Morbid Angel Promise to “Ascend Once More”

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Morbid Angel (Trey Azagthoth and Steve Tucker) released a crazy press release on their Facebook page yesterday claiming to be “working on some super Inspired Over The Top Shit” and stating that they have signed a contract with German label UDR Music. Despite needing a drummer, the band promises to strike “a consistent chord of dark, dissonant death-metal empathy with their loyal fanbase.” Hopefully Trey and Steve’s new collaboration will be more Formulas Fatal to the Flesh than Gateways to Annihilation.


Godfathers of death metal genre to release new album in 2017

Morbid Angel, the Tampa, Florida-based death metal legends, are proud and excited to announce they have signed with UDR Music for all territories exclusively outside Japan. Featuring founder-member and venerated guitar legend Trey Azagthoth plus returning long-time member bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker, Morbid Angel are delighted to be back working with people who know metal music and will ensure the band reaffirm their status as the world’s greatest death metal band.

“We are extremely excited to be in this partnership with UDR!” says Tucker, “we are both looking forward to making a great album and destroying the stage at many shows. UDR is a great label that supports the bands that they believe in, and we are proud to be one of those bands! Looking forward to a successful Partnership !!!!!!”

Formed in Charlotte, North Carolina during 1984, Azagthoth played with several line-ups before joining up with David Vincent and Pete Sandoval from grindcore specialists Terrorizer, as well as Richard Brunelle. It was this line-up which recorded and released the first Morbid Angel album in 1989, Altars Of Madness, which is widely recognized as a masterpiece and one of the major cornerstones of death metal music. Their intricate yet incredibly heavy music, featuring Azagthoth’s supremely technical yet ferociously feral guitar work, has seen Morbid Angel become one of the top selling death metal bands in the world.

While there are no specific details at this moment, Azagthoth and Tucker both are working on some super Inspired Over The Top Shit, and recording Morbid Angel’s ninth studio album, to be released sometime in 2017, and to taking Morbid Angel back out on tour.

Striking a consistent chord of dark, dissonant death-metal empathy with their loyal fanbase, and with the world in its current state, this is the perfect time for Morbid Angel to ascend once more.

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17 thoughts on “Morbid Angel Promise to “Ascend Once More””

  1. cornrose says:

    I really like Gateways. Never understood why folks hate it so much.

  2. Roger says:

    Gateways is fine/good/vigorous. Stop being such a hipster.

  3. El Duende says:

    Once you turn your back on all that early sorcery, half gone mad with fear like Trey, I doubt they’ll actually be doing any “re-ascending”, whatever the fuck that is supposed to mean when they pander to the mosh pit types that make up most of their current fanbase.

    Trey is not going anywhere unless he does calls again and allow himself to be utterly and unrepentantly POSSESSED.

    1. Rainer Weikusat says:

      Hmm … mosh pits are cool. Morons who want to »release aggression« on their day off from dressing such that the colours blend with the wallpaper The Mistress chose are not.

    2. OliveFox says:

      Agreed. I love MORBID ANGEL’s early material to an absurd amount, but I think if you have to proclaim how InSaaanEE and INSpirrEeEDd!!! you are, chances are, you just aren’t.

      1. Rainer Weikusat says:

        Promo statements always sound a little silly unless done by a couldn’t-care-less PR person writing about girls’ choirs refrigerated in a mausoleum. There’s a »press release«-video available on the Morbid Angel web page and the music in that sounds like Azagthoth nailed to Tucker’s band. If that’s what they’re gonna do, this is a hopeless quest. OTOH, all is lost which was never started, so, let’s see what they come up with.

        1. ANUS Heinous says:

          The music in that clip is from Formulas Fatal to the Flesh.

          1. Rainer Weikusat says:

            I’ve been personally exposed to two things Morbid Angel, the Scream Forth Blasphemies demo and Altars of Madness, both borrowed from the same person for a limited time some time in 1989 or 1990. Except insofar told, I have no idea of anything metal released since Better of Dead (Sodom, 1990) until October 2015 minus some 2014 albums I bought since then[*], the reason for this mainly being that Germany still had military conscription when I finished school and – instead of spending a year with polishing my boots at the closest army barracks – I went to the Navy (we didn’t really like each other but I learned a few useful things) and subsequently, lost all contact to any people I had known so far (Meanwhile acquired wisdom about the typical behaviour of people suggests that they probably believed I was inventing seriously incredible lies to make myself more important whenever I talked about something outside anything they’d ever experienced themselves. Back then, I just stopped talking to them). I’m also a bit of a music nerd and have bought a new CD at least every other week whenever I could afford that since 1992. And by that time, there was no metal in general purpose record stores in Germany.

            Getting back to the new record, “That’s not a promising start!”.

            [*] Almost. I bought Hordes of Zombies (Terrorizer, 2012) in a state of slight, mental confusion because I wanted something nice and quiet sounding with Pete Sandoval on drums and found the freshly released album in a CD shelf waiting for me and I acquired a few more odd things here and there in similar circumstances.

    3. Grand Phallus says:

      This job is only fit for someone like Bob Larson.

  4. Network Addicts says:

    The promotional video is cool, but the riffs is affectation like their failed works.

  5. Trey should go back to his roots and do tejano (don’t you think Fenrir?)

  6. Steve says:

    Metal needs a another great album from them. They were central to metal in the 90s, and were close to rivaling Slayer for a bit. They were better than Slayer were live for much of that era. The newer albums that weren’t as good, for they had too much singing for one thing. Trey is one of the most talented in this genre, and I believe this band can and should retake the throne.

  7. Anthony says:

    More Formulas than Gateways? Come on, the best we can hope for is more Heretic than Illud. You’re better off listening to a band that’s actually good.

  8. cornrose says:

    I’ve always felt Vincent’s early vocals lacked a certain quality. Tucker wasn’t better but maybe more believable. Good luck to them i guess.

  9. pompous midget says:

    I don’t think Trey has the creative impetus to make Morbid Angel great again, given all that crap he listed in the Heretic booklet thank you list.

    Then again I hope I’m wrong.

  10. canadaspaceman says:

    I will always think the demos and the Abominations of Desolation album their best material.

    Why doesn’t Trey ever get Mike Browning back in Morbid Angel ? Even for one album or a reunion tour ?
    If guys like Mustaine and Ulrich/Hetfield could eventually patch up their friendship, then why can’t these two do that too ?

    1. Rainer Weikusat says:

      Judging from
      (After Death, Star Chamber of Isis)

      his drumming has improved a lot since the 1986 recording but New Age Must Die. This was bad when it was new. And it’s not new anymore.

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