MORBID ANGEL's "Illud Divinum Insanus" from an Industrial POV

Since I am doing a review for Morbid Angel‘s Illud Divinum Insanus from a Rivethead‘s point of view, I will approach as if I have never heard them before. That being said…

The intro is a bit campy.  I mean, are we going on some epic voyage to middle earth where we will meet up with Black Knights, trolls with riddles, and rabbits used as grenades? Unnecessary to say the least. The rest of the album is decent at best. There are some pretty brutal tracks—the best being “Existo Vulgore” and “Blades for Baal”—but other than that, Illud is a weak attempt at being different, bringing industrial vibes to what seems should be a death metal album, through and through. These industrial elements aren’t really even showcased as an influence, rather just a way to attempt what KMFDM, Ministry, Rammstein, Eisenherz, 16volt, The Berzerker, Psyclon 9, (should I go on?) have already done, and still do way better.

Another issue I have with this album is the lyrical content: “We come to spread our insane, This doctrine chaos chaos, Demanding nothing less but to, Make you scream we’re too extreme” from the track “Too Extreme” it’s just plain silly. Other tracks have similar ridiculous content, and it’s just not for me. [Might I offer my for-realsies lol: “All the while your pleasure is here / No need to fear / Don’t look back / Your pleasure is here / In my hands cavalier” from ‘Beauty Meets Beast’ = HA!  ~Ed.]

Even the drums bother me. It’s obvious that Tim Yeung has talent, but there are times where I question whether the drums are triggered or downright done electronically. Fine by Industrial standards, but not Metal—especially when failing so miserably. Good god, men. This album is, well, shit. There is scarcely anything worth listening to, and may as well have never been released.

Go buy WTF?! instead.

FCC: 8, 10
TRY: 3, 4

01. Omni Potens
02. Too Extreme!
03. Existo Vulgoré
04. Blades for Baal
05. I Am Morbid
06. 10 More Dead
07. Destructos Vs. the Earth / Attack
08. Nevermore
09. Beauty Meets Beast
10. Radikult
11. Profundis – Mea Culpa



2 thoughts on “MORBID ANGEL's "Illud Divinum Insanus" from an Industrial POV

  1. What you failed to mention was that it took 8 years from Heretic to Illud. Frankly, Morbid would of done sooo much better without David Vincent coming back. His influence is way too strong evidently. I spent a few weeks listening to nothing but Morbid’s discography before the release of Illud, and it shows in the lyrical structure and content. The Vincent albums are very frequently about “me” whereas Formulas, Gateways, and Heretic are about service to these entities/ideals.

    Go back to twisting your testicles in a vice Vincent, and bring back my Morbid Angel

    • Even the promo photos were ridiculous. Vincent is all puffed-chest, and Azagthoth holds his hands as if virtually castrated.

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