Bassist/vocalist David Vincent of Florida death metallers MORBID ANGEL was interviewed on the October 12-14 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
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Full Metal Jackie: MORBID ANGEL‘s out with GRAVE and DARK FUNERAL through late October; tell us how the tour’s been going so far.
Vincent: This tour has been going really well. We’ve had some great shows — a lot of support, a lot of excitement. It’s been a long time since MORBID ANGEL‘s toured the States, so a lot of the hoopla that we’ve garnering in Europe and South America and elsewhere, we’re now able to bring it home and show everybody what we’ve been up to for the past so many years.
Full Metal Jackie: A band can’t really say that they’ve made it without being denied entry to Canada. What are border crossings like for a metal band, especially MORBID ANGEL?
Vincent: You know, I’ve got to say that we’ve been back and forth about this, we did have some challenges getting into Canada; this happens to bands throughout their career. I’ve personally never had a problem getting into the country and this particular agent… the agents up there, if they decide they want you in or they don’t want you in, then that’s pretty much what’s going to happen, all reasons be damned. It is what it is. My main thing with it is I just don’t like disappointing fans. Both the promoters in Montreal and Toronto are standup people and they honored people’s ticket prices and be refunded and stuff. That’s all the business side of it. The real crime here is that the border agents, they don’t care about their promoters, apparently they don’t care about their Canadian citizens who are fans, and I would hope in the future that they wouldn’t be so benign to some of these concerns.
Full Metal Jackie: You’ve been getting good reviews on this current tour, so, David, how will that most affect what you do going forward?
Vincent: Well, I think the main thing is we enjoy touring … we enjoy playing and really getting down and showing people what we’re all about. It has been several years since the band has done a complete stateside tour. We’ve been out doing West Coast stops, flying in special events, Maryland Deathfest, we did that this year — just sort of larger events but not really gearing up and getting everybody all suited up for battle and getting on the tour bus. It’s feeling fresh. The bands that we’re touring with are really good bands, both of which we’ve been friends with for a number of years. Everything’s going well, and like I said, the response has been really good and we’re riding it all the way home to our final show, which is in our area, in the Tampa Bay area, on the 21st of October.
Full Metal Jackie: The latest record, “Illud Divinium Insanus”, was your first MORBID ANGEL album in 16 years. In what ways did you find your creative relationship with Trey [Azagthoth, guitar] had changed and what about that changed relationship would you like to explore next?
Vincent: One thing about MORBID ANGEL is that there’s never been any rules and it’s an interesting perspective. We just kind of go in and do what we do, and sometimes it blossoms; every flower is a different color and a different smell. This album, it surprises people, a couple of tracks on there, and then there’s a couple of other tracks that are as MORBID ANGEL as you can get. People are coming around. It was slow going at first — people were going, “What are these guys doing here?” and night after night, I’m getting comments, people are like, “I finally really listened to it and I really like it. It just took me a while.” That’s no different than some of the other records we’ve done in the past, so everything is going as planned. Thanks for asking.
Full Metal Jackie: You’re a guest on the new CHAOSTAR album and rumor has it in a narrative sense?
Vincent: Yeah, you find out things — you’re the metal oracle these days.
Full Metal Jackie: How’s voiceover work satisfying compared to singing or playing?
Vincent: When there’s something creative that I can identify with, it’s easy when you have like minds sharing a creative outlet — it’s good stuff so I’m looking forward to seeing what the end result is going to be.