Morbid Angel

Lemmy Kilmister may have the coolest handle in metal history, but Trey Azagthoth -- leader of the long-running death-metal outfit Morbid Angel -- is a close second. Although he sounds like he should hail from the frozen blackness of upper Finland, Azagthoth actually calls sunny Tampa, Florida, home. And while Slayer is the towering grandpappy of the genre (okay, Venom deserves some credit, too), props must go to Morbid Angel for its trailblazing efforts in the late '80s and early '90s, with such landmark albums as Altars of Madness (recently expanded and re-released by Earache Records) and Blessed Are the Sick, which pushed death metal to even more extreme, battering and virtuosic levels and continues to inspire legions of string-shredding malcontents around the world. That influence will be on display during this thrashy, international-flavored bill: Warming up for the mighty Angel are Canada's Despised Icon, Brazil brother act Krisiun and Poland's legendary Behemoth -- which, with bandmembers named Nergal, Orion and Inferno, can give Lemmy and Trey a run for their money.


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