Morbid Angel’s Trey Azagthoth Calls “Illud Divinum Insanus” A “Confused Effort” & Declares “Radikult” A “Silly Song”

Guitarist Trey Azagthoth of Morbid Angel thinks that the band’s “Illud Divinum Insanus” album was a “confused effort” whose hard to place direction eventually led to the exit of vocalist/bassist David Vincent.

In an interview with Guitar World, Azagthoth tells:

“It just shows how David and I are in different worlds these days. He is, for sure, an artist and great in his own way, but was becoming so very different than what I was into. It was a confused effort and that is why I changed the lineup.

I already knew the result was gonna be off during rehearsals and recording,” he added. “Some of it turned out cool, but David made his vocals too loud — like usual — and the rhythm guitars got subdued in the mix. Then David flew to L.A. to finish some vocals with the engineer that mixed the record. And it seems he influenced how the mix was gonna turn out. Before I heard the final mixes for the record I thought it was gonna sound a lot more heavy. But nothing could save a silly song like ‘Radikult’, which I just tried to ignore. I had nothing to do with that thing.”

On Dave Vincent’s decision to join forces with several other musicians – including ex-Morbid Angel drummer Tim Yeung – to play classic Morbid Angel tracks under the I Am Morbid monicker, Trey states:

“Sometimes ya just gotta laugh. I’m moving on, and hey, I wish David all the best with whatever he’s doing. Me and David made great things in the past for many years and then we grew apart. But now I have people working with me that I can relate to better. Working with Steve is awesome and we go out there and do all that fucked up, sick-ass shit again.”

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Morbid Angel Premiere New Song “For No Master” From Upcoming New Album “Kingdoms Disdained”

Morbid Angel premiere their new track “For No Master” from their upcoming new album, “Kingdoms Disdained“, which comes out this Friday via Silver Linings Music. Check it out now below.

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Morbid Angel Frontman Steve Tucker Slams Fake News And Clickbait Culture

Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker criticizes the fact that the 24-hour entertainment news cycle forces journalists to come up with sensationalized headlines for stories that are at times misleading.

Tucker, who is currently promoting Morbid Angel’s forthcoming album “Kingdoms Disdained”, tells Metal Rules in a new interview:

“In America, one of the big problems is the fact that the news has now become part of the entertainment business. There’s so many competing news organizations that are just looking for ratings. So, everything is so sensationalized and even metal. Metal has become so sensationalized. There’s so many metal web sites and metal magazines that are really just about gossip and not about metal. And, really, I have to say, personally, man, it breaks my fucking heart, because metal was always a different culture, man. Metal didn’t have anything to do with pop culture whatsoever. It was about people that want the same as everyone else and they didn’t just want to listen to candy-ass music. People were little bit different, a little bit of a counterculture.

“For ratings online and things like that, magazines are doing it for gossip, and doing it for that big headline, and to make so many people click on it and read it and just like most everything else in all our planet right now, the truth isn’t what’s important,” he continued. “The truth isn’t what’s important, it’s just the headline that makes people come and look at it… It becomes sensationalized and the real story isn’t interesting. What’s only interesting is if there was a conflict with another person and we can sensationalize it.”

“We’re metalheads. I really honestly thought that we were better than this. I really thought metalheads were not just another extension of pop culture, but, really, honestly, by being a headline-grabbing entity and by being a person that just wants to see the headline and only wants to go read about something for gossip — you’re just like the rest of pop culture. You might as well just start listening to Kanye West, and, actually, that’s probably on me, because I don’t fucking know. I don’t know a lot about pop, but you might as well just start listening to that, watching TV ten hours a day and just buy the stuff they’re selling you, because you’re not really as different as you kind of thought you were.”

Continues Tucker:

“I really wish that the metal journalists — and I don’t mean any offense for any individual whatever — I really wish that metal would see it for what it truly is, a counterculture and, I mean, to do things the same way the rest of the pop world does things makes absolutely no sense to me.”

Morbid Angel was forced to cancel its November/December European tour due to “continued problems with the U.S. State Department and passport issues.”

The band also scrapped its European summer festival appearances in July and August due to what it called “unfortunate and last-minute unforeseen problems with a passport for one of the members of the band.”

“Kingdoms Disdained” will be unleashed on December 1 via Silver Lining Music in the U.S. and JVC in Japan.

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Morbid Angel Premieres New Song “Piles Of Little Arms” From Upcoming New Album “Kingdoms Disdained”

Morbid Angel premieres a new song entitled “Piles Of Little Arms” through premium streaming services. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming new album “Kingdoms Disdained”, which will meet a December 01st release through UDR Music.

The album finds the band reunited with vocalist/bassist Steve Tucker. Furthermore, relative newcomers to the band, guitarist Dan Vadim Von and drummer Scott Fuller, make their recording debut with the band on “Kingdoms Disdained”.

Check out now “Piles Of Little Arms” below.

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Morbid Angel Reveals New Album Release Date Artwork And Title, “Kingdoms Disdained”

American death metal legends Morbid Angel has announced that their name of their forthcoming new studio album will be, “Kingdoms Disdained” and that will be released on December 1st through UDR Music. You can also view the album cover below. More information, including the track listing is expected to follow shortly.

This will mark the first album with vocalist/bassist Steve Tucker since 2003’s, “Heretic,” as former frontman David Vincent returned in 2004, with whom the band released the controversial album album, “Illud Divinum Insanus” in 2011, before he once again parted company with the group in 2015. It will also mark the first Morbid Angel album to feature new guitarist Dan Vadim Von and drummer Scott Fuller.

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Devangelic Releases “Of Maggots And Disease” Lyric Video

Today the Italian brutal death metal band Devangelic releases a video for “Of Maggots And Disease,” taken off the “Phlegethon” album due out this coming October 27th, 2017. The album’s full track listing is as follows:

1. Plagued By Obscurity
2. Mutilation Above Salvation
3. Of Maggots And Disease
4. Malus Invictus
5. Abominated Impurity Of The Oppressed
6. Condemned To Dismemberment
7. Wretched Incantations
8. Manifestation Of Agony
9. Decaying Suffering
10. Asphyxiation Upon Phlegethon
11. He Who Sleeps (Morbid Angel cover) *
12. Abominated Impurity Of The Oppressed (Promo 2016) *
*A limited Digipack version will be released with 2 bonus tracks.

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Prezir Debuts Full-Album Stream Of Brand New EP “Contempt”

Milwaukee’s Prezir debuts the full-album stream of the band’s brand new EP “Contempt”, out now via Bandcamp. Featuring guitarist/bassist Rory Heikkila (Shroud of Despondency), vocalist/lyricist Luka Djordjevic (Khazaddum), and drummer Brian Serzynski (Pigs Blood), “Contempt” is an iniquitous and undeniably feral blend of death, black, and thrash metal with influences inclusive of early Emperor, early Enslaved, Grand Belial’s Key, Arghoslent, Morbid Angel, Deicide, and Destroyer 666.

Check out now “Contempt” in its entirety below.

Contempt by Prezir

Drums on Contempt were tracked by Dan Klein at Iron Hand Audio. Everything else as recorded and produced by the band in 2017. Mixing by Rory Heikkila.

Track Listing:

1. How God Loves
2. Devotee Decree
3. Holy Men of Putridity
4. The Legend of the Five Suns
5. Dar al-Harb
6. Serpents in the House of Ra

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Lago Signs With Unique Leader Records

Unique Leader Records is proud to announce the signing of Phoenix, Arizona-based death metal quartet Lago for the release of the band’s impending second LP. Lago comments:

“With this record, we are really trying to step outside of the box that we’ve created for ourselves. Our previous stuff is very heavily influenced by Morbid Angel and Emperor, and though those influences are still very heavy in our sound, we really want to make sure we just aren’t going to put out the same record as our last one, ‘Tyranny.’

“A lot of the new stuff we’re doing is exclusively two-part guitar. We wouldn’t go and call this a prog record, but in terms of what’s going on within the songs themselves I would say the guitar work is a lot busier. Lyrically, I think you can expect a lot of similarities. Our country is a crazy place right now with the political climate and a seemingly divided population. There’s a lot of vile, and disgusting things happening, and I think that will reflect in the writing and really set the tone for the album.”

Stand by for additional info on Lago’s impending second album upon its completion in the months ahead.

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Thus Defiled Streaming “A Return To The Shadows” EP

English black metal group Thus Defiled is now streaming latest EP release, “A Return To The Shadows,” in its entirety. Partake in the blasphemy below!

“A Return To The Shadows” features one never before heard original track, “Armaggeda In Rapture,” along with four monumental covers reinterpreting songs that first helped inspire the infernal birth of Thus Defiled.

The EP is respectfully dedicated to the memories of Metallica’s Cliff Burton, Death’s Chuck Schuldiner, and Thus Defiled’s own Grant Saunders.

1. Armagedda In Rapture
2. Evil Dead (Death)
3. Creeping Death (Metallica)
4. Demon Seed (Morbid Angel)
5. Hellion (W.A.S.P.)

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“Blackhearts” Documentary Offered Free For Iranian Viewers

The producers of the award-winning documentary “Blackhearts” have had a goal to release the film in Iran since early in development, and as news of the documentary started to spread online, Iranian main character Sina began receiving messages from aspiring young metalheads finding inspiration in his story, themselves wishing to play the music they love without fear of consequences.

Preparing for the DVD release, all kinds of approaches for distribution or screening possibilities in Iran were pursued, but no traditional solutions were found. Now a geoblocked minisite has been created where all Iranians can watch the full documentary for free, and the production company Gammaglimt has reached out to spread the link below the radar of the Iranian regime. If you’re in Iran and want to view the film, send a message at Facebook here.

Sina comments: “I have received many inquiries from young musicians in Iran, both via email and through social media, who have read about me in connection with Blackhearts. In Iran, it is impossible to play black metal. It is impossible to release your music legally and concerts is also something you can forget. Through my story, they can see that it is possible!”

The story of Sina’s oppression at the hands of the Iranian government questions the role of authority in dictating what defines art; on the other end lies Kaiadas, a government oppressor who is a member of Greece’s neo-fascist political party The Golden Dawn by day and black metal musician by night. In the middle, we have Hector, a devoted Satanist and frontman for the Colombian black metal band Luciferian. All three of them exemplifying the global reach and cultural heritage of Norwegian black metal. Also featured in the film are Norwegian black metallers Keep Of Kalessin, Nocturno Culto from Darkthrone, Destructhor from Myrkskog/Zyklon/ex-Morbid Angel and Tjalve from Den Saakaldte/ex-1349.

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