Former death metal band Morbid Angel announced that their upcoming crappy album will be called Kingdoms Disdained and revealed themselves to have wussed out as much as Chuck Schuldiner from Death.
Word on the Sesame Street is that the letter J was taken by the earlier live release Juvenilia, screwing up the alphabetical release cycle of Morbid Angel albums that corresponds to their massive drop off in cohesiveness and eventually quality through the years. Blessed Are the Sick, Morbid Angel’s last advance, maintained the quality but the track layout was compositionally jarring compared to Abominations of Desolation and Altars of Madness. Covenant was a step down and “God of Emptiness” and “Pain Divine” a sign of the career self-sodomy to come. What came after is not worth my time to mention here in my fit of rage.
Kingdoms Disdained‘s cover looks like the graphics of an Xbox game that plays like Godzilla eats Katamari Damacy, a boring Steve Tucker’s Warfather album, a Hate Eternal Panturrible dog turd, or one of those deathcore albums Unique Leader has shat out instead of slam over the past decade. The preview track shows a similar disdain for quality, showing influence from those sellout aberrations from the death metal genre such as death ‘n’ roll and deathcore. The Hellhammerisms and hard rock on the rather bedshitting Domination are infinitely superior. Kingdoms Disdained sounds more like something from producer Erik Rutan’s Klingon forehead than Mike and Trey’s best. The title of “Piles of Little Arms” might be an Apocalypse Now reference or it might be about Trey dressing up Sailor Moon figurines like little girls do with Barbies. Who knows, who cares. The track sucks, the cover sucks, and the productions sucks reflecting just how careless and throwaway Morbid Angel views their own new music. The album will probably not live up to Steve Tucker’s assertion that Kingdoms Disdained is “Some of the most warped stuff we’ve ever written”.
What is this? A Planned Parenthood concept album? Do Morbid Angels want to baptize the souls of aborted potential human babies to save them from the entities they previously paid homage to? Can Trey Azagthoth not write riffs anymore? This sounds like deathcore as it is deathcore. I don’t even dig the solo. I don’t even like anything about the song: bad title, boring riffs, boring lead, bad production, the drums are too loud, the drums too processed, the vocals too loud and overdone, a weak guitar tone, awful cover art; it’s just too Hate Eternal sounding. I’d give it an F-, flunk, zero point zero.
The track’s composition is bad too. The reintroduction of a riff that would be bad even as a filler riff is a shitty choice. That part where the drum sticks hit each other by itself in the middle of the song is fucking retarded and is something Tommy Lee would do in Motley Crue. This is a very bad sign when the preview track shown to the fans is this shitty. Our staff will still listen to the whole album when it’s out to be disappointed hoping for one or two good tracks. Here, there’s a slight change of pace right at the end of the song where you think it might develop into something interesting but nope! It is premature ejaculation incarnated. Morbid Angel is soiling their tighty whities before they even get to third base.
Trey Azagthoth’s entire attitude towards death metal has changed. He no longer wants to summon extradimensional entities such as Satan and Lovecraftian gods to slay his enemies and demonically transcend the pitiful, ape-like human existence of toil from dawn to dusk in exchange for the imagined representation of material worth that is currency. Rather:
Just one play of Morbid Angel’s searing, incendiary Kingdoms Disdained, and you’ll realize that this is the only true current aural document of a world sinking into uncharted despair. “The album title says it all,” states Tucker, “everybody’s fed up and nobody can figure out how to fix it. We’ve got all these miniature wars in neighborhoods, cities, countries, and we’ve got people with varying opinions causing chaos, yet everyone is doing what they feel is right. Which all makes it feels like the world has reached a point of utter madness and confusion.”
This is not describing death metal; this is social justice warrior life metal for whiny “secular humanists” like Chuck Schuldiner. This is less metallic than the goddamn Bible. Unlike Jesus, Azagthoth isn’t even promising to come back and kill everyone for real the next time. This is some Barack Obama community activist bullshit. The Christian doctrine of bending over and taking it like a pussy in this life to not have to take it in the next imaginary one isn’t metal. Metal isn’t Jesus letting himself get crucified in Jerusalem for imagined cosmological reasons; metal is Titus leveling the place and carting the Jewish Queen Berenice back to Rome as his concubine like Conan the Barbarian.
Trey Azagthoth and Steve Tucker have chosen to make a Christian rock album. They chose poorly. Burn it in the fires of hell.
Tags: boring, Christian, christian metal, Christian Metal Isn't Metal, christian rock, christianity, death 'n' roll, deathcore, Erik Rutan, GRID, life metal, morbid angel, news, sell outs, shills, shit, Steve Tucker, trey azagthoth, upcoming album