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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Morbid Angel To Begin Worldwide Tour Overseas, US Dates to Follow
After a fifteen year hiatus from recording together, original Morbid Angel members Trey Azagthoth and David Vincent have returned with Illud Divinum Insanus. Upon release, a global wave of success has greeted the band. Outside of performances in front of tens of thousands, brisk sales of the album can be seen worldwide. The line-up now includes Tim Yeung (drummer Pete Sandoval is recuperating from a back injury), and highly accomplished Norwegian guitarist Destructhor, who has been with the band for over five years, and performs on the album alongside Azagthoth.
Illud Divinum Insanus has been greeted with praise from critics across the globe. In its July issue cover story on Yeung, DRUM! Magazine shares, "The band's first album since 2003's Heretic, Illud Divinum Insanus is a death metal riot of oceanic proportions." The periodical also states, "The high priests of U.S. death metal are back with their sickest offering yet…" Alongside DRUM!, Morbid Angel will grace the covers of Decibel Magazine here in the U.S., Terrorizer in the U.K., as well as Legacy (Germany), Metallian (France), Inferno Rock (Italy), 7Gates (Poland), Metalized (Denmark), Inferno Magazine (Finland) and three more major European periodicals confirmed and to be revealed soon. Kerrang and Terrorizer applauded the effort with a 4/5 ratings, while across the continent the reception has been simply stellar with 9/10 reviews from the likes of Rock Hard Germany, Dark Scene Austria and Italy's Metal Maniac, an amazing 97/100 from Lords of Metal in the Netherlands, while Schock Magazine Hungary and Metalized Denmark offered the rare perfect 10/10 review.
Over the past five years, Morbid Angel has been conquering stages across the world, and a return to the studio was inevitable. Vincent shares, "We've been told that this is one of the most anticipated recordings and we pulled out all the stops and pushed things to a new level. This is exciting!"
The career of Morbid Angel is simply iconic in status. The line-up has changed multiple times through the years, but with 2011 comes a return of the original duo of David Vincent (Vocals, Bass) and Trey Azagthoth (Guitars). Since the band's formation in 1984, and their true rise through Altars of Madness (1989), the band unleashed a new level of extreme music on the Earth's consciousness. Blessed Are The Sick (1991), considered by many to be a true musical masterpiece, Covenant (1993) the first major label release from a death metal band, and Domination (1995), display living proof that creativity does not have to meet conformity in order to achieve commercial success. The live album Entangled In Chaos (1996) followed, as did the departure of vocalist / bassist Vincent. An Azagthoth-led Morbid Angel recorded three great albums in Vincent's absence - FormulasFatal to the Flesh (1997), Gateways to Annihilation (2000), and Heretic (2003) continued to feed the fan base and cement the band's notoriety in the pantheon of Metal. Over the past five years, an Azagthoth / Vincent led Morbid Angel has been performing in South America and Europe, reclaiming a place high atop the pedestal of extreme music.
Morbid Angel has begun a tour that will touch down across the globe in 2011. Over the past month, the band has appeared in Singapore, Australia, and Europe, while these dates are currently on the itinerary:
June 17 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
June 18 København (DK) Copenhell
July 22 Helsinki (FL) Tuska Festival
July 24 Montreal (CAN) Heavy MTL Festival
Aug 05 Wacken (DE) Wacken Open Air
Aug 06 Calvão (PT) Vagos Open Air
Aug 10 Katowice (POL) Metal Hammer Festival (Spodek)
Aug 11 Jaromer (CZ) Brutal Assault
Aug 12 Schlotheim (DE) Flugplatz Obermehler (Party.San Open Air)
Aug 14 Walton-on-Trent (UK) Bloodstock
Sep 1-12 Central & South American Tour (Dates to follow)
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