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Finishing out the year, the Rock Band Network has added on new Xbox 360 tracks from Devin Townsend, Morbid Angel, and more, bringing the network to over 1,500 total songs available. The newly added metal tracks on the Xbox 360 version are as follows:
Deception of a Ghost - "These Voices" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "N9 (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "Darkness" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Nevermore" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Nevermore (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Texas in July - "Hook, Line, and Sinner (RB3 version)" (160 MSP)
Unfortunately due to the holidays there will be no new songs added to the PS3 edition this week and no new songs added to either platform next week. Updates to the Rock Band Network will resume as normal on January 5th, 2012.
Napalm Records has issued the following statement about the upcoming Christmas Metal Festival in Germany:
"Metal fans who would like to rock out before the holidays, should make sure to visit Germany's biggest indoor festival. The festival takes place at the Eventhalle in Geiselwind. Besides Napalm artists like Grave Digger and Van Canto, an illustrious line-up including Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Morbid Angel, and Arch Enemy, will guarantee raised fists and sore throats.
"Furthermore, the Napalm merchandise booth will offer a wide range of items just waiting to become part of your personal collection. Be sure to say 'hello' to our mailorder team! All details concerning the festival are available here. The official festival trailer may be watched below!"
On next 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" (reviewed here). A trailer for the release is available at this location. The track listing for this 2-disc + digital download card behemoth is as follows:
LAIBACH - I Am Morbid (Wall of Morbid mix)
CEVIN KEY/HIWATT MARSHALL - OmniDead
BRAIN LEISURE - Too Extreme (Black Symphony Edition)
THE TOXIC AVENGER - 10 More Dead
MALAKWA - I Am Morbid
SYNAPSCAPE - Too Extreme
PUNISH YOURSELF vs. SONIC AREA - Destructos vs The Earth (DoomsdayMarchMix)
HIV+ - Too Extreme
MICROPOINT - I Am Morbid
JOHN LORD FONDA - Too Extreme (Metallizer Remix)
EVIL ACTIVITIES - Radikult
MIXHELL - Too Extreme
BLACK LUNG - I Am Morbid
MONDKOPF - Radikult
XYTRAS - Existo Vulgoré
TOXIC ENGINE - I Am Morbid More...
Nervecell has issued the following announcement about an upcoming European tour with Morbid Angel:
"As promised after completing our European festival run earlier this year, we will be heading back to Europe and the UK in November/December 2011 supporting the extreme metal legends MORBID ANGEL! The tour starts November 19th in the UK and continues into Europe until December 18th (See complete dates below). Joining us on this tour our friends Benighted (France) and Necrophobic (Sweden).
"Morbid Angel is one of the first death metal bands that got us into this genre, and definitely influenced our style and sound in Nervecell. To get to tour along with them across Europe & UK is a complete honor! Nervecell recently opened for Metllica in the UAE (October 25th, 2011), to end our touring cycle for 2011 along side Morbid Angel is an absolute treat! We look forward wait to playing to our European and UK fans again!"
Dates are as follows:
19.11.11 - UK, Weymouth @ Pavilion
20.11.11 - UK, Wolverhampton @ The Slade Rooms
21.11.11 - UK, Sheffield @ Corporation
22.11.11 - UK, London @ 02 Academy Islington
24.11.11 - Germany, Hannover @ Musikzentrum
25.11.11 - Germany, Glauchau @ Alte Spinnerei
26.11.11 - Czech Republic, Zlin @ Winter Masters Of Rock Festival
27.11.11 - Hungary, Budapest @ Club 202
29.11.11 - Coratia, Zagreb @ Mocvara
30.11.11 - Italy, Treviso @ New Age Club
01.12.11 - Italy, Milan @ Magazzini Generali
02.12.11 - France, Marseille @ Cabaret Aléatoire
03.12.11 - Switzerland, Vevey @ Rocking Chair
04.12.11 - Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
06.12.11 - Slovakia, Bratislava @ Majestic Music Club
07.12.11 - Poland, Krakow @ Kwadrat
08.12.11 - Poland, Warsaw @ Progresja
10.12.11 - Germany, Bamberg @ Geiselwind Christmas Metal Festival
11.12.11 - Switzerland, Pratteln @ Z7
12.12.11 - Germany, Munich @ Backstage
14.12.11 - Germany, Bochum @ Matrix
15.12.11 - Belgium, Antwerp @ Trix
16.12.11 - France, Paris @ La Machine du Moulin Rouge
17.12.11 - Holland, Eindhoven @ Eindhoven Metal Meeting Festival
18.12.11 - Germany, Saarbrucken @ Garage
Ukrainian black metallers Balfor have been confirmed for this year's edition of Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2011. The two-day festival event will be held on the 16th and 17th of December 2011. For further details, head over to the festival's website at this location. The currently announced billing is as follows:
Heaven Shall Burn
Milking The Goatmachine
Mar De Grises
Dawn Of Disease
The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012 and the final 12 bands were recently announced. They are:
NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic)
DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia)
Additionally, the organizers have announced the lineup for the first day (Thursday). AUTOPSY will be headlining this day and the rest of the bands playing will be: AGALLOCH, EYEHATEGOD, RORSCHACH, DYING FETUS, DESASTER, NEEDFUL THINGS, DIE PIGEON DIE, and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.
Four-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) and 3-day passes (Friday-Sunday) will go on sale on Monday, September 26th. Single day tickets for Thursday will also go on sale on the 26th. More...
A number of documentaries pertaining to specific scenes and genres in heavy metal, most notably grindcore and black metal, have been posted online via YouTube and are now available to watch, uninterupted, from start to finish. "Grindcore - 85 Minutes Of Brutal Heavy Metal," features segments on a number of bands signed to Earache Records during the 1990's, including Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, Godflesh, Carcass and Paradise Lost amongst others and includes live footage, interviews and music videos.
Meanwhile, two different documentaries on black metal have also been posted online, including "Until The Light Takes Us," which examines the black metal scene in Norway during the 1990's and looks at such bands as Burzum and Darkthrone, complete with interviews with Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell and the then incarcerated Varg Vikernes. Alternatively, there is "Murder Music: A History of Black Metal," a British documentary hosted by Contraband Candy host René Ackermann that gives a much broader insight into black metal, tracing the genre's roots from the theatrics of Black Widow to the Christian black metal scene, and everything in between. You can view all of these films below. More...
Earache Records has checked in with the following announcement about offering the label's entire catalog for free online through Spotify:
"Have you ever wanted to hear that awesome new track from your favorite new band, or to go back and check out the early releases from some of the most legendary names in metal, but not had the money to spend on CDs or downloads? Earache has the answer!
"Earache Records has teamed up with popular music streaming service Spotify to give rockers and metalheads instant access to a huge library of killer tunes, all of which are completely free to listen to.
"Earache's entire music catalogue is available now on Spotify, featuring over 3500 tracks from some of the most legendary names in rock and metal, including such classic acts as AT THE GATES, CARCASS, MORBID ANGEL, DEICIDE and NAPALM DEATH, along with the latest releases from some of the hottest new bands such as EVILE, RIVAL SONS, WORMROT and many more.
"To listen to the entire Earache music catalogue, just head to this location (Spotify account required)."
ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK) will be making an exclusive U.S. appearance at Maryland Deathfest X. Also newly confirmed for the festival, slated to take place May 24-27, 2012, are CONFESSOR, HAEMORRHAGE (Spain), and OCTOBER 31. The confirmed bands so far are:
ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK)
CHURCH OF MISERY (Japan)
THE DEVIL'S BLOOD (Netherlands)
NEGURA BUNGET (Romania)
TODAY IS THE DAY
ULCERATE (New Zealand)
THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING (Australia)
DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT (UK)
AGENTS OF ABHORRENCE (Australia)
Morbid Angel has issued the following announcement about selling a new t-shirt on tour to raise money for the medical bills of drummer Pete Sandoval (who underwent back surgery in 2010):
"World Management and Morbid Angel would like to announce that we will be carrying a Pete Comando Sandoval T shirt on upcoming tours. This shirt is to help raise money for Pete Sandoval and his extensive Medical Bills.
"As many of you know Pete has had a back operation and is still in long term recovery. We plan to sell this shirt at all of the band's touring and 100% of all the profit will go to Pete directly. There have been many false rumors regarding Pete's condition and we all wish him a full recovery as he is still and always will be part of our family."
Morbid Angel has announced a string of upcoming Latin American tour dates this coming September. The details for the mini-tour are as follows:
02 Sept 11 - Mexico City @ Circo Volador
03 Sept 11 - San Jose, Costa Rica @ Peppers Club
06 Sept 11 - Lima, Peru @ Teatro Rajatabla
08 Sept 11 - Santiago, Chilie @ Teatro Teleton
09 Sept 11 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Teatro las Flores
11 Sept 11 - Brasil, Sao Paulo @ Carioca Club
Morbid Angel is touring in support of the band's new album "Illud Divinum Insanus" (reviewed here). You can also check out Metalunderground.com's interview with Morbid Angel in regards to the controversial new album by heading over to this location.
The organizers of the Maryland Deathfest have confirmed the first batch of bands for next year's edition of the event, which will take place from May 24-27, 2012 at Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland. The first names for the festival are as follows:
Church of Misery
The Devil's Blood
Today Is The Day
The Day Everything Became Nothing
Dragged Into Sunlight
Agents Of Abhorrence
The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that Irish black metal outfit Primordial and British extreme metal band Xerath have been added to this year's edition of the event. The festival will take place from August 12th-14th in Catton Hall, Derbyshire and will feature this lineup:
Devin Townsend Project
Rhapsody Of Fire
Deadly Circus Fire
Def Con One
Morbid Angel recently released the band's first full-length studio album in eight years, titled "Illud Divinum Insanus" (reviewed here). The band has now announced the following chart positions for the new release:
USA Billboard Top 200: #141
Top New Artists / Heatseekers: #3
Top Current Albums: #127
Independent Current Albums: #24
Current Hard Music Albums: #13
Top Hard Music Albums: #15
Top Current Rock Albums: #48
UK # 37 Top 50 Independent albums
UK #18 Top 40 Rock chart
Danish Album chart #49
Morbid Angel in Dutch Alternative Charts, week 24 #30 (charts entry), 1st week.
German Trend Chart #23
Norway Top 100 #85
Morbid Angel was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column. Live footage of Morbid Angel performing the new song "Existo Vulgore" is also available here, or you can check out a humorous video of Adolf Hilter reacting to the album's musical direction at this location.
New live concert footage has been posted online featuring Morbid Angel performing a new track titled "Existo Vulgore" during a recent tour stop in Singapore. "Existo Vulgore" is taken off of the group's recently released full length album "Illud Divinum Insanus." You can check out the live footage in the player below while Metalunderground.com's review of the new album can be found at this location.
American death metal legends Morbid Angel have announced that their long awaited new studio album, "llud Divinum Insanus" (reviewed here), will not be released tomorrow in Canada as originally planned due to "unforeseen shipping problems."
The new Canadian release date has been set for June 21st. The album was released today in Europe and will hit the shelves in the United States of America tomorrow.
You can also check out Metalunderground.com's look at Morbid Angel in the "Sunday Old School" column by heading over to this location. A recently posted series of comments from other musicians about the new album can be found here.
Just For Fun
Continuing the meme that just won't die, an excellent spoof of 2004 German film "Der Untergang" (also known as "Downfall") has been made of Hitler reacting to the controversial new Morbid Angel album, "Illud Divinum Insanus." Watch it below.
In addition to other musicians weighing in on the album, Metalunderground.com recently reviewed "Illud Divinum Insanus" and featured Morbid Angel in our Sunday Old School column prior to the album's release.
Nowadays in the world of metal music, death metal is probably one of the most popular genres, with bands all around the world copying the innovators and sometimes putting their own spin on the style. Neither take would be possible if it weren’t for the early bands who made the genre worth respecting, and one of the clearest cases for this is Florida’s own Morbid Angel. The band was formed in 1984 in the city of Tampa by guitarist Trey Azgagthoth (born George Emmanuel III,) it would be some time before the band were able to release their first official album. Although numerous demos were recorded as well as an album, "Abominations Of Desolation," it wouldn’t be until 1988 that the band released their first record, in the form of the 7" single, "Thy Kingdom Come." The band then finally released an album entitled, "Altars Of Madness" in 1989 through Combat Records (and via Earache Records in Europe.) The album was a success in the metal underground, with many now claiming that the record is the best in the band’s catalogue, including such contemporaries as Cannibal Corpse bassist, Alex Webster.
The next album, "Blessed Are The Sick" followed in 1991 and also received overwhelming praise, including great reviews from music journalists. The album was also very much influenced by classical music, with Azgagthoth going as far as to dedicate the album to Mozart. It was after the band released, "Covenant" in 1993, that they began to receive more mainstream attention, becoming one of the first death metal bands to do so. Their video for the song, "God Of Emptiness" was featured on the popular cartoon, Beavis And Butthead and the record entered the American Heatseekers chart at number 24. Perhaps even better than these achievements of the time, "Covenant" has since gone on to be the best selling death metal album in history according to Nielson Soundscan. More...
Morbid Angel's new album "Illud Divinum Insanus" will be out in less than a week, and Season of Mist has now asked a series of famous names in the metal what they thought of the influential extreme metal act's new opus. The commentary from the various musicians can be viewed below, or you can check out Metalunderground.com's review here.
"The new Morbid Angel album will cause 3rd World War. After June 7th, the extreme metal scene is never gonna be the same again... And I already can't wait the moment I'll be sitting on my sofa listening to 'Illus Divinum Insanus' while the world burns! Ha!" - Nergal, Behemoth.
"No other band in the entire Extreme Metal genre but Morbid Angel would have ever dared to make 'Illud Divinum Insanus'. There are going to be quite a few unimaginative underground purists who think they know better what kind of album Morbid Angel should or should not be putting out, but with 'Illud Divinum Insanus' Trey and David prove that they answer to no one but themselves. It is an incredibly well written, performed, recorded and produced record." - Karl Sanders, Nile.
"One of the best death metal releases since their last album with Vincent. I'm not too much into the techno bits but I am a dude who will appreciate and respect bands doing new things, progressing... So it's all good. Vincent's vocals of course are still as good as they come. And the riffs are definitely there, Trey always delivers. New drummer is killer too!" - Mikael Akerfeldt, Opeth.
"The ultimate voice of death metal is back, as hellish as ever!" - Mikael Stanne, Dark Tranquillity.
"Glad to see Morbid Angel are back! We had our share of criticism when we first incorporated electronic elements in our sound and we know it takes courage and passion to follow one's own stream of inspiration. This time the guitar work is more impressive than ever and those 11 songs are a real 'tour de force'. With this new album they're not afraid to take the hit from the more conservative audience but that's what it means to be extreme!" - Vorph, Samael
"Innovation, wits and a feral 'no compromise' attitude is what brands the greatest of bands. 'Illud Divinum Insanus' is all that and a leap further! Hail Morbid Angel!" - Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen, Ava Inferi, ex Mayhem. More...
Morbid Angel has issued the following update about the band's new single:
"World Management and Morbid Angel would like to announce that yesterday was Morbid Monday with the new single, 'Nevermore', reaching #1 most downloads on Amazon.com for hard rock / metal category. The single as a remix also charted at #3. We thank all the fans for helping making this happen and hope they enjoy the first offering from the new album which we are all very proud of.
"The band is in rehearsals in Tampa and is getting ready for their shows all around the world starting with Morbid Angel's first ever show of Singapore, followed by two shows in Australia as previously reported. We would also like to announce that we have added a headline show at Tuska Festival in Helsinki, Finland to the list and will shortly announce a surprise North American show for this summer as well."
Season Of Mist will release the new studio album from Morbid Angel, entitled "Illud Divinum Insanus," on June 6th internationally and June 7th in North America. The album will be released in Japan via JVC on June 1st. The new song "Existo Vulgoré" is currently available for streaming here, and the band also recently announced a deluxe box set version of the new album. More...