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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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Morbid Angel Returns to San Antonio

If Satan needed a house band in Hell, he could certainly call on Morbid Angel. Thanks to his guitar acrobatics, journalists have long dubbed band-founder Trey Azagthoth as the Eddie Van Halen of death metal. When the group emerged in 1989 with their first proper release, few, if any, could match the Mercury-footed speed of Pete Sandoval’s double-bass-blasting feet. The groove, mind-blowing skill and heretical lyrics and imagery landed the group at the top of the extreme metal world. Massive touring cycles transformed the band into one of the most prolific, underground touring acts of the 1990s. Their devilish music found its largest audience opening for Slayer and Pantera in the beginning of the new millennium.

After the Pantera gigs, Morbid Angel largely stayed out of the limelight. An opening stint for Soulfly in 2005 was the only North American tour I recall since Pantera. Assumingly, much of the crowd in attendance at Backstage Live in San Antonio had not seen the group in seven or even twelve years. Many long-time fans bemoaned “Illud Divinium Insanus,” the group’s first album in eight years, as the lowest point of artistry in the group’s near-thirty-year career. In fact, many of these fans felt the album was so poor they wouldn’t even venture out to see the band play, which is such a shame because they missed one of the best extreme metal tours of the year! More...

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Morbid Angel Live Footage Available

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user "impaledonafence1," of Morbid Angel playing live at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA on September 28th.

Watch the video clips for "Maze of Torment" and "Existo Vulgore" in the clips available below, or find more footage at YouTube here.

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Grave Kicking Off Tour Dates With Dark Funeral

After recently releasing 10th studio album, "Endless Procession Of Souls," Swedish death metal masters Grave are now ready to return to North America for a trek with label-mates Dark Funeral and headliners Morbid Angel. Newly signed to Century Media Records, Dark Funeral will be bringing Swedish black metal at its finest (fans can expect a new album in 2013 to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary). Dates are available below.

Sept 24 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
Sept 25 - Albany, NY -Bogie's
Sept 26 - New York City - B.B. King's
Sept 27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Sept 28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Sept 29 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept 30 - Montreal, QUE - Club Soda
Oct 1 - Toronto, ONT - Opera House
Oct 2 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Oct 3 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
Oct 4 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
Oct 5 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Oct 6 - Des Moines, IA - Peoples Court
Oct 7 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
Oct 8 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Oct 10 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Oct 11 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Oct 12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Oct 13 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
Oct 14 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Oct 15 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct 16 - El Paso, TX - House of Rock
Oct 17 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Oct 18 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Oct 19 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Oct 21 - St. Louis. MO - The Firebird **DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE only**
Oct 22 - Lansing, MI - The Blackened Moon **DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE only**
Oct 23 - Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joe's **DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE only**

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Metal Evolution: "Extreme Metal" in Works

Due to an overwhelming demand from metal fans worldwide, Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning Banger Films is setting out to raise funds to make what has become known as "The Lost Episode" a reality. Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode” covers co-director Sam Dunn’s favorite genres: Death Metal, Black Metal and Grindcore, and he is reaching out to metal fans to help make it happen.

“Hundreds of fans have emailed us demanding, pleading, that we do this episode,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “So in response we're launching an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding within the Metal community to finance the episode. The goal is to raise $175,000 in 90 days!” The campaign kicked off Friday, September 14th. Details of the campaign, including cool donor gifts at various contribution levels. More...

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Chaostar Announces Guest Musician

Christos Antoniou, Septiclfesh’s guitarist and Chaostar’s mastermind, has issued the following update about recruiting a guest musician:

“Chaostar is in the exciting position to announce the participation of the emblematic David Vincent (Morbid Angel) to the forthcoming album. David narrates the prologue of the most vicious song on the album, shading his dark and imposing shadow over the band’s music.

"I consider that cooperation as one of the most representative of Chaostar’s new work. A tragic heroin taken from the ancient Greek tragedies meets the devilish power of the unsurpassable voice of Mr.Vincent.”

Chaostar’s forthcoming album, which title is yet to be announced, will be released next year through Season of Mist.

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Kreator/Morbid Angel Tour Trailer Posted

A trailer for the upcoming Kreator, Morbid Angel, Nile and Fueled By Fire European tour was posted online today. The tour starts on November 1, 2012 in Antwerp. Tickets for the tour can be purchased at this location.

Check out the trailer here:

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Rachel Maddow Talks Tampa Death Metal

In a recent "Debunktion Junction" video clip covering claims about Tampa, Florida during the Republican National Convention, liberal political commentator Rachel Maddow discusses the city's status as a famous death metal gathering place.

Check out the clip below (the part about death metal bands starts at 3:50, but if you want to hear about claims of the city being the strip club capital of the U.S. start at about 2:30) which also features a brief music video segment from Deicide. You can also check out the clip over at NBCNews.com here. More...

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Earache Releases "World's Shortest Album"

Earache Records is celebrating 25 years of bringing extreme metal to the masses and, as part of the celebrations, has released the "World's Shortest Album," striking fear into the hearts of radio DJs everywhere.

Earache is no stranger to world records, having previously claimed two official Guinness World Records, for the world's shortest single with Napalm Death's "You Suffer," as well as the world's shortest music video with Brutal Truth's "Collateral Damage."

Now, Earache is taking the idea of "shorter, faster, louder" to the extreme, with the shortest, fastest and loudest album around. "Earache: World's Shortest Album" celebrates brevity as an art form, featuring 13 extreme, straight-to-the-point tracks totalling just 87 seconds, smashing the previous 121-second record held by Canadian dance group Chromeo.

The attempt at setting the new record for the world's shortest album has been rejected by Guinness however, which no longer recognizes "world's shortest" records, explaining:

"The nature of competing to make something the 'shortest' by its very nature trivialises the activity being carried out, and Guinness World Records has been forced to reject many claims of this kind. As such, we have been forced to cease listing records for the shortest song, shortest poem and indeed the shortest concert."

"Earache: World's Shortest Album" is still available to the public however, and is out now on iTunes at this location.

The full track listing and times for the album are as follows:

01. Napalm Death - You Suffer (00:04)
02. Napalm Death - Dead (00:05)
03. Napalm Death - Your Achievement (00:06)
04. Wormrot - False Grind Sodomy (00:04)
05. Wormrot - You Suffer But Why Is It My Problem (00:04)
06. Brutal Truth - Collateral Damage (00:04)
07. A.C. - Howard Wulkan's Bald (00:09)
08. Lawnmower Deth - Be Scene Not Heard (00:07)
09. Painkiller - Trailmarker (00:08)
10. Brutal Truth - Blockhead (00:07)
11. Morbid Angel - Bil Ur-Sag #2 Lava (00:06)
12. A.C. - Windchimes Are Gay (00:10)
13. Insect Warfare - Street Sweeper (00:13)

Total running time - 01:27

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Morbid Angel Announces North American Tour Dates

American death metal legends Morbid Angel have announced their first headlining tour of North America in six years, which will be in support of their latest studio album, "Illud Divinum Insanus." Joining them on the trek will be Swedish acts Grave and Dark Funeral, as well as Vadimvon on the East Coast.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Morbid Angel To Tour With Nile And Kreator

Morbid Angel has just been announced to join forces on a co-headlining tour with German powerhouse Kreator in November and December. As if this gathering of cult acts was not exciting enough, the death metal kings from Nile and Californian thrashers in Fueled By Fire have been added to the bill as opening acts. The tour poster can be viewed below.

As previously announced, "Nevermore" and "Existo Vulgoré" (from Morbid Angel’s latest album "Illud Divinum Insanus"), were released for the Xbox 360 version of Rock Band 3. Season of Mist and developing company Harmonix will offer free download codes for both songs to 10 of the people who correctly answer the following questions:

-Which band did the remix of Morbid Angel’s "Destructos VS The Earth" which appears on the B-side of the "Nevermore" 7" single?

-Who directed the video clip of "Existo Vulgoré"?

Send your answers to promotion@season-of-mist.com with "MORBID ANGEL Rock Band" as the subject. The 10 winners will be randomly picked and announced on Season of Mist’s Facebook page on June 12. More...

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MDF 2012 Full Lineup And Set Times Announced

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.

The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:

Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm

Main room
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end

Friday, May 25th - Entrance opens at 3:00 pm More...

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Spread The Metal Festival Adds More Bands

The Halifax based Spread The Metal Festival, with a goal to raise $100,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, is proud to announce headliners Morbid Angel, along with Blackguard, Cryptopsy and Last Call Chernobyl as the next batch of bands added to the line up to support the festival charity fundraiser.

Matt Day, STM owner and festival organizer, commented: "Spread the Metal Records has lofty ambitions for this festival and as it grows each year, I want to prove that the label is as committed to philanthropy as we are to releasing phenomenal records. We take on the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves, and this festival has the power to help a lot of people, year after year."

The lineup is as follows:

July 5th:

Answer With Metal - 12pm
Last Call Chernobyl - 1pm
Dischord - 2pm
Hallows Die - 3:15pm
Descend - 4:30pm
Fallen Joy - 6pm
Blackguard - 7:30pm
Kataklysm - 9:15pm More...

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Spread The Metal Festival Lineup Announced

Halifax based Spread The Metal Festival, which has a goal to raise $100,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada with 100% of ticket revenues, is proud to announce the first round of Canadian bands supporting the fest and charity fundraiser.

STM Records owner and festival organizer Matt Day commented, "Spread the Metal Records has lofty ambitions for this festival and as it grows each year, I want to prove that the label is as committed to philanthropy as we are to releasing phenomenal records. We take on the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves, and this festival has the power to help a lot of people, year after year."

Further details on the festival are available here and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Kataklysm
Morbid Angel
Answer With Metal
Black Moor
Blasphemy Reborn
Crimson Shadows
Cry Oh Crisis
Death Valley Driver
Descend
Dischord
Fallen Joy
Hallows Die

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Morbid Angel Streaming 16 Remix Tracks

Morbid Angel is streaming 16 new remix tracks from the compilation album "Illud Divinum Insanus - The Remixes" (heard belo). The double compilation drops on February 24, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America) through Season of Mist and features remixes of songs from the band's latest album "Illud Divinum Insanus" from 39 artists from the Electro/Indus/Dub scene.

The tracks streaming below are:

1. Laibach – i am morbid (wall of morbid mix)
2. Mondkopf – radikult
3. Brain Leisure – too extreme (black symphony edition)
4. Adrian – I am morbid
5. Evil Activities – radikult
6. Scott Brown – i am morbid
7. Chrysalide – nevermore
8. Project Pitchfork – destructos VS the earth
9. Metallizer aka John Lord Fonda – too extreme
10. Mixhell – too extreme
11. Synapscape – too extreme
12. The Horrorist – existo vulgore
13. Tek-One – ten more dead
14. Black Lung – i am morbid
15. cEvinKey – omnidead
16. HIV+ – too extreme (industrial version)

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Morbid Angel Posts Remixes Trailer

On February 24th (28th in North America) Season of Mist will release a double compilation featuring 39 artists from the Electro / Indus / Dub scene, all remixing a track from Morbid Angel's latest offering "Illud Divinum Insanus."

A second video trailer presenting the "Ilud Divinum Insanus - The Remixes" compilation has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

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Pirate Metal Invading The Rock Band Network

Pull out the rum and the plastic guitars, because Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm are finally coming to the Rock Band Network with the track "Shipwrecked." If pirates aren't your thing, there's new tracks now available from Devin Townsend, Halcyon Way, Morbid Angel and more.

The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 songs are as follows:

Alestorm - "Shipwrecked" (160 MSP)
A Plea for Purging - "Heart Of A Child" (80 MSP)
Coldera - "Melodicus Counterpointus" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Planet Smasher (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Inside Looking Out (The Icon & the Ghost)" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "The System" (80 MSP)
Machinae Supremacy - "Indiscriminate Murder is Counter-Productive" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Existo Vulgoré (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Psychostick - "BEER!!" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Heartless" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Heartless (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Solution .45 - "Gravitational Lensing" (80 MSP) More...

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Morbid Angel And More Added To Rock Band Network

Back up in full swing again after tapering off for the holidays, the Rock Band Network is again adding a steady stream of new rock and metal tracks. This weekend Xbox 360 players have the following new tracks to look forward to:

Chaotrope - "Elysian" (80 MSP)
Chaotrope - "Extropy/Entropy" (80 MSP)
Chaotrope - "The Hourglass Paroxysm - Part I" (80 MSP)
Deadlock - "Martyr to Science (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
DRUOX - "Console War" (80 MSP)
DRUOX - "Console War (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Ghost Brigade - "Clawmaster" (160 MSP)
Misery Index - "The Carrion Call (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Existo Vulgoré" (160 MSP)
Nordheim - "Beer, Metal, Trolls and Vomit! (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Ultra Vomit - "Mountains of Maths" (160 MSP)

These tracks will be added to the PS3 edition on 1/17/2012 (North America) and 1/25/2012 (Europe):

Winds of Plague - "California" ($1.99)
Halfbrick Studios - "Pirats 'Til We Die" ($0.99)
Vangough - "Estranger" ($0.99)
Rival Sons - "Torture" ($1.99)

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Morbid Angel Premiers New Music Video

Morbid Angel premiered the new music video for "Existo Vulgoré" exclusively at Terrorizer Magazine's website at this location.

The song appears on the band's latest release through Season of Mist Records "Illud Divinum Insanus." (See Metal Underground's review at this location). The video was a collaboration between Morbid Angel and director Thomas Mignone, and was filmed in Tampa, Florida. More...

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Nervecell Checks In With Tour Recap

Nervecell has checked in with the following update/recap after the band's recent European tour dates with Morbid Angel:

"Now that we've all arrived home safe we would like to thank all our fans & friends who came out and supported Nervecell during the last month on this European/UK Autumn 2011 Tour. We had a blast playing to you all every night and we look forward to returning to Europe again for more chaos in 2012!

"An extra special thanks goes out to our good friends in Benighted & Necrophobic. It was a pleasure and a killer experience sharing the stage / tour bus with you dudes and together supporting the Death Metal Legends themselves Morbid Angel night after night! We will be posting lots of cool photos from the tour so stay tuned!

"We received a great live review by METAL HAMMER MAGAZINE UK for our London show @ Islington Academy (8 out of 10). Read it here."

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Morbid Angel Drum Cam Footage Available

Drum cam footage has been posted online of drummer Tim Yeung performing live during Morbid Angel's European tour earlier this month. Check out the video clip of "World of Shit" in the player below.

In other Morbid Angel news, on February 24th (28th in North America), Season of Mist will release a double compilation featuring 39 artists from the Electro / Indus / Dub scene, all remixing a track from the band's latest offering "Illud Divinum Insanus" (reviewed here).

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