UK's Terrorizer has premiered the new MORBID ANGEL video for ‘Existo Vulgoré’; it was conceptualized by MORBID ANGEL and video director Thomas Mignone and produced through his production company Doom Incorporated. The look and style of the video is reminiscent of the classic, silent horror films era, and features the sculptures of artist Krystopher Sapp. ‘Existo Vulgoré’ comes from these extreme metal masters' eight studio album, ‘Illud Divinum Insanus’, released in June 2011 on Season Of Mist Records. ‘Illud Divinum Insanus’ was recorded at several studios, including Erik Rutan's Mana Recording Studios, with mixing being handled by Sean Beaven. The album was the band's first to be recorded without longtime drummer Pedro “Pete” Sandoval, and is featuring drummer Tim Yeung (HATE ETERNAL, NILE). The album's artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes:
“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.”
Download yourself ‘Existo Vulgoré’ for free here, and buy ‘Illud Divinum Insanus’ here from Seasons Of Mist. Listen to the full controversial album here (BandCamp) or via player available below. Furthermore, in February 2012 Season Of Mist plans to release a double compilation of remixed tracks from MORBID ANGEL's ‘Illud Divinum Insanus’ album, a collection of 39 versions of MORBID ANGEL's newest songs as presented by artists from the electro/industrial, techno and club scene. (The remixes have since been released and can be indulged in freely here (BandCamp), courtesy the label.)
“MORBID ANGEL hired LAIBACH to remix some of their tracks way back in 1994; this isn’t new territory for them. And many of the songs on ‘Illud’ (‘Existo Vulgoré’, ‘Blades For Baal’, ‘Nevermore’, ‘Beauty Meets Beast’) are as raw and savage as anything the band’s ever recorded. And Trey Azagoth's guitar solos, always one of the group's primary attractions, are wild displays of virtuosic technique, just as they’ve always been. … ‘Illud Divinum Insanus’ isn’t a stumble for MORBID ANGEL; it’s a left turn by a band that’s already made many of them throughout its over 20-year career,” [reminds the listening (as well as hopefully reading and thinking) public AllMusic's Phill Freeman – more here:]
MORBID ANGEL: Illud Divinum Insanus
MORBID ANGEL was formed in 1984 in Tampa, Florida by Trey Azagthoth. Along with DEATH, MORBID ANGEL is credited with being the driving force behind death metal movement (which includes DEICIDE and OBITUARY to name but two of many notables) in that part of the world. After releasing a couple of demos, (‘Scream For Blasphemies’ and ‘Bleed For The Devil’) guitarist Trey Azagthoth, drummer Pete Sandoval, bassist and vocalist David Vincent, and second guitarist Richard Brunelle came up with their first full-length album ‘Altar Of Madness’ in 1989, setting a new precedent for metal bands to reach. (“With the arguable exception of DEATH, never before had a heavy metal band carried their lightning-fast guitar riffs and equally spellbinding guitar solos into such horrific territory,” commented AllMusic's Jason Birchmeier.) The album for which Azagthoth credited Mozart for inspiration and which is considered by many a landmark release in the death metal genre, is 1991's ‘Blessed Are The Sick’: “Despite his [Azagthoth's] unusual beliefs [the occult, ancient magic, witchcraft and the “Necronomicon”], his playing is on par with the best the genre has to offer, shredding through these songs with an unbelievable ease and dexterity that brings to mind his guitar hero, Eddie Van Halen,” observed Bradley Torreano, AllMusic. 1993's Flemming Rasmussen-produced album ‘Covenant’ was the first major label release for a death metal band in the U.S. (Giant Records / Earache Records); ‘Covenant’ has sold 150,000 copies world-wide. After Brunelle's departure from MORBID ANGEL in 1992, the band enlisted guitarist Erik Rutan on their fourth full-length, 1995's ‘Domination’. The official live album ‘Entangled In Chaos’ was the last album to feature David Vincent until his recent return to the band. Introducing new bassist and vocalist into the line-up, Steve Tucker, out came ‘Formulas Fatal To The Flesh’ in 1997: “Not only is Azagthoth's guitar monstrously powerful, but the rhythm section manages to be simultaneously nimble and pummeling. The group has written some of their strongest songs to date - nothing here relies on pure riffage alone. The end result of the musical and writing vision is one hell of an album and possibly their best record to date,” observed Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic. Opening with a chorus of swamp frogs, sixth album 2000's ‘Gateways To Annihilation’, was to feature Tucker as full contributor to the band's material; he left MORBID ANGEL shortly after the release and was replaced by Jared Anderson, a member of Erik Rutan's HATE ETERNAL. Rutan would quit MORBID ANGEL in 2002 but the band continued to make music; ‘Heretic’ was issued in 2003: “MORBID ANGEL helped establish the old-school death metal style back in the day, and they’ve kept that flame alive ever since, with albums like ‘Heretic’ shining a bit brighter in the metal underground than others,” concluded Jason Birchmeier, AllMusic.
MORBID ANGEL features: Trey Azagthoth – guitar, David Vincent (yes, he’s back) – bass & vocals, Destructhor – guitar and Tim Yeung – drums