I gave their previous album, “Dark Ages”, an 8 out of 10. This review is for the digipak which includes 5 additional tracks, 2 of which are live from a show in Poland, and 2 are covers of Marilyn Manson’s “Beautiful People” and Bad Brains’ “Sailin’ On”.
The first song, “Blood Fire War Hate”, features guest vocals by David Vincent. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Morbid Angel fucking sucks. But don’t hold it against this release.
The production on this album is superb. Thick black tar blasting breakneck thrash out of your speakers like a fire hose. Artificial harmonics abound, and these guys aren’t afraid of a guitar solo, which seems to have recently fallen out of style.
Cavalera slips a few eclectic elements into the release including a reggae-inspired outro, and a bit that sounds as if it came from Istanbul. Despite their contrast with the gestalt album’s chugging brutality, none of these seems out of place.
There are a couple of weak tunes on this album, but overall it kicks serious ass. One final note: The live version of “Jumpdafuckup/Bring It” is one of the best live tracks I’ve ever heard. It’s fast and thumpy, followed by a slower reggae interlude, and ends in a manner that’d violently eviscerate pop music fans everywhere. It begs to be played on constant repeat at deafening volume.