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Review of the Album Blessed Are the Sick by Florida Death Metal Band Morbid Angel

Updated on May 24, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

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2 Ways in Which Blessed Are the Sick Is a Better Album Than Altars of Madness

Here we go with the second chapter of the career of the band Morbid Angel or the second studio album of theirs called Blessed Are the Sick. This one was released in 1991 and this one clearly is an improvement from their 1989 debut album Altars of Madness in the sense that David Vincent’s vocals are more understandable and the riffing sound and production is better.

This Album Blessed Are the Sick Shows the Goodness of American Death Metal in the 1990's

After the intro track, the song “Fall from Grace” lyrically is about the descent into madness and hell so again Morbid Angel touches upon a very controversial subject: Satanism. The song even shows signs of being musically like one other early Florida death metal band and that one is Chuck Schuldiner’s created band Death. I had initially started to review this album but gave up on the thought of it until today. Maybe magical is not the term to use when describing the early Florida death metal scene but in that time period ranging from 1983 all the way through about 1995, American death metal was good enough to compete with the rest of the world.

"Fall From Grace"

Blessed Are the Sick Is a VERY Heavy Death Metal Album That Still Can Be Appreciated

As of this day August 8, 2019 and going forward, let’s just say that I am able to handle these kinds of heavy death metal albums even at night remarkably. Even though I was not aware of this album during my high school days, listening to it now makes me appreciate these early death metal albums. However, the band would still need improvement and they would really get there to a higher level by 1993. This whole album stylistically is usually slower, heavier death metal even as you can clearly hear the drums which pound heavily as well.

Morbid Angel Uses Classically Orchestrated Instrumental Songs as Well

Doomsday Celebration is a classically orchestrated instrumental song which will catch the band’s longtime fans by surprise as they more than likely were not expecting this. This song though is a good thing as it gives our ears a temporary break from all the incessant heavy death metal songs.

One Con About Morbid Angel Is...

However as is the case with some bands, the flaw with Morbid Angel is that they become too one-dimensional offering the same kind of heavy death metal which can get stale at times.

How Are the Other Songs?

Day of Suffering is yet another slow, heavy song that is about being cursed and the usual evil forces that are being unleashed upon the world. The title track is a song that lyrically tries to tell us that this world is full of sickness as the lead guitar seems to be drowned out into the guitar riffing in this song.

Desolate Ways is another good instrumental song and this one has just acoustic guitar in it and it is less than 2 minutes long before the album gets back into the hard and heavy stuff. Overall, Blessed Are the Sick is an improvement from this band’s debut however, the incessant reliance on lyrics related to Satanism combined with the slow, heavy death metal songs bring the score down just a little.

Final score for this album: 79 out of 100 points

© 2019 Ara Vahanian

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