Well, here we are, I guess. Illud Divinum Insanus. I've probably said this before about other death metal albums and meant it, but I'm going to say right now with complete seriousness, no hyperbole: Illud Divinum Insanus is the worst death metal album ever made. Now I probably say that all the time and I'm sure you can point out albums that are far worse in individual respects like Illuminations of Vile Engorgement or something like that, but with this album, it's just everything. I don't even know what to say. It's very easy to describe and very hard at the same time. The best way I can put it is I have never heard worse music played so poorly, but there's so much more to it than that.
I don't want to review it. I seriously don't want to review it. I would rather stick my dick under a flaming steamroller than even remember that this album exists.
But I guess I should review it, right? I'm pretty much obligated now. In fact, this album was the reason I started this whole retrospective in the first place. You needed context. You needed to listen to every single album leading up to this point. You needed to see just how incredible they were in order to fully comprehend just how much of an unmitigated atrocity Illud Divinum Insanus was. It's like having to play Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie and seeing how amazing those games were in order to understand just how much of a betrayal to the franchise Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts was.