Album Review: Morbid Angel – “Kingdoms Disdained”

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Is there a place for Trey Azagthoth in today’s metal scene?  I understand the impact merging death metal with Eddie Van Halen style solos had for extreme metal in the 80s, but 30 years of twisting insanity from bands like Portal, Gorguts, and every band featuring an 8 or 9-stringed virtuoso made me wonder if Azagthoth and his 3.0 edition of Morbid Angel could continue to impress, especially after the brake screeching accident that was Illud Divinum Insanus.  Kingdoms Disdained, the new album reuniting Azagthoth with Steve Tucker on bass and vocals may not be the second coming of metal that Altars of Madness was, but truth be told it’s a damn solid death metal album, filled with great riffs and more than enough to convince the world Morbid Angel is back on track.    Continue reading

Sunday Side-Splitter: Morbid Fails

I think this is the first time since we started the Horns Up blog (and this Sunday Side-Splitter series) that I actually need a hangover cure. It’s been some kind of weekend, folks–from a 25th birthday celebration on Friday to a housewarming last night that saw me pass out on the subway back and completely bypass my stop, I’ve put myself through the wringer over the past few days. So yeah, the timing of this post really couldn’t have been better. I’ll stop talking now and get into it–this week’s Sunday Side-Splitter is: Morbid Fails.

For those who aren’t familiar, the Morbid Fails Tumblr page launched in conjunction with the release of Illud Divinum Insanus, Morbid Angel’s much-maligned eighth studio album, in 2011. And it basically exists solely as a depository for memes making fun of the record. Some examples?

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Again, you can check out the rest of these over at the Morbid Fails page–it’s quite a fun look-through. When you’re done, you may also want to check out this video review of the album that inspired it. Even more lols to follow, we can promise you that.

Anyway, that’ll wrap it up. Eat some bacon and eggs, and enjoy your hangovers.


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