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Morbid Angel

Throughout history only a handful of artists have been able to achieve a truly iconic stature within any given artform. MORBID ANGEL isamong those select few. Shattering the boundaries of creativity and imagination while evolving with each groundbreaking release throughoutits historic career, the band stands alone as the true icon in extreme music, serving as source of countless inspiration to the multitude offans and never failing to amaze with each evolving chapter. Formed in 1984 by founding member Trey Azagthoth, the Floridian band wentthrough a number of lineup changes and recorded the n ...read more

Throughout history only a handful of artists have been able to achieve a truly iconic stature within any given artform. MORBID ANGEL isamong those select few. Shattering the boundaries of creativity and imagination while evolving with each groundbreaking release throughoutits historic career, the band stands alone as the true icon in extreme music, serving as source of countless inspiration to the multitude offans and never failing to amaze with each evolving chapter. Formed in 1984 by founding member Trey Azagthoth, the Floridian band wentthrough a number of lineup changes and recorded the now highly sought-after demos, Scream for Blasphemies and Bleed for the Devil.Azagthoth’s interests in the occult, ancient magic, witchcraft and the Necronomicon poured into the band’s lyricism, as the musical contextgrew darker and attained definitive sophistication. The 7’’ single Thy Kingdom Come was released in Europe in 1988 and MORBID ANGELwas prepared to make a profound universal statement in form of guitarist Trey Azagthoth, drummer Pete Sandoval, bassist/vocalist DavidVincent, and second guitarist Richard Brunelle.

Altars Of Madness descended upon the worldwide metal community in May of 1989 as a raging storm, baffling the listeners with the insaneamount of energy and adrenaline emanating from each track along with the finely-shaped musical passages and fiercely intense atmosphere.Nothing else sounded like this album at the time and the fans of what was then considered to be ‘extreme’ music were exposed to somethingtruly out of this world.

Blessed Are The Sick, 1991’s sophomore full length release adorned in J. Delville’s painting ‘Les Tresors De Satan’ as cover art, isconsidered to be one of the most revered albums in metal history as well as a pure musical masterpiece. The dark ambience and classicalovertones were deeply engraved into the context, as Azagthoth credited Mozart for inspiration. The songs on the album have retained thevenomous energy of its predecessor, yet took the sound another step away from this earthly realm, seeing the band expand thematically aswell as musically. MORBID ANGEL was quickly becoming a devastating force to be reckoned with, not just within the metal community, butthe entire music field in general.

Covenant, the third album released in 1993, was a true milestone for the underground metal community and remains so to this day, beingthe first and only major label release by a death metal band. No compromises were made. In fact, this album is considered to be one of thedarkest and most Satanically-inspired releases by the band throughout its collection. The lineup consisted of Trey Azagthoth handling theentire guitar assault and keyboard work along with Sandoval and Vincent in their respective positions, as Brunelle exited the band in 1992.At this point MORBID ANGEL had become the living proof that creativity did not have to meet the demands of conformity in order to achievecommercial success. The band was ready to conquer and dominate further.

Domination, out in May 1995, was the band’s second major label release. Guitarist Erik Rutan creatively contributed to the material featuredon the album. This release was a grandiose, slime-ridden departure from its predecessor, applying a generous use of heavy grooves andpower-driven detuned chordal progressions. The band had become an otherworldly organic slime-dripping machine from the swamps ofFlorida, far evolved musically and thematically from its initial commercial success. MORBID ANGEL had once again placed itself at theforefront of the extreme metal community with this incredible release.

The official live album Entangled In Chaos was recorded during the Domination touring cycle. The band had become an otherworldly organicslime-dripping machine from the swamps of Florida, far evolved musically and thematically from its initial commercial success. MORBIDANGEL had once again placed itself at the forefront of the extreme metal community with this incredibly powerful live album.

Formulas Fatal To The Flesh was released in 1997 as a strikingly different MORBID ANGEL effort in comparison to its predecessor. Gonewere the polished edge production and the Romanesque themes of militance. David Vincent's departure from the band had shocked thefanbase. Yet MORBID ANGEL brought forth its underground roots with a truly awe-inspiring release of the most beautifully-ugliest, meanestmaterial throughout its catalog. A portion of the lyrics for this album were written in Sumerian and the three F’s in the title each representthe sixth letter of the alphabet. According to the diehard followers of MORBID ANGEL, this album harkens back to the Altars era with itsrage-filled atmosphere.

Gateways To Annihilation was the highly anticipated metal release of 2000. Opening with a chorus of swamp frogs, the album deliveredanother devastating blow to the ears of metal fans across the world. The song structures appeared to be very tight and focused, drawingmore on power and form rather than the chaotic brutality of the previous release.

Heretic, out in 2003, saw MORBID ANGEL as an entity truly out of this Universe. It captured an essence so far removed from the physicalrealm in form of a multi-structured, fiery whirlwind of sweeping guitar passages and burning solos and fierce drumming. « hide

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LPs
Illud Divinum Insanus
2011

1.7
523 Votes
Heretic
2003

2.9
337 Votes
Gateways to Annihilation
2000

3.5
369 Votes
Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
1998

3.6
342 Votes
Domination
1995

3.7
523 Votes
Covenant
1993

4.1
693 Votes
Blessed Are the Sick
1991

4.2
674 Votes
Altars of Madness
1989

4.4
1,045 Votes
Abominations of Desolation
1986

3.8
181 Votes
EPs
Thy Kingdom Come
1987

4
6 Votes
Scream Forth Blasphemies
1986

3.1
4 Votes
Live Albums
Entangled in Chaos
1996

3.9
46 Votes
Compilations
Illud Divinum Insanus - The Remixes
02/24/2012

1.6
37 Votes
Laibach Remixes
1994


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