YEAR FORMED: 1983
HOME TOWN: Tampa, Florida
Trey Azagthoth - Guitars
Pete Sandoval - Drums
David Vincent - Vocals
Tony Norman- Guitars
Morbid Angel is a Florida-based death metal band assembled in 1983. They were crucial in the development of the death metal genre and its standards. Their songs are complex in arrangement, owing to the considerable technical skills of guitarist Trey Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval.
Morbid Angel was one of the original death metal bands signed to Earache Records, and were also influental in the transition of death metal from its thrash metal roots to its current form; adding uptempo blast beats, inspired by grindcore. They were also the first death metal band to have a touch of mainstream success, such as being signed to Giant Records in 1993 and having the music video for the song "God of Emptiness" shown on an episode of Beavis and Butthead.
Morbid Angel could also be considered one of the first death metal bands to be overtly influenced by classical music.
Their original lyrical themes dwelled mostly on Satanism and anti-Christian subject matter, but from second album "Blessed are the Sick" onward, the lyrics slowly moved towards the Ancient Sumerian Gods (with some songs being "sung" entirely in the ancient language), as well as a healthy fascination with the Roman Empire, though anti-religious elements continue to permeate within the lyrics.
All of Morbid Angel's albums have thus far been released with titles in alphabetical order (A-H), according to their chronology. Morbid Angel is currently writing/recording a new studio album, which is due for release sometime in 2006 or 2007.