Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness LP (Black vinyl)
Front to back, this cannot be anything other than one of the most enjoyable death metal releases for any fan of the genre. Every song is an absolute onslaught, an unstoppable war machine that will not be content until it is surrounded only by decimation. As stated above, this is a monster who hasn’t quite fit into its skin, who is just realizing its power. While I wouldn’t quite describe the genre as reaching its peak here, this is about as good as it gets – for any fan of death metal, and really, any fan of metal at all, this is essential listening, and not merely as a historical artifact. Its ability to possess the listener is still as powerful as ever: the cacophony and envenomed compositions contained here have already stood the test of time for three decades, and will surely resonate long into the future.