Morbid Angel and Obituary were mentioned in one of the questions on the November 11 episode of “Jeopardy!.” The question said the following: “Morbid Angel and Obituary are popular bands in this genre.” The answer was of course death metal.
Ex-Morbid Angel guitarist Richard Brunelle has sadly passed away at the age of 55. A cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Brunelle’s sister-in-law Megan Box-Brunnele issued the following statement:
“This is Richie’s sister-in-law. This devastating post is at the request of my husband and his mother. It is with deep regret and sorrow that we inform Richie’s friends and fans that he passed away [on Monday]. Please feel free to visit the link to share memories and condolences. Rest in peace, Richie. You were so loved and will be forever missed.”
Ex-Morbid Angel drummer Pete Sandoval commented as well:
“This is really sad! So many great memories we shared together that I’ll never forget, hope and wish you are in a better place. My condolences to his family.
I just received an email of his family letting me know about this sad news, please, a little respect guys, don’t ask me the cause of death or something like that, does it matter? he just passed away and that’s sad. Thanks”
Ex-Morbid Angel drummer/vocalist Mike Browning also had the following to say:
“I am beyond devastated and shocked about Richard Brunelle passing away on Monday. As of right now I only know that it happened on Monday and I had talked to him just this month.
Here are a couple pictures from when Richard played his first show with Morbid Angel in 1985, we have always managed to stay friends over all these years and he was always a friend to me since 1985 and at least we managed to make the album that started it all back in 1986.
I had always hoped that one day Richard, Trey and I would at least get together one more time to jam, even if it was only in the back room of my house, it was then and still would have been pure Magick!
Please do not ask me what happened because I only know what everyone else knows right now.”
Brunelle has been mostly inactive for awhile and has battled drug addiction in the past. He also served jail time for drug abuse multiple times.
Morbid Angel, Watain, and Incantation have announced a fall U.S. tour. You can find the dates for that run below.
11/21 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
11/22 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
11/23 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
11/25 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/26 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
11/27 Santa, Ana, CA – The Observatory
11/29 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
11/30 San Jose, CA – The Ritz
12/01 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
12/02 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
12/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
12/05 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
12/06 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
12/07 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
12/08 Joliet, IL – The Forge
12/10 Detroit, MI – The Majestic
12/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
12/12 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
12/13 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
12/14 New York, NY – The Warsaw
12/15 Reading, PA – Reverb
12/16 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
12/18 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
12/19 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
12/20 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
12/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
It looks like Morbid Angel are getting ready to start the writing process for their next album. Steve Tucker told Metal Wani the following:
“I’m gonna actually start writing some new music, and I think Trey [Azagthoth, guitar] will probably start writing some new music. We’ll probably do a couple of more tours throughout the year. We have some stuff that’s being talked about now, but nothing concrete. It’s that time. It’s been a little bit over a year since the last album came out. I’ve kind of got the urge and desire myself to write some more music. So we’ll start getting into that and continue doing shows.”
The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Decibel Magazine Tour. The trek will feature Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Necrot, and Blood Incantation. Cannibal Corpse will only perfom from February 17 – March 7. After that, Morbid Angel will headline with direct support from Immolation.
Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster commented:
“We’re really looking forward to our second appearance on the Decibel Tour; they always put together a killer line up and this time is no exception. We’re particularly excited to be hitting the road with our friends Morbid Angel. In fact, this will be the first time we’ve toured together in the USA.”
Morbid Angel bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker added:
“Everyone here in the Morbid Angel camp are stoked to do this tour with Cannibal Corpse. To celebrate, Morbid Angel will be performing a mean-ass set of songs that will cover the entirety of our years of kicking ass.”
02/17 San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall
02/19 Tucson, AZ – Club Xs
02/20 San Diego, CA – The Observatory
02/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater
02/22 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
02/23 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
02/25 Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
02/26 Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
03/01 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
03/02 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
03/03 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
03/04 Chicago, IL – The Concord
03/07 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
03/08 Philadelphia, PA – TLA (no Cannibal Corpse) (with Immolation)
03/09 Worcester, MA – Palladium (no Cannibal Corpse) (with Immolation)
03/10 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage (no Cannibal Corpse) (with Immolation)
03/11 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater (no Cannibal Corpse) (with Immolation)
03/13 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (no Cannibal Corpse) (with Immolation)
03/14 Tampa, FL – Orpheum (no Cannibal Corpse) (with Immolation)
Morbid Angel have premiered a new video for their song “Garden Of Disdain,” via Noisey. The clip was produced by Nader Sadek and the track appears on the band’s latest album “Kingdoms Disdained.” Steve Tucker commented:
“Nader does some of the most interesting and dark visual art I have ever see. We were excited to work with him and see our musical ideas put into such amazing visuals!”
“My intention is to create a visual parallel to the song, a theme which repeats, yet within the loop-lay textures are controlled twists and turns. It was a bonus that I had the opportunity to use Sumerian iconography as well as obscure symbols of the pre-ancient past such as the Merkaba, a galaxy-roaming vessel.”