"Altars of Madness" is the debut studio album of the metal band Morbid Angel, released in 1989. The record is one of the earliest examples of death metal and is considered to have helped pioneer the sound. It is one of the most celebrated and influential albums in death metal history. The band's overtly Satanic and occult lyrical themes were a significant influence on the early Norwegian black metal scene and it continues to inspire musicians today.
Morbid Angel is a death metal band based in Florida that formed in 1983. They are widely considered one of the most influential bands in the genre and aided the transition of death metal from its thrash metal roots. They were one of the first bands to incorporate guttural vocals, blast beats, multiple tempo changes, and a dark sinister atmosphere. Morbid Angel was also the first death metal band to experience mainstream success, having multiple music videos broadcasted on MTV and even on Beavis and Butthead. Their lyrics were not just Satanic but also incorporated Sumerian mythology, the fall of the Roman Empire, and more. They still make music today, their latest album was released in 2017.