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Morbid AngelFormulas Fatal To The Flesh

Label:Earache – MOSH 180 CD
CD, Album
Style:Death Metal


1Heaving Earth3:54
2Prayer Of Hatred4:28
3Bil Ur-Sag2:29
4Nothing Is Not4:44
5Chambers Of Dis3:29
6Disturbance In The Great Slumber2:32
8Hellspawn: The Rebirth2:43
9Covenant Of Death6:08
10Hymn To A Gas Giant1:03
11Invocation Of The Continual One
VocalsTrey Azagthoth
12Ascent Through The Spheres2:01
13Hymnos Rituales De Guerra2:43

Companies, etc.



Track 11: Music Created in 1984

All Guitar Solos recorded in the Temple of Ostx

All Music, Lyrics & Arrangements created [...]
Inflected by The Living Continuum

All songs published Cutha Hymns ASCAP except:
Ascent Through the Spheres & Hymnos Rituales De Guerra
Published by Tetragrammaton Forces ASCAP

© 1998 Earache Records Ltd ℗ 1998 Earache Records Ltd.
Manufactured and printed in the EC.

Total running time: 51:36
Title for track 7 in the lyrics section is "U-Mu La Mah-Ri"
Temple of Ostx: Trey Azagthoths state of mind when he solos is what he refers to as the "Temple of Ostx".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 018615 118022
  • Label Code: LC 6124
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, Mirrored): MOSH180CD · ‖ MASTERED BY DOCDATA
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1, Mirrored): IFPI LA31
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 4B13
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Mirrored): MOSH180CD · ‖ MASTERED BY DOCDATA
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Mould Ring): A02
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2, Mirrored): IFPI LA31
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3, Mirrored): MOSH180CD · MASTERED BY DOCDATA
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3, Mirrored): IFPI LA31
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): none
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4, Mirrored ): MOSH180CD · MASTERED BY DOCDATA
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 4, Mirrored ): IFPI LA31
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 4BA2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5, Mirrored): MOSH180CD · MASTERED BY DOCDATA
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 5, Mirrored): IFPI LA31
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): ifpi 4B07
  • Other (Variant 5, Pi sign on the mould inner ring): π

Other Versions (5 of 41)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Formulas Fatal To The Flesh (CD, Album, Promo, Cardboard Sleeve)EaracheMOSH 180 CD PROEurope1998
Formulas Fatal To The Flesh (Cassette, Album)EaracheMOSH 180 MCUK1998
Formulas Fatal To The Flesh (CD, Album)EaracheMOSH 180 CDUS1998
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Formulas Fatal To The Flesh (CD, Album)Shock (2)MOSH 180 CDAustralia1998
New Submission
Formulas Fatal To The Flesh (CD, Album)VictorVICP-60189Japan1998


boscocfh's profile picture
Does anybody else have the 2015 Century media reissue of the cd? Mosh0180-2. Its not listed on here anywhere.
morbiddrummer's profile picture
I agree with Tantric on this. My favorite album from them. The only thing now is to find this in lava vinyl for my collection.
dreadmeat's profile picture
Edited 9 years ago
catalogue# mosh 180 cd, barcode: 5021456093007, earache/shock must be an australian release?
edit: yes, i'll add it.
tantric_obstacles's profile picture
Edited 11 years ago
This album is criminally underrated, perhaps because David Vincent is not there. In my opinion it is the best death metal album ever and certainly Morbid Angel's peak, both musically and lyrically. Having followed the band's development from '90 onwards, Formulas... was a thoroughly pleasant surprise, dispelling any fears that Vincent's departure would end the band - far from it, it is the pinacle of their career. It contains elements from all the previous albums, from blastbeat driven thrashers (Heaving Earth, Bil-Ur-Sag, Covenant Of Death), to doom-laden crawlers (Nothing Is Not)and all in between. Also, the production is neither as muddy as Altars... nor as polished as Domination, but stands happily in the golden medium. I love Tucker's gorilla-like voice, and the album is wrapped in a very spiritual aura, even though this is somewhat concealed by the 'catastrophic' lyrics.

I understood the lyrics better when I read interviews with Trey at the time. Although on the surface they seem to be about destroying those who oppose you, on closer inspection they are about transcending your own limitations by realising the arbitrary nature of the self and destructuring it on the way to personal freedom. A pretty noble and not-necessarily-aggressive quest.

Although all the (metal) tunes are awesome, my faves are the two older tracks: the re-recording of Hellspawn (from the Abominations... album), infinitely better than the original, is one of (if not THE) most brutal song(s) of the band. The reworking of the '84 song Invocation Of The Continual One - originally titled Morbid Angel and containing the opening riff of Immortal Rites - is amazing, highly atmospheric and perfectly sustains its 10 minutes with not even one boring second, ending with an outstanding melodic classic heavy metal solo.

As with most of their keyboard-led tunes (apart from Place Of Many Deaths from Heretic) I could have done without, but as most are placed at the end of the album, I just press stop at the end of Invocation...

I hope that in years to come Formulas Fatal To The Flesh(notice the FFF = 666 of the title ;-b) will be recognised as one of the best death metal albums of all time.