Ok, so we are past “Altars Of Madness”; Classic. Then comes “Blessed Are The Sick”; ditto on that as well. Now we are up to “Covenant”. Morbid Angel has always been one of the leading Floridian Death Metal bands, even today with the Death Metal genre is not as popular as it was in the early 90’s. It starts off with pulverizing “Rapture” and ends with the slow, doom-like “God Of Emptiness”. And in between is a whole lot of hell! This is what Death metal is supposed to be; an artform. A fuastian pact for more knowledge or things, speaking of which, you could say that Morbid Angel made the whole faustian pact buy signing on to a major record company. Did that contract water-down their music? Hell-no it didn’t…it only made Morbid Angel whip-out some classic Death Metal in every word. David Vincent leads the hellish pack with his inhuman-vocals. In some parts he sounds just like Satan himself. His bass sound is very listenable in some parts. Trey Azagtoth is the master of guitar in all ways. One of the most prolific guitarists today. And then the grand-daddy of all drummers, Pete Sandoval. No words describe his barrage of all-out assault of double bass and blast beats. If you don’t believe me, listen to the 5-second double-bass solo in “The Lion’s Den”. It sounds like a .50 Caliber machine going off past your ear. Other song highlights are the old-school Destruction-styled “Angel Of Disease”, the infernal “Sworn To Black”, and again the classic “God Of Emptiness”. This album is one of my all-time favorite Death Metal album along with Death’s “Scream Bloody Gore” and Cryptopsy’s “None So Vile”.