Morbid Angel's 'Altars of Madness' is one of the most celebrated death metal albums of all time, and in our opinion, is death metal's greatest debut.

From the death metal mecca of Tampa, Fla., Morbid Angel swept the metal world in 1989 with a record that tested the barriers of heaviness. Showcasing a mass of monstrous riffs from Trey Azagthoth, phenomenal songwriting and frantic Jeff Hanneman-esque solos, 'Altars of Madness' redefined what it meant to be heavy while influencing an upcoming class of brutal death metal.

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