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On April 22nd, 1991 the Antichrist was born. It was in the form of this monster and was the result of enough factors to make the album cover a photograph of this thing if it ever breathed life and took shape. It's a beautiful album, its like the Mozart of death metal with its varieties in tempo, atmosphere, and structure ever present. From the fast-paced and quickly performed "Twisted Mass of Burnt Decay" to the sludgy and doom-laden "Torn From the Womb", there's something for everyone. Not a single song sounds the same and everything is fluent, yet staccato. I've always felt whenever I listen to a death metal classic I feel some moments of the albums make them seem like one large song, or a compilation of really long songs separated into different tracks so that they seem different. I don't hear it on this and the result is great because there's never a dull moment in the album.
Now for some factors about the album that make it stand out above most death metal classics:
1. The sound engineering (everything about this album's sound engineering is amazing: the balance of treble, mid, and bass on the guitars, the pungent sound of the bass, the minimalist [and by that I mean lack of 100% focus on the snare and kick-drums] focus on the drums which are still audible but don't dominate the sound like most drums do)
2. The flow of the drums (the rolls and blasts on the kit are fluent, powerful, and more human than mechanical. Reifert doesn't just have that constant style of drumming people tend to make their signature and his variety is in a way his own signature. It's like a mix of classic rock with jazz and death metal. Very neat)
3. The variety of riffs (doom, death, groove, blues, classic rock, as mentioned before the variety makes the spice of this album. You'll find more than a chug-a-thon or a horse race [galloping type riffs in the vein of Entombed and Unleashed] on this album. The "your move" style soloing also adds some fun to the album, as Coralles and Cutler share solo moments like a 90s RPG and finish with a bang every time)
4. Reifert's vocals (his range is inhuman, going from a rotten grunt to a shriek in a matter of milliseconds. And it's not only impressive that he has this range, but that he does both very well. He really adds atmosphere to the songs, especially in moments like "In The Grip of Winter" and "Hole In The Head". Easily makes some of the top moments on the album.)
Do not question this album, buy it on vinyl, let it melt into your soul.