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Blessed Are The Sick (Picture Disc) Import

4.8 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

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UK picture disc vinyl pressing of the Death Metal band's 1991 album. Blessed Are The Sick elevated the entire scene to a more artistic, cultured level, taking influences from classical music and art to bring a touch of class to a previously maligned form of music. Earache. 2009.
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 22, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Earache
  • ASIN: B002CLBKNG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on July 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Possibly the most innovative death metal album ever to be released, Morbid Angel's "Blessed Are The Sick", is atop the death metal heap as far as playing, atmosphere and innovation are concerned. "Unholy Blasphemies" and "Brainstorm" features Trey Azagthoth's insane riffing style and bizarre time signatures, while "Rebel Lands" and "Thy Kingdom Come" features more typical death metal writings, albeit done the Morbid way. What really sets this disc apart from all the others, is the infusion of atmosphere. "Desolate Ways", is a tranquil, beautifully composed acoustic piece which fits perfectly here. "Blessed Are The Sick/Leading the Rats", for my money, is the best track on the disc. An exercise in doom, dynamics, and brooding atmosphere, which also features an incredible flute outro. Now, funny as it sounds having a flute playing amongst all this madness, it is incredibly effective and downright scary. Truly innovative and original, this is the blue print that death metal bands have tried to emulate, but have failed miserably at. All hail Morbid Angel and their testimony of pain and agony. One of the 10 best Death Metal discs ever produced.
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Talk to serious fanatics within the Death Metal scene, and Morbid Angel will come up in conversation as one of the most important and essential bands within that realm of extreme music. It is generally understood that Morbid Angel's first three albums are considered absolute classics of the genre. The first, "Altars Of Madness", established the band as leaders of the new Death. Their second, "Blessed Are The Sick", irrevocably proved that their success was no fluke or mere lucky break. Finally, the third album of this unbelievably classic phase, "Covenant", the first Death Metal album to be released on a major label, proved to the world once and for all that Morbid Angel wasn't going to be stopped any time in the near future.
What made Morbid Angel so amazing at this particular early point in their career was how they harnessed and utilized the necessary ingredients of Death Metal's best as well as how they borrowed from completely unconventional sources and strangely made them part of the formula. A risky move in Death Metal, but ultimately it proved triumphant. Without a doubt, "Blessed Are The Sick" makes use of classical themes and mind-boggling complexities to the already fiercely brutal compositions. Indeed, with structures this painstakingly elaborate, it's sometimes almost a let-down to simply call them "songs" - these are compositions in the truest sense of the word.
With riff-shifts and tempo shifts abound and racing in every direction, there are perhaps some moments that make the listener wonder if the band will spiral off into chaos, but the sonic ebb-and-flow always winds up making perfect sense in the end as the songs rush to their finish.
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This album is perhaps the definitive death metal band. This album is not boring at all. There are a few "classical" pieces written in there. The song desolate ways is awesome and could be put on a new age compilation cd. The album begins with Fall From Grace...a song that has some of the best death metal lyrics of all time. Dave Vincent has a great gutteral but understandable voice when he sings (screams/growls). There are some awesome guitar riffs in this album.....listen to the mid point in brainstorm. On the whole this is a death metal master pice, however, the lyrics are quite hateful towards christians but being a death metal fan perhaps this doesnt bother you. There are a couple songs on the record I dont like because of the talk about putting infant entrails on upside down crosses. Not my cup of tea but whatever floats your boat.
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This is my favorite Morbid Angel CD....and that is an achievement in it self, seeing that Morbid Angel is one of the best and most influential Death Metal bands ever...
Sure "Altars of Madness" has very seminal stuff on it, "Covenant" sports the best Morbid Angel track ever ("God of Emptiness"), "Dominatioin" has one of the best productions ever on any extreme metal release and "Formulas fatal to the flesh" has one of the most elaborate lyrical/spiritual concepts in death metal history, but "Blessed are the sick" is still my personal Morbid Angel favorite.
First of all, I think "Blessed are the sick" is the most varied Morbid Angel release; featuring both high-speed and more atmospheric mid-paced tracks.
Secondly, I think the intro's/outro's to both the CD as a whole and to some of the induvidual tracks, are the best Morbid Angel has done.
Favorite tracks? "Rebel Lands", "Unholy Blasphemies", "The Ancient Ones".. No, this futile...
ALL the tracks are awesome displays of Trey Azagthoth's skills as a composer of innovative, contorted riffs, that seem like they were created with the intent of invoking The Old Ones, Pete Sandoval whips up an iconoclastic storm with his amazing drumming and David Vincent's vocal style in unparalled...
Add great esoteric lyrics and cover art-work that suits the music perfectly, and voila.... You have an undying Death Metal Masterpiece!!
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