Record companies continue digging in their vaults to release rare material and actual remasters from classic underground metal bands, bypassing the tendency for ProTools “remasters” that amounted to compression of tracks ripped from the existing CD, in an effort to appeal to Generation X as they head toward five decades.
As part of this, Earache Records has released its latest fancy edition of the first Morbid Angel album. Earache released this statement:
The revolutionary kings of death metal, Morbid Angel, return for the Altars of Madness: Ultimate Edition. This essential reissue features not only the original classic album, but a second disc of Juvenilia, recorded live at Rock City November 1989 during the Grindcrusher tour with Napalm Death, Carcass and Bolt Thrower. Altars of Madness has been recreated using full dynamic range mastering, pressed from the original master tapes giving the listener a more aggressive and dynamic audio experience.
This Ultimate Edition digipak includes new 2020 artwork, as well as the fan favourite CD bonus track “Lord of All Fevers & Plague” in full dynamic range for the very first time. The release also marks the very first time that the blistering live set has ever been available on CD.