Death Metal legends Morbid Angel have finally announced the title of their long awaited 8th studio album….drumroll please…..”Illud Divinum Insanus”. The album name keeps in line with their habit of naming their albums in alphabetical order. Curiosity drove me to searching for a translation of “Illud Divinum Insanus” and based on my half-hearted efforts, it loosely translates to “That Divine Insanity”, eventhough I’ve seen some guys on forums saying it could mean “Mocking Divine Law”,both of which are pretty cool titles in their own right and fits in perfectly with Morbid Angel’s previous album titles (“Altars of Madness” anyone?)
“Illud Divinum Insanus” will be the first Morbid Angel album since vocalist/growler Dave Vincent returned to the line up but, more significantly in many fans eyes, will be the first Morbid Angel not to have Pete Sandoval behond the sticks, who underwent surgery last year for a deteriorating disc problem. Filling in for Mr. Sandoval is Tim Yeung, whos impressive resume sees him having covered drum duties for Nile, Hate Eternal, Divine Heresy and Vital Remains, so at least we know the dude has chops. How his style of playing will affect Morbid Angels sound is still something to ponder but a recent drum clinic video does give us a sneak peek at what to expect 9which I have embedded below for you lucky devils).
“Illud Divinum Insanus” is set for a June 6th release (6/6 eh guys?) on Season of Mist but a single of the track “Nevermore”, which has been played live a number of times by Morbid Angel will be released as a 7″ vinyl and digital download on May 7th, with the B-side featuring another new song remixed by Combichrist.
I for one always get excited about new Morbid Angel material, eventhough I was getting fed up waiting, and with the intrigue of Dave Vincent returning and Pete Sandoval missing, I’m even more curious than usual to hear this album. Let the wait for “Illud Divinum Insanus” begin!