Legendary death metal unit MORBID ANGEL will unleash their ninth studio album on December 1st via Silver Lining Music and JVC in Japan. Titled Kingdoms Disdained, the record reunites founding guitarist Trey Azagthoth with bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker.
Just one play of MORBID ANGEL‘s searing Kingdoms Disdained, and you’ll realize that this is the only true current aural document of a world sinking into uncharted despair. “The album title says it all,” says Tucker, “everybody’s fed up and nobody can figure out how to fix it. We’ve got all these miniature wars in neighborhoods, cities, countries, and we’ve got people with varying opinions causing chaos, yet everyone is doing what they feel is right. Which all makes it feel like the world has reached a point of utter madness and confusion.”
As if fate constructed the moment, these forefathers of death metal found themselves witnessing the storm’s eye as they prepared to create Kingdoms Disdained, deciphering it with their ferocious music via long-held Sumerian-based beliefs. “It’s been written but nobody pays attention, because we erase our history,” furthers Tucker. “We don’t understand much about the Sumerian texts because things got erased, buried, and broken up. And for years, Trey and I talked a lot about the idea of those Gods waking up and coming back to show us that they’re angry.”
Recorded at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and produced by MORBID ANGEL with Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGEL, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Six Feet Under, Belphegor), Azagthoth, Tucker and drummer Scotty Fuller (Annihilated; former Abysmal Dawn) created eleven pieces of devastatingly dynamic death metal. Compositions such as “Garden Of Disdain,” “Architect And Iconoclast,” and “The Pillars Crumbling” supremely illustrate Azagthoth’s incredible creative alchemy with Tucker as well as his own incomparable guitar work.
“We’re always trying to paint pictures; to create images,” notes Tucker, “and I think this album is a fair image of the world today, but taken from a different perspective; the perspective of those Gods who built this, who may be resting now but are starting to wake up.”
Kingdoms Disdained also features artwork courtesy of Irish mixed-media artist Ken Coleman, who created a series of pieces that further augment the stories being told. Don’t walk meekly around the edge of Kingdoms Disdained, go all-in on the journey and MORBID ANGEL’s intense importance to these times will be crystal clear.
MORBID ANGEL‘s Kingdoms Disdained will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION where you can also hear opening track “Piles Of Little Arms”. A special-edition boxset will be available to order shortly.
Kingdoms Disdained Track Listing:
1. Piles Of Little Arms
3. Garden of Disdain
4. The Righteous Voice
5. Architect And Iconoclast
6. Paradigms Warped
7. The Pillars Crumbling
8. For No Master
9. Declaring New Law (Secret Hell)*
10. From The Hand Of Kings
11. The Fall Of Idols
*(Not available on the vinyl format.)
Cult death metal pioneers NECROPHAGIA have kicked off their European tour. The tour runs throughout June, and sees NECROPHAGIA sharing stage with I AM MORBID, the new band featuring David Vincent of MORBID ANGEL.
Immediately following the dates with I AM MORIBD, NECROPHAGIA will pair up the legendary VOIVOD for a UK tour. A full list of confirmed UK tour dates can be found below.
NECROPHAGIA is touring in support of their new album, ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’. The album, which has been called “Simple, sick and heavy” (Metal Injection), and “career-defining, solid, consistent work which brings together thirteen tracks, drawn from one source of inspiration yet each performed to stand out among one another.” (Sputnik Music), is streaming here.
Formed in 1983, NECROPHAGIA were one of the very first death metal bands in the world. Often considered pioneers in the “Horror Metal” genre, the band gained notoriety by cutting their teeth in the early days of the underground tape trading scene, and their ambitious live stage shows chock full of blood, guts and gore. The band went on to receive world-wide acclaim for their 1998 release of ‘Holocausto de la Morte’, the band’s genre-defining album featuring PANTERA frontman PHIL ANSELMO. Following the landmark album, NECROPHAGIA went on to release several well-received full lengths and EPs, including the highly-sought-after ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ EP (2001). Following the release of their most recent album ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’ (2014), NECROPHAGIA has toured across the United States with VENOM INC., 1349, and many more.
NECROPHAGIA tour dates:
All dates with I AM MORBID:
Jun. 13 Norwich (UK) @ Waterfront*
Jun. 14 Glasgow (UK) @ Audio*
Jun. 15 Evesham (UK) @ Iron Road
Jun. 16 Swansea (UK) @ The Pit
Jun. 17 Manchester (UK) @ Retro Bar
Jun. 18 London (UK) @ Underworld *
* = w/ VOIVOD
Stargazer Consultancy has recently announced that Persian Progressive Death Metal warriors AZOOMA have recently inked a deal with Stargazer Consultancy.
“We are excited to announce that we have recently signed a contract with Stargazer Consultancy, which is powered by the first Iranian metal music journalist and publicist Mohsen Fayyazi. We started to find our way in the metal world about 10 years ago, it was not easy as perhaps many of you know, we faced several difficulties, but now we took another step forward into the metal music industry. Ahmad, Saeed, Shahin and Farid’s best wishes to you all, especially to all Persian metalheads.
Respect and Regards
AZOOMA” The band commented via a post on their official facebook page.
According to Bravewords.com, AZOOMA have recently finished recording their first outstanding conceptual EP which includes stories about human misery, time travelling and awakening. The band was influenced by legendary bands such as DEATH, OPETH, GOROD when writing this album, but it still will be a very new experience for true metal fans to hear this Persian style death metal. Also the band played as co-headliner act at the Persian Metal Fest 2013 and shared a stage with great metallers such as GOROD.
AZOOMA have recently paid tribute to the legendary MORBID ANGEL by covering their “Dawn Of Angry” song. The video is posted online and can be seen on the Youtube player below:
Shahin Vaqfipour – vocals
Ahmad Tokallou – guitar
Farid Shariat – bass
Saeed Shariat – drums
According to Blabbermouth, During a brand new interview with Invisible Oranges, MORBID ANGEL bassist/vocalist David Vincent was asked whether it was weird to perform the band’s 1993 album, “Covenant”, in its entirety on the group’s current North American tour without MORBID ANGEL‘s longtime drummer Pete Sandoval.
“Nope. Not at all,” Vincent replied. “Tim‘s [Yeung, MORBID ANGEL’s current drummer] an excellent drummer. He handles the material very well. He was a big fan of the record when it came out, too. He’s a couple years my junior, but it’s cool. He feels the songs really well, and it’s fun.
Regarding whether Sandoval is still a member of MORBID ANGEL, Vincent said: “Pete‘s no longer in MORBID ANGEL.” He added: “His whole way of life has changed. He’s in a different spot, and the spot that he’s in right now, Pete Sandoval and MORBID ANGEL are not compatible.”
Pressed to elaborate on this supposed “incompatibility” between Sandoval and MORBID ANGEL, Vincent offered: “Well, [Pete] has found Jesus. You can see where the incompatibility comes from.”
During a chat with Brazil’s Som Extremo in October 2011, Sandoval was asked for his opinion about MORBID ANGEL‘s “controversial” new CD, “Illud Divinum Insanus”, which incorporates industrial and electronic elements into the band’s traditional death metal sound. “No comment! I don’t play on that album.” He was then questioned about what he thought he would have done different on “Illud Divinum Insanus” had he played on the record. “More exreme deathgrind metal and less DJ, boring awful typical I care less industrial experimental same as everybody boring bull!” he said. “This is not what MORBID has been all about! …Hmmmmmm, and I really care less…!”
Sandoval recently celebrated the 24th anniversary of TERRORIZER‘s classic album “World Downfall” by performing the LP in its entirety at several shows. He was joined at the gigs by Lee Harrison (MONSTROSITY) and Sam Molina.