Morbid Angel

Morbid Angel
Morbid Angel

Morbid Angel live in Toronto in 2006. From left to right: David Vincent (background), Trey Azagthoth (foreground)
Background information
Origin Tampa, Florida, United States
Genres Death metal
Years active 1984–present
Labels Combat, Earache, Giant, Candlelight, Roadrunner, New Renaissance, Season of Mist
Trey Azagthoth
Pete Sandoval
David Vincent
Past members
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

Morbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida. UK music magazine Terrorizer ranked one Morbid Angel album in its “Top 40 greatest death metal albums”, with their 1989 debut Altars of Madness appearing at number 1. Decibel Magazine also rated guitarist Trey Azagthoth as the number one “death metal guitarist ever.” 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 death metal band Terrorizer. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Morbid Angel is the third best-selling death metal band in the United States with sales of over 445,000;[1] with their third album Covenant being the best-selling death metal album of all time with over 127,000 units sold.[2]



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,[3] 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.[4]

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".[5] In May 2008, it was announced that Thor Anders Myhren of Zyklon would be the band's new touring guitarist.[6] Myhren will also appear on the new album. During European tours and festivals in 2008, a new song entitled "Nevermore" was played from the forthcoming album.

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.[7] 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.[8] On June 22, 2010, the band entered the studio to begin the recording of their new full-length album.[9] On March 9, 2011, Morbid Angel confirmed that their new album would be called Illud Divinum Insanus.[10] The album was released on June 7, 2011 on Season of Mist.[9][10]


Current line-up

Morbid Angel in 2008

Former members

Bass guitar
  • Dallas Ward – bass guitar, vocals (1984–1985)
  • John Ortega – bass guitar (1985–1986)
  • Sterling Von Scarborough – bass guitar (1986)
  • Mike Browning – drums, percussion, vocals (1984–1986)
  • Wayne Hartsell – drums (1986–1988)
  • Richard Brunelle – guitar (1985–1992, 1994, 1998)
  • Gino Marino – guitar (1992–1993)
  • Erik Rutan – guitar, keyboards (1993–1996, 1999–2002, 2006)
  • Tony Norman – guitar (2003–2006)
  • Kenny Bamber – vocals (1985)
  • Michael Manson – vocals (1986)
  • Steve Tucker – vocals, bass guitar (1997–2001, 2003–2004)
  • Jared Anderson – vocals, bass guitar (2001–2002)


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions


1989 Altars of Madness
  • Released: May 12, 1989
  • Label: Earache
1991 Blessed Are the Sick
  • Released: May 2, 1991
  • Label: Earache
26 81
1993 Covenant
  • Released: June 22, 1993
  • Label: Giant
1995 Domination
  • Released: May 9, 1995
  • Label: Giant
13[22] 93 124
1998 Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
  • Released: February 24, 1998
  • Label: Earache
22[23] 93
2000 Gateways to Annihilation
  • Released: October 17, 2000
  • Label: Earache
2003 Heretic
  • Released: September 22, 2003
  • Label: Earache
27 28 146
2011 Illud Divinum Insanus 141 3 24 97 18 41
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Live albums

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

Demo albums

Year Album details NLD
1991 Abominations of Desolation
  • Released: September 2, 1991
  • Label: Earache


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

Music videos

Year Song Director
1989 "Immortal Rites"
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[24]


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  8. ^ "Morbid Angel Drummer Pete Sandoval Undergoes Back Surgery". March 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
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