In the video below Steve Tucker of Morbid Angel talks mindset when recording Gateways To Annihilation, individuality differences between Europe and U.S.A., the importance and contribution of Morbid Angel’s Trey Azagthoth to death metal in general and more with Aldo Guzman of Capital Chaos TV.
Iconic death metal unit Morbid Angel will kick off their US headlining tour next week. Slated to commence on April 16th and run through May 17th, the month-long trek includes a headlining set at the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest. Direct support will be provided by Misery Index from April 16th to April 25th and Origin from April 26th through the tour’s conclusion. Additional support will be provided by Dreaming Dead and Hate Storm Annihilation.
Your new album, I feel like it’s such a powerhouse and it has a lot of apocalyptic references. The cover art showing the old gods awakening and discovering the world already destroyed. What do you think stands out within the lyrics and artwork to give a greater overall message to the album?
I think the one message is that we would deserve that. What people have done to this planet, the way that people treat this planet, the way that people treat each other, I think we would fully deserve the gods waking up and waking us from the planet. That’s really what the album is about. It’s really about the state of the world. Even going track to track, you can see through the titles what it’s actually starting to reference without even having to listen to the album. And for me I feel people as a whole have become only self serving. It’s truly an individual, righteous, sort of idealism that seems to flow through people on this planet now. It doesn’t seem people are too concerned about anyone outside of there listening range.”
Technical death metal giants ORIGIN hit the road this April with MORBID ANGEL. The band will be touring in support of their latest album Unparalleled Universe.
Unparalleled Universe was recorded and mixed at Chapman Studios in February 2017 alongside longtime collaborator and engineer Robert Rebeck(Tech N9ne). The band emerged with ten new songs, including a cover of BRUJERIA’s “Revolución”, that were mastered in March 2017 by Colin Marston at Menegroth – The Thousand Caves (ALTAR OF PLAGUES, JAROBE, KRALLICE) and wrapped in a cover prepared by Filip Ivanovic(DISMEMBER, CRYPTOPSY, GORGUTS).
ORIGIN w/ MORBID ANGEL
Apr. 26 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Apr. 27 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Apr. 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall
Apr. 30 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
May 01 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
May 03 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
May 04 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
May 07 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
May 08 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
May 09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
May 10 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
May 12 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
May 13 – Albuquerque, NM – The El Rey Theater
May 15 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
May 16 – Dallas, TX – Trees
May 17 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Legendary death metal icons MORBID ANGEL will kick off a US headlining tour this spring. Slated to commence on April 16th and run through May 17th, the month-long journey includes a headlining set at the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest. Direct support will be provided by Misery Index from April 16th to April 25th and Origin from April 26th through the tour’s conclusion. Additional support will be provided by Dreaming Dead and Hate Storm Annihilation. See all confirmed dates below.
MORBID ANGEL will be touring in support of their critically-lauded studio album, Kingdoms Disdained, released in December via Silver Lining Music. Kingdoms Disdained reunites founding guitarist Trey Azagthoth with bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker. Captured at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and produced by MORBID ANGEL with Erik Rutan, the record delivers eleven pieces of devastatingly dynamic death metal. Compositions such as “Garden Of Disdain,” “Architect And Iconoclast,” and “The Pillars Crumbling” supremely illustrate Azagthoth’s incredible creative alchemy with Tucker as well as his own incomparable guitar work.
MORBID ANGEL w/ Misery Index (4/16 – 4/25), Origin (4/26 – 5/17), Dreaming Dead, Hate Storm Annihilation:
4/16/2018 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
4/17/2018 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
4/18/2018 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
4/19/2018 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/20/2018 New England Metal & Hardcore Fest @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/21/2018 Revolution Bar & Music Hall – Amityville, NY
4/23/2018 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, OH
4/24/2018 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
4/25/2018 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
4/26/2018 The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI
4/28/2018 Music Hall – Minneapolis, MN
4/30/2018 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
5/01/2018 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
5/03/2018 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
5/04/2018 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/07/2018 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
5/08/2018 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
5/09/2018 Regent Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
5/10/2018 The Glass House – Pomona, CA
5/11/2018 The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
5/12/2018 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
5/13/2018 Historic El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM
5/15/2018 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
5/16/2018 Trees – Dallas, TX
5/17/2018 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Anybody remember Illud Divinum Insanus? The total departure of Morbid Angel’s genre defining sound that set the blue print for countless death metal bands to follow. Well throw that shit out of the window, because Morbid Angel is BACK! Not just back for putting out another album, but back to remind everyone that they are kings of death metal. Kingdoms Disdained is an album that from the first tack, “Piles Of Little Arms”, that just kicks you’re ass in the best way a death metal album can. With the departure of David Vincent doing his Outlaw Country thing, Steve Tucker is right back where he belongs. His vocals sound great on this album and it’s good to hear him back in the fold.
As much as it is refreshing to hear Steve Tucker growl his way through this album, it’s even better to hear Trey Azagthoth do what he does best, which is come up with insane riffs that is like putting on an old jacket that you’ve missed for so long. Scott Fuller on drums does a good job trying to replace the shoes that can never be replaced with the departure of Pete Sandoval. This album screams redemtion, and we love it!
From the blistering album opener “Piles Of Little Arms”, to the closer “The Fall of Idols”, this album truly is a great Morbid Angel album. Some standout tracks are “Fear No Master”, “Piles Of Little Arms”, and “From The Hands Of Kings”. The only filler, or weak song on this album, is “Garden Of Disdain”, which to me has a liittle to much of a hardcore vibe to it. Other than that singular stand alone track, this truly is a return form for the Tampa Bay death legends. Songs such as, “Declaring New Law”, to “The Pillars Crumbling”, there is something there for die-hard Morbid Angel fans who lost “faith” in the band with the release of their last album. So throw out Illud Divinum Insanus” and grab ahold of “Kingdoms Disdain” and let yourself go to the good ole days when Morbid Angel were the trendsetters of this often overlooked genre. Welcome back Morbid Angel, about fucking time!!!!!!
Author: John Adams