David Vincent_for ZT Mag_photo by Dan Santoni

Former Morbid Angel frontman David Vincent has spoken to Zero Tolerance Magazine about his new band, I Am Morbid.

More than a few of us were taken by surprise by the news that David Vincent would be returning to the stage in 2017 with a new band, I Am Morbid. It wasn’t so much that the frontman would be performing once again – in truth, he had never stopped; rather, it was the revelation that I Am Morbid would be playing classic Morbid Angel songs from that band’s first four albums that grabbed our attention.

“This is certainly something that has been on my mind for some time now and, truthfully, even prior to Trey and I parting ways again,” David comments. “When the news of our separation became public last year I was literally bombarded with all manner of requests from around the globe. This is the first instalment of a very busy new year.”

By creating I Am Morbid, we now have two ‘versions’ of the band. This isn’t unprecedented, of course – Venom / Venom Inc. spring to mind – and David stresses that his new project is very much its own beast. “This is a much different ‘vehicle’,” he says. “Apart from my personal provenance and legacy, this is a separate entity altogether.”

Joining him in I Am Morbid are former Morbid Angel drummer Tim Yeung and guitarists Bill Hudson and Ira Black. “The guitarists are long-time friends and associates and I’m very much looking forward to performing with both of them. Each has his own playing style and in the case of Bill Hudson, he and I have written together on and off for a few years now.”

I Am Morbid will be performing material from the first four classic Morbid Angel albums and fans can expect to hear some tunes which haven’t been aired for some time. “Absolutely, and I’m looking forward to it. As new pages in the story of a band are being written it is inevitable that some songs are replaced in a set list and fans always ask about them. Many of these will have a new life and a new interpretation.”

The band, initially at least, will be focusing on live performances. “Music is my life and I have been rather prolific lately,” David remarks. “That being said, the current plan is a short visit in South America. After that we shall see where the spirits lead.”

Looking at the year ahead, he adds, “2017 is off the chain already. My first outlaw country single drops next month. I will be making a few special appearances with various musical acts shortly and then a long awaited – on my part – writing / recording session that I’d love to go into more detail about but am presently sworn to secrecy.”

I Am Morbid visit South America in March.

Photo by Dan Santoni

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