6 April 2013
Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus
How to make friend and influence people. This is not a statement that can be levelled at Morbid Angel, especially when they released this album. When this came out in 2011 there was such a shit storm that you would have thought the band had came into all of their fan's house's, drank all the beer, did the old in'n'out with the partner's of the fan's, taking a dump on their pets, left all of their draws open and eaten all of their favourite treat apart from the pineapple chocolate cubes. This album was a game changer to be sure, but a couple of years down the line is it as polarising as it was back then.
Now the main reason for all the abuse is that the album has a few of the tracks which are of an industrial nature. With Morbid Angel being a death metal band, this is a metal no-no of the highest order. Many death metal fans just want the same album done year after year, decade after decade. With this being the first album back with the returned David Vincent and also their first album since 2003 at first there was great hopes for this. Many of the metal community such as Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth, Anders Nyström from Katatonia singing the praises of this verse, yet when it landed you might have thought that Ronald McDonald had said that the next weekly special was Horse Fritters.
Now some of this album does not work. "Radikult" sounds like a jazz hands version of a Marylin Manson song and although it has one of the most kick ass solo. But I have to honestly say this is one poor moment in an ocean of purely brave, amazing and fantastic metal. From the open introduction piece of "Omni Potens" to the utterly bizarre "Profundis - Mea Culpa" it is hard to believe that this is not an instant classic. Yes it is game changer in some ways - but they needed to change in one way. Their last few albums were to be honest dull and not even vaguely interesting. This album has lost some of their fans but it has made a statement which is hopefully be a plan for future releases.
It is fierce, scary and yes at times it does stray a little too far into the camper end of industrial. But that is part of the charm, part of the magic of this release. The album's crowning moment for the end of "Existo Vulgoré" and the beginning of "Blades for Baal". It shows how industrial and death metal can live together, with some really surprising results. When a genre is restrictive sometimes something must change to survive. The king is dead - long live the king.
9.5 out of ten - Almost perfect....Almost
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