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Review of the Album "Covenant" by American Heavy Metal Band Morbid Angel

Updated on January 21, 2023
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

A Photo of the Album Cover for Covenant

Why Fans of the Genre Should Still Pay Attention to the Album "Covenant"

The album called Covenant by American heavy metal band Morbid Angel is one of the most well-known albums in the sub-genre of death metal and it deserves a review because of the creativity, technicality, and the overall feel of the album. The album was signed by famous record label Earache Records which is based in the United Kingdom. Covenant is an album which definitely has aged very well over time.

Why "Covenant" is a Memorable Album in the History of Death Metal

Covenant was the first and only album that I had heard from these guys at the first writing of this review and it is memorable because of the airtime that it received on the popular music show Headbangers Ball back in 1993 and 1994. This may be the finest moment for the genre of death metal in the United States. Other than the work done by the late Chuck Schuldiner, this album was the peak of death metal greatness in the United States. If there are any albums in the United States that have come out in the 2000’s or later in this genre that are better than this, I’d like to know of any of those kinds of albums.

About the Vocal Style of David Vincent

The vocals of David Vincent are a mixture of Sepultura during the Max Cavalera years and the extremely heavy Czech band Krabathor.


The Structure of the Song "Rapture"

The most memorable moments on the album are the songs "Rapture" and Pain Divine. Let’s discuss Rapture first not just because it is the most popular song on the album but it may be the heaviest, most intense moments in the band’s history. The double bass drums with the fills are another noticeable moment in this song. Then the tapping solo which is one of the fastest solos in the history of heavy metal shows up to create a moment that lives on in the minds of heavy metal fans. There is a slow riff that is dark and then there are lead guitar taps followed by heavier riffing before one of the fastest solos in the history of heavy metal starts.

Then there is a terrific mid-section riff with some feedback kind of noise mixed in before the fast tapping solo comes upon us or should I say comes in the song itself.

"Pain Divine"

About the Song "Pain Divine"

"Pain Divine" is a great song because of the impressive riffing all throughout. The song is about people that advocate having pain for pleasure. There is a call to release the fury as the existence of human life is looked down upon. Anyone that can endure the trials and tribulations of this world is said to possess great endurance. The drumming is sometimes in the style of Cannibal Corpse but Morbid Angel at least in this album is superior to that mentioned band.

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Analysis of the Rest of the Album "Covenant"

The song "Vengeance is Mine" has some grindcore influences in it. The next song called "Lion’s Den" is exactly about what the song implies. Lions are awaiting in their space as circus performers start to panic. The lion is the king of the jungle for a reason. The song is also about rejecting the typical Christian ways of living and thinking. The song called "Angel of Disease" features David Vincent doing growls that are a bit raspier in nature but not as raspy as Jeff Walker for instance. The lyrics are similar to the song Altar of Sacrifice by Slayer. Even if the music and lyrics are dark, the blast beats in the drumming really make this album memorable even more than 28 years later. "Nar Mattaru" is a short instrumental song with some synth and atmospheric sounds. Now there’s something you don’t always expect from a standard, traditional death metal band. There is also the sound of bells ringing in the song as well. As good as the album Covenant is the album is not perfect due to it not having enough melody and there is too much emphasis on the standard death metal sound and music.

Grade: 82 out of 100 points (B)

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2017 Ara Vahanian


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