Death metal legends Morbid Angel will release their ninth studio album, Kingdoms Disdained worldwide on December 1 via Silver Lining Music. Kingdoms Disdained reunites guitarist and founder Trey Azagthoth with bassist and vocalist Steve Tucker to create a world beating apocalyptic soundtrack.
Just one play of Morbid Angel’s searing, incendiary new opus, and you’ll realize that this is the only true current aural document of a world sinking into uncharted despair.
“The album title says it all,” states Tucker, “everybody’s fed up and nobody can figure out how to fix it. We’ve got all these miniature wars in neighbourhoods, cities, countries, and we’ve got people with varying opinions causing chaos, yet everyone is doing what they feel is right. Which all makes it feels like the world has reached a point of utter madness and confusion.”
As if fate constructed the moment, these forefathers of death metal found themselves witnessing the storm’s eye as they prepared to create Kingdoms Disdained, deciphering it with their ferocious music via long-held Sumerian-based beliefs.
“It’s been written but nobody pays attention, because we erase our history,” furthers Tucker. “We don’t understand much about the Sumerian texts because things got erased, buried and broken up. And for years, Trey and I talked a lot about the idea of those Gods waking up and coming back to show us that they’re angry.”
Recorded at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL and produced by Morbid Angel with Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Six Feet Under, Belphegor), Azagthoth, Tucker and drummer Scotty Fuller created eleven pieces of devastatingly dynamic death metal. Compositions such as Garden of Disdain, Architect and Iconoclast and The Pillars Crumbling supremely illustrate Azagthoth’s incredible creative alchemy with Tucker as well as his own peerless, legendary guitar work.
“We’re always trying to paint pictures, to create images,” says Tucker, ‘and I think this album is a fair image of the world today, but taken from a different perspective, the perspective of those Gods who built this, who may be resting now but are starting to wake up.”
Kingdoms Disdained also features supreme artwork courtesy of Irish mixed-media artist Ken Coleman, who created a series of pieces that further augment the stories being told.
So take some advice: don’t walk meekly around the edge of Kingdoms Disdained, go all-in on the journey and Morbid Angel’s intense importance to these times will be crystal clear.
Kingdoms Disdained will be available in the following formats Deluxe 6 panel Digipak with lenticular cover Jewel case CD, Digital audio 12” black vinyl 180gms pressing in gatefold
Special Edition box set.