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Morbid Angel

Formed: 1983
From: Tampa, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Morbid Angel news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Interview With Morbid Angel's Steven Tucker Posted

Bassist/vocalist Steven Tucker who recently rejoined Morbid Angel, replacing longtime frontman David Vincent, was interviewed by Jet on the June 26 edition of the "The Metal Magdalene With Jet" show on Metal Messiah Radio.

States Tucker about the new album: "All I know is I'm back in Morbid Angel to do a death metal album. I mean, I expect the album to be full-on death metal. I mean, I expect there to… Obviously, it's a Morbid Angel album, there'll be twists and turns on the album, there'll be stuff that's different, but I think it being aggressive and it being underground is really what it's gonna be about. I think that Morbid Angel is a death metal band, and that's what this album — this next one — will be."

You can now listen to the entire chat using the player below.

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David Vincent Departs Morbid Angel

After previously denying that he had been booted from Morbid Angel, David Vincent has now issued the following statement about leaving the band:

"I had good communication with Trey yesterday and we agree that there are incompatibilities with regards to us working together.

"Trey and I have accomplished amazing things together over the past 30 years and I wish him the best with his future projects. Out of respect for the legacy of these accomplishments, I encourage Morbid Angel fans to not take sides because, I am not.

"I look forward to sharing my new endeavors with all of you in the near future. Until then, stay Morbid!"

You can also read Steve Tucker's recent statement about re-joning the band and the lineup confusion at this location.

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Tucker Answers Morbid Angel Fan Questions

After guitarist Trey Azagthoth of Florida death metallers Morbid Angel announced on June 15th that the band had reunited with Steve Tucker, and later that same day Dave Vincent issued a statement that he had not left the band, a lot of confusion resulted among fans regarding the current status of Morbid Angel.

That same day, drummer Tim Yeung confirmed his exit from the band. Yesterday Steve Tucker answered some questions in a brand new post on his Facebook page. Writes Tucker:

"Here are a few answers to questions that I keep getting asked…'What's up with David?' I don't have a fucking clue, and I don't think that I am the only one. 'Is Pete Sandoval coming back?' I fucking wish that would happen! 'Will there be both myself and David in Morbid Angel?' Hahahahhahhahahaha. Sorry, man, I play death metal, so, NO. 'Who will play second guitar'? Time will answer that one... 'And last but not least, will Warfather continue?' Absolutely! We track the new album in three weeks at Mana Studios, with my brother Erik Rutan producing!"

Steve Tucker handled bass & vocals on Morbid Angel's "Formulas Fatal To The Flesh", "Gateways To Annihilation" and "Heretic" albums. You can check out a live video from this era below. More...

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David Vincent Denies Rumors He Left Morbid Angel

After a statement was posted online by Morbid Angel indicating Trey Azagthoth and Steve Tucker were working on new music, several news outlets reported that meant front man David Vincent had been booted from Morbid Angel. The statement in question read as follows:

"Update! Trey is excited to announce that he and Steve Tucker are working together again for Morbid Angel and the next record will certainly be an amazingly sick world beater. Hi5!"

Through his publicist, Morbid Angel's David Vincent now issues the following statement about the situation:

"I am aware of Trey Azagthoth's announcement of a collaboration with Steve Tucker on new music. However, the inference that I have left Morbid Angel is incorrect. To be clear, I have not left Morbid Angel nor have I been asked to do so."

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Tim Yeung Exits Morbid Angel

While Morbid Angel frontman David Vincent denied rmors that he has left the band, after it was announced that guitarist Trey Azagthoth was once again working with Steve Tucker on new material for Morbid Angel's next album, Tim Yeung has officially announced his parting of ways with the band. Five years after he joined the band replacing longtime drummer, Pedro "Pete" Sandoval Tim explains:

"I've been waiting to break the news for a while about this. Now seems like the proper time to do so. As some of you know, there have been some lineup changes with Morbid Angel. Unfortunately, due to financial differences, I will not be continuing with them.

"It has been a great five years being involved with Morbid Angel. I've met a ton of great people all over the world, played some amazing shows, and have a ton of great memories as well as stories. I wish Trey and Morbid Angel all the best. As for myself, I'm always up for the next opportunity life throws my way."

Check out the drum-cam clip below, showcasing Tim Yeung performing the song "Chapel Of Ghouls" live with Morbid Angel. More...

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Classic Paintings Become Metal Album Covers

Master painters Hieronymus Bosch, John Martin and Jean Delville all have something in common with Metal music: some of their works have become iconic album covers for bands like Morbid Angel, Candlemass and While Heaven Wept, among many others.

Metal Underground and the online art community And Justice For Art present this peculiar collection of albums that mix classic visual imagery with heavy sounds. Check it out and let us know what you think. More...

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Video Of "And Justice For" Art Book Released

A new video preview of the upcoming book "And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers" has been released. Check it out below.

This book includes more than 400 color graphics, 100 exclusive interviews and revealing details about the making of iconic album artworks for bands like Obituary, Death, Neurosis, Slayer, Opeth, At The Gates, Metallica, Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Cormorant, Disincarnate, Testament, and many more!

According to Morbid Angel’s frontman, David, Vincent (who wrote the foreword), this 264-pages book is set to become “a historical document about the importance of Metal album covers.”

There are only 300 copies of this beast available. It starts shipping next month. Pre-orders are now available here More...

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Morbid Angel Posts Drum-Cam Clip

Drum-cam footage of Morbid Angel's Tim Yeung performing the song "Blood On My Hands" with his bandmates on November 23 at MegaClub in Katowice, Poland can be seen below.

Now based in Los Angeles, Yeung has performed and worked with such national acts as All That Remains, Nile, Vital Remeians and Decrepit Birth. His straddling of the extreme and mainstream is perhaps best reflected in his work with his band Divine Heresy, whose music features elements of extreme death metal as well as more mainstream genres.

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Morbid Angel Updates European Tour

Morbid Angel is about to kick off a special European tour: this is your once in a lifetime chance to see the legendary death metal outfit celebrate the 20th anniversary of milestone release "Covenant" by performing the complete album live.

The brutalisers from Florida will embark on the long road-trip in Rennes (FR) on November 8th and continue to blast stages all over Europe until the final show in Oslo (NO) at the Vulkan Arena on December 20th.

08 Nov 14 Rennes (FR) Etage
09 Nov 14 Limoges (FR) CC John Lennon
11 Nov 14 Toulon (FR) Vox
12 Nov 14 Vevey (CH) Rocking Chair
13 Nov 14 Bologna (IT) Estragon
14 Nov 14 Milan (IT) Live Club
15 Nov 14 Lindau (DE) Club Vaudeville
16 Nov 14 Pratteln (CH) Z7
18 Nov 14 Nürnberg (DE) Hirsch
19 Nov 14 Berlin (DE) Postbahnhof
20 Nov 14 Gdansk (PL) B90
21 Nov 14 Warszawa (PL) Progresja
22 Nov 14 Zlin (CZ) Hala Euronics (Winter Masters Of Rock)
23 Nov 14 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
26 Nov 14 Aschaffenburg (DE) Colos Saal
27 Nov 14 Strasbourg (FR) La Laiterie
28 Nov 14 Paris (FR) Le Trabendo
29 Nov 14 Louvain-la-Neuve (BE) La Ferme du Bireau (Mass Deathtruction Festival) More...

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Crowd-funding For Album Covers Book Reaches Goal

The race for printing and distributing the upcoming book "And Justice For Art" (which tells the stories behind the making of artworks as iconic as Slayer's "Reign In Blood," Metallica's "And Justice For All," Death's "Symbolic," Carcass "Heartwork," At The Gates' "Slaughter Of The Soul," Opeth's "Heritage", etc.) just reached a new milestone. With one more week to go, the book's Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign has already reached the astonishing amount of $16.267.00. This means almost 200% of its original goal.

"It's simply amazing," enthuses author, Ramon Oscuro Martos, who originally put together the Indiegogo campaign, hoping to raise a couple of thousands dollars in order to produce about 100 physical copies of the book. "With this new amount I'll be able to print and distribute at least 400 copies and it could be even more by the end of the campaign."

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Onslaught Drops Off Eindhoven Bill

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting organization has announced that due to scheduling issues Onslaught has cancelled the band's previously planned performance at the festival.

Recently reunited U.K. thrashers Xentrix will replace Onslaught on Saturday December 13th, 2014.

Xentrix has released four albums through Roadrunner Records: 1989’s "Shattered Existence," 1990’s "For Whose Advantage," 1991’s "Dilute to Taste," and 1992’s "Kin." Heavy Metal Records also released a 1996 LP called "Scourge."

The currently announced lineup for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2014 is as follows: More...

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"...And Justice For Art" Book Cover Revealed

Our very own Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos just unveiled the cover artwork for his upcoming revelatory book "...And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers."

This one-of-a-kind collection of stories recounts all the particulars behind the making of artwork as iconic as Slayer's "Reign In Blood," Morbid Angel's "Blessed Are The Sick," Metallica's "And Justice For All," Black Sabbath’s “13,” Death's "Symbolic," Carcass "Heartwork," Cormorant's "Dwellings,” Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War,” Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth,” Opeth’s “Heritage” and many others.

These are told through 100 exclusive interviews with heavy music’s icons like Jeff Walker (Carcass), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) and more. In addition, it features plenty of revealing commentaries by illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.

“Working on the And Justice for Art book was an amazing experience,” comments illustrator Vertebrae33 — who has previously collaborated with artists like Slayer, Slash, and Soundgarden. “Ramon Oscuro Martos has an unbridled love of Metal art as well as a tremendous amount of passion and vision for his project. As an illustrator, there is nothing better than a vision realized and the satisfaction of the client. I am excited to see Ramon's project come to fruition!”

Martos comments: “Today’s Metal scene is overflowed with illustrators and visual artists; however, just a few posses the ability to create distinctive images, rich in detail, colors, and conceptual depth... That’s the case with Vertebrae33. Since the very beginning he was able to understand that And Justice For Art’s cover needed to be iconic and conceptually related to both Metal and Arts. I believe this book will coherently provide fans with plenty of first-hand information regarding to the creation of many iconic Metal album covers. The artwork created by Vertebrae33 perfectly introduces the reader to that world where music and visuals become one.” More...

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Reveals Full Band Lineup

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very proud to announce that with the addition of In Solitude, Valkyrja, Thanatos, Skyforger, Dust Bolt, The Committee, and Miasmal, the line-up for this year's edition - set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands - is now complete.

The Dutch all-female death metal band Sisters Of Suffocation will also perform on Friday, December 12th at the official after party at the Dynamo Club together with the cover-bands Mercyfull Fake and Forever Twisted. Entrance is free with an Eindhoven Metal Meeting ticket!

The full festival billing is as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Morbid Angel Obliterates St. Pete, Florida.

The old saying proclaims that experience is something you cannot improvise or replicate. You need to acquire it through years at the war front, whatever your skill set is.

That was demonstrated on July 29th when the now mandatory Summer Slaughter Tour came to the State Theater, located in St. Pete, Florida. None of the participating bands on the current tour (including heavyweights Goatwhore, Origin, and the mighty Dying Fetus) were remotely close to reach the level of obliterating power and majestic sense of darkness showcased by legendary headliners, Morbid Angel.

Some people might disagree but to us, it's clear that after three decades pioneering and redefining the Death Metal genre, the appeal and panache of this Floridian quartet is impossible to emulate. That was demonstrated in the way every song on their set list (both old or new) was received by the rabid fans. "Rapture" "Fall from Grace", "Where The Slime Lives" and even the most recent "Existo Vulgoré" were all worshiped with equal level of euphoria by those in attendance. If that doesn't prove the longevity and influence of the band's repertory on older and newer generations, then, nothing else will. More...

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Morbid Angel Dominates Summer Slaughter in Austin

Summer Slaughter came in to the same venue, Scoot Inn, as last year's stop off at Texas' capital city. The mid-July temperatures reached a scorching 99 degrees, which everyone from fans to bands did their best to stay hydrated (kudos to Scoot Inn for providing water). Keep in mind, this was still a good 5 degrees cooler than last year.

In regards to the lineup, Summer Slaughter 2014 featured artists expected from a death metal-based tour. This year the brutality of Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Origin and Decrepit Birth replaced the shredding progression of Animals As Leaders and Periphery.

While death metal was at the forefront of this year's festivities, complex timing and long-winded solos were dispersed throughout the bill. Memories In Broken Glass, this year's battle of the bands winner, concentrated less on guitar solos as they did low tuned, (7 or 8-string guitar) jumping rhythms and samples. I'm sure they were happy to have played a showed promoted by Come And Take It Productions as they played in front of an impressive, jumping early crowd. More...

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Asphyx And Carach Angren To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome Asphyx, Carach Angren, Cripper, and Funeral Whore to lineup for this year's edition, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
Asphyx
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Bölzer
Carach Angren
Cripper
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Funeral Whore
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland

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Morbid Angel To Perform "Covenant" In Full

Morbid Angel has announced a European tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the milestone release "Covenant" by performing the complete album live. See the band celebrating "Covenant" on these dates:

08 Nov 14 Rennes (FR) Etage
09 Nov 14 Limoges (FR) CC John Lennon
11 Nov 14 Toulon (FR) Vox
12 Nov 14 Vevey (CH) Rocking Chair
13 Nov 14 Bologna (IT) Estragon
14 Nov 14 Milan (IT) Live Club
15 Nov 14 Lindau (DE) Club Vaudeville
16 Nov 14 Pratteln (CH) Z7
18 Nov 14 Nürnberg (DE) Hirsch
19 Nov 14 Berlin (DE) Postbahnhof
20 Nov 14 Gdansk (PL) B90
21 Nov 14 Warszawa (PL) Progresja
22 Nov 14 Zlin (CZ) Hala Euronics (Winter Masters Of Rock)
23 Nov 14 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
26 Nov 14 Aschaffenburg (DE) Colos Saal
27 Nov 14 Strasbourg (FR) La Laiterie
28 Nov 14 Paris (FR) Le Trabendo
29 Nov 14 Louvain-la-Neuve (BE) La Ferme du Bireau (Mass Deathtruction Festival)
02 Dec 14 München (DE) Backstage
03 Dec 14 Mannheim (DE) Alte Seilerei
04 Dec 14 Essen (DE) Turock
07 Dec 14 Dublin (IR) The Academy
08 Dec 14 Manchester (UK) Sound Control
09 Dec 14 Glasgow (UK) The Garage
10 Dec 14 Birmingham (UK) The Asylum
11 Dec 14 Bristol (UK) Bierkeller
12 Dec 14 London (UK) 02 Academy Islington
13 Dec 14 Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar (Eindhoven Metal Meeting)
14 Dec 14 Hamburg (DE) Klubsen
16 Dec 14 København (DK) Pumpehuset
17 Dec 14 Göteborg (SE) Sticky Fingers
18 Dec 14 Malmö (SE) KB
19 Dec 14 Norrköping (SE) Black (Christmas Festival Flygeln)
20 Dec 14 Oslo (NO) Vulkan Arena More...

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Morbid Angel To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome U.S. death metal band Morbid Angel again at this year's edition, set to take place December 12th & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The band will play the "Covenant' album in its entirety, followed by a shorter best-of set list. Also exclusively confirmed are Swiss atmospheric black metallers Bolzer! A few more bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Blasphemy
Bölzer
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland

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Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Announced

The 8th annual Summer Slaughter Tour will feature Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins, and Fallujah.

Today the dates have been revealed and can be found below. A teaser trailer is also available after the jump.

7/17 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
7/18 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theater
7/22 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
7/23 - Denver, CO @ Summit
7/25 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/26 - Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
7/27 - Dallas, TX @ GMBG
7/29 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
7/30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/31 - Knoxville, TN @ The International
8/01 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
8/02 - Chicago, IL @ Mojoes
8/03 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
8/05 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/06 - Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
8/07 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
8/08 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/09 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 14

Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) kicks off this week’s Official Podcast with a special announcement: Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, FL is sponsoring a ticket giveaway for the upcoming Ghost show this Wednesday, May 7th.

If you’d like to get in on it, contact Kevin via Twitter or Instagram (he goes by “n0thinghead” on both) and provide your full name, which must match your ID at the box office.

Next, Kevin and co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) react to the recently announced Summer Slaughter Tour lineup, featuring headliners Morbid Angel and including such bands as Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Goatwhore, and Origin.

Then, Mike reviews the recent Century Media release “Back From Beyond,” the third studio album (and first since 1996) by Tampa, Florida death metal outfit Massacre. The band features former members of Death, Six Feet Under, and many other acts.

Finally, Mike and Kevin indulge in their shared love of melodic death metal by co-reviewing another Century Media release: “Shadows Of The Dying Sun,” the fresh and highly anticipated new album from Finland’s Insomnium.

Check out the podcast here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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