Scion A/V recently conducted an interview with vocalist/bassist David Vincent of Florida-based extreme metal veterans MORBID ANGEL. You can now watch the chat at DecibelMagazine.com.
MORBID ANGEL’s new album, “Illud Divinum Insanus”, sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 141. The effort marks MORBID ANGEL’s first CD to feature Vincent since 1995’s “Domination”.
MORBID ANGEL’s previous album, “Heretic”, opened with around 3,900 units back in October 2003. That CD has shifted 31,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“Domination” has sold 99,000 units so far while 1993’s “Covenant” — which was MORBID ANGEL’s first major-label release through Giant Records — has shifted nearly 153,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“Illud Divinum Insanus” was released on June 7 (one day earlier internationally) via Season of Mist. The cover artwork was designed by Gustavo Sazes and can be viewed below.
In a recent interview with AOL’s Noisecreep, Vincent stated about “Illud Divinum Insanus”, “It’s awesome, absolutely awesome . . . We made a masterpiece. I am going to call it that. There is not one bad track on this record. Of course I am going to say that, but I don’t normally say such things. It is very unique and very diverse. We didn’t go through the normal channels with production, so it’s that’s much more special because of the decisions we made.”
He added, “We have grown out of the moniker of death metal. We call ourselves extreme music. There are too many boxes to put it in — so many descriptors! We play extreme music and it encompasses everything from incredibly fast and articulate fretboard gymnastics to the sickest, most moaning of riffs, to the usual things we do. We take it for a twist.”
“Illud Divinum Insanus” artwork:
Photo credit: Alex Solca