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Morbid Angel

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

Latest Morbid Angel News

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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Morbid Angel Cancels European Tour

Morbid Angel has scrapped its November/December European touring plans. The following official statement was issued on that matter:

"World Management and Morbid Angel announce today that there will be No November / December show dates in Europe due to continued problems with the U.S. State Department and passport issues. We apologize to our promoters and fans and hope to be able to solve this in 2018."

The band will release their new album “Kingdoms Disdained” on December 01st through UDR Music.

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Morbid Angel Issues More Details On New Album

Legendary death metal unit Morbid Angel will unleash the ninth studio album on December 1st via Silver Lining Music and JVC in Japan. Titled "Kingdoms Disdained," the record reunites founding guitarist Trey Azagthoth with bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker.

Just one play of Morbid Angel's searing "Kingdoms Disdained," and you'll realize that this is the only true current aural document of a world sinking into uncharted despair. "The album title says it all," says Tucker, "everybody's fed up and nobody can figure out how to fix it. We've got all these miniature wars in neighborhoods, cities, countries, and we've got people with varying opinions causing chaos, yet everyone is doing what they feel is right. Which all makes it feel like the world has reached a point of utter madness and confusion."

As if fate constructed the moment, these forefathers of death metal found themselves witnessing the storm's eye as they prepared to create "Kingdoms Disdained," deciphering it with their ferocious music via long-held Sumerian-based beliefs. "It's been written but nobody pays attention, because we erase our history," furthers Tucker. "We don't understand much about the Sumerian texts because things got erased, buried, and broken up. And for years, Trey and I talked a lot about the idea of those Gods waking up and coming back to show us that they're angry." More...

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Morbid Angel Premieres New Song

Morbid Angel premieres a new song entitled "Piles Of Little Arms" through premium streaming services and YouTube (not available in all countries). The track is taken from the band's upcoming new album "Kingdoms Disdained", which will meet a December 01st release through UDR Music.

The album finds the band reunited with vocalist/bassist Steve Tucker. Furthermore, relative newcomers to the band, guitarist Dan Vadim Von and drummer Scott Fuller, make their recording debut with the band on "Kingdoms Disdained".

Check out now "Piles Of Little Arms" below.

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Morbid Angel Reveals New Album Details

American death metal legends Morbid Angel has announced that their name of their forthcoming new studio album will be, "Kingdoms Disdained" and that will be released on December 1st through UDR Music. You can also view the album cover below. More information, including the track listing is expected to follow shortly.

This will mark the first album with vocalist/bassist Steve Tucker since 2003's, "Heretic," as former frontman David Vincent returned in 2004, with whom the band released the controversial album album, "Illud Divinum Insanus" in 2011, before he once again parted company with the group in 2015. It will also mark the first Morbid Angel album to feature new guitarist Dan Vadim Von and drummer Scott Fuller. More...

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Watch: Clip Of I Am Morbid's Entire Moscow Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of I Am Morbid's entire concert performed past friday at Club Volta in Moscow, Russia can be streamed below. The band is featuring former Morbid Angel members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) alongside guitarists Bill Hudson (Circle II Circle) and Ira Black (Metal Church).

The band's setlist was as follows: More...

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Revocation Gearing Up For U.S. Tour

After having a song appear on the "Power Rangers" movie soundtrack, Revocation is readying to kick off a mammoth U.S. tour with Morbid Angel next week.

Beginning with three headlining shows on May 19th, 20th, and 22nd, the band will join Morbid Angel on May 23rd, pillaging through nearly three dozen venues across the country by July 1st 2017.

Additional support with be provided by Suffocation and Withered. See all confirmed Revocation 2017 tour dates below. More...

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New Bands Added To Brutal Assault 2017

A bunch of new bands have been announced for the 22nd edition of Brutal Assault, which takes place this year in Fortress Josefov near Jaromer in the Czech Republic on August 9-12. Returning once more are heavy-weights Hatebreed, who last graced the fortress stages in 2012 and 2013. This is reportedly in response to festival-goers requests for more hardcore in the line-up.

The Dillinger Escape Plan will be including the festival in their series of farewell dates. It looks like the band's appearance here won't be affected by the bus crash that caused some European tour dates to be cancelled last month. Dillinger last played Brutal Assault in 2015.

Thrash veterans Overkill, touring in support of their recently released 18th studio album, "The Grinding Wheel", have also been added. No stranger to the fortress stage, Overkill last appeared at the festival in 2013.

Helsinki's Wintersun are newcomers to Brutal Assault, appearing for the first time. Can we assume they will be playing material from their long-awaited third album? There's no official word as yet. More...

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Withered Announces More U.S. Tour Dates

Atlanta's Withered has announced a new winter tour kicking off on May 23rd in Orlando, and sees the band trekking across the USA alongside Morbid Angel, Suffocation, and Revocation. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Regarding the tour, Withered comments: "We're proud to announce our participation in this incredible tour. We couldn't be more honored to share this with our friends, Revocation, extreme metal legends, Suffocation, and the progenitors of death metal, Morbid Angel with an incredible new lineup!" More...

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Warfather Premieres Full Album Stream

Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker's Warfather premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's new album "The Grey Eminence", which will be out in stores on September 16 via Greyhaze Records. The album was recorded at Erik Rutan's Manna Studios.

Check out now "The Grey Eminence" below.

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Morbid Angel To Release New Album In 2017

Legendary Florida death metal act Morbid Angel has signed on with UDR Music for the band's upcoming new release (as of yet untitled), which is set to drop in 2017.

The album is the first since the departure of vocalist/bassist David Vincent and re-joining of Steve Tucker (Warfather) in 2015.

The only confirmed members are Tucker and band leader/guitarist Trey Azagthoth. The album will be the first full length since the polarizing 2011 release "Illud Divinum Insanus" (reviewed here).

As for the direction of the new album, in a 2015 interview with Jet, Steve Tucker expressed his desires: "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."

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Melted Space Reveals Guest Musician Lineup

As the album nears release via Laser's Edge this October, the entire track listing and guest musician track-by-track breakdown for Melted Space's "The Great Lie" has now been released.

The new full-length album from the metal opera project created by French composer Pierre le Pape features a wide cast of internationally-revered vocalists and musicians including members of Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Sunn O))), Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Shining, Ayreon, Sirenia and many more, in addition to the work of The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra.

Laser's Edge division Sensory Records will release "The Great Lie" on October 16, 2015. Stand by for audio samples from the album, an official lyric video and more to be issued in the weeks ahead. More...

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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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