Morbid Angel redeem their name with their latest offering, Kingdoms Disdained. The legendary Florida death metal band have thankfully gone back to their roots following the absolute disaster that was 2011's Illud Divinum Insanus, which drastically changed their sound beyond recognition. However, this ninth album restores their classic ferocious intensity, thanks in large part to the return of vocalist/bassist Steve Tucker.
The album is Tucker's first with Morbid Angel since 2003's Heretic, and the results of him and sole original member/core songwriter/guitarist Trey Azagthoth working together are, once again, incredible, as if no time has passed. Kingdoms Disdained captures all of the overwhelmingly aggression and powerful complexity that made 1998's Formulas Fatal to the Flesh and 2000's Gateways to Annihilation genre classics.
The vocals throughout are harsh and nasty, qualities that were sorely lacking on the band's previous release, while new drummer Scott Fuller (Annihilated) absolutely pummels on every single track. But Azagthoth's riffs are the main highlight of the album, as they showcase all of the familiar crushing heaviness and forward-thinking technical intricacies that make him an impeccable songwriter. Kingdoms Disdained is the Morbid Angel rebirth fans have been waiting for. (Silver Lining Music)