morbid-angel-kingdoms-disdainedI think I described this memory before when I last reviewed a Morbid Angel album, but one of my all time favorite concert memories involves an interaction with Steve Tucker. You see, Steve Tucker is back in Morbid Angel and he told me at a concert to get off the bar top where I was sitting because no one sits down at a Morbid Angel show. I may have been disgruntled a little over his choice of words when referring to me, but I can’t blame the guy he didn’t know my name. Anyways, in 2017 Morbid Angel released their ninth studio album in Kingdoms Disdained which was their first album with Steve Tucker (Bass/Vocals) since 2003’s Heretic and it’s the first album to feature Annihilated drummer Scott Fuller with Trey Azagthoth on Guitars. The album has gained some critical acclaim since it’s release as it was voted number 9 on Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Metal Albums of 2017, number 14 on Revolver’s 20 Best Albums of 2017, number 19 on The Quietus’s The Best Metal Albums of 2017, and it took home the award for Extreme Metal Album Of The Year on this blog’s 7TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. Steve Tucker talked about the mindset heading into the record saying, “The first thing Trey said to me was, ‘I want to make killer music with killer people.’ To go into any more detail than that, honestly, I don’t even remember, but it was really just about, ‘Hey, man, I want this to be MORBID ANGEL. I don’t want this to be what it was being changed to be.”

morbid angel back cover1. Piles Of Little Arms– The track opens right out of the gate at you going 200 MPH with that fierce double bass playing and the face melting guitar shredding. The track is an attack on religions being forced upon the people. We’ve seen this countless times before in society. 5/5

2. D.E.A.D. [Department of Eradication and Disposal]-An in your track that explores the idea of Machines taking over the world and their being nothing humans can do to stop it. 4.5/5

3. Garden of Disdain– The track talks about God and any other being that is disgusted over what humanity has done so they want to eradicate the Earth of us. The track has your typical death metal sound to it, but when it comes to the chorus, it turns into one heck of a metal track. 5/5

4. The Righteous Voice– Another track that deals with the fact that humans kill one another for the love of their God and how we have been doing it for a very long time now. A fierce track that smashes like a sledgehammer at first before launching into death metal mayhem. 5/5

5. Architect and Iconoclast– This is a track that kind of grooves with some real heavy elements like the double bass and shredding guitars in a track that I think they are talking about Satan. I am not sure because they reference the keeper of the soil which could be Cain from the Cain and Abel story. 4/5

6. Paradigms Warped-Another in your face metal track that is just unrelenting as smashes through your ear drums. The track seems to be told in the view of a God who is sick and tired of humanity and what it has turned in to that he is ok with eliminating it. 4.5/5

19554804_10155438277872748_6482179096562658997_n7. The Pillars Crumbling– It may not seem like a track that is declaring social awareness, but it is in my opinion. They talk about how we are being led by false prophets, we value personal possession more than life, and we have fallen into a society that is fighting addiction. Check out the lyrics for yourselves. 5/5

8. For No Master– This is a track all about being free my which that enslaves us from being totally free in mind which is religion. This is more of a traditional death metal track than previous tracks. 4/5

9. Declaring New Law (Secret Hell)– My version of the album did not contain this track for some reason as you can see above, but here it is. This might be one of my favorite tracks on the album musically as it just kills. It’s a sledgehammer like track that smashes your ear drums like a death machine. This track seems to be about any dictator that takes over, he wants total control or you die. 5/5

10. From the Hand of Kings– A track that breaks down the fact that these leaders your fear are not larger than life, they are just mere men like yourself who have been able to fool you. My favorite lines: “Caesars were men not gods/Idols change as needed through time
Generals are irrelevant without war/Kings mean nothing without fools” 4.5/5

11. The Fall Of Idols– The last track on the album that talks about taking down regimes or empires and how they will be erased from the minds as if they mean nothing. The track does not disappoint as it hammers away. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts-This is an amazing record from the guys that is just solid from track one all the way to number 11. The band sounded like they had never lost a step even with losing so many members. I just want to send props to Scott Fuller who just killed it on the record. My favorite tracks are Declaring New Law (Secret Hell), The Pillars Crumbling, and Garden Of Disdain. My least favorite track on the album would be Architect and Iconoclast. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

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