Heretic (Morbid Angel album)

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Studio album by Morbid Angel
Released September 23, 2003[1]
Recorded DOW Studios in Seffner, Florida
Genre Death metal,[2] dark ambient, industrial metal
Length 53:12
Label Earache
Producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez, Morbid Angel
Morbid Angel chronology
Gateways to Annihilation
Illud Divinum Insanus
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Metal Storm 8.0/10[4]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[5]

Heretic is the seventh studio album by the Florida death metal band Morbid Angel. This would be their last under Earache Records, as the band decided not to renew its contract, and is the last to feature bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker, until his return in 2015.

The album was recorded at Diet of Worms Studios by Juan Gonzalez. Heretic is the first Morbid Angel album that was not recorded at Morrisound Recording.

The second track, "Enshrined By Grace", is featured on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre soundtrack. It also had a music video which received airplay in the months following the album release.

Nile vocalist/guitarist Karl Sanders, played the outro guitar solo of "God of Our Own Divinity".

The song "Born Again" is actually the outro guitar solo from the song "Secured Limitations" off Gateways to Annihilation.

Track listing[edit]

The album was released in five different versions. The first simply contains Heretic in a standard CD case; the second is a box set featuring the album plus the 18-track CD Bonus Levels and a sticker—released in Germany only and limited to 10,000 copies; the third is a double-disc slipcase of both CDs—available only through US mail order and limited to 2,000 copies; the fourth features both discs in a double-CD jewel case—released in Europe only and limited to 20,000 copies; and the fifth is a 12-inch picture disc with no bonus CD limited to 1,500 copies.[6][7]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Cleansed in Pestilence (Blade of Elohim)" Tucker Azagthoth 4:35
2. "Enshrined by Grace" Tucker Azagthoth 4:27
3. "Beneath the Hollow" Tucker Azagthoth 4:20
4. "Curse the Flesh" Tucker Azagthoth 3:35
5. "Praise the Strength" Tucker Azagthoth 5:16
6. "Stricken Arise" Tucker Sandoval, Azagthoth 4:10
7. "Place of Many Deaths"   Azagthoth 4:13
8. "Abyssous"   Azagthoth 1:30
9. "God of Our Own Divinity" Tucker Azagthoth 6:21
10. "Within thy Enemy" Tucker Azagthoth 3:17
11. "Memories of the Past"   Sandoval 3:18
12. "Victorious March of Reign the Conqueror"   Sandoval 2:37
13. "Drum Check"   Sandoval 2:51
14. "Born Again"   Azagthoth 2:35

Bonus tracks[edit]

The album contains additional tracks after "Born Again". Many of these are silent, while some contain guitar solos or ambiance (notably the sound effects from "Place of Many Deaths" on "Tortured Souls"). When ripped to a computer, the tracks with solos or songs have mostly comical names. The disc has 44 tracks and, according to interviews with Trey Azagthoth, the tracks' numbers and duration have some meaning.

Tracks not listed are silent. Names given are taken directly from the CD-Text on the disc.

  1. "Inflections" – 1:35
  1. "Tortured Souls" – 3:50 (sound effects from "Place of Many Deaths")
  1. "Terror of MechaGodzilla Lava!" – 0:33 (the guitar solo in the end of "Praise The Strength")
  2. "Triplet Lava!!" – 0:51
  3. "Doomcreeper" – 4:30 (instrumental version of "Beneath the Hollow")
  4. "Laff" – 0:18

Bonus Levels[edit]

A few pressings of the album were made with an extra disc called Bonus Levels. The first six tracks are all songs off the first disc, with synthesized drums and no vocals. The remaining tracks are guitar solos.

  1. "Beneath the Hollow" instrumental – 4:25
  2. "Curse the Flesh" instrumental – 3:34
  3. "Within Thy Enemy" instrumental – 3:16
  4. "God of Our Own Divinity" instrumental – 6:13
  5. "Praise the Strength" instrumental – 5:15
  6. "Place of Many Deaths" instrumental – 4:06
  7. "Beneath the Hollow" guitar solo – 0:23
  8. "Curse the Flesh" guitar solo - 0:16
  9. "Praise the Strength" guitar solo – 0:16
  10. "God of Our Own Divinity" guitar solo – 0:36
  11. "Summoning Redemption" guitar solo 1 – 0:28
  12. "Summoning Redemption" guitar solo 2 – 0:24
  13. "Summoning Redemption" guitar solo 3 – 0:28
  14. "Ageless, Still I Am" guitar solo 1 – 0:38
  15. "Ageless, Still I Am" guitar solo 2 – 0:24
  16. "At One with Nothing" guitar solo 1 – 0:30
  17. "At One with Nothing" guitar solo 2 – 0:32
  18. "To the Victor the Spoils" guitar solo – 0:38

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
Top Heatseekers 27[8]
Top Independent Albums 28[8]


Morbid Angel[edit]




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