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2008 digitally remastered and expanded dual disc edition features deluxe packaging, bonus tracks and exclusive bonus footage. The dual disc comes housed in a deluxe digipak with extra artwork including the original ’gore’ artwork inside the digipak. The DVD footage contains in depth interviews with the band members, exploring their humble beginnings and lifting the lid on the controversy that brought the band to a wider audience. Contains six unreleased bonus tracks from the Symphonies of Sickness demo sessions. Symphonies of Sickness proved a breakthrough for Carcass and cemented their reputation at the forefront of the emerging Grindcore/Extreme music scene. The album is widely regarded as the last word in Grindcore and led to a whole legion of artists imitating the primitive nature of the recording. The band were immediately championed by John Peel who played them relentlessly on his influential radio shows. Relapse.

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  • altars of madness is a historically important album, but it’s not a great album. while there was nothing else quite this blazingly fast and twisted at the time–you could swear some of the riffs are being played backwards–the lack of rhythmic dynamics makes it monotonous to sit through; it gets to a point where we are merely waiting for the next hellish, atonal solo to ooze out of the speakers. it is also worth noting that the band was still very conceptually immature at this point. “evil spells”? really? ooo, now i’m spooked.

    don’t get me wrong, it’s good, but blessed are the sick and covenant show this band at their most masterful. altars has its place as a historical document, but other relics from around the same time like repulsion’s horrified and autopsy’s severed survival have aged better, and are still awesome without any qualifications or contextual pretense.

    Posted on November 27, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • “Altars of Madness” sounds as good as ever even after having been released 20 years ago, It’s not a heavy death metal album like Incantations “Onward to Golgotha” but what it lacks in heaviness it makes up for in speed and sheer chaos. In truth, this album is more akin to a cross between Death and Slayer but faster and more intense. David Vincent’s vocals are killer and the music itself just blisters with speed and intensity that was probably unmatched at the time. Lord of All Fevers and Plague is probably one of the most intense and awesome Death Metal songs of all time in my opinion. I love lo-fi production so this album hits the spot for me in terms of that. I like a lot of Morbid Angel albums but i don’t think they ever matched the intensity and old school brutality that this one just exhudes on every song. If you like thrashy old school metal then this one is a must have. All in all this is one of my top 10 death metal albums.

    Posted on November 27, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Morbid Angel is all about brutal!!! This is they’re first in a long line of brutal outputs… X-cellent stuff here!!!

    Posted on November 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Florida. Deicide and Obituary are ok but this is true old school death metal greatness. This album is chock full of churning chaotic riffs, uh, madness and that always welcome Lovecraftian vibe. Highest possible recommendation.

    Posted on November 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Altars of Madness was released in 1989 and to this day, it is hailed as one of the best death metal albums ever. Sure it doesnt have the up-to-date production that bands have today, but make no mistake this is what its all about. Evil vocals, amazing blast beats, insane solos… I honestly can not put into words how great this album is.

    Morbid Angel has re-released this album and included a 2nd bonus DVD of Morbid Angel on the Grindcrusher tour back in 1989. The sound is excellent and the DVD is worth the price alone.

    All metal fans should own this CD. All Morbid Angel fans MUST check out the DVD as well.

    Posted on November 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now