Illud Divinum Insanus

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Illud Divinum Insanus
Studio album by Morbid Angel
Released June 7, 2011 (2011-06-07)
Recorded June 2010–January 2011
(Mana Recording Studios, Red Room Recording Studios, D.O.W. Recording Studios)
Genre Death metal,[1][2] industrial[1][2]
Length 56:38
Label Season of Mist
Producer Morbid Angel
Morbid Angel chronology
Heretic
(2003)
Illud Divinum Insanus
(2011)

Illud Divinum Insanus is the eighth studio album by American death metal band Morbid Angel. It was released on June 7, 2011, by independent French record label Season of Mist.[3] It is Morbid Angel's first album since Heretic (2003), the band's longest gap to date between studio albums.

Recording and production[edit]

Illud Divinum Insanus marks the band's first album featuring second guitarist Destructhor, the first to feature bassist/vocalist David Vincent since Domination (1995), as well as Morbid Angel's first not recorded with longtime drummer Pete Sandoval, who had undergone back surgery when recording began.[4] Former Hate Eternal drummer Tim Yeung recorded the drum tracks for this album.[4]

Illud Divinum Insanus took more than five years to materialize. Work on the album began in 2006,[citation needed] and it was originally going to be released in 2007, but was pushed back several times while the band continued touring and writing new material. After four years of writing, Morbid Angel recorded the album from June 2010[4] to January 2011 at several studios, including Mana Recording Studios and Red Room Studios for the drum recording, and D.O.W. Studios for the bass, guitars, and vocals. The record was mixed in Hollywood, California, with Sean Beavan.

Promotion and release[edit]

"Nevermore" single cover.

The cover art for the album was unveiled on March 30, 2011. It was designed by Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes, who commented:

To create this cover we worked from several references, ideas, elements, and I would say a 'world' of options and paths. After a long brainstorming period and some [good and bad] ideas left behind, we came up with the concept of this organic surreal insane being; a fallen God or a weird mirror image of our own madness. It is a different Morbid Angel cover for sure, but I think that's how Morbid Angel is...Deviant and different on each new release. They never repeat themselves. They are always pushing the boundaries and setting new standards. I'm really proud of the final results and hope the fans appreciate my work, while listening to the new album![5]

The album's track listing and information of various release formats were unveiled on April 5, 2011.[6] Prior to the release of the album, a single for the song "Nevermore" was made available on May 16 as a digital download and on 7" vinyl. The cover artwork for the single was designed by French artists Valnoir and Fursy Teyssier for Metastazis.[5] The single also contains an exclusive version of the song "Destructos vs. the Earth", remixed by Combichrist.

Of all the remixes I've been asked to do I never expected one of the world's most notorious death metal bands to have an interest in hearing their music on the dance floor. However, "Destructos" is one of those tracks that are so versatile that it could have been recorded as a folk song and it would still sound amazing. I'm honored to be a part of this project and am excited to see how the Morbid Angel fans react to this unusual new direction.

—Andy LaPlegua[5]

In 2012, a double remix album called Illud Divinum Insanus – The Remixes was released.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blabbermouth.net 4.5/10 stars[7]
Fearnet mixed[8]
Metal Hammer 9/10 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic 1.5/5 stars[10]

The album received mixed reviews from critics and a strong backlash from fans, many of whom were dissatisfied with the group's attempt to add an industrial element to the album.[9] Louisville Music News labeled the album a "failed experiment" and a "joke", and described Illud Divinum Insanus as Morbid Angel's St. Anger, in reference to the Metallica album.[11]

Conversely, Phil Freeman of Allmusic said that while "those who love the band's earliest records...are bound to see Illud Divinum Insanus' experiments with industrial...as betrayals of everything the group once stood for", "many of the songs on Illud...are as raw and savage as anything the band's ever recorded", and that the album is "a left turn by a band that's already made many of them throughout its...career".[1] Metal Hammer gave describing the album as "a twisted, confrontational masterpiece".[9]

The album received praise before its release from artists including Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth, Anders Nyström from Katatonia and several other metal artists.[12] However, drummer Pete Sandoval disliked the album, saying, "I don't know why they did that with the DJs, they could've have [sic] just done a separate project without calling it a Morbid Angel album. That might have been better."[13] Sandoval was unable to contribute to the recording of Illud Divinum Insanus due to injuries, and later left the band entirely.[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Omni Potens"   Vincent 2:28
2. "Too Extreme!"   Azagthoth, Vincent 6:13
3. "Existo Vulgoré"   Azagthoth, Vincent 3:59
4. "Blades for Baal"   Destructhor 4:52
5. "I Am Morbid"   Vincent 5:16
6. "10 More Dead"   Destructhor 4:51
7. "Destructos vs. the Earth / Attack"   Azagthoth, Vincent 7:15
8. "Nevermore"   Azagthoth, Vincent 5:07
9. "Beauty Meets Beast"   Azagthoth, Vincent 4:56
10. "Radikult"   Vincent 7:37
11. "Profundis - Mea Culpa"   Azagthoth, Vincent 4:05

Personnel[edit]

Morbid Angel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Sean Beavanengineering, mixing
  • Gunter Ford – management
  • Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez – engineering
  • Mark Prator – engineering
  • Erik Rutan – engineering
  • Gustavo Sazes – cover art, design

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Freeman, Phil. "Illud Divinum Insanum review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Jervis, Marcus. "Illud Divinum Insanus review". About.com. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Morbid Angel: New Album Title Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Morbid Angel Begins Recording New Album". Blabbermouth.net. June 24, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Morbid Angel: New Album, Single Artwork Unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. March 30, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "New Album Track Listing, Formats Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. April 5, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ Ogle, Ryan. "CD Reviews - Illud Divinum Insanus Morbid Angel". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ Burkart, Gregory (June 8, 2011). "Morbid Angel: 'Illud Divinum Insanus' – CD Review". Fearnet. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c Lawson, Dom (August 2011). "Illud Divinum Insanus". Metal Hammer (Future): 124. 
  10. ^ Schroer, Brendan (December 11, 2011). "Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Classic Death Metal Band Morbid Angel Releases Hideous Version of St Anger". Louis Ville Music. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Musicians Comment On New Morbid Angel Album "Illud Divinum Insanus"". Metal Underground. June 2, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Pete Sandoval On The Return Of Terrorizer, Morbid Angel's Illud Divinum Insanus, And More". MetalSucks. March 15, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ ""Interview: Dave Vincent of Morbid Angel". Invisible Oranges. December 15, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2014.