Morbid Angel at Times Square
Type: Music & Concerts
Showtime @ 7:00PM
Doors Open @ 6:00PM
Tickets $30.00 in advance, $32.50 day of show
Throughout history only a handful of artists have been able to achieve a truly iconic stature within any given art form. Morbid Angel is among those select few. Shattering the boundaries of creativity and imagination while evolving with each groundbreaking release throughout its historic career, the band stands alone as the true icon in extreme music, serving as a source of boundless inspiration to its multitude of fans and never failing to amaze with each evolving chapter. Formed in 1984 by founding member Trey Azagthoth, the band released its first full-length, Altars of Madness, in 1989. The album descended on the worldwide metal community as a raging storm, baffling listeners with the insane amount of energy and adrenaline emanating from each track along with the finely-shaped musical passages and fiercely intense atmosphere. Nothing else sounded like this album at the time, and the fans of what was then considered to be extreme music were exposed to something truly out of this world.
Morbid Angel kept pushing the envelope with its subsequent releases throughout early '90s, including Blessed are the Sick (1991), Covenant (1993), and Domination (1995). These last two discs were especially notable as two of the only major label releases ever by a death metal band. Although the group experienced several lineup changes during the decade, it pressed on, releasing Formulas Fatal to the Flesh in 1997. The release marked a return to the band's underground roots with some of the most beautifully ugly material in its catalog to date. Gateways to Annihilation (2000) and Heretic (2003), Morbid Angel's next two releases, delivered yet more devastating blows to the ears of metal fans across the world.
After a performance and recording hiatus throughout a good portion of the '00s, Morbid Angel returned to the stage and studio in 2010 and '11, recording and releasing its eighth and latest studio album, Illud Divinum Insanus, in June 2011. The album is the first to feature the band's second guitarist Destructhor, the first to feature bassist and vocalist David Vincent since 1995's Domination, and the first not recorded with longtime drummer Pete Sandoval, who was recovering from back surgery at the time of the recording. Although the album's use of industrial sounds divided some of the group's fans, the disc won acclaim from a large number of critics, with AllMusic.com's Phl Freeman calling tracks like "Blades for Baal" and "Nevermore" "as raw and savage as anything the band's ever recorded."