Morbid Angel - Gateways To Annihilation

It's been quite some time since I've heard this release... I'd have to say that the first few times listening to it overall I did not like it because honestly I like David Vincent's vocals more and Richard Brunelle on lead guitar. But this is far in the past however Vincent did re-join the band. I don't wish to discredit Eric Rutan I think his rhythm section is way powerful. Trey Azagthoth worked on pretty much every instrument plus wrote most of the material Tucker and Rutan wrote only a few. Pete Sandoval still on drums after all of these years of death metal frenzy with Morbid Angel his efforts here are still commendable.

Morbid Angel slowed WAY down on 'Gateways to Annihilation' though there are some blast beating overall the songs are slower but very very catchy. Just check out 'Summoning Redemption' and you'll know what I'm referring to. The songs are longer as well but one department that was mediocre were the guitar leads. But the rhythm guitar pieces make the album more intriguing and definitely worth purchasing.

The vocal area has very little variation to it Steve Tucker doing most of the low-end vox and Trey is featured only a bit overall on this release. The guitars are tuned low I think to B-flat which makes the whole aura of the album so very HEAVY and transient. Everything on here seems to flow pretty well even though I had the little discrepency with the lead guitars here.

'Gateways to Annihilation' I think reigns in the top three best Morbid Angel releases to date. The others being (in my opinion) are 'Altars of Madness' (1989) and 'Blessed Are the Sick' (1991). However, pretty much all of Morbid Angel releases I'm content with these albums merely the highlights in their discography. 'Gateways to Annihilation' is definitely worth picking up if you're looking for death/doom metal!!

1. Kawazu
2. Summoning Redemption
3. Ageless, Still I Am
4. He Who Sleeps
5. To The Victor The Spoils
6. At One With Nothing
7. Opening Of The Gates
8. Secured Limitations
9. Awakening
10. I
11. God Of The Forsaken

Earache Records
Reviewer: Death8699
Aug 9, 2010

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