Q #1,991: #995: 2011’s ‘Illud Divinum Insanus’ is the 8th studio album by what band?
Morbid Angel’s ‘Illud Divinum Insanus’ is the band’s 8th studio album, and the first to see the return of legendary frontman David Vincent. Even though Vincent rejoined the band in 2004, no new Morbid material would surface for seven more years.
Having left after their 1995 release, ‘Domination,’ fans were most certainly hoping for a return to form. While being a band that’s more or less continued to reinvent itself from album to album, Morbid Angel definitely strayed from that path a bit more than expected, and ended up shocking listeners in ways they would never have conjured in their nightmares. I’m not huge into reviews, and perhaps that’s a result of being on the other end of them for years at this point, but the overall response was less than positive. The band incorporated more industrial elements, which shouldn’t be as much of a shock considering David Vincent’s post-departure band was the industrial metal outfit Genitorturers. It’s worth noting that this is his wife’s band, and that in an alternate Spinal Tap universe, David Vincent could have brought his wife into Morbid Angel to indulge in all of their industrial tendencies.
Still, the inclusion of such elements on a Morbid Angel album went over about as well as you could expect from the purists. I’d venture to say that after nearly 20 years, you probably shouldn’t expect a replicant album from a band that established itself by evolving and setting the bar for all those that would dare to follow. Even the return of Carcass with ‘Surgical Steel’ wasn’t met entirely with parades and praise, though I’m sure more than a few Morbid Angel fans would’ve preferred a sequel to one of their favorite albums… even if they would’ve still hated it.
Another potential mishap on the side of “hype,” is that longtime Morbid Angel drummer Pete ‘The Feet’ Sandoval was unable to complete ‘Illud Divinum Insanus’ due to back injuries. His replacement, and subsequently the only other drummer to appear on a Morbid release, was Tim Yeung. From Hate Eternal to Decrepit Birth, to Dino Cazares’ Divine Heresy, Yeung is blazingly fast behind the kit. Add his presence to the return of David Vincent, and it’s no big surprise that fans were expecting a different record.
If you are ever trying to keep track of where a Morbid Angel album lands within the band’s discography, all you have to remember our modern alphabet. The first letter of every album follows in order of release, starting with ‘Altars of Madness,’ ‘Blessed are the Sick,’ and the list continues. The wild card is the live album, ‘Entangled in Chaos,’ otherwise the studio albums jump from ‘Domination’ to ‘Formulas Fatal to the Flesh,’ which really drives home the letter F.
All of this is just asking to be parodied on a death metal themed Sesame Street. And with that, here is Bert and Ernie’s drum audition for Morbid Angel. I heard they didn’t get the gig because the band didn’t want to go the Slipknot route employing multiple drummers.