While later albums have a more political edge, Morbid Visions (along with the Bestial Devastation EP) is notable for "Satanic" themes. The band said many lyrics were fashioned after those of Venom and Celtic Frost, as they could not write in English at this point; as late as 1987, Max Cavalera was still translating his lyrics word-for-word, as evidenced by the demo "The Past Reborns the Storms".
The production of the album is rather poor. In the liner notes of Roadrunner's reissue of the album (which includes the tracks from the EP Bestial Devastation), Cavalera admits that the band neglected to tune their guitars during the sessions.
The original vinyl pressings of Morbid Visions featured the first movement of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana ("O Fortuna") as an unnamed introduction. This composition was left off the CD re-release, probably because of copyright issues.
- "Morbid Visions" - 3:23
- "Mayhem" - 3:15
- "Troops of Doom" - 3:21
- "War" - 5:32
- "Crucifixion" - 5:02
- "Show Me the Wrath" - 3:52
- "Funeral Rites" - 4:23
- "Empire of the Damned" - 4:24
- Max Cavalera – vocals, rhythm guitar
- Jairo Guedes – lead guitar
- Paulo Jr. – bass guitar
- Igor Cavalera – drums, percussion