“Morbid Angel‘s music is ‘death’ and that’s what people expect,” deadpanned vocalist and bass player for the band, Steve Tucker.
“Most Morbid Angel fans know the band is pretty diverse but they expect the music to have that death metal vibe.”
With the release of Kingdoms Disdained in December and the recently released boxed set, Morbid Angel are back in the limelight, with Tucker saying fans have warmly embraced the album. Despite the album being finished, out and in the can, Tucker does admit that the band have in the past been guilty of over-scrutinizing the album after it has been released.
“There’s a little bit of both (scrutiny and that sense of leaving it behind),” he said. “I think that on this album my list of things that if I could I would change are nothing like they ever were in the past. This album, on all fronts from the recording to the pressing to the feel of it and the packaging – everything – was more satisfactory.
Since forming in 1983 Morbid Angel have been one of the most commercially successful, influential and recognized bands in their genre, with an endless stream of musicians openly admitting the high regard in which they are held. Although obvious to the rest of the world, Tucker says that within the band the fact is rarely mentioned or discussed.
“No,” he laughed, “that’s not really something… honestly, inside of the band time goes by much faster than outside. Outside of the band you can look at 25 years and it seems like a tremendous amount of time but from inside it doesn’t seem so long ago. You sort of go from album to album man. You spend a big chunk of your life writing and recording an album and then it gets released and you go out and support the album and that whole process is a number of years. Talking about being legends or talking about the influence that Morbid Angel has had on anyone is not really something that we would sit around and do. For us, when you around this long… nobody expected death metal to last almost 30 years dude. No-one expected it as far as it’s just a process of making music and playing shows. Death metal has become as legitimate a music genre as anything else out there. It doesn’t seem like it’s something that’s going away anytime soon.”
To hear more in-depth takes on Tucker’s view on the music world in general as well as a detailed listing of what to expect in the box set as well as his thoughts on Morbid angel before he joined the band tune into the audio below.