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Morbid Angel

Morbid Angel
Morbid Angel live in 2011
Background information
Origin Tampa, Florida, United States
Genres Death metal
Years active 1983–present
Labels Earache, Giant, Season of Mist, New Renaissance, Combat, Relativity
Members Trey Azagthoth
Tim Yeung
David Vincent
Past members Pete Sandoval
Mike Browning
Wayne Hartsell
Dallas Ward
Richard Brunelle
Kenny Bamber
Sterling Von Scarborough
Steve Tucker
Erik Rutan
Jared Anderson
Tony Norman
John Ortega
Michael Manson
Terri Samuels

Morbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida. UK music magazine Terrorizer ranked Morbid Angel's 1989 debut Altars of Madness first in its list "Top 40 greatest death metal albums". Decibel Magazine also rated guitarist Trey Azagthoth as the number one "death metal guitarist ever".[1] The band's songs are complex in arrangement, owing to the considerable technical skills of both Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval, who also played in the grindcore band Terrorizer. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Morbid Angel is the third best-selling death metal band in the United States (after Cannibal Corpse and Deicide up until 2003 with sales of over 445,000),[2] with their third album Covenant being the best-selling death metal album during the beginning of the Soundscan era time with over 150,000 units sold.[3]


Morbid Angel was formed in 1984 in Tampa, Florida. The band made their debut in 1987 on the New Renaissance Records record label. They recorded their debut album, Abominations of Desolation, in 1986, but the band was unsatisfied with the final product and it remained unreleased until 1991. Their first proper studio album, Altars of Madness, was released in 1989.

Morbid Angel was one of the original death metal bands signed to Earache Records, and was also influential in the transition of death metal from its thrash metal roots to its current form by incorporating guttural vocals, up-tempo blast beats, atonality in guitar soloing, and dark, chunky, mid-paced rhythms. They were also the first death metal band to have a touch of mainstream success in connection with being signed to Giant Records in 1992 and having the music video for the song "God of Emptiness" shown on an episode of Beavis and Butt-head.

The band's original lyrical themes focused mostly on Satanism, occultism and anti-Christian subject matter, but from Blessed Are the Sick onward, the lyrics moved toward the ancient Sumerian gods. Much of this is a nod to the Simon Necronomicon, which was influenced by Sumerian mythology, the author H. P. Lovecraft,[4] and fascination with the Roman Empire. However, some anti-religious elements continue to permeate the lyrics. Their albums are notable for being released in alphabetical order (their first album starts with the letter A, the second with B, etc.). Guitarist Trey Azagthoth commented in an interview that it was a coincidence with the first two albums, but has been done consciously since then.[5]

Morbid Angel's appearance on some of the mid-summer 2008 European festivals was announced as a "short break from writing and pre-production of their new 8th studio album".[6] In May 2008, it was announced that Thor Anders Myhren (Destructhor) of Zyklon and Myrkskog would be the band's new guitarist,[7] and Destructhor would appear on the new album. Guitarist Florian Magnus Maier was the runner up.[8]

On March 5, 2011, the band headlined the Scion Rock Fest in Pomona, California. This performance was their first in the US in six years, aside from a one-off show in Los Angeles in May 2009.[9] On March 18, 2010, the band announced that Tim Yeung would play drums on the upcoming album, allowing Pete Sandoval to recover from back surgery.[10] On June 22, 2010, the band entered the studio to begin the recording of their new full-length album.[11] On March 9, 2011, Morbid Angel confirmed that their new album would be called Illud Divinum Insanus.[12] The album was released on June 7, 2011 on Season of Mist.[11][12] In an interview in December 2013, David Vincent confirmed that Pete Sandoval is no longer a member of the band, claiming that Sandoval had "found Jesus", and stating, "Pete Sandoval and Morbid Angel are not compatible", laying to rest speculation that Sandoval would eventually be returning to the band.[13]

Asked in a December 2014 interview about Morbid Angel's plans for 2015, Vincent replied, "We're done [touring] for awhile. It's time to write."[14] Yeung has said that the band is in talks of recording an EP.[15]


File:Morbid Angel 01 2008.jpg
Morbid Angel in 2008

Current members

Former members

  • Terri Samuels β€“ vocals (1984)
  • Dallas Ward β€“ bass guitar, vocals (1984–1985)
  • Mike Browning β€“ drums, percussion, vocals (1984–1986)
  • Kenny Bamber β€“ vocals (1985)
  • John Ortega β€“ bass guitar (1985–1986)
  • Richard Brunelle β€“ guitar (1985–1992, 1994, 1998)
  • Michael Manson β€“ vocals (1986)
  • Sterling Von Scarborough β€“ bass guitar (1986) (deceased)
  • Wayne Hartsell β€“ drums (1986–1988)
  • Pete Sandoval β€“ drums, percussion (1988–2010)
  • Gino Marino β€“ guitar (1992–1993)
  • Erik Rutan β€“ guitar, keyboards (1993–1996, 1998–2002, 2006)
  • Steve Tucker β€“ vocals, bass guitar (1997–2001, 2003–2004)
  • Jared Anderson β€“ vocals, bass guitar (2001–2002) (deceased)
  • Tony Norman β€“ guitar (2003–2006)


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Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales


1989 Altars of Madness
  • Released: May 12, 1989
  • Label: Earache
β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1991 Blessed Are the Sick
  • Released: May 2, 1991
  • Label: Earache
β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 26 81 β€” β€”
1993 Covenant
  • Released: June 22, 1993
  • Label: Giant
β€” 24 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1995 Domination
  • Released: May 9, 1995
  • Label: Giant
β€” 13 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 93 β€” 124
1998 Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
  • Released: February 24, 1998
  • Label: Earache
β€” 22 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 93 β€” β€”
2000 Gateways to Annihilation
  • Released: October 17, 2000
  • Label: Earache
β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2003 Heretic
  • Released: September 22, 2003
  • Label: Earache
β€” 27 28 β€” β€” 146 β€” β€” β€” β€”
2011 Illud Divinum Insanus 141 3 24 97 18 β€” β€” β€” 41 β€”
"β€”" denotes a release that did not chart.

Live albums

Year Album details
1996 Entangled in Chaos
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Earache

Compilation albums

Year Album details
2012 Illud Divinum Insanus – The Remixes
  • Released: February 28, 2012
  • Label: Season of Mist

Demo albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
1991 Abominations of Desolation
  • Released: September 2, 1991
  • Label: Earache


Year EP details
1994 Laibach Re-mixes
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Giant


Year Song Album
1988 "Thy Kingdom Come" Non-album single
1993 "Rapture" Covenant
1994 "God of Emptiness"
2011 "Nevermore" Illud Divinum Insanus

Music videos

Year Song Director
1991 "Blessed Are the Sick/Leading the Rats"
1993 "God of Emptiness" Tony Kunewalder
1995 "Where the Slime Live"
2003 "Enshrined by Grace" Pete Bridgewater[29]
2012 "Existo VulgorΓ©" Thomas Mignone


  1. ↑ "DECIBEL MAGAZINE NAMES THE TOP 20 DEATH METAL GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME". MetalSucks. 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  2. ↑ "Morbid Angel is the Third Best Selling Death Metal Band (Hitting this mark with only 8 Albums)". Blogcritics. 2003. Retrieved 2003. 
  3. ↑ "Best Selling Death Metal Album is covenant". Blogcritics. 2003. Retrieved 2003. 
  4. ↑ "HPLA – Lovecraftian Music". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  5. ↑ "Morbid Angel Interview". 2003-09-23. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  6. ↑ "NEWS / LavaReport". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  7. ↑ "Morbid Angel Announces New Guitarist – in Metal News". Metal Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  8. ↑
  9. ↑ "EXCLUSIVE: Scion Rock Fest 2011 to Be Held in Pomona, Metal Legends Morbid Angel (Featuring "the Greatest Death Metal Guitarist Ever") to Headline". January 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  10. ↑ "Morbid Angel Drummer Pete Sandoval Undergoes Back Surgery". March 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  11. ↑ 11.0 11.1 "MORBID ANGEL Begins Recording New Album". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  12. ↑ 12.0 12.1 "Morbid Angel: New Album Title Revealed". March 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  13. ↑ "Interview: Dave Vincent of Morbid Angel". Invisible Oranges. December 5, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  14. ↑ "Morbid Angel's Tim Yeung Says There Is Talk Of Band Recording New EP". 25 August 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  15. ↑ "Morbid Angel's David Vincent: 'It's Time To Write'". 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  16. ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 Peak chart positions in the United States:
  17. ↑ "Discographie Morbid Angel" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  18. ↑ "Discography Morbid Angel". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  19. ↑ "Discographie Morbid Angel" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  20. ↑ "Discography Morbid Angel". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  21. ↑ 21.0 21.1 "Discografie Morbid Angel" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  22. ↑ "Discography Morbid Angel". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  23. ↑ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: M β€“ My Vitriol". Zobbel. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  24. ↑
  25. ↑ 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3
  26. ↑
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  28. ↑
  29. ↑ "MORBID ANGEL's 'Enshrined By Grace' Video to receive MTV2 premiere this weekend". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 

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