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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 Announces New Album Chart Positions

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.

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Morbid Angel Live Footage Posted Online

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.

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Morbid Angel Delays New Album's Canadian Release

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.

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Just For Fun

Hitler Reacts To New Morbid Angel Album

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.

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Sunday Old School: Morbid Angel

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...

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Musicians Comment On New Morbid Angel Album

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...

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Morbid Angel Single Hits #1 On Amazon

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...

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Full Lineup For 2011 Heavy MTL Festival Announced

Death metal veterans Morbid Angel have announced that they will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of the Heavy MTL festival. Heavy MTL 2011 is set to take place on July 23rd and 24th at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can view the entire festival lineup below.

Saturday, July 23:

Sunday, July 24:

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Morbid Angel Announces Box Set Details

Morbid Angel's new album "Illud Divinum Insanus" will see a special North American box set release through Relapse Mailorder. The box set includes the "Illud Divinum Insanus" CD in a leather-bound book, "Illud Divinum Insanus" on double, 180 gram vinyl, two black candles with red wax blasphegrams, incense and incense burner, an exclusive Morbid Angel, poster and full color t-shirt.

The box itself is a wooden six panel box with pull-out drawer and engraved markings. All of the items have been made exclusively for this limited edition and will not be available separately. The "Illud Divinum Insanus" box set see its North American release on June 21st.

A new song from the album, titled "Existo Vulgore," can be heard by heading over to this location.

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Brutal Assault 2011

The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Japan's Kabuto Metal Festival Cancelled

The Haunted reports that the Kabuto Metal Festival that was to take place in Japan in May has been cancelled by the organizers due to the situation resulting from the earthquake and tsunami in early March. Bands who were to participate in the fest included:

White Side: Story of the Year, Thursday, Underoath, envy, Architects, Meaning, and Crossfaith

Dark Side: Morbid Angel, The Haunted, Ihsahn, Origin, Rotten Sound, and Leprous

"We hope to come back to Japan later this year," states The Haunted. The band still plans to play their Australian dates as well as their appearance in Bangkok, however.

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New Morbid Angel Track Available

A new Morbid Angel song titled "Existo Vulgore" has made its way online. The track is taken from the band's forthcoming studio album, "Illud Divinum Insanus," the band's first in almost a decade. You can check out the new song as well as the album's tracklisting below.

1. Omni Potens
2. Too Extreme!
3. Existo Vulgoré
4. Blades for Baal
5. I Am Morbid
6. 10 More Dead
7. Destructos VS the Earth / Attack
8. Nevermore
9. Beauty Meets Beast
10. Radikult
11. Profundis - Mea Culpa

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Morbid Angel Reveals New Album Tracklisting

American death metal legends Morbid Angel have revealed the track listing for their forthcoming new studio album, "Illud Divinum Insanus," their first in eight years. You can check it out at the bottom of the page. The album will be released through the french record label Season Of Mist on June 6th in Europe, with a North American release date of June 7th to follow.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Omni Potens
2. Too Extreme!
3. Existo Vulgoré
4. Blades For Baal
5. I Am Morbid
6. 10 More Dead
7. Destructos VS The Earth / Attack
8. Nevermore
9. Beauty Meets Beast
10. Radikult
11. Profundis - Mea Culpa

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Morbid Angel Reveals New Album Artwork

American death metal legends Morbid Angel has revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Illud Divinum Insanus." You can check it out below. The album will be the band's first record since 2003 and will be released through Season of Mist Records on June 7th in North America, with an international release date of June 6th.

Speaking on the artwork, designer Gustavo Sazes stated: "To create this cover we worked from several references, ideas, elements, and I would say a 'world' of options and paths. After a long brainstorming period and some [good and bad] ideas left behind we came up with the concept of this organic surreal insane being; a fallen God or a weird mirror image of our own madness. It is a different Morbid Angel cover for sure, but I think that's how Morbid Angel is... Deviant and different on each new release. They never repeat themselves. They are always pushing the boundaries and setting new standards. I'm really proud of the final results and hope the fans appreciate my work, while listening to the new album!" More...

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Morbid Angel Announces New Live Shows

As was previously announced, Morbid Angel has set "Illud Divinum Insanus" as the title of the band's forthcoming album. The album has been scheduled for release on June 6th, 2011 in Europe and June 7th, 2011 in North America. This will be Morbid Angel's eighth studio album, and the first since front man David Vincent rejoined the fold.

Morbid Angel has now announced a string of upcoming tour dates in support of the release. The currently announced shows are as follows, with more to be announced soon:

21 May 11 Osaka (JP) Hatch (Dark Day Festival)
22 May 11 Tokyo (JP) Studio Coast (Dark Day Festival)
25 May 11 Singapore (SG) Tba
27 May 11 Melbourne (AU) The Hifi
28 May 11 Sydney (AU) The Manning Bar
09 Jun 11 Sölvesborg (SE) Sweden Rock Festival
17 Jun 11 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
18 Jun 11 København (DK) Copenhell
05 Aug 11 Wacken (DE) Wacken Open Air
06 Aug 11 Calvão (PT) Vagos Open Air
11 Aug 11 Jaromer (CZ) Brutal Assault
12 Aug 11 Schlotheim (DE) Flugplatz Obermehler (Party.San Open Air)
14 Aug 11 Walton-on-Trent (UK) Bloodstock

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Morbid Angel Reveals New Album Title

American death metal legends Morbid Angel have revealed that the name of their highly anticipated new studio album will be "Illud Divinum Insanus." The record will be released through Season Of Mist Records in Europe June 6th and in North America on June 7th.

A single from the album, "Nevermore," will also be released on vinyl. "Illud Divinum Insanus" will be Morbid Angel's first album 2003's, "Heretic" and will be the first official release from the band not to feature drummer Pete Sandoval, who is currently recovering from back surgery, though he is still a member of the band. Taking his place for the time being is Tim Yeung, who is best known for his work with Hate Eternal and Divine Heresey.

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Motorhead And W.A.S.P. To Headline Bloodstock

The organisers of Great Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that, in addition to black metal icons Immortal headlining the second day of the event, heavy metal veterans W.A.S.P. will be headlining the main stage on the friday, with rock gods Motorhead closing the festivities on the final day of the event. Speaking about the festival, Motorhead frontman Lemmy stated:

"Bloodstock is celebrating 11 years, Motorhead 36 years - Boys and girls, come and see, we will rock your fu**in’ ass’. See you at Bloodstock!"

The event will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 12th-14th and will feature the following lineup: More...

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Onslaught Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have been added to the bill for this year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival. Also newly confirmed is Venomin James. The event will take place in the town of Wacken, Germany from August 4th-6th 2011.

The lineup is now as follows:

As I Lay Dying
Battle Beast
Blaas Of Glory
Blind Guardian
Bulent Ceylan
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Hail Of Bullets
The Haunted
Hayseed Dixie
Heaven Shall Burn
Iced Earth
In Solitude
Judas Priest
Kreator More...

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Immolation To Play Scion Rock Fest

Immolation has been announced as the latest confirmed act for the upcoming Scion Rock Festival, which is set to take place on March 5th in Pomona, California. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The other announced bands are as follows:


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Triptykon To Play Party.San Festival

The organizers of the Party.San 2011 festival have issued the following announcement about more bands appearing on the bill:

"Raised from the ashes of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost by Tom Gabriel Fischer himself, PARTY.SAN 2011 is proud and honored to announce the addition of Triptykon to its expanding bill of bands. Hell literally broke loose with the release of the band's Eparistera Daimone debut. Pitch black and truly evil music for devoted fans of extreme metal.

"Gorguts from Canada recently joined the PARTY.SAN bill. A death metal dinosaur of sorts, the band formed in 1989 and, having survived a host of trends, tragedies and breakups, are still going strong today. Gorguts will present to you a technical and extremely furious death metal show you will never forget.

"Enslaved are easily among Norway’s finest bands. The progressive black/Viking metal ensemble has remained dark and innovative for their two-decade-long existence and will bring their monolithic blackness to the PARTY.SAN 2011 stage." More...

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