Morbid Angel had impressed many with Altars of Madness, but they still hadn't climbed into the upper class of death metal bands until this record. Overshadowed by great albums from Sepultura, Entombed, and Carcass the same year, 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 favorites 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 forgettable 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. [The album's 2003 Earache reissue included the video for "Blessed Are the Sick."]
Performance CreditsMorbid Angel Primary Artist
Trey Azagthoth Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Soloist
Richard Brunelle Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Pete Sandoval Drums
David Vincent Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsMorbid Angel Producer
Trey Azagthoth Liner Notes
Tom Morris Engineer
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Blessed Are the Sick based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Also one of the best Metal albums ever. If you disagree, the problem is definitely not with this album. Every aspect of the song-writing and instrumentation is top-notch, and rarely does one find such a perfect balance of intelligent melodic structuring seamlessly blended with genuine death-metal ferocity. A must-have for any fan of metal, guitar maestros, and dark music.
this is morbid angel's second album that come out after their debut album "alters of maddness" but for some reason or another morbid angel changed thier style of playing and added key boards, I myself say that this album and their first album are the only two real good albums from morbid angel. so as far as fans go, I am a fan of them but their first two albums are as far as I get with morbid angel.