Follow The Metal Crypt on Twitter  The Metal Crypt on Facebook
Review: Morbid Angel - Heretic
Morbid Angel
www.morbidangel.com
Heretic

Label: Earache Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 69:58
Tracks: 44
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: March 23, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
for:
Heretic

Rated 3.46/5 (69.23%) (39 Votes)
Review


This seventh album by the venerable Morbid Angel drew a lot of fire from both sides, some proclaiming it a masterwork, some saying it was complete crap, as usual, the truth is somewhere in between. This is their third full-length since the departure of David Vincent and his replacement by Steve Tucker. Some fans just hate Tucker, and won't give him any credit at all, but I don't see anything wrong with him. Steve Tucker is not responsible for the crappy parts of this album.

The first part of this disc is fine. The guitar sound is a little weak, but Morbid Angel have always had a weak guitar sound, and at least this sounds clearer than the muddy mess of Formulas Fatal To The Flesh. Some of the songs on here are pretty good, with the signature MA riff-style and some catchy punch to them. Overall this is slower-paced than what we expect from the band, with a lot of sentinel-paced marching on "Enshrined By Grace" and "Beneath The Hollow". Mostly the songs are decent if uninspired, without anything to really make them stand out. There is nothing here as vicious and catchy as "Suffocation", "Angel Of Disease" or "Fall From Grace", but it's not bad right up until "Victorious March of Reign the Conqueror", and after that everything goes to shit. The track called "Drum Check" is exactly that, and why it's on here is anyone's guess — did they think we would care? After this there are a few more listenable bits, but mostly the album descends into wallowing self-indulgent bullshit with multiple time-wasting silent tracks and silly little twaddles as 'hidden' tracks.

So half of this is decent if oddly unexciting Death Metal, and the rest is complete crap. The actual music here is okay, but it shows few signs of why this is such a legendary band. Maybe with Vincent back on board for the next album, he can slap Azagthoth back into sanity and they can produce another hungry and pissed-off album. If not, then I expect the next disc to be even more uninteresting. You can skip this one, you won't miss anything.


Track Listing:
  1. Cleansed in Pestilence (Blade of Elohim)
  2. Enshrined by Grace
  3. Beneath the Hollow
  4. Curse the Flesh
  5. Praise the Strength
  6. Stricken Arise
  7. Place of Many Deaths
  8. Abyssous
  9. God of Our Own Divinity
  10. Within Thy Enemy
  11. Memories of the Past
  12. Victorious March of Reign the Conqueror
  13. Drum Check
  14. Born Again
  15. ...14 tracks of silent bullshit...
  16. Inflections
  17. ...4 more tracks of silent crap...
  18. Tortured Souls
  19. ...Yet more fuckery for 5 tracks...
  20. Terror Of Mechagodzilla Lava
  21. Triplet Lava
  22. DoomCreeper
  23. Laff
Other related information on the site
Review: Altars of Madness (reviewed by Scott Murray)
Review: Blessed Are The Sick (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Covenant (reviewed by Dakuroth)
Review: Domination (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Formulas Fatal To The Flesh (reviewed by Lars Christiansen)
Review: Gateways To Annihilation (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
Review: Illud Divinum Insanus (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Interview with David Vincent on January 12, 2013 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Click below for more reviews
Latest 0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Various Books/Zines ALL REVIEWS 

HOME
























Copyright  © 1999-2016, Michel Renaud / The Metal Crypt.  All Rights Reserved.