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Tampa, Florida, United States (1984 – present)

Morbid Angel is a Tampa, Florida, United States-based band assembled in 1984. They, along with Deicide, Death, Possessed, Autopsy, Suffocation, Obituary, Massacre and a handful of others were crucial in the development of the death metal genre and its standards. Their songs are complex in arrangement, owing to the considerable technical skills of both guitarist Trey Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval (who also played in the grindcore/death metal band Terrorizer).

Morbid Angel made their vinyl debut in 1987 on New Renaissance Records. 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 adding guttural vocals, up-tempo blast beats, incorporating atonality in guitar soloing, and dark, chunky, mid paced rhythms. It was also the first death metal band to have a touch of mainstream success, such as 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 Butthead.

The original lyrical themes focused mostly on Satanism, paganism and anti-Christian subject matter, but from the second album, Blessed Are The Sick onward, the lyrics slowly moved toward the ancient Sumerian gods, though much of this is a nod to the Simon Necronomicon, which was influenced by Sumerian mythology as well as the author H. P. Lovecraft, as well as a fascination with the Roman Empire, though “anti-christian” elements continue to permeate the lyrics.


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  • crazysharky666

    I'm one of those who thinks that Gateways is their best album actually. Besides, even if I didn't like it, the world has to end before I sell my copy.

    29 Jan 4:13pm Reply
  • treeweavermetal

    Fans of old Morbid Angel should check out the new Perdition Temple album out now on Hell's Headbangers:

    26 Jan 9:28pm Reply
  • Maquina_Muerte

    Anyone else that noticed the enormous amount of people that are selling of the Gateways To Annihilation albums on secondhand markets lately? What has this world come to ??? :( There is nothing wrong with that album, listen and enjoy, it's quality Tucker-era Morbid Angel after all

    22 Jan 8:36am Reply
  • michouz

    i pray for the rebirth of FFF morbid era. Kill David, HAIL STEVE !!

    20 Jan 10:53am Reply
  • maxxy

    Hey, here's an actually active group on for music discussion. It's metal-oriented though. Join if you are interested Cheers!

    11 Jan 4:18am Reply
  • spineshank155

    If the new album puts out more stuff that will create videos (Destructos vs. The Earth) for, but must be funnier it might be ok.. lol.

    2 Jan 8:24pm Reply
  • mktucker41

    Insanus took me a while to get into it. There's no telling what the next album will be like

    1 Jan 11:09pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    it will suck, there is no hope for this band anymore. just gonna have to listen to the old stuff some more ...

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • crazysharky666

    @Spineshank: I read the article, can't wait to see what kind of drivel they'll come up with now.

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Altars of Madness

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • spineshank155

    Get ready for Illud Divinum Insanus Part II *rolls eyes*

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
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    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • 666SixNine

    I enjoyed their show a lot (at Katowice, Poland on Sunday). The people in the place enjoyed Angel Of Disease the most, just like during the first MA show I saw. I hope that they atleast make the new album more listenable this time like I've posted before on this shoutbox. From Illud I enjoy the songs which sound more like the old MA, but can't really listen to that album as a whole. Sometimes I try getting into the techno songs but not with much success tbh. A couple of tracks (like Nevermore, Existo Vulgore, Blades For Baal) I enjoy more than the average Formulas/Gateways/Heretic song (notice I said average; they're not as good as 'Summoning Redemption' or 'Enshrined By Grace') and that's it. I'm very afraid what will the next album sound like. Evil D brainwashed them, or sth. Only explanation I can think of... Oh, they could really use a proper concert DVD finally (only a show from the first tour is available as an official video release).

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • nnnienke

    :D !

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • onlycharles

    Kill-Y2K you isn't a emo, to be serious you is a great idiot or a stupid guy, as you prefer, it's your choice. Why you are posting in shoutbox of the aaaaaall metal bands pages here on the lastfm ? You have a kind of mental disorder ? C'mon, find something interesting to do and STOP with his stupidity!

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • danycrusher

    Morbid Angel in European Tour Celebrating the 20th anniversary of COVENANT album:

    7 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Lok-DoK

    пит приде - порядок наведе!

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • kriskronos

    Best track along with Blades of Baal I reckon .but what a poisonous treachery. I'll divi divinium or what the hell they call it added insult to injury .by re-releasing a re- mix with a dub-step groove if it wasn't bad enough...oh well .come back Trey .and as for the musical integrity Dave has certainly broke the covenant of old ..a fall from grace if ever there was one .come back morbid.. Come burn with me comes to mind...good track though some promise just hope the next J album doesn't stand for joke ...keep morbid dudes...

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    @afz yep, blades for baal

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • BeyondEternity

    Death metal with some Altars of Madness period influence in there, check it out!

    28 Sep 2014 Reply
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