This Just In: Altars Of Madness

I’ve emerged from the woods after a couple weeks to bring you an important piece of Florida history: Morbid Angel’s Altars Of Madness. Not only important to Florida music history,  Altars Of Madness is also one of the most significant metal albums ever recorded. In fact, it’s often credited with sparking the Swedish obsession with all things death metal – and we all know how intense that obsession is! This is the first time it’s been readily available on vinyl since 2011. So grab some Swedish Fish, take a listen to a track below, and don’t forget to check out this week’s full in-stock list. -MLE

Morbid Angel – Altars Of Madness LP:
Listen: “Visions From The Dark Side”
“Few albums struck a chord within the ears and minds of the late-’80s underground metal scene like Morbid Angel’s Altars of Madness did at the end of the decade, setting a new precedent for metal bands to reach. With the arguable exception of Chuck Schuldiner’s Death, never before had a heavy metal band carried their lightning-fast guitar riffs and equally spellbinding guitar solos into such horrific territory. Venom and Slayer redefined the extent to which a metal band could align itself with all things evil during the beginning of the decade, but Morbid Angel made these two groups sound like children’s music compared to the Florida-based group’s assaulting death metal sounds and their blasphemous lyrics. Bassist David Vincent took inspiration from the developing grindcore scene in England and from fellow Floridian Shuldiner for his snarling vocals. And if Vincent’s monstrous vocals aren’t scary enough, the band’s musical onslaught will surely send children and parents running away in fear. Guitarists Trey Azagthoth and Richard Brunelle construct some ridiculously fast-paced riffs and lay down some jaw-dropping solos as if the music is being played in fast-forward mode; similarly, drummer Pete Sandoval challenges one’s perception of how fast a drummer can possibly drum. In the end, though, what made the group so influential to the burgeoning death metal scene of the ’90s was not so much the group’s groundbreaking template for death metal — Death had already set the precedent for the musical style on the group’s 1987 Scream Bloody Gore album — but rather Vincent and Azagthoth’s near Satanic lyrics that seem far too sincere to be a pose. It wouldn’t be long before an entire new style of heavy metal called black metal would arise in Northern Europe in the early to mid-’90s around bands such as Emperor and Cradle of Filth, who initially took a large portion of their Satanic motifs from this album. Even though later Morbid Angel albums made this debut sound amateur in terms of sound quality and creativity, one cannot deny its influence.” -All Music


Offerings for the altar – new releases, reissues and restocks…
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders LP, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths Of Rhythm 2LP
Air – Moon Safari LP, Premiers Symptomes LP
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave LP
Animal Collective – Sung Tongs 2LP
Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 EP 12″
Autechre – L-Event 12″
B.B. King – Singin’ The Blues LP
Bad Brains – S/T LP
Beach House – Bloom 2LP, Teen Dream 2LP
Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty 2LP
Beth Orton – The Comfort Of Strangers LP*
Billie Holiday – Lady In Satin LP, Solitude LP
Bjork – Medulla 2LP
Blondes – Persuasion EP 12″*
Boards Of Canada – Campfire Headphase 2LP, Geogaddi 3LP, Music Has The Right To Children 2LP
Bob Dylan – Freewheelin’ Outtakes LP
Bob Marley – Legend (The Best Of) LP
Burial – Burial 2LP
Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love LP
Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss 2LP*, CD*
Circuit Des Yeux – In Plan Speech LP
Cream – Disraeli Gears LP
Daft Punk – Discovery 2LP
Daniel Johnston – Hi, How Are You LP
David Bowie – Heathen LP
Deaf Wish – Pain LP*
Deltron 3030 – S/T 2LP
DJ Rashad – Double Cup 2LP
Do Make Say Think – S/T 2LP
Elliott Smith – Either/Or LP
Eric Dolphy Quintet – Outward Bound LP*
Erykah Badu – Baduizm LP
Ex Hex – Rips LP
Faith No More – Sol Invictus CD
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear 2LP
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours LP
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma LP, Pattern + Grid World EP, Reset EP 12”
Foals – Total Life Forever LP
Four Tet – Morning / Evening LP
Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century LP
Frank Sinatra – Ultimate Sinatra 2LP
Grave Babies – Holographic Violence LP
Hauschka – Abandoned City LP
Health – Death Magic LP
Heather Woods Broderick – Glide LP*
Heathered Pearls – Body Complex LP*
Howlin’ Wolf – More Real Folk Blues LP
House Of 909 – The Children We Were LP*
Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days LP, Shepherd’s Dog LP
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive 2LP
Jacuzzi Boys – S/T LP
Jeff Buckley – Grace LP
Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy LP
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme LP, Art Blakey’s Big Band & Quintet LP, Giant Steps LP
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 3LP
KENmode – Success LP
La Luz – Weirdo Shrine LP*
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die LP
Langhorne Slim – The Spirit Moves LP*
LCD Soundsystem – S/T LP
Leadbelly – Take This Hammer LP
Led Zeppelin – S/T LP
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Sweet Disorder 7”
Lee Perry & The Upsetters – Return Of The Super Ape LP
Lee Perry – Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread LP
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Blues In My Bottle LP
Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire 2LP
Little Howlin’ Wolf – Cool Truth LP*
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 2LP
Mac Demarco – Another One LP*, CD*, CS*
Major Lazer – Free The Universe 2LP
Manu Chao – Clandestino 2LP+CD
Metz – II LP
Mudhoney – S/T LP, Superfuzz Bigmuff LP
Muddy Waters – The Real Folk Blues LP*
Nas – Hip-Hop Is Dead 2LP, S/T LP
Night Beds – Ivywild 2LP*
Nightmares On Wax – Carboot Soul 2LP, In A Space Outta Sound 2LP
Nina Simone – At Newport LP, At Town Hall LP
Nirvana – Bleach LP , Nevermind LP
Odesza – In Return 2LP
Otis Redding – Dock Of The Bay (Mono) LP
Pharmakon – Abandon LP
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon LP
Prefuse 73 – Every Color of Darkness LP*
Pridjevi – S/T LP*
Radiohead – In Rainbows LP
Ramones – Rocket To Russia LP
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (Deluxe) 2LP
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights LP, Give The People What They Want LP
Shins – Wincing The Night Away LP
Sleaford Mods – Key Markets LP
Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out LP, No Cities To Love LP
Slim Twig – Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig LP*
Soundgarden – Screaming Life/FOPP 2LP
Strange Wilds – Subjective Concepts LP*
Sufjan Stevens – Michigan LP, Seven Swans LP
Syl Johnson – The Complete Twinight Singles 2LP*
Tame Impala – Lonerism 2LP
The Budos Band – Burnt Offering LP
The Phoenix Foundation – Give Up Your Dreams LP*
The Sun & Sail Club – The Great White Dope LP*
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream 2LP
They Might Be Giants – Glean LP
Toro Y Moi – Causers Of This LP
Tunde Olaniran – Transgressor LP*
Tycho – Awake LP
Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes LP*
Vaguess – Bodhi Collection LP*
Various – Killed By Deathrock Vol. 1 LP
Viet Cong – S/T LP
Washed Out – Paracosm LP, Within And Without LP
William Basinski – The Deluge LP*
Worriers – Imaginary Life LP*

*Indicates new release or new reissue