Anybody remember Illud Divinum Insanus? The total departure of Morbid Angel’s genre defining sound that set the blue print for countless death metal bands to follow. Well throw that shit out of the window, because Morbid Angel is BACK! Not just back for putting out another album, but back to remind everyone that they are kings of death metal. Kingdoms Disdained is an album that from the first tack, “Piles Of Little Arms”, that just kicks you’re ass in the best way a death metal album can. With the departure of David Vincent doing his Outlaw Country thing, Steve Tucker is right back where he belongs. His vocals sound great on this album and it’s good to hear him back in the fold.
As much as it is refreshing to hear Steve Tucker growl his way through this album, it’s even better to hear Trey Azagthoth do what he does best, which is come up with insane riffs that is like putting on an old jacket that you’ve missed for so long. Scott Fuller on drums does a good job trying to replace the shoes that can never be replaced with the departure of Pete Sandoval. This album screams redemtion, and we love it!
From the blistering album opener “Piles Of Little Arms”, to the closer “The Fall of Idols”, this album truly is a great Morbid Angel album. Some standout tracks are “Fear No Master”, “Piles Of Little Arms”, and “From The Hands Of Kings”. The only filler, or weak song on this album, is “Garden Of Disdain”, which to me has a liittle to much of a hardcore vibe to it. Other than that singular stand alone track, this truly is a return form for the Tampa Bay death legends. Songs such as, “Declaring New Law”, to “The Pillars Crumbling”, there is something there for die-hard Morbid Angel fans who lost “faith” in the band with the release of their last album. So throw out Illud Divinum Insanus” and grab ahold of “Kingdoms Disdain” and let yourself go to the good ole days when Morbid Angel were the trendsetters of this often overlooked genre. Welcome back Morbid Angel, about fucking time!!!!!!
Author: John Adams