Morbid Angel

Morbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida who were formed in 1984. 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 group releases their albums in alphabetical order starting with the letter A on their debut Abominations Of Desolation release album.

Links To Peel

Peel discovered the band through the Earache label, who regularly sent extreme metal records to the man himself. As a fan of extreme metal, Peel would regularly play artists such as Morbid Angel on his show. In the early 90's, when the band signed to a major record label called Giants, Peel was somewhat disappointed with the slower style of their music compared to previous work. After Giants dropped the band from their label and the group went back to Earache in the late 90's, Peel somehow got interested in the band, as their sound became more of their traditional death metal roots. However after 2000, Peel rarely played any of their subsequent material.

Shows Played

Morbid Angel - Chapel of Ghouls

Morbid Angel - Chapel of Ghouls

(The following list was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive and is certainly incomplete. Please add further details if known.)

  • 21 May 1998: Day Of Suffering (CD - Hellspawn Extreme Metal Meets Extreme Techno) Earache
  • 14 April 1999: Bil Ur-Sag (LP - Formulas Fatal To The Flesh) Earache
  • 25 April 1999 (BFBS): (John reads out some rather impenetrable lyrics from the following track) 'Bil Ur-Sag (CD-Formulas Fatal To The Flesh)' (Earache) (JP: 'How much nicer it would be if it was simply called Eeeeeuuuurrrggghhh!....There's a namecheck for Cthulhu of course....I've always felt Cthulhu was not really a bad bloke...."most high triumvirate of the living continuum". I think I was at school with their uncle Terry.')
  • 27 April 1999: Chambers Of Dis (LP - Formulas Fatal To The Flesh) Earache
  • 29 April 1999 (Radio Eins): Bil Ur-Sag (album - Formulas Fatal To The Flesh) Earache
  • 10 June 1999 (Radio Eins): Hellspawn: The Rebirth (album - Formulas Fatal To The Flesh) Earache

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