Altars of Madness
Label: Earache Records Ltd
A major milestone in the creation of death metal, Morbid Angel are one of the first Floridian bands to attempt the style. This 1989 debut still tops critics polls; the jaw-dropping complexity of the guitars and spastic drum patterns (even beyond those of fellow FLA metal OGs Death and Obituary) point to the band's effect on the as-yet-to-be-invented subgenre of technical death metal. Guitarist Trey Azagthoth's playing absolutely steals the show, dive-bombing and breaking into a spray of sparks at breakneck speeds. For starters, check "Maze of Torment" and "Suffocation." This guy's good.