MORBID ANGEL — Thy Kingdom Come (review)

MORBID ANGEL — Thy Kingdom Come album cover Demo · 1987 · Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
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"Thy Kingdom Come" is a demo recording by US, Florida based death metal act Morbid Angel. The demo was released in 1987 on cassette tape with the same three tracks featured on both sides of the tape. 1986 was a busy year for Morbid Angel, releasing a reheasal demo, a live demo, and a studio demo, but also the recording of their debut full-length studio album "Abominations of Desolation" in April 1986. The band were never content with the quality of the recordings on "Abominations of Desolation" though, and the album ended up being shelved and wasn´t released until 1991 as an achive release.

Lineup changes also took place during 1986, as bassist John Ortega left, and drummer/lead vocalist Mike Browning also jumped ship after a fight with guitarist Trey Azagthoth. New drummer on "Thy Kingdom Come" is Wayne Hartsell, and David Vincent, who produced "Abominations of Desolation", took over the lead vocals and the bass duties.

"Thy Kingdom Come" and "Abominations" would be re-recorded and included on the band´s second full-length studio album "Blessed Are The Sick" (1991), while "Blasphemy of the Holy Ghost" would be re-titled "Blasphemy" and re-recorded and included on Morbid Angel´s 1989 debut full-length studio album "Altars of Madness". The demo was recorded in a professional recording studio and it´s audible. At last you get to hear Morbid Angel´s music featuring a decent sound quality (the preceding demos did not exactly feature pristine sounding productions).

The musicianship is on a high level and the tracks feature many tempo changes, and alternative ways of playing thrash/death metal riffs. Vincent only uses his higher pitched snarling vocals on this release. Overall this is a good quality demo recording by Morbid Angel, showing both intriguing songwriting, high level musicianship, and some pretty good production values for a death metal demo from 1987. Definitely worth a listen this one. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.
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