Review: Morbid AngelKingdoms Disdained

2607
42
Share:

Six years I have waited. Six years I have dreamed a dream of darkness.

I’m alone in a cold, empty room. Not a scent, not a sound; just calm, peaceful nothingness. I don’t know why I’m here or who led me to this place, but I feel tranquil while my body floats as one with my mind. I have all the time in the world to reflect on whatever I choose to, yet none of these thoughts turn negative in this relaxed state. But then, I start to hear something.

It’s very faint, but still discernable in the otherwise complete silence. The sound is then accompanied by a shimmer, as if something is reflecting a sourceless light. How can this be? I start to feel uneasy, but I realize that I cannot move of my own volition. As the once cold temperature starts to rise, the sound grows louder, and I can hear it commanding me.

Kill…

The command is continued, but I can’t make out the rest. My mind starts racing. What could this voice want? As the shimmer gets nearer, I can start to make out a figure. It seems to be gliding towards me, clad in some sort of… leather? No. Spandex? It can’t be.

Leather spandex.

I can see a pale face, partially obscured by… a cowboy hat. The face speaks, continually issuing its command. I still cannot make out the second part. Kill… a fog? A cob? Not knowing what the mysterious figure wants does nothing but unnerve me more; I want to scream, but can’t find the voice to. I want to run, but feel restrained by the air itself. Before I know it, the figure is upon me. It swiftly leans into my ear and draws breath, as I feel my flesh begin to crawl before it lets the air out forming two words.

Hardcore. Radikult.

I shout out in fear at the top of my lungs, sweat pouring from my brow, as I slowly realize I have awoken from yet another iteration of the nightmare that has haunted me for half a decade. Since then I’ve started and completed six years of engineering training, started living on my own and gotten a job in my field, but the emotional scars that I left me and my expectations with are all but gone. For the Love of Lava, I hope K can at least partially mitigate these hellish dreamscapes.

———————————————————————————————————————————————-

Armed with as much hope and positivity as I can muster, I lay down and let these 11 psalms work their magik on my psyche. I’m wary and trepidatious, however optimistic due to the recent shift in the makeup of the Lava. If this K can give me even a fraction of the aural sensations radiated by G, F or even H, it might just be enough to banish the shiny figure to the depths whence it emerged.

As soon as it begins, I can feel it all surround me like a thick, murky slime. A very familiar type of slime, bass-heavy in tone and arrhythmic in time, one that immediately makes me feel empowered and enraged. Angered, anguished screams sit atop the atonal ambience created by the mid-paced, dense instrumentation. It all has a strong feeling of imperfection, which is ironically what makes it near perfection with every groove it pounds into my being. Piles of Little Arms sets the tone for what’s to come, with fast double kick drum intertwining with two guitars that play to the same tune in slightly different ways. Every element falls briefly in and out of time with the rest, but always escapes forward, creating a natural flow and an atmosphere that are unrivaled. D.E.A.D. is an erratic, jarring piece with jagged riffs, gravity blasts and unusual guitar melodies that really harken back to F and G. The dissonant mid-tempo triplet groove of Garden of Disdain alone is enough to convert the naysayers back to the side of the Slime. As the vicious sounds take hold of me, I feel like I can achieve anything and everything, but then…

The figure returns from the nothingness, hellbent on haunting this hallowed hall and all who dwell within it. There’s a difference this time around: I can move freely, emboldened by the alternating tremolo lines of The Righteous Voice, I charge forward to meet my foe with renewed conviction. The slow, grinding thump of Architect and Iconoclast hits as I deliver the first blow… only to fall to the ground and find my enemy unscathed. Laughing, it levitates as it circles me. “Mea Culpa!”, it says this time, mocking me. I start to get an all too familiar feeling of woe and helplessness, but fortunately the plodding beat of Paradigms Warped helps me get back on my feet. The Pillars Crumbling‘s punchy bassline propels me forward as the figure continues to taunt me. I run towards it and charge to tackle, but the figure dodges me again as if it were nothing. “TOO EXTREME!!!!!!”, my enemy yells at me, seeking to provoke my rage further. Deflated and defeated, I feel like giving up, and it seems like not even the ripping For No Master can do much to help me.

When all hope is lost, and my foe seems to have succeeded yet again, I hear the otherworldly sounds of a lava-bending guitar solo From the Hand of Kings. And then it hits me: I must defeat the figure with the sheer volume of this K!!! Two towering speakers appear on either side of it in time for The Fall of Idols to be blasted into this ghastly creature. It writhes in pain as the bass drum seeps into its skull and its ears are pierced by the uncontainable wail of the final guitar solo. “YOU’LL PAY FOR THIS, I’M GOING COUNTRYYYYY…” its voice trails off as it disintegrates into nothing, putting an end to this seemingly eternal nightmare once and for all.

4.5/5 FLAMING TOILETS OV HELL

Kingdoms Disdained is out December 1st on Silver Lining Music. Even if it isn’t reinventing much, this is an essential listen for any fan of Death Metal, so pre-order the album and try to keep busy until then.

Did you dig this? Take a second to support Toilet ov Hell on Patreon!
  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES
    PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE
    YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES
    PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE
    YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES
    PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE
    YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES
    PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE
    YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES
    PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE
    YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE YES PLEASE V V V

  • Ferrous Beuller

    You magnificent bastard.

  • NO NIPPLE TAPE, NO CARE. Don’t tweak your backs moving the pool table, fellas.
    *flushes this bar band down the foulest, smelliest toilet ov hell*

  • No toxic slime CD case, no care.

    Actually, care. I’ll probably buy this without even listening to any of it first.

  • Rolderathis

    As a wise man once said of MA’s previous offering, “I’ll dive in a man’s anus!”

  • Eldritch Elitist

    I read this whole thing with a smile on my face. Very nicely done.

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    On a side note, can we all write Earache and ask them to issue “Juvenilia” on CD because when this comes out my CD MA collection will be missing the “J” and my OCD will be driving me nuts

    • Lone Biker…

      THANK YOU!!!

      It has bugged me for years and years that because I somehow acquired that “Abominations…” CD that Earache released, that I have two “A’s” in my MA collection, and it just looks wrong.

      • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

        At least “Abominations” goes before “Altars”, so the discography still runs straight alphabetically

  • God

    As someone who was a advocate of the ” it’s a shitty morbid angel album but its not a bad industrial metal album” camp, Im very excited for this return to form.

    • Mosh Hoff

      I was cautiously hyped, but it’s waaaaaaaay better than I thought. Only one weak track, really.

      • God

        That’s great to hear. Been very anxious ever since they announced they were working on new stuff.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      Agree. If Rob Zombie or Marilyn Manson had put out the exact same album, people would had raved about it. I can picture the Metalsucks/Metal Injection review: “With IDI, Manson has injected death metal influences into his sound and has made his best album since Antichrist Superstar; a triumphant return to form”

      • God

        Exactly, it’s got some catchy tracks undeniably. It’s just when you hold it up to the rest of MA’s discography it falls really fuckin flat

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          I understand expecting a killer death metal album and getting some techno-industrial affair instead, but I do find it weird how some people think that Antichrist Superstar or Astrocreep are masterpieces and IDI is a piece of shit. They are not thet different

          • Count_Breznak

            Simple, Antichrist Superstar is from 96 and Astrocreep got released 95. You know, highschool.

            IDIot is a collection of b-sides from Genitorturers regurgitated in 2011.

      • Mosh Hoff

        TBH you could fart onto a keyboard and your wind would write a better review than anything on MS.

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          Wholeheartedly agree

    • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

      It wasn’t a very good industrial metal album either. It’s mediocre when it’s not terrible.

      • God

        It was more listenable to me than 90% of most industrial metal because of the death metal elements. I actually really enjoyed it for that reason I suppose

        • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

          Hmm, I guess for me it’sthat tge two didn’t meld. Or MA wasn’t really trying. Itvwas either mediocre death metal or terrible industrial metal, never really a working amalgamation of the two.
          And I like both.

          • God

            Fair enough! At least we can all come together and agree it was a terrible Morbid Angel album.

  • RustyShackleford

    Don’t entirely know what’s going on here but I really like it. Yep.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
  • Dubby Fresh

    Evil D did nothing wrong.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      he even got a passport

    • Howard Dean

      Here’s how Evil D can still rejoin Morbid Angel and release the best album in history…

      • Dubby Fresh

        Tell me more…

  • Max

    I haven’t listened yet, but this review has certainly whetted my appetite.

  • Jack Tors

    It’s not bad at all but would give it a 3.5/5. Certainly a death metal album

    It is better than the last one though overall though I’d still take songs like Existo Voglore, Nevermore, Beauty meets Beast over the best songs on this one.

  • MITCH TRVBISKY

    just when i thought i was out, the tale of the wicked country witch draws me back in.