Live Photos and Gig Review Credit: © Kassandra Carmona
Death metal legends Morbid Angel gathered their faithful fans last Tuesday night for a very important tour. With support of the local band Winter Nights and the direct support from, SC VadimVon they delivered a nothing but sheer insanity to the NYC metalheads.
Winter Nights being a local band had already quite the following. They not only had a intense set but brought along some fresh melodic metal into the mix.
Up next was VadimVon, a band who has definitely been around and proven to be veterans in the Death metal genre. Hailing from South Carolina, they were not strangers to the NYC metalheads, after all they had also toured with Morbid Angel last year. Despite the technical difficulties they pulled through and derived a brutal set with insane moshing from the fans.
Finally, Morbid Angel… Not only would they play the album Covenant in it’s entirety but their setlist also featured songs for every release they had. The crowd surfers rained on the staff the second they begun playing a nothing but legendary set. The moshing only intensified throughout the night. One thing is certain that night was nothing less than brutal and legendary.
Originally formed as solo recording project by Ikon Vadim Von in fall of ‘07, the “Abyssus Diabolorum” EP was released through UK’s Eradication Process label one year later, quickly selling all 666 copies of this very limited-edition cassette & vinyl release. The name of VadimVon was injected into the metal underground in a truly raw and savage form, complete with demonically-inspired lyrical content and artwork.
“RiseKhaosInfernal” full-length was released in 2009 and the initial live lineup of Ikon V, Red Magus and Sado Golem performed throughout the North American continent during the summer and fall of 2009, as well as in the spring of 2010, including festivals in NYC, Chicago, San Antonio, Milwaukee and Charlotte.
“The Vindicta Iinteritus Mortem EP” was released on Halloween of 2011 following Sado’s departure. The release featured new material, as well as a few re-envenomed invocations. Original bassist Red Magus (aka Dwayne Reynolds) passed away in February of 2012.
In September of 2012 the band embarked on a high-profile U.S./Canada tour with Morbid Angel, Dark Funeral and Grave. VadimVon front man Ikon V handled bass duties instead of guitar throughout the tour in honor of fallen bassist Red Magus, drafting in live guitarists Shaun Cothron (ex-Acheron) and Justin Zych (ex-Viking). Limited-edition “In Extolation Of Death” split EP with Canadian thrashers Auroch was released and distributed exclusively throughout the tour.
VadimVon makes its return to the stage as special guests on the anticipated 20th Anniversary of Covenant U.S. tour with death metal legends Morbid Angel in November of 2013, featuring Ikon V on vocals and guitar, along with the blistering rhythm section consisting of new bassist Richard Shirah and drummer Apollyon Baphomet.
Winter Nights Formed in the Winter of 2007, during one brutal, drunk New Years Eve celebration. Vodka, Beer & Metal led the way for it is all they need for survival in this diminishing world. They have been constantly evolving into a force like none other since the brothers first came together in the small, dark chamber of a studio. With nothing standing in their way, they look to push a far as this life takes them. Winter Nights are constantly creating new material and recording songs one by one to release and sell as full length albums.
Morbid Angel Covenant 1993-2013 Tour
Florida-based death metal veterans MORBID ANGEL started their celebration of their the 20th anniversary of their best-selling album, “Covenant”, by embarking on the “Covenant: 1993-2013” tour. We caught with the band on their NYC date at Irving Plaza.
In 1992, MORBID ANGEL was the first death metal band to be signed to a major record company (Giant Records/Warner Brothers) and “Covenant” was the group’s first release for that label in the USA. The LP was issued on June 22, 1993 and went on to garner great critical and commercial success.
On the “Covenant: 1993-2013” tour, MORBID ANGEL will play the “Covenant” album in its entirety and, after a short intermission, some additional surprise classic cuts. Further, there will be special commemorative items produced exclusively for this tour.
Nov. 07 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Nov. 08 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Nov. 09 – Baltimore, MD – – Baltimore Soundstage
Nov. 10 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Nightclub
Nov. 12 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Nov. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
Nov. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Nov. 16 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
Nov. 17 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Nov. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Nov. 19 – Sauget, IL – Pops
Nov. 20 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
Nov. 22 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Nov. 25 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Nov. 26 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Nov. 27 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Nov. 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
Nov. 30 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
Dec. 01 – Albuquerque, NM – Dec 1 – Sunshine Theater
Dec. 02 – El Paso, TX – Dec 2 – Tricky Falls
Dec. 03 – Austin, TX – Dec 3 – Red 7
Dec. 04 – Houston, TX – Dec 4 – Warehouse Live
Dec. 06 – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
Dec. 07 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Asked if it ever irritates him that some MORBID ANGEL fans always expect the band to record a sequel to the group’s most successful albums, like “Altars Of Madness”, “Blessed Are The Sick” or “Covenant”, MORBID ANGEL bassist/vocalist David Vincent told MetalCrypt.com this past January: “We have stuff like that. Listen, we are a very wide band; we are not narrow. There are a lot of narrow bands out there these days, and you know how their records are going to sound before they are even released. You will know exactly what they are going to be and the fans like that. These types of bands don’t take any chances; they don’t really experiment at all. They just play the same record, you know, there’s only a few notes different but it’s still the same thing over and over again. And then there are bands that specialize in that, and that’s what the listeners are looking for. They should support those kinds of bands. We are just not that kind of band and never have been.”
MORBID ANGEL’s latest album, “Illud Divinum Insanus”, sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 141. The effort marked MORBID ANGEL’s first CD to feature Vincent since 1995’s “Domination”.