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Morbid Angel obliterates competition at the State Theater July 29/2014

The old say proclaims that experience is something you cannot improvise or replicate. You need to acquire it through years at the war front, whatever your skill set is. That was demonstrated on July 29 when the now mandatory Summer Slaughter Tour came to the State Theater, located in St. Pete, Florida. None of the participating bands on the current tour (including heavyweights Goatwhore, Origin, and the mighty Dying Fetus) were remotely close to reach the level of obliterating power and majestic sense of darkness showcased by legendary headliners, Morbid Angel.

Some people might disagree but to us, it's clear that after three decades pioneering and redefining the Death Metal genre, the appeal and panache of this Floridian quartet is impossible to emulate. That was demonstrated in the way every song on their set list (both old or new) was received by the rabid fans. "Rapture" "Fall from Grace", "Where The Slime Lives" and even the most recent "Existo Vulgoré" were all worshiped with equal level of euphoria by those in attendance. If that doesn't prove the longevity and influence of the band's repertory on older and newer generations, then, nothing else will.

Despite some minor technical issues here and there, the current line up couldn't perform any in better. Frontman, David Vincent, used his quasi-zen evil persona to set his own set of rules on stage. Both menacing and alluring at the same time, he commanded the masses through the show like if they were experiencing an unique religious experience. Axeman Trey Azagthoth went into total communion with his guitar while the newest generation, represented by guitarist Destructhor and drummer Tim Yeung delivered the goods as the seasoned performers they have become after several years playing with the band.

Experience is something you cannot improvise. Definitely, Morbid Angel is a living proof of this universal truth. They just demonstrated that on this unforgettable show and probably will do it again tomorrow and in the years to come. If you don't trust us, go to one of their shows... you will become a believer.

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Ramon Martos Garcia proudly writes for Metal Underground.com, PureGrainAudio.com and other metal/rock related websites. He's the owner of an indie record label and runs a site about Metal album covers, And Justice for Art.

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