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Spectrum of Death

Morbid SaintVinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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  • Vinyl (July 3, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B007PLRMA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pantera nerds are just Crying For Death April 29, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I totally agree with the previous reviewer; Morbid Saint totally fail to be annoying Pantera-type posturing aggro-rock nonsense.
This band is easily one of the most undderated American underground metal bands ever. From what I understand, this is just the band's 1988 (or 1989?) demo pressed to CD--I don't know why Grind Core Records chose to release this when they did or all of the circumstances surrounding it (I suspect Eric Greif and a certain Bulgarian living in Mexico had a big hand in it), but I'm glad they did.
From the cover or label, one might think this is generic early '90s death metal. Or from the band photo, one might surmise they're an unknown thrash band from a rinky-dink town. Instead, this is violent, classic death/thrash, in the best '80s tradition.
Since apparently Anselmo-loving aggrocore morons are reading this, I'll be somewhat vague and say the basic sound falls somewhere in between a certain California quartet who fathered death metal and had albums about churches, and a certain group of thrashers from Essen, Germany.
What's so unique is that Morbid Saint is one of the scarce few American bands that play death/thrash in the truest sense. This is not proto-death metal, nor is it plain death metal with a couple solos thrown in for good measure. Nor is this excessively fast or technical thrash where people have decided to fudge with proper labels. This is an excellent blend of thrash and death metal as in the tradition of many fine German and French bands from the late '80s to early '90s. The thrash component of the music has more of a Germanic thrash feel to it. Pat Lind's vocals are very caustic and perfectly complementary to the music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC ALBUM January 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I don't know who the reviewer is ("a music fan") who wrote such an eloquent and spot-on review in April '04, but that was the best that I've ever read. It was a pleasure to produce such a raw and honest example of perfect late 80s thrash. The shame is that it got lost in the shuffle and never saw the light of day properly. For that I must take part of the blame - but then again it was always an uphill battle coming from the American Midwest. Anyway, though I produced it, I can still say it stands the test of time...and is still available on the net if you hunt it down. Oh, and anyone that can say it is a ripoff of Pantera is certainly mistaken - this album predates Pantera.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC EARLY THRASH-DEATH METAL!!! December 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
WOW!!! MORBID SAINT is another one of those unfortunate bands who probably will be unjustly forgotten by 99% of all metal "historians". MORBID SAINT only released one demo(as far as I know) called "Spectrum of Death" in 1988, and probably would have been completely overlooked had that demo not been rereleased on Grindcore Records in 1992. At any rate, Morbid Saint were awesome. Blending "Darkness Descends" era DARK ANGEL with early death-thrash like NUM SKULL, ASSASSIN(Ger.), BLESSED DEATH, KREATOR, POISON(Ger.), and BLOOD FEAST, MORBID SAINT definetly deserve a larger place in metal history. I think it's safe to say, however, that they have secured a spot as a "cult" thrash act cool enough only for those willing to go digging for the true underground classics of the early days of death metal...It may cost you a few $$$, but if you're a thrash fanatic MORBID SAINT is essential!!! It sure would be nice if some label would put this classic back in print!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE CLASSIC GEM! July 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Classic Thrash at its best.
Wisconsin Thrash metal band with a little Death thrown in .The songs are fast in your face and never let you go. Pat Lind vocals are raw, aggressive. A very hard CD to find but a must have.
This is a treasure find for any Collector of Heavy Metal. Classic Thrash Metal done right and still holds up today.
Some label really does need to pick this up and reissues it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure death thrashing assault July 11, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
if you think you know old school death metal...think again. Morbid Saint while not as big as many Tampa area bands of the late 80's / early 90's scene, still provided an excellent dose of pure thrashing death with Spectrum of Death. This album is like a mix of Kreator and Massacre on steroids. One of the best albums that the Grindcore/ Redlight Records label released.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrash Masterpiece March 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1990 on the virtually unknown Mexican label Avanzada Metalica, Morbid Saint's Spectrum of Death is a thirty-two-minute slab of viciously addictive thrash, unparalleled by the efforts of any major band. Featuring Pat Lind's scathing vocals and Lee Reynolds hyper, yet unbelievably precise drumming, this eight-cut recording easily ranks among the masterpieces of metal.

With almost no publicity, Spectrum of Death was reissued by Grind Core in 1992. Since the heyday of thrash had passed, it was evident that Morbid Saint's brand of metal wouldn't be heard by the masses. Without an inkling of hesitation I submit that, had it been marketed with any fanfare, this album would be the favorite of thousands of metalheads, as it has not been removed from my CD changer since the day it was purchased.

The album's lead track, "Lock up your Children" wastes no time in initiating the listener, while cuts like "Damien", "Scars", and "Crying for Death" possess qualities that make them instantly memorable. The crowning achievement, however, is the 7-minute thrash epic "Assassin". Just after the four-minute mark, Lee Reynolds executes a clinic on ungodly drumming. While Gene Hoglan, Dave Lombardo, and others are often heralded as untouchables in the art, Lee Reynolds could hit the skins as well as anybody.

Obtaining a copy of Spectrum of Death on disc is not a simple task, although a little searching and a willingness to ante-up should enable one to get his paws on what should be considered a nearly flawless piece of death-tinged thrash.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Fast, brutal, the vocals are twisted and nasty, and the line between thrash and death metal gets pretty blurred. The only issue is the demo sound quality. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vicious Spectrum of Thrash!!!
Hailing from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, thrash metal band Morbid Saint released their 1988 full length debut entitled "Spectrum of Death" which is without a doubt, one of the most... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jeremy Brackeen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever made!
This whole album is amazing. The musicianship is off the hook, the riffs are insane, the vox are awesome, the lyrics are great and each song is fresh and equally as fist pumping... Read more
Published on April 29, 2010 by Deimos
5.0 out of 5 stars lock up your children
Amazing stuff. Morbid saint arent trying to be anybody. they are trying to play faster and harder than anybody and they succeed righteously. Read more
Published on April 4, 2009 by jambalayabakinben
4.0 out of 5 stars Great underated band, finally REISSUED!!!
This is one of those cd's from a band that never got the recognition they deserved. So many people never got the chance to hear them due to extreme limited exposure. Read more
Published on November 20, 2008 by R. J. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Unequaled Intensity
Nuff said, you need to get this album if your'e into thrash or death metal. This is just runs rings around Slayer's Reign in Blood.
Published on June 3, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars too bad i only have the CDr
i agree with the producer, and the anti-pantera person below, this album/demo slays! i just wish it was a little longer, because with only about 32 minutes of music, it's hard to... Read more
Published on January 9, 2005 by D. Lemieux
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