Legendary Florida death metallers MORBID ANGEL debuted a new song, "Nevermore", at their first show with new touring guitarist, ZYKLON's longtime axemeister Destructhor (a.k.a. Thor Anders Myhren), on Sunday, June 22 at the Hellfest in Clisson, France.
Fan-filmed video footage of the "Nevermore" performance can be viewed below (clip uploaded by Dave Ingham a.k.a. YouTube user "triptykon").
"Obviously the urgency to get a [new second] guitar player in the band working with us kind of put the writing [for the upcoming MORBID ANGEL album] on hold," the group's frontman, David Vincent, revealed to Norway's "Tinitus" radio show in an interview that aired last month. "But we're looking forward to getting right back to it as soon as we're finished with these European festivals in July."
Although MORBID ANGEL's upcoming album does not currently have a name, its title will likely begin with the letter "I", in keeping with the band's tradition of titling their albums in alphabetical order beginning with 1989's "Altars of Madness", and continuing through "Heretic".
"A lot of people around the world have come up with titles that they thought it would be," Vincent told "Tinitus". "There is no title yet we've not decided on it. We've not decided whether it's going to continue following the alphabet or not. So anything that you hear or read on the Internet is totally speculation by anyone."
MORBID ANGEL's follow-up to 2003's "Heretic" will mark the group's first release to feature David Vincent since 1995's "Domination".
MORBID ANGEL is presently unsigned, having parted ways with Earache Records following "Heretic"'s release.
Regarding Destructhor's addition to the band's touring lineup, Vincent said, "We had a fairly long audition process. We looked long and hard at this. We decided when we began this process that it was gonna be a unanimous decision. We had several people [apply for the job] very good players from, really, all over the world and we got a video from Thor the same video that we asked from all the different players; the same two songs and some people didn't get past the initial discussion stage, and then some people went on to the next stage and it ended up that the band unanimously felt that Thor would be the best guitarist for the band."
MORBID ANGEL's current lineup is rounded out by guitarist Trey Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval.
Upcoming MORBID ANGEL shows:
June 27 - Dessel, BEL @ Graspop Metal Meeting
June 28 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tuska
June 29 - Bologna, ITA @ Gods Of Metal
July 04 - Leipzig, GER @ With Full Force
July 05 - Bergum, NETH @ Waldrock
July 07 - Tolmin, SLO @ Metalcamp
July 09 - Athens, GRE @ Rockwave
"Nevermore" clip uploaded by Dave Ingham a.k.a. YouTube user "triptykon":