

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Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1989, VinylAltars Of Madness
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Earache – MOSH 11 PUK1989UK1989
Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1989, VinylAltars Of Madness
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Earache – MOSH 11UK1989UK1989
Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1989, CassetteAltars Of Madness
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Earache – MOSH 11 MCUK1989UK1989
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Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1989-09-00, CDAltars Of Madness
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Earache – MOSH 11CDUK1989UK1989
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Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1989, VinylAltars Of Madness
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Earache – MOSH 11UK1989UK1989
New Submission
Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1989-03-16, VinylAltars Of Madness
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Earache – MOSH 11UK1989UK1989
New Submission
Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1989, CassetteAltars Of Madness
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PT. Indo Semar Sakti – KG - 1321191Indonesia1989Indonesia1989
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Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1990, CassetteAltars Of Madness
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Combat – 88561-2022-4, Earache – 88561-2022-4US1990US1990
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Combat – 88561-2022-2, Earache – 88561-2022-2US1990US1990
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Combat – 88561-2022-4, Earache – 88561-2022-4US1990US1990
Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1990, CDAltars Of Madness
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Combat – 88561-2022-2, Earache – 88561-2022-2US1990US1990
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Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1990, CassetteAltars Of Madness
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Baron Music – B.M.-074Poland1990Poland1990
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Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1990, CassetteAltars Of Madness
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RC Company – RC 2143Poland1990Poland1990
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Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1990, CassetteAltars Of Madness
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Valentine Sound Productions – NE 002Malaysia1990Malaysia1990
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Megaton (5) – MT-345Poland1990Poland1990
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Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1991, VinylAltars Of Madness
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Earache – MOSH 11UK1991UK1991
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Rock Brigade Records – RBR 330Brazil1991Brazil1991
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Globus International – 21 0060-1 311Czechoslovakia1991Czechoslovakia1991
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Globus International – 21 0060-1 311Czechoslovakia1991Czechoslovakia1991
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Globus International – 210060-2311, Globus International – 21 0060-2 311Czechoslovakia1991Czechoslovakia1991
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Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1991-11-21, CDAltars Of Madness
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Toy's Factory – TFCK-88563Japan1991Japan1991
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Globus International – 21 0060-4 311Czechoslovakia1991Czechoslovakia1991
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Cover of Altars Of Madness, 1991, CassetteAltars Of Madness
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ALF – A-319Poland1991Poland1991
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Rock Brigade Records – RBR 330Brazil1991Brazil1991
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MG Records (2) – MG 1658Poland1992Poland1992
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Takt Music – 1111Poland1992Poland1992
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MG Records (2) – MG 1658Poland1992Poland1992
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Takt Music – 1111Poland1992Poland1992
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Compose – 9645-2US1993US1993
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Earache – MOSH 11CDUK1994UK1994
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Earache – MOSH 11 MCUS1994US1994
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Metal Mind Records – MASS 0208Poland1995Poland1995
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Earache – MOSH 11CDUS1995US1995
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Dolby B
Earache – MOSH11MCUS1997US1997
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Globus International – 210060-2311, Globus International – 21 0060-2 311Czech Republic1999Czech Republic1999
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KOCH Poland – MOSH 11 MCPoland2000Poland2000
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KOCH Poland – MOSH 11CD, KOCH Poland – MOSH 11 CDPoland2000Poland2000
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Cover of Altars Of Madness, 2002, CDAltars Of Madness
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Earache – MOSH 11CDX, Earache – MOSH 11CDUK2002UK2002
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Earache – MOSH 11Europe2002Europe2002
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Cirithsaxon's avatar
Cirithsaxon
Edited one month ago

1st press mastering. Dynamic range:

DR12 -2.64 dB -15.70 dB 01 Immortal Rites.mp3
DR13 -1.00 dB -15.05 dB 02 Suffocation.mp3
DR12 -1.48 dB -14.89 dB 03 Visions From The Dark Side.mp3
DR12 -1.06 dB -14.40 dB 04 Maze Of Torment.mp3
DR12 -1.73 dB -14.80 dB 05 Lord Of All Fevers & Plague.mp3
DR12 -1.60 dB -15.42 dB 06 Chapel Of Ghouls.mp3
DR12 -0.15 dB -15.23 dB 07 Bleed For The Devil.mp3
DR11 -1.88 dB -15.00 dB 08 Damnation.mp3
DR11 -3.26 dB -16.09 dB 09 Blasphemy.mp3
DR13 -1.24 dB -15.72 dB 10 Evil Spells.mp3
DR13 -0.77 dB -15.39 dB 11 Maze Of Torment [Remix].mp3
DR12 -2.20 dB -16.35 dB 12 Chapel Of Ghouls [Remix].mp3
DR11 -1.76 dB -15.88 dB 13 Blasphemy [Remix].mp3
Cirithsaxon's avatar
Cirithsaxon
Re-mastered:
DR9 -0.00 dB -10.06 dB 01 Immortal Rites.mp3
DR9 over -9.50 dB 02 Suffocation.mp3
DR9 over -9.33 dB 03 Visions From The Dark Side.mp3
DR8 over -8.89 dB 04 Maze Of Torment.mp3
DR8 over -9.25 dB 05 Lord Of All Fevers & Plague.mp3
DR9 over -9.85 dB 06 Chapel Of Ghouls.mp3
DR9 over -9.65 dB 07 Bleed For The Devil.mp3
DR8 over -9.42 dB 08 Damnation.mp3
DR9 over -10.50 dB 09 Blasphemy.mp3
DR9 -0.00 dB -10.14 dB 10 Evil Spells.mp3
tantalustorment's avatar
Edited one month ago
Production faiblarde qui a cruellement noyé cet album , qui aurait pu être un chef d'oeuvre ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 𝟕,𝟓/𝟏𝟎
MrMel's avatar
MrMel
The one that started it all. The cd version comes with a bonus track lord of all fevers and plagues. This vinyl version is killer though. I think it sounds much better than the cd version.
iwillneeda's avatar
iwillneeda
Giving is the best gift you can receive. Here is the perfect example if you are into metal. The perfect Christmas gift for your parents or grandparents. I can just picture everyone sitting at the dinner table. Dad just carved the turkey and then goes to put on the CD for nice Christmas music. Instead of hearing the expected "Little Drummer Boy" the stereo pumps out "Immortal Rites". Keeping in the Christmas spirit how about "Lord Of All Fevers And Plague". This is a gift that will never be forgotten and sure to replace "Deck the Halls" every following Christmas.
You should always try to achieve the best. If you are going to make a mistake make sure it is a big one. Oops. Wish I had this CD.
Full-of-Hate's avatar
Full-of-Hate
The album for its time and place is the embodiment of cruelty in music. There is a slight "raw" in the sound, but the arrangements already give out the same Morbid Angel with twisted riffs and crazy solos. The album was obviously created under the great influence of Thrash metal, but it only benefits him, along with the makings of Death Metal, the mix came out truly explosive. Altars Of Madness became the album that deservedly entered the history of the genre and can rightly be called a "guedebook" in the world Death Metal. This record has brought up and instilled good taste in several generations of metalheads.

The FDR reissue from Earache really pleased with the nature of the sound. The sound itself, which is typical for FDR, turned out to be quiet, but this contributes to a more delicate listening. "Altars..." became a chamber album in FDR. Vinyl sounds clean. The quality of printing is generally normal, but it must be understood that Earache is an "economical option" regardless of the status of the signed band. Even if we are talking about Morbid Angel!
RedXD001's avatar
RedXD001
This pressing is chaotically amazing! Not a single distortion or clipping. Very silent on the surface noise. Instrument separation was place perfectly cause the instruments was everywhere! The dynamics are absolutely terrifying, you feel every inch of it.
A absolute must have!
andreow's avatar
andreow
Sounds so fine. I prefer it over the FDR-Remastered-CD anytime. Mine has only very slight inner groove distortion, so might differ from pressing to pressing.
matthewk1999's avatar
matthewk1999
What a wonderful pressing! I paid a little more for this specific release than the other reissues since this had my favorite track, fevers and plague, added onto it. Audio sounds like the full dynamic pressings Earache has been releasing lately but I could be wrong, nevertheless, the audio is absolutely phenomenal!
Fat_controller's avatar
Was Lord of all Fevers and Plague not included originally on the album? The tracklisting seems to change depending on the releases. Weird, definitely one of the best tracks on the album.