The debut album from this Florida band and one of the most important/best death metal albums of all time.
Up to this album, death metal had only been a harder form of thrash/speed metal. Slayer was still the king of brutality. Morbid Angel changed all that with Altars of Madness. New song structures, blast beats, new guitar solos and riffs was introduced into the scene by this album and a new genre was formed. Death metal, it is.
This album has by all means survived the test of time. Yes, 23 years has passed. The Scott Burns production is not the best though. But the songs are still great. All of them are classics in their own right. My favorite song is Maze of Torment though.
Yes, Altars of Madness is not the most technical death metal album you can get and it sounds a bit dated compared to albums from the new uber-technical death metal bands anno this decade. But it is still a great album from a band I have always rated very highly. If you only want one death metal album in your collection, this is an album you may want to consider although it is not a typical death metal album.