Reissue Radar: Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness (1989)

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Earache Records is doing another one of their brief, ultra-limited record sales. This time, they are releasing Morbid Angel’s classic Altars of Madness on vinyl; they claim that this release will be one of their “Full Dynamic Range” remasters, which purport to not be afflicted by the brickwalling that took over popular music with the advent of digital recording. Needless to say, this is certainly a classic of death metal, although many on DMU prefer the versions of the songs here that appeared on Abominations of Desolation. Anyone who isn’t fortunate enough to grab this vinyl and wants a version of this album with improved dynamic range regardless will probably have to scrounge up some cash for an original pressing.

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13 thoughts on “Reissue Radar: Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness (1989)”

  1. Roger says:

    “…although many on DMU prefer the versions of the songs here that appeared on Abominations of Desolation.”

    TRANSLATION: “…Although many(?) on DMU prefer to be hipster faggots and prefer the songs here that appeared on the Kvult, ultra lo-fi, old-school Abominations of Desolation.”

    1. C. M. says:

      I actually prefer the cleaner mix and faster tempos of AoM but I bet I’m in the minority.

      1. Roger says:

        You’re not in the fucking minority! AoM is a fucking classic. AoD is not.

        1. morbideathscream says:

          Abominations of desolation is a classic as well, but yes the material was perfected on altars.

    2. More things than the “production” are very different. It’s unfortunate you are stuck there thinking someone is a hipster simply because he doesn’t think modern “production” is an automatic win. There’s so much more to music, and yes, even to metal, than ” mega huge crunch oppressive brutal but clean ” sound.

      1. Meek Metalhead says:

        AoM is a more refined album in more ways than one. Whether this makes it a superior album I cant say.

  2. Anthony says:

    I can’t tell if Earache is shilling hard or if I’m just getting old. Seems like stuff I waited for to be reissued as a teenager is now on its third or fourth repress.

    1. TC says:

      true, but the FDR series is worthwhile. i have the left hand path, clandestine, and terrorizer vinyl and enjoy them quite a bit.

      1. TC says:

        * also covenant

      2. Anthony says:

        Yeah, I purchased the second Nocturnus album from that reissue cycle in mp3 form. Pretty decent stuff, though I haven’t heard the remaster to compare.

        The optimum approach would have been to not fuck up the sound in the first place, but hey, it’s Ear “Dissolve the Sublabel That Put out Seminal Albums from the Chasm and Decapitated but Then Immediately Hop on the Oldschool Reissue Train When It Becomes Trendy” Ache. Whatever, as long as they don’t try to artistically pressure Vektor or Wormrot to make stupid stuff, I’m still somewhat okay with these ’80s pc dinosaurs.

  3. morbideathscream says:

    There’s very few death metal recordings that top the brilliance of altars of madness. Abominations of desolation is also (un)godly haha. It showcased the original versions of those classic Morbid Angel tunes that were perfected on altars but abominations is most definitely worthy of its place in death metal history as well, criminally underrated. Let’s not forget what they released in between, the thy kingdom come demo, one of the best demos ever.

    I know altars has been reissued several times on both cd and vinyl, I have the original cd pressing, but would be interesting to hear this full dynamic range.

  4. canadaspaceman says:

    I prefer Abominations of Desolation.

  5. BreadGod says:

    At least this is better than learning that Morbid Angel recorded another song about killing cops.

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