Today in Metal: ‘Spectrum of Death’ by Morbid Saint turns 24 years old

Posted by on September 2, 2014


Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day

This album might be the epitome of a ‘one-and-done’ band. They released this one album, and never released any more studio material after it. Even so, though, this might honestly be one of the best thrash albums ever recorded. The vocals are just amazingly brutal, and the riffs are heavy, and amazingly aggressive. Whether the song is longer or shorter, it maintains the same incredibly creative energy. “Assassin” is, what I feel, is the most creative track, with so many different little changes, and interesting progressions within it. The pure speed on “Damien” is seriously impressive, too.

The only real problem I have with the album is the solos. I think all of the guitar solos are pretty generic wailing thrash guitar solos. Out of the entire album, they are the only thing that is on the generic, and not the creative side. Besides my slight annoyance with the solos, you’ll get no complaints from me.

Favorite Tracks: “Assassin,” “Crying for Death,” “Scars,” “Lock Up Your Children,” “Damien.”

If you, at all, like thrash, my words simply cannot do this album justice. For me, it is one of the prime examples of what thrash should be. The speed and aggression put into these tracks is just staggering. I’m not sure if it is a shame the band never did another album, or a saving grace because they wouldn’t be able to top this one. In any case, this is seriously one you should listen to if you haven’t already.


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