Morbid Angel

Gateways to Annihilation (Earache Records) Enslain Magazine Issue #8
The kings of sublime aural sickness return! While retaining the speed of their previous efforts, this disc is also a further exploration into the slower, doom-laden territory. Vocalist/Bassist Steve Tucker seems to have developed greater clarity, which serves to enhance his vocal stylings, dark as before, only refined. Trey Azagthoth's solos are chaotic and frantic, and tonally volatile, offset by the more diatonic, classically influenced solos of Erik Rutan. And of cours , the unbridled percussive fury of Pete "Commando" Sandoval goes forth, once again unrivaled. In short, “Gateways to Annihilation” displays why Morbid Angel is the premier Death metal force of the world, bar none. -- Rich