Album 0076: Morbid Angel – Illud Divinum Insanus

Release Date: 2011
Genre: Death/Industrial Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Omni Potens (02:28)
2. Too Extreme! (06:13)
3. Existo Vulgoré (03:59)
4. Blades For Baal (04:52)
5. I Am Morbid (05:17)
6. 10 More Dead (04:51)
7. Destructos Vs. The Earth/Attack (07:15)
8. Nevermore (05:08)
9. Beauty Meets Beast (04:57)
10. Radikult (07:37)
11. Profundis – Mea Culpa (04:06)

Total Length: 56:43

Omni Potens is a very annoying intro track, honestly mostly due to the drums and how everything sounds dead. Add on the fact that a good chunk of it is repeated later on in the album (which can be good or bad, it’s just bad in this case) and you’ve got yourself a useless track. Too Extreme! starts the actual songs off, and it’s an industrial tinged piece. I kind of enjoy the lyrics and some musical moments, but the pace is just too slow and I eventually get tired of the song.

Existo Vulgoré is more of a traditional song for the band, fast and heavy. That said, I’m not entirely fond of it. The vocals sound strained and tired. Blades For Baal is a decent song. There’s nothing terrible about it but I don’t find myself really liking it too much either. I Am Morbid has some pretty cool riffs, and I don’t mind the lyrics. Maybe the guitars get a bit cheesy at points, and like most tracks on here it goes a bit too long but it’s not a bad song.

10 More Dead is much the same, but again goes too long. Also really not fond of the chorus honestly. Destructos Vs. The Earth/Attack is such a divisive song. Personally, I feel like this is the best industrial song on the album, as that type of music mixed with the modified vocals really does sound like an alien force invading. The bad parts though are some of the guitars (and one particular repeating riff that goes on way, way too long) that sounds far too 90s Metallica. The ‘Attack’ section at the end is claimed by some people to be the best thing on the album, but I don’t understand. It sounds like some high school trying to see just how fast they can play, it does nothing for me.

Nevermore is an alright song, again too long but that’s to be expected. Maybe Morbid Angel should try making an album with a time limit of 40 minutes like the good old days? Beauty Meets Beast really does nothing for me, in all honesty. Radikult is another song that gets really harsh reactions. I actually enjoy the musical aspect of this song, but the lyrics are ungodly terrible and goofy. The song also, of course, goes on for far too long, and part of that length is the reprisal of the awful intro track.

Profundis – Mea Culpa is a song I actually enjoy. It’s actually a neat mix of both styles they have on here. It sounds like the industrial stuff sound/instrument wise, but with the pace and craziness of their death metal tracks. The lyrics are give or take, but any usage of Latin is usually fun. Basically, this album is just a whole mixed bag of weird stuff. I do disagree with some reviews that trash on this album simply for being different. If you want to hate this album, hate it for having badly written songs or the very ‘meh’ vocals, not just because it’s not the band’s usual style. There’s a little bit I enjoy on here, but it seems like the band themselves were conflicted on this album.

Final Rating: 6/10

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