Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick CD
- MORBID ANGEL (Florida, USA) - Blessed Are The Sick CD (1995 Earache Re-issue USA). This album took the #25 spot on Decibel Magazine's Top 100 Death Metal Albums of All Time list. "Blessed Are The Sick" is an excellent and unique entry in the band’s catalog, showcasing the full spectrum of talent from all members, and exuding that certain mystique that only the true classics do.
Morbid Angel still managed to solidify their reputation as a heavy metal maelstrom with the 13 tracks found here. Songs like "Thy Kingdom Come," "Brainstorm," and the redundantly titled "Unholy Blasphemies" would go on to become cult favourites in the Metal underworld, while "The Ancient Ones" became their first true anthem, as it covered the drug-fueled religious theories of guitarist Trey Azagthoth.
Despite his unusual beliefs, his playing is on par with the best the genre has to offer, shredding through these songs with an unbelievable ease and dexterity that brings to mind his guitar hero, Eddie Van Halen. This unique approach to the genre is definitely what makes this band more memorable, although the simple fact that they bothered to write semi-catchy songs and had a fantastic vocalist in David Vincent did not hurt matters one bit. The album is short, to the point, and doesn't waste time noodling on forgetable riffs and needless tempo changes the way so many of their contemporaries did. Still sounding vicious, "Blessed Are The Sick" is an unheralded classic in the short-lived but rewarding first wave of Death Metal. **originally published on allmusic.com** Earache – MOSH 31 CD