Morbid Angel Tour Setlist to Exclude David Vincent Era Songs For Some Dumb Reason

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Excitement for the band’s upcoming tour just took a serious hit.

I’m not alone when I say that Morbid Angel is one of my absolute favorite bands. If you’ve seen me at any point in the last 6 months there is a good chance you saw me in a pair of Morbid Angel sweatpants (AND I’M NOT SORRY). They are, arguably, the quintessential American death metal band and have inarguably released one of death metal’s greatest achievements in 1989’s Altars of Madness.

We can all agree that Altars is a milestone in death metal right? A high watermark that helped define the genre and shaped it for years and years to come. You may have even gotten excited at the prospect of hearing “Immortal Rites” live when Morbid Angel announced their North American tour several months back! Well it looks like Steve Tucker and Blabbermouth dot com have some bad news for you: You aren’t going to hear “Immortal Rites” live, or anything else from the David Vincent era for that matter. Steve Tucker says:

“The setlist will be different, too — in the past, we’ve covered all of MORBID ANGEL‘s discography, but this time we went with the discography between Trey [Azagthoth, guitar] and I. I’m really excited about the fact that every song we play is a song I was a part of. There are some MORBID ANGEL classics that aren’t there, but we made our own classics.”

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I very audibly said “what the fuck is THIS” while I was at work and saw the headline. In case you need a reminder, the one known as Evil D was involved with Altars of Madness, Blessed are the Sick, Covenant, Domination and…whatever that other one was that we don’t talk about. That’s 4 stone cold death metal classics and…whatever that other one was that we don’t talk about’s worth of material that is being totally withheld from their set. Could you imagine going to a Metallica concert where the band says they aren’t going to play any material from their first 4 albums?

Admittedly that’s a really harsh comparison and a bit unfair to Morbid Angel and Steve Tucker. Steve Tucker Morbid Angel is great! Formulas is a blitz of Lovecraftian horrors, Gateways a death/doom crawl through space/time, and if it weren’t for the horrible production and weird 40+ songs of just drum sounds and cats vomiting Heretic might stand as the Tucker era’s grandest monument. Those are good albums, even great albums! But I would trade all of the songs on them for “God of Emptiness,” “Where the Slime Live,” or “Evil Spells” without hesitation.

Perhaps I’m more bitter about this than most because I’ve never seen Morbid Angel live before. Once they announced an absolutely stacked tour featuring Suffocation, Revocation and Withered my first thought was “If they play a few songs from Domination I can finally die happy.” Knowing that fulfillment in death has been robbed from me has put quite the damper on my excitement for seeing one of my favorite bands for the first time, and that is a shitty feeling.

Has anyone else’s excitement for this otherwise killer tour been impeded by this news? Sound off in the comments while we listen to a very appropriate Evil D era song.

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  • This was a stupid move on their part. Not that they would have played it, but Lion’s Den is definitely one of my favorite Vincent era tunes, or in general.

    “Whips crack
    Centurians might be known
    Christians standing breathless
    Circus victims panic struck
    Scream Arena butchery
    Where is their god as the
    Faithful meet their end?”

    • Gromit Burger

      was fortunate enough to catch them when they did that Covenant tour a few years ago and this song is amazingly good live!

  • “Old Metal People Doing Stupid Things And Acting Like They Never Grew Up” Syndrome Strikes Again!

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    It would be funny if the opening bands played a few covers of the Vincent-era material on this tour.

  • Howard Dean

    Fucking stupid. “Hey, let’s exclude 80% of our best material when we go on tour lol.”

    Derp.

    • GoatForest

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Brutalist_Receptacle

    THERE IS SOME SERIOUS MANSCAPING GOING ON IN THAT PHOTO

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    It’s a bold move but I kinda get it.

  • Sounds like a straight up dick move. I saw MA on the Domination tour, so I guess I was able to catch them before ego started to set in.

    • Zeke

      did you see them on the run they did with dissection and at the gates? I wanted to go to that tour so badly, but they were playing the wetlands which was 16 and over, and I wasn’t old enough

      • I saw them at the Limelight, can’t remember who opened, but it wasn’t any of the bands you mentioned.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    I like Formulas and Gateways a great deal. As a matter of fact I like them way better than Domination.

    …but when I go out to catch Morbid Angel live I want Rapture, Fall From Grace and Maze of FUCKING Torment!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sZUWhbeHMk

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    While Altars certainly holds a sort of legendary position in metal lore, FFttF in particular is an outstanding exhibit of Trey’s creativity and ideas as a musician. It truly is the Trey showcase, and considering that MA is at a career crossroads right now, it makes perfect sense for them to diverge from the David Vincent era, and to push towards reestablishing their brand and influence in metal without his contributions to the band. The band is headed forward, not back.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Oh FFttF is an immensely creative DM album. I think the major reason why Formulas and Gateways are disliked is because they have a different feel than the classic Vincent albums have. Formulas and Gateways have a more ‘cosmic’ vibe as opposed to the serpentine infernal crawl of Altars, Blessed or Covenant. Because in terms of quality, both are excellent albums in their own right as well.

      • Elegant Gazing Globe

        Considering the cosmic trend in DM right now, it makes sense that they would be looking to bolster their reputation as one of the pioneers of that trend by sticking to FFttF/GtA/Heretic material

      • Max

        I actually think that Gateways is as close as they ever got to sounding like what I imagine Trey has in his head, at least according to what I can make out in interviews with him. “The heaving multitudes of the infernal cosmos” is the best way I can describe it.

        • Wet W’s Whistle

          Same

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      I’d love to hear “Invocation Of The Continual One” live

      • Elegant Gazing Globe

        That and Covenant of Death are outstanding

      • Joe Samson

        Their best song

  • I’ve been listening to a lot of MA lately. In “Lord of All Fevers and Plague,” the first line of the chorus always sounds to me like he’s about to say “Viva, Viva Las Vegas.” Which, given David’s career trajectory lately wouldn’t be surprising at all, y’all. (got it all timestamped and everything)
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=k4JBReWqnYs#t=0m43s

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    I’m also unhappy about this. One of the only extreme metal bands I love besides Napalm Death is Morbid Angel and then not playing their material they did with Evil D is just a terrible idea.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      JJD, I’m starting to think you could get into a LOT of extreme metal if you’d be open to it.

      • Sid Vicious Promos

        I’m open to stuff like thrash and doom. Black metal isn’t my jam and tech death isn’t my bag either.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Cutting off the dick to spite the butt, really. I get the desire to play a setlist you really want to, to not tiredly, painfully pinch out old favourites gone uncomfortable just for forms sake. But this is just going to hurt fans who have been hoping for a win for a goodly while now.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Cutting it off to spite the balls makes more sense, but let’s not split pubes here.

  • R.M.T.

    This is a good thing. I’ve seen Morbid Angel half a dozen times (including twice with Tucker) but I’ve only ever seen one song from Formulas performed live.

  • Wet W’s Whistle

    FREE EVIL D!

    • Googled “Evil D”, was presented with dis. Dude needs to stop trying so hard.
      http://assets.blabbermouth.net/media/evil3.jpg

      • KJM = MJK

        In the words of Gov Howard Dean, this guy parties.

        • Óðinn

          Literally.

      • Wet W’s Whistle

        Well, Genitorturers, his wife’s band whom he was part of when that photo was presumably taken, are kind of kink-themed, so I guess he’s playing the part?

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Ewwwwww

      • Óðinn

        Gah! I didn’t need to see that.

  • drug_genosh

    PSSSSSTTTTTT….guys…could this be the result of possible legal problems? I know there was some “drama” back when they started talking about doing a new album without Vincent and then of course Vincent went on to form his own cover band so…just a thought?
    also, fuck current day David Vincent.

    • Hans

      Seems likely, the albums mentioned are all the ones played by I Am Morbid.

    • Leif Bearikson

      This was in the back of my mind, especially since Iron Maiden aren’t playing Hallowed be Thy Name on tour. Speaking of which, Maiden and MA are playing here the same weekend and if I saw them both and heard no Hallowed be thy Name or A-D material I would be devastated

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      I doubt that either Trey or D have the money to pursue legal action against one another, considering that most of the money at stake here first to Earache via ASCAP or BMI, and everyone knows how favorably Earache compensates their former artists

      • drug_genosh

        i would agree with you if we were talking record sales. but we’re not.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    This isn’t Morbid Angel, it’s the new dive bar tribute band taking over the world!

    They should retire. No one can replace PETE THE FEET on drums with the style of
    playing he brought to that band, or his classic skin pounding ability!

    So with that being said:

    Screw Scott Fuller and his cover band!!!!!! Have fun
    playing the dive bar tour. Make sure the owners of that place help move that oh
    so heavy, spine breaking, pool table out of the way. And put it back after the
    shows over!

    F.U. to Evil D!!!!!!

    *flushes this tribute version of the band right on down the galaxy’s most
    filthiest , darkest , vile , bile , stench ridden , evilest , putrid , rancid
    smelling , turd filled & never backed up or clogged toilet*

    Hail Sandoval!!!!!!

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    This actually sounds kinda cool. Since usually their setlists consist mostly of albums A-D, this is a chance for them to play some stuff from their really underrated F-G albums, as well as for them to debut somenew material. Not a dumb decision at all

    • Leif Bearikson

      I’d probably feel differently if I’d seen them a time or two before. I’m not even necessarily saying I want a setlist that’s majority A-D, but at least toss in a song or two

      • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

        I’d be pissed if I had never seen them before as well. I get what you are saying

  • Gromit Burger

    Definitely understand where they’re coming from with this and it is a bold move but also an incredibly DUMB one. For starters, MA haven’t made any kind of appearance in about 3 years so for one, fans will be pleased to hear the classics again and it’s not anyone is bored of hearing Maze of Torment or anything at this point. On top of that, you’d think they’d wanna reassure everyone that they can still deliver the goods by playing some of the crowd favourites.

    I’m all for exhuming some of the lesser known tracks and the focus being on Tucker era material. I remember Iron Maiden did a similar thing in like 2010 where they based their set around their post-Bruce reunion material and it worked pretty well actually but even they weren’t so careless to completely disregard the classic and threw the fans a few bones here and there.

    I love the 3 Tucker era albums but what Morbid Angel doing here is just another example of them being TOO EXTREME to function.

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      • Gromit Burger

        Thanks George! Been a long time coming

        • Long time lurker, I assume? Glad you snuck into the mainstream!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I’m curious if Metallica did that in the 90s during their grunge phase, skipped a few thrash classics because they were above it.

      • Gromit Burger

        I know that for a while they stopped playing Master of Puppets in full and would cut it short when the acoustic bridge would kick in, which is a bit of a dick slap.

        Another band that comes to mind is Paradise Lost, who at the height of their pop rock phase during the Host era would feel obliged to play 1 or two of their older tracks like As I Die and purposefully fuck them up or introduce them by saying stuff list “this next song sucks…” just to snob the metal fans. They must be kicking themselves in the face over that now!

        What MA is doing may be a little petty toward David Vincent but seems more like one of their misguided attempts at “artistic integrity” than anything.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Morbid Anglol

  • Max

    A little drastic, though certainly an idea to consider. Gateways is a favourite of mine, but I’d have to do some remedial listening to Formulas and Heretic if I was to attend such a tour.

  • GrungierNine0

    My excitement for Iron Maiden’s North American tour was murdered when they announced that “Hallowed Be Thy Name” had been removed from the setlist, so I (kinda) get it.

  • Wilhelm

    This is a bad move, I really thought since they’ve been away for several years that they would want to reintroduce the crowd to Tucker with playing a good amount of classics…It also makes sense to include some Tucker era tunes as well, but to do one or the other is just fucking dumb. Luckily Pallbearer is playing in my city on the same night.