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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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Slayer Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

Los Angeles thrash metal legends SLAYER have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

Friday, June 27:

IRON MAIDEN
AVENGED SEVENFOLD

Saturday, June 28:

SLAYER
CARCASS
MESHUGGAH
TESTAMENT
AT THE GATES

Sunday, June 29:

JUDAS PRIEST
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
MORBID ANGEL
ENSLAVED

National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences members have nominated SLAYER for the band's third Grammy Award. The SLAYER track, "The Final Six", from the group's 2007 limited-edition "Christ Illusion", was nominated in the category of "Best Metal Performance."

"The Final Six", written by Tom Araya and guitarist Jeff Hanneman and produced by Josh Abraham, is a chilling look at an hypothesized end of the world. The song made its debut last July as the "Single of the Week" on MySpace where it has since accumulated some 750,000 plays, an astounding number for a song that received no commercial airplay.

"When I first got the word, I thought someone was playing a joke," mused Araya. "But obviously, we've made an impression on the industry. The people at the upper levels have taken notice of what we've done, and that's awesome."

SLAYER's two previous Grammy nominations were for 2002's "Disciple" from the album "God Hates Us All", and last year's "Eyes of the Insane", for which they took home the Grammy Award.

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Morbid Angel Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

Legendary Florida death metallers MORBID ANGEL have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

IRON MAIDEN (headliner June 27)
JUDAS PRIEST (headliner June 29)
CARCASS
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
MORBID ANGEL
AT THE GATES
MESHUGGAH
ENSLAVED

More bands will be announced soon.

MORBID ANGEL is currently in the studio working on material for its first studio album since 2003's "Heretic". The upcoming CD will mark the group's first release to feature frontman David Vincent since 1995's "Domination".

MORBID ANGEL is presently unsigned, having parted ways with Earache Records following "Heretic"'s release.

Although MORBID ANGEL's upcoming album does not currently have a name, its title will likely begin with the letter "I", in keeping with the band's tradition of titling their albums in alphabetical order beginning with 1989's "Altars of Madness", and continuing through "Heretic".

MORBID ANGEL's current lineup includes Vincent, guitarist Trey Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval.

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Soulfly's Marc Rizzo Offers Guitar Lessons

SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo is offering guitar lessons out of his hometown in New Jersey. Says Rizzo, "I'm accepting all levels of ability, from beginner to advanced. If you want to learn how to shred, flamenco finger picking or just your basic scales, contact me if you can get to New Jersey. Lessons will be available starting January 22 and go practically every day until the end of March when I go back on tour."

If interested, you can e-mail Marc at marcrizzo26@yahoo.com or visit his MySpace page.

Rizzo's latest solo album, "The Ultimate Devotion", was released on July 31, 2007 through Shrapnel Records in the U.S. and Mascot Records throughout Europe. More...

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Morbid Angel Frontman Speaks On Soulfly Appearance

MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent has commented on his guest appearance on SOULFLY's upcoming sixth album, due next summer via Roadrunner Records.

Said Vincent: "I was really stoked to work with Max [Cavalera, SOULFLY mainman] on his new album. SOULFLY is a great band and Max has been a friend for many years."

He added, "I think people are really going to dig the new stuff. The track I worked on is very brutal and Marc Rizzo's guitar work is exceptional!"

David is currently in the studio working on material for MORBID ANGEL's first studio album since 2003's "Heretic". The upcoming CD will mark the group's first release to feature Vincent since 1995's "Domination".

MORBID ANGEL is presently unsigned, having parted ways with Earache Records following "Heretic"'s release.

Although MORBID ANGEL's upcoming album does not currently have a name, its title will likely begin with the letter "I", in keeping with the band's tradition of titling their albums in alphabetical order beginning with 1989's "Altars of Madness", and continuing through "Heretic".

MORBID ANGEL's current lineup includes Vincent, guitarist Trey Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval.

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Lizzy Borden To Film New Video This Weekend

LIZZY BORDEN will film a video this weekend for the song "Tomorrow Never Comes".

The clip, which will be shot on location in downtown Los Angeles with director Kevin Mcvey, is described as "a haunted little tale."

This will be the first video from the band's forthcoming album, "Appointment with Death", due in the U.S. on October 30 via Metal Blade Records (November 5 in Europe). Appearing in the clip will be bandmembers Lizzy Borden, Joey Scott, Marten Andersson and Ira Black.

"Appointment with Death" was produced by Lizzy Borden and Joey Scott. It was recorded at the Zanzibar studios in N. Hollywood CA and was mixed by Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, ex-MORBID ANGEL) at Mana sound in Florida

Like all past Lizzy Borden recordings, "Appointment with Death" is a conceptual piece; this concept is centered around the theme of, as the title implies, death.

Commented Lizzy: "Oddly enough, writing eleven songs about death was no easy task for me; lyrically being graphic or grotesque would have been too easy, and being overly morbid would bring nothing new to the concept. I wrote this just like I have all of the other LB recordings, as a play or a movie. There is a beginning, middle and an end with the lead character taking us on a journey. Death is all around us, lurking, waiting to pounce, striking fear and antagonizing the living in many different ways, I tried to explore some of those ways in the most poetic way that I know how."

The music on "Appointment with Death" was composed by Lizzy, Ira Black, Marten Andersson and Joey Scott and is epic, heavy, dark and melodic — everything a traditional LIZZY BORDEN recording should be and more. With new guitarist Ira Black along with Marten Andersson on bass and co/founder Joey Scott on the drums, the LIZZY BORDEN sound has evolved into a multi-dimensional ever-lasting-gobstopper working just as well in an ipod as it has always done on stage.

Said Lizzy: "These musicians are more then just special guests, they all, each in their own original way helped to create this work of fiction and bring 'Appointment with Death' to life."

Musicians appearing on the CD:

Lizzy (LIZZY BORDEN)
Joey Scott (LIZZY BORDEN)
Marten Andersson (LIZZY BORDEN, GEORGE LYNCH)
Ira Black (LIZZY BORDEN, METAL CHURCH)
George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB)
Dave Meniketti (Y & T)
Corey Beaulieu (TRIVIUM)
Jonas Hansson (SILVER MOUNTAIN)
Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, ex-MORBID ANGEL)
Michael T. Ross (ANGEL, HARDLINE)
Adam Cameron
Zane
Marliese Quance

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Artists Pay Tribute To Max Cavalera

Brazil's Roadie Crew and Argentina's Jedbangers magazines recently collaborated on a very special story on SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera. In addition to arranging a lengthy interview with Max conducted by Thiago Sarkis and Fernando Ibáñez, the two publications invited several world-renowned musicians who witnessed and/or toured with Cavalera in the early years of his career to talk about his importance to the heavy metal scene and to reveal interesting stories about him and SEPULTURA. This ultimate tribute to the most important and influential South American metal musician and band ever is the cover story in the brand new issue of Roadie Crew (which is out on the newsstands right now) and will be a highlight in Jedbangers' next issue, which will be released in two weeks (featuring MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine on the cover).

Here is what some of heavy metal's most renowned musicians have had to say about Max Cavalera and SEPULTURA:

Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD):

"Max Cavalera is a very important man. He with the rest of SEPULTURA were the first Brazilian band to play outside of Brazil, and gain a large, fanatical following. We met them in 1991 when we played together, and we soon realized they were arrogant sons of bitches same as we were! Since then we've played with Max, SEPULTURA, then SOULFLY, and with SEPULTURA featuring Derrick, the big lad. They always put on a great show, the fans go crazy, and they keep pushing the odds. Luck to them."

Vinnie Paul Abbott (HELLYEAH, ex-PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN):

"Max is metal! We had the pleasure of having both SEPUTURA and SOULFLY touring with PANTERA and every night they gave us a run for the money. Max writes intense lyrics and delivers them with conviction and passion. His riffs are crushing and he has always had a great metal guitar sound. In short, Max is a metal god and he lives and breathes it every day. He and his bands put Brazil on the heavy metal map and brought a new tribal feel to the scene. So, here's to Max: 'dente preto my brother!!!'"

Mille Petrozza (KREATOR):

"I've known Max since '85. He was my first penpal from Brazil. Back then his name was Max Possessed and his brother Igor drew a self-made SEPULTURA t-shirt for me. Max is still a good friend who hasn't changed a bit over the years. If we run into each other on festivals nowadays it's always cool and relaxed. Max is one of metal's most creative and down-to-earth characters. A living legend!"

Kelly Shaefer (ATHEIST, NEUROTICA, UNHEARD):

"Max Cavalera is a fucking living legend, easily one of the most influential characters to ever play metal. When we first met years ago during the recording of 'Beneath the Remains', I was fortunate enough to work with him on a tune called 'Stronger Than Hate'. I wrote some lyrics, and helped him with his pronunciations, etc., because at that point he was not speaking English nearly as well as he does today. When I first heard the finished product, I was blown away at the quality of the music of SEPULTURA: they had great riffs, massive drumming, and it was quite memorable. I think since then, he has influenced many, many bands, and many in today's metal scene owe him a great deal of gratitude. I have maximum respect for Max, and all his work including SOULFLY. I tip my metal hat to you Max, you're a bad-ass mutherfucker!!!"

L.G. Petrov (ENTOMBED):

"Max and SEPULTURA were the ones that opened the doors for many bands from South America, and they got the rest of the world's attention with their full on thrash metal! I love Max's aggressive and energetic vocals. Personally he is one of my favorite singers of all time."

David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL):

"I've always had good thoughts of Max. I'm not only a contemporary and a friend, but also a fan. From SEPULTURA's 'Morbid Vision' death metal days to the innovation of SOULFLY, Max forged a path that in my opinion has given tremendously to the world of music. His early successes helped introduce the world to many new Brazilian artists who may not have had the same opportunities previously. I've seen the 'drink 'till you drop' days of the early 1990s and now the balanced, spiritual plateau he has achieved today, and Max remains a true star. From myself and the rest of MORBID ANGEL: 'Obrigado meu Amigo'!"

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Morbid Angel Comment On New Material

Legendary extreme metal band MORBID ANGEL is currently working on material for the group's first studio album since 2003's "Heretic". The upcoming CD will mark the group's first release to feature vocalist/bassist David Vincent since 1995's "Domination".

Commented guitarist Trey Azagthoth: "We are currently heavy with band rehearsals. Things are going really awesome, lots of exciting and inspired material. I'm damn ready to get this new release cranking!!"

MORBID ANGEL is presently unsigned, having parted ways with Earache Records following "Heretic"'s release.

Although MORBID ANGEL's upcoming album does not currently have a name, its title will likely begin with the letter "I", in keeping with the band's tradition of titling their albums in alphabetical order beginning with 1989's "Altars of Madness", and continuing through "Heretic".

MORBID ANGEL's current lineup includes Vincent, Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval.

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Morbid Angel Working On New Material

Florida-based extreme black legends MORBID ANGEL are currently working at returned singer David Vincent's private studio on new material that will surface later this year/early 2008. The band and their management are also actively seeking label representation for the anxiously-awaited, as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2003's Heretic.

Morbid Angel albums have been released with titles descending in alphabetical order and this trend will likely follow with a title beginning with the letter I. Morbid Angel's current lineup features Vincent, guitarist Trey Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval.

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Erik Rutan Comments On Passing Of Jared Anderson

HATE ETERNAL mainman Erik Rutan has commented on the passing of former MORBID ANGEL/HATE ETERNAL bassist/vocalist Jared Anderson, who died on Saturday, October 14 at the age of 30. The cause of his death has not yet been released.

Said Rutan: "This has been so hard for me to put into words for I am just devastated.

"Jared was such an incredible person, amazing musician and most of all, a best friend, a brother, family.

"Jared and I played together for over five years in HATE ETERNAL. We worked together on INTERNECINE, we toured together with MORBID ANGEL and spent some of the best days of our lives together as bandmates and as best friends.

"Jared was so devoted to his music, life, his friends and his family. There was nothing he would not do for anyone he cared for.

"Jared was there for me as I was for him, through thick and thin, good times and bad, a friend you could trust with your life.

"Jared and I spoke last week as we often did. He sounded so positive, healthy in his heart, in his mind, in his body.

"Jared worked so hard to accomplish all his goals in life and his dreams. We always talked about the good 'ole times and how great it would be to play together again someday. How Jared, Derek and I did so much together and lived a dream that so many wish to live. These times I will always cherish.

"Jared will always be a part of me for the rest of my life. I will never forget the friend he was to me and the endless devotion and loyalty he had for his fans, friends and family. I will always be grateful to have had Jared be such a big part of my life.

"I shall carry on your memory forever, your music will live on forever, your spirit will live on forever.

"Let us rejoice in all he did in his life and for the lives around him that he ever so touched. Now it is time for me to go support the Anderson family in their time of need and do one of the hardest things I have ever done — put my best friend to eternal rest.

"You will never be forgotten, my friend. May you find peace!!! I love you brother!!"

As previously reported, funeral services for Jared Anderson will be held Thursday, October 19 at the Funeral Home. Interment Pierce Township Cemetery in Ohio.

Jared Anderson was most recently working on a project which was known by its alias AS ONE...

Back in February 2006, former MORBID ANGEL bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker confirmed that he and Anderson were collaborating on new material in the "death metal" vein.

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Vocalist/Bassist Jared Anderson Passes Away

According to a MySpace bulletin from VITAL REMAINS, bassist and vocalist Jared Anderson passed away on Saturday, October 14. He was a former member of MORBID ANGEL and HATE ETERNAL. No cause of death has been released.

Visitation will take place Thursday, October 19 at the E. C. Nurre Funeral Home, St. Rt. 125 Amelia, Ohio from 9 am to 11 am followed by Funeral Services Thursday, 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment Pierce Township Cemetery.

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Extreme Metal Racing PS2 Game Trailer Online

You can now catch a glimpse of the final trailer for Earache Records’ forthcoming videogame online. ‘Earache Extreme Metal Racing’ is due to be released in the UK and Europe on November 3rd on PlayStation 2, PSP and PC and is set to take the videogaming world by storm.

The game features ten evil Earache racing teams battling it out on a torturous track that takes the wicked racers into the depths of hell and beyond. The teams you can drive around the 4 satanically-inspired levels include Mortiis, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Akercocke, Decapitated, Biomechanical, Municipal Waste, The Berzerker, Linea77 and Society 1.

For the first time this game introduces the world of video gaming to the genre of extreme metal head on, as fans will simultaneously be able to race their favourite artists whilst doing battle to over 3 hours of Earache’s most annihilating releases. The soundtrack to this brutal game not only features music and videos from the racing teams, but also includes tracks from classic Earache bands such as Napalm Death, At The Gates, Cathedral plus bonus unreleased material and videos.

You can watch the trailer on YouTube. You can see the game cover here. More...

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Akercocke To Support Morbid Angel In London

U.K. satanic death metal act AKERCOCKE has been confirmed as last-minute support to MORBID ANGEL in London this coming Tuesday, August 22 at the Mean Fiddler.

AKERCOCKE released their fourth album, entitled "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone", in October 2005 via Earache Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Choronzon" was recorded at the band's own Goat of Mendes studios in West London and was mixed by Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE). "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone" marks the recording debut with the group of new guitarist Matthew Wilcock, who replaced Paul Scanlan in 2005.

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Wacken Open Air Photos Posted Online

A number of high-quality photos of reunited ATHEIST and CARNIVORE, along with ABORTED, ARCH ENEMY, CELTIC FROST, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DANKO JONES, FEAR FACTORY, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MOTÖRHEAD, NEVERMORE, SIX FEET UNDER, SOILWORK, SOULFLY, WHITESNAKE and WINTERSUN, taken at this year's Wacken Open Air festival — which took place on August 3-5 in Wacken, Germany — have been posted online at www.metal-experience.com.

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Darkside To Support Morbid Angel

Austrian death metal band DARKSIDE will support MORBID ANGEL at Planet Music in Vienna, Austria on Monday, August 14, 2006.

DARKSIDE recently completed work on its fifth album, "Amber - Skeletal Journeys Through the Void", and is now looking for a label to release it. A track from the CD, "Suite in Pain Major", can currently be heard on the band's MySpace page. Other tracks expected to appear on the album include "Gods Of Death", "Pillars Of 'Err", "The Myth Of Reason", "dEVILerY", "Amber", "Architects Of Modern Atheism", "Solitary Confinement", and "The Burning".

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Morbid Angel Excited About European Tour

Morbid Angel are about to descend upon European shores to pass over venues bringing death metal. Morbid Angel and World Management would like to welcome back special guest guitarist Erik Rutan! This will certainly be an exciting event with the "Domination" line-up together for the first time in 10 years! We look forward to seeing you all on tour.

August

05 WACKEN OPEN AIR - WACKEN, GERMANY
07 MONSTERS OF ROCK FESTIVAL - KAVARNA, BULGARIA
11 AT TRAUN Spinnerei
12 BRUTAL ASSAULT FESTIVAL - SVOJSICE, CZECH REPUBLIC
14 PLANET MUSIC - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
15 SZIGET FESTIVAL - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
16 SKC - BELGRADE, SERBIA & MONTENEGRO
18 SUMMER BREEZE FESTIVAL - DINKELSBUEHL-SINBRONN, GERMANY
19 BE SINT-LIEVENS HOUTEM CC De Fabrik
20 013 - TILBURG, HOLLAND
22 MEAN FIDDLER - LONDON, ENGLAND
24 HOLE IN THE SKY FESTIVAL - BERGEN, NORWAY
26 UP FROM THE GROUND OPEN AIR - GEMUNDEN AM MAIN, GERMANY

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Erik Rutan to Rejoin Morbid Angel for Tour

Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal will be rejoining Morbid Angel as guitarist for their upcoming European tour. Morbid Angel stated the following on the reunion: "This will certainly be an exciting event with the 'Domination' lineup together for the first time in 10 years!"
The tour will be a summer festival tour and dates are as follows:

Aug. 05 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, GER
Aug. 07 - Monsters Of Rock Festival - Kavarna, BUL
Aug. 11 - Traun - Spinnerei, AUT
Aug. 12 - Brutal Assault Festival - Svojsice, CZR
Aug. 14 - Planet Music - Vienna, AUT
Aug. 15 - Sziget Festival - Budapest, HUN
Aug. 16 - Skc - Belgrade, SER
Aug. 18 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbuehl-Sinbronn, GER
Aug. 19 - CC De Fabriek - Sint-Lievens Houtem, BEL
Aug. 20 - 013 - Tilburg, NETH
Aug. 22 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK
Aug. 24 - Hole In The Sky Festival - Bergen, NOR
Aug. 26 - Up From The Ground Open Air - Gemunden Am Main, GER

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Brutal Assault Festival Lineup Nearly Complete

The 11th edition of the Brutal Assault festival is scheduled for August 10th - 12th in Svojsice U Prelouce (100 km east of Prague), Czech Republic.

Organizers have issued the following update:

This year’s event promises more impressive expansion and confirms that the organizers don’t intend to stagnate. On the contrary, from year to year, the festival’s program is more and more various and promises more and more foreign metal crowd-pullers for the fans of promiscuous extreme genres. Thanks to the participation of many first-rate metal bands, this event aspires to become a major metal festival in central Europe.

It’s difficult to say which band can be branded as the headliner because this year’s lineup offers up several giants of the metal genre.

Great attraction, especially for fans of atmospheric or symphonic black metal are Norwegians black metal gurus DIMMU BORGIR. In their case we can look for a frosty and dark concert experience.

The next exclusive guest comes from the USA. FEAR FACTORY, who were well known as a representatives of dehumanized cyber metal, but nowadays they come with a new actual face of the year 2006. More...

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Morbid Angel Announce Summer European Tour Dates

Morbid Angel have announced the following Festivals and club shows for the band in Europe this summer. See list below:

Aug. 05 Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
Aug. 07 Kavarna, Bulgaria - Monsters of Rock Festival
Aug. 12 Svojsice, Czech Republic - Brutal Assault Festival
Aug. 14 Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
Aug. 15 Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival
Aug. 16 Belgrade, SER - SKC
Aug. 18 Dinkelsbuehl-Sinbronn, Germany - Summer Breeze
Aug. 20 Tilburg, Holland - 013
Aug. 22 London, England - Mean Fiddler
Aug. 24 Bergen, Norway - Hole in the Sky
Aug. 26 Germunden am Main, Germany - Up from the Ground Open Air

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ex-Morbid Angel Singer To Guest On The Allknowing

THE ALLKNOWING, the new Ohio-based band featuring former GRIP INC./HEATHEN bassist Jason Vie Brooks, will be entering Online studios on May 19 to begin recording their debut album. The self-produced effort (with the help of a local engineer) will be titled "Hours for the Taking" and will feature the following songtitles among others: "Forgive Nothing", "Haunting Memory", "I Am What You Made Me", "Be a Man", "Out", "Mine", "So Complicated", "Truth Be Known", and "Failure". The CD will also contain a cover of MOTÖRHEAD's "Ace of Spades", with a guest vocal spot from Jared Anderson (ex-MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL). The band hope to complete the CD by mid-July for a tentative fall release via an as-yet-undetermined label.

THE ALLKNOWING's lineup is completed by vocalist Billy Cox, drummer Sean Harford and guitarist John Lynn.

For more information, including audio samples, visit the band's official web site.

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Live Photos From Masters Of Chaos Tour Posted

The following live photos are from the April 8th show at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Go to the Gallery Section to view them. Live report from the same show can be found here.

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