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Trey Azagthoth Throws David Vincent Under the Bus, Blames Former Frontman for Morbid Angel’s Illud Divinum Insanus

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Illud Divinum Insanus is a likely candidate for most-universally-disliked metal album of the 21st century thus far. It’s closest competition is probably Megadeth’s Super Collider, but given that Dave Mustaine has badly embarrassed himself in the past, I think Illud would probably edge out Collider in the voting; the Morbid Angel album’s release, I would argue, was far more shocking than the Megadeth one.

And it’s interesting that these two bands should be guilty of these two particularly heinous musical transgressions… because now Morbid Angel’s Trey Azagthoth has stolen a page from the Dave Mustaine playbook and blamed someone else for the poorly-received record.

Explains Azagthoth in a new interview with Guitar World

“It just shows how David [Vincent] and I are in different worlds these days. He is, for sure, an artist and great in his own way, but was becoming so very different than what I was into. It was a confused effort and that is why I changed the lineup.”

“I already knew the result was gonna be off during rehearsals and recording. Some of it turned out cool, but David made his vocals too loud — like usual — and the rhythm guitars got subdued in the mix. Then David flew to L.A. to finish some vocals with the engineer that mixed the record. And it seems he influenced how the mix was gonna turn out. Before I heard the final mixes for the record I thought it was gonna sound a lot more heavy. But nothing could save a silly song like ‘Radikult,’ which I just tried to ignore. I had nothing to do with that thing.”

The paradox of this statement is that Azagthoth simultaneously admits how much power he holds in Morbid Angel (he was single-handedly able to change the group’s line-up) while claiming that Illud Divinum Insanus is mostly the fault of David Vincent. I can’t imagine I’m alone in assuming that nothing ever happens with Morbid Angel unless Azagthoth signs off on it. I just can’t see the guitarist getting the final album mixes and being completely blindsided by how the record came out.

I also can’t imagine that there’s any mix which would have made the record better, because bad songs are bad songs no matter what, but maybe a mix with more guitars and less vocals would have been an improvement.

ANYWAY, Morbid Angel’s new album, Kingdoms Disdained, is being relatively well-received, so hopefully Azagthoth won’t have to blame the whole thing on Steve Tucker in a few years.

[via Metal Injection]

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