MORBID ANGEL @ Vagos Open Air, 2011/08/06

Original text here:, with pictures by Sandra Manuel (

» To close down the festival’s 3rd edition, the organization chose another kind of legend: old school death metal from America’s MORBID ANGEL. Although their latest work “Illud Divinum Insanus” – the first one in 8 years – isn’t that much old school…

They’ve played themes from all the albuns David Vincent took part in – the singer/bass player left the band in 1996 and returned in 2004 – starting right away with “Immortal Rites” from the very first “Altars Of Madness” (1989). The only exception was “Bil Ur-Sag”, from “Formulas Fatal To The Flesh” (1998), which must have been a last minute call, since it was handwritten on the otherwise printed setlist.

Vincent was also very talkative and “naturalist”: first, he said he could see the stars in the sky and in our eyes; later on, he wanted us to scream the chorus of “I Am Morbid” loud enough to wake up the stars and the trees.

Another quote I remember was about the 7 years they had to make up for since the last time they’d played in Portugal, and “after all these years, we are still sworn to the black” which obviously introduced “Sworn To The Black”.

“Where The Slime Lives” has a video which I still very well remember watching on MTV Headbangers’ Ball in my teenage years and it couldn’t miss MORBID ANGEL‘s setlist. “God Of Emptiness” and “World Of Shit” were the very last sounds from Vagos Open Air 2011. «

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