Morbid Angel

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Morbid Angel
Morbid Angel at a concert in 2009
Morbid Angel at a concert in 2009
Background information
OriginTampa, Florida, U.S.
GenresDeath metal
Years active1983–present
  • Trey Azagthoth
  • Steve Tucker
  • Scott Fuller
  • Dan Vadim Von

Morbid Angel is an American death metal band. It was made in Tampa, Florida in 1983. It was made by Trey Azagthoth, Dallas Ward, and Mike Browning. Morbid Angel was one of the first death metal bands. They helped make death metal by playing thrash metal that sounded different. They were one of the first bands that used blast beats (a very fast type of drumming) and death metal singing. They were the first death metal band to make successful music. This is because they were a part of a large record label and their music videos were shown on MTV many times.

Their first three albums have inspired many other death metal musicians.[1][2] These are Altars of Madness (1989), Blessed Are the Sick (1991), and Covenant (1993). These albums are about things such as Satanism and the occult. Other Morbid Angel albums are about things such as Sumerian gods, and have anti-religious lyrics.[3][4]

The band's music is very complex. Decibel, a magazine, said that Trey Azagthoth was the best death metal guitarist ever.[5] Azagthoth is the only original member still in the band. Morbid Angel is one of the best-selling death metal bands.[6] Their third album, Covenant, sold over 150,000 copies.[7]

Studio albums[change | change source]

  • Altars of Madness (1989)
  • Blessed Are the Sick (1991)
  • Covenant (1993)
  • Domination (1995)
  • Formulas Fatal to the Flesh (1998)
  • Gateways to Annihilation (2000)
  • Heretic (2003)
  • Illud Divinum Insanus (2011)
  • Kingdoms Disdained (2017)

References[change | change source]

  1. Purcell, Natalie J. (May 5, 2003). Death Metal Music: The Passion and Politics of a Subculture. McFarland. ISBN 9780786484065.
  2. "MORBID ANGEL: 'Domination' Reissued On Limited-Edition Digipak CD With Free Poster". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. August 22, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  3. "HPLA – Lovecraftian Music". Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  4. "Morbid Angel Interview". September 23, 2003. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  5. "Decibel Magazine Names the Top 20 Death Metal Guitarists of All Time". MetalSucks. June 26, 2007. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  6. "Morbid Angel is the Third Best Selling Death Metal Band (Hitting this mark with only 8 Albums)". Blabbermouth. January 12, 2003. Archived from the original on December 2, 2003. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  7. "The 25 Best Metal Bands of All Time, #16: Morbid Angel". MetalSucks. October 24, 2014. Retrieved December 21, 2022.