Formulas Fatal To The Flesh review by Morbid Angel

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  • Released: Feb 24, 1998
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.7 Good
  • Users' score: 9 (2 votes)
Morbid Angel: Formulas Fatal To The Flesh

Sound — 8
Morbid Angel keeps the classic Death Metal sound alive with deep growls and mixtures of fast and slow riffs on guitar. The drums are tough, and loud when they need to be. With Trey Azagthoth shredding as well as before, there aren't many reasons not to like this album. Morbid Angel, from what I can tell, plays music just to play music. They have fun doing it, and they tear it up enough to where it's OK if it's just fun. And knowing Morbid Angel, they always have something hidden in their albums. In this case, F being the 6th letter of the alphabet Formulas Fatal to the Flesh 666 It's hard not to like this album if you enjoy death metal, because it has the classic sound and insane solos.

Lyrics — 7
The lyrics, although not entirely understandable, are great. They're distorted enough to where they sound rough and scratchy, but they're growls, instead of screams that so many bands use nowadays. The lyrics are mostly about the Ancient Ones, instead of Satanic themes. The singer can the vocals to match the song well, and he can do it well.

Overall Impression — 8
Compared to older albums, such as Domination, it isn't the greatest, but it still kicks your ass with it's metal structure. Some great songs are: 01. Chamber of Dis: Fast paced, loud, and a kick in the face the second it comes on. Fast vocals that keep pace with the music, blasting drums and alt. picking on the guitar, it's practically one of the definitions of death metal. 02. Covenant of Death: It's a long song, which some people don't have patience for, but it's worth it. It has a heavy high-low-high-low riff in the verses, and a fast solo right after the first verse, just to brag about it. I love that the songs can keep the same sound, but not sound similar. It's has a classic taste that I only wish bands had now. I dislike that some riffs (and solo parts) can be used more than once, but you can learn to get past it once you get into the song. I would definitely buy this album again if I lost it or if it were stolen.

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    They did better stuff,but to be fair they did worst.
    instead of screams that so many bands use nowadays
    you're talking abut thrash shouts or -core screams or?
    krvolok wrote: They did better stuff,but to be fair they did worst. instead of screams that so many bands use nowadays you're talking abut thrash shouts or -core screams or?
    Just any kind of scream or shriek
    Anatomically they are worlds apart,growls,shrieks,shouts and screams.Shrieks are almost exclusively found in black/blackened so they are not used so much. Just to be clear when I say growl I mean Ahab-Yet Another Wrath Of The Medusa and when I say shriek I mean Behemoth-Wolves Guard My Coffin.
    I have nothing against screaming, I listen to bands that do it, but I think growls sound just a bit better than a scream. That of course, is my opinon