Morbid Angel

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Morbid Angel
Morbid Angel Saarbrücken 2011.JPG
Morbid Angel live in 2011
Background information
Origin Tampa, Florida, United States
Genres Death metal
Years active 1984–present
Labels Earache, Giant, Season of Mist, New Renaissance, Combat, Relativity
Website www.morbidangel.com
Members Trey Azagthoth
Tim Yeung
David Vincent
Destructhor
Past members Pete Sandoval
Mike Browning
Wayne Hartsell
Dallas Ward
Richard Brunelle
Kenny Bamber
Sterling Von Scarborough
Steve Tucker
Erik Rutan
Jared Anderson
Tony Norman
John Ortega
Michael Manson
Terri Samuels

Morbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida. UK music magazine Terrorizer ranked Morbid Angel's 1989 debut Altars of Madness first in its list "Top 40 greatest death metal albums". Decibel Magazine also rated guitarist Trey Azagthoth as the number one "death metal guitarist ever".[1] The band's songs are complex in arrangement, owing to the considerable technical skills of both Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval, who also played in the grindcore band Terrorizer. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Morbid Angel is the third best-selling death metal band in the United States (after Cannibal Corpse and Deicide up until 2003 with sales of over 445,000),[2] with their third album Covenant being the best-selling death metal album during the beginning of the Soundscan era time with over 150,000 units sold.[3]

History[edit]

Morbid Angel was formed in 1984 in Tampa, Florida. The band made their debut in 1987 on the New Renaissance Records record label. They recorded their debut album, Abominations of Desolation, in 1986, but the band was unsatisfied with the final product and it remained unreleased until 1991. Their first proper studio album, Altars of Madness, was released in 1989.

Morbid Angel was one of the original death metal bands signed to Earache Records, and was also influential in the transition of death metal from its thrash metal roots to its current form by incorporating guttural vocals, up-tempo blast beats, atonality in guitar soloing, and dark, chunky, mid-paced rhythms. They were also the first death metal band to have a touch of mainstream success in connection with being signed to Giant Records in 1992 and having the music video for the song "God of Emptiness" shown on an episode of Beavis and Butt-head.

The band's original lyrical themes focused mostly on Satanism, occultism and anti-Christian subject matter, but from Blessed Are the Sick onward, the lyrics moved toward the ancient Sumerian gods. Much of this is a nod to the Simon Necronomicon, which was influenced by Sumerian mythology, the author H. P. Lovecraft,[4] and fascination with the Roman Empire. However, some anti-religious elements continue to permeate the lyrics. Their albums are notable for being released in alphabetical order (their first album starts with the letter A, the second with B, etc.). Guitarist Trey Azagthoth commented in an interview that it was a coincidence with the first two albums, but has been done consciously since then.[5]

Morbid Angel's appearance on some of the mid-summer 2008 European festivals was announced as a "short break from writing and pre-production of their new 8th studio album".[6] In May 2008, it was announced that Thor Anders Myhren of Zyklon and Myrkskog would be the band's new guitarist.[7] Myhren will also appear on the new album. During European tours and festivals in 2008, a new song entitled "Nevermore" was played from the forthcoming album.

On March 5, 2011, the band headlined the Scion Rock Fest in Pomona, California. This performance was their first in the US in six years, aside from a one-off show in Los Angeles in May 2009.[8] On March 18, 2010, the band announced that Tim Yeung would play drums on the upcoming album, allowing Pete Sandoval to recover from back surgery.[9] On June 22, 2010, the band entered the studio to begin the recording of their new full-length album.[10] On March 9, 2011, Morbid Angel confirmed that their new album would be called Illud Divinum Insanus.[11] The album was released on June 7, 2011 on Season of Mist.[10][11] In an interview in December 2013, David Vincent confirmed that Pete Sandoval is no longer a member of the band, claiming that Sandoval had "found Jesus", and stating, "Pete Sandoval and Morbid Angel are not compatible", laying to rest speculation that Sandoval would eventually be returning to the band.[12]

Members[edit]

Morbid Angel in 2008

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Terri Samuels – vocals (1984)
  • Dallas Ward – bass guitar, vocals (1984–1985)
  • Mike Browning – drums, percussion, vocals (1984–1986)
  • Kenny Bamber – vocals (1985)
  • John Ortega – bass guitar (1985–1986)
  • Richard Brunelle – guitar (1985–1992, 1994, 1998)
  • Michael Manson – vocals (1986)
  • Sterling Von Scarborough – bass guitar (1986) (deceased)
  • Wayne Hartsell – drums (1986–1988)
  • Pete Sandoval – drums, percussion (1988–2010)
  • Gino Marino – guitar (1992–1993)
  • Erik Rutan – guitar, keyboards (1993–1996, 1998–2002, 2006)
  • Steve Tucker – vocals, bass guitar (1997–2001, 2003–2004)
  • Jared Anderson – vocals, bass guitar (2001–2002) (deceased)
  • Tony Norman – guitar (2003–2006)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[13]
US
Heat.

[13]
US
Ind.

[13]
CHE
[14]
FIN
[15]
FRA
[16]
GRC
[17]
NLD
[18]
SWE
[19]
UK
[20]
1989 Altars of Madness
  • Released: May 12, 1989
  • Label: Earache
1991 Blessed Are the Sick
  • Released: May 2, 1991
  • Label: Earache
26 81
1993 Covenant
  • Released: June 22, 1993
  • Label: Giant
24
1995 Domination
  • Released: May 9, 1995
  • Label: Giant
13 93 124
1998 Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
  • Released: February 24, 1998
  • Label: Earache
22 93
2000 Gateways to Annihilation
  • Released: October 17, 2000
  • Label: Earache
2003 Heretic
  • Released: September 22, 2003
  • Label: Earache
27 28 146
2011 Illud Divinum Insanus 141 3 24 97 18 41
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
1996 Entangled in Chaos
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Earache

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details
2012 Illud Divinum Insanus – The Remixes
  • Released: February 28, 2012
  • Label: Season of Mist

Demo albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
NLD
[18]
1991 Abominations of Desolation
  • Released: September 2, 1991
  • Label: Earache
77

EPs[edit]

Year EP details
1994 Laibach Re-mixes
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Giant

Singles[edit]

Year Song Album
1988 "Thy Kingdom Come" Non-album single
1993 "Rapture" Covenant
1994 "God of Emptiness"
2011 "Nevermore" Illud Divinum Insanus

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
1991 "Blessed Are the Sick/Leading the Rats"
1993 "God of Emptiness" Tony Kunewalder
"Rapture"
1995 "Where the Slime Live"
2003 "Enshrined by Grace" Pete Bridgewater[25]
2012 "Existo Vulgoré" Thomas Mignone

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Best Selling Death Metal Album is covenant". Blogcritics. 2003. Retrieved 2003. 
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  7. ^ 9:58 AM. "Morbid Angel Announces New Guitarist – in Metal News". Metal Underground.com. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Scion Rock Fest 2011 to Be Held in Pomona, Metal Legends Morbid Angel (Featuring "the Greatest Death Metal Guitarist Ever") to Headline". laweekly.com. January 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  9. ^ "Morbid Angel Drummer Pete Sandoval Undergoes Back Surgery". MetalUnderground.com. March 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
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  12. ^ "Interview: Dave Vincent of Morbid Angel". Invisible Oranges. December 5, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
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