MetalBite Review by Adam M on 12/25/2017 2:15:12 PM
Morbid Angel are back in full force on Kingdoms Disdained. Iím a fan of Gateways to Annihilation, but never really gave Illum Dividum Insanus a listen to its entirety because of the fan response to the album. Well, Iím happy to report that Kingdoms Disdained has the band back on the right track and performing brutal and uncompromising death metal.
The album gets off to a fast start and continues in unrelenting fashion throughout the remainder of the disc. Even though the songs have power, there is a certain amount of depth and diversity to the tracks that I feel a matured band is only capable of attaining. The songs have portions that are tuneful, but several more disjointed portions that combine nicely with the remainder of the material. The overall effect is that it makes for a varied and interesting product of death metal and one that re-invigorates the band simultaneously. Fans will be happy to know that the band is back on the brutal track and these songs are some of the most vicious Iíve heard from the band. Whether this surpasses their best works like Altars of Madness is a different story, but this is certainly the bandís best effort since Gateways to Annihilation for certain and can be seen as sort of a spiritual successor to that album. Still, the competition of their own early albums shows them overtaking this new work and making it seem a bit tamer in comparison.
My interest was piqued on this release when I realized that the band had consistently put in the effort towards the disc to make it compelling all the way through. The number of thoughtful directions the band goes on is very praise worthy and shows them returning to their former selves. So we must welcome the gentleman from Morbid Angel back and congratulate them on a job well done.
Rating: 7.7 out of 10