In the stories of hardworking unsuspecting bands who have no predictions of making it big, there is occasionally that one record that does the job; that catapults them into popularity and smashes the words of the critics and naysayers of that age to smithereens. For the legendary Florida death metal horde Morbid Angel, it was 1993’s ‘Covenant’. Now that this game-changing record has completed 24 years of existence, the band have powered through a celebratory tour, playing the album in its entirety as well as doffing a cap to their classic material. Ex- Morbid Angel members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) are back with another banger of a project featuring guitarists Bill Hudson and Ira Black to perform classic MORBID ANGEL songs under the I AM MORBID banner.
Metal Wani’s Editor In Chief Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi had a quick chat with Ex- Morbid Angel frontman David Vincent.
He discusses the upcoming I AM MORBID‘s debut European tour, why he decided to create this project, his opinions on keeping the legacy alive and next step in his career via I am Morbid, set-list for the tour, adding songs to the list which were never played live with Morbid Angel and why he recruited Ex- Morbid Angel drummer Tim Yeung.
He also talks about possibility of writing new music in the future, whether he will prefer the current lineup for the debut album, his opinion on which Morbid Angel album created a storm in the metal scene back in the day, lack of diversity in the death metal scene now as compared to the late 80’s & early 90’s bands with bands like Death, Deicide, Obituary creating waves and what made him spread his wings into Country, Blues music.
He throws light on writing classic Morbid Angel songs with Trey Azagthoth, his opinion on the legacy of Morbid Angel, lessons he learnt throughout his musical career & more.
Below are some of the excerpts:
When asked about the cult status of ‘Alter Of Madness’ & other classic Morbid Angel releases in the death metal scene, Vincent said:
I love each one of them for what they are. They all sound very different and have different production. But certainly I think “Altars Of Madness” started it all. It was a pivotal record, even today I’m flattered it is still revered to the point That it is. Way back when, there were not that many bands especially going in this direction. But if you look at bands who were making music at the time, you’ll notice everybody sounded different. There was not anyone who sounded like we did. If you listen to Death, Obituary and our contemporaries from the “Florida metal scene” everyone sounded different, we did our thing, they did their thing and it was great. Nowadays there is not as much diversity.
Vincent also discussed a possibility of new I Am Morbid record:
We had a very casual discussion about that, we’ll see how it goes. If we do a record for my choice would be to work with these same guys. All of these people I’m working with are quality musicians and long time friends. There is definitely a lot of talent.
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