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Massive Metal Monday: Morbid Angel “Chapel of Ghouls” (Live 1989)
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Morbid Angel was one of the first bands to lay the groundwork for the genre that would come to be known as death metal. The band quickly rose to the top of the heap in the flourishing extreme metal scene of the late ’80s in Tampa, Florida. Their debut album, Altars of Madness, was released in 1989 and is considered to be one of the cornerstone recordings of death metal to this day.

Morbid Angel has undergone numerous lineup and stylistic changes over the years, but remain active to this day. They are currently working on new material with yet another new lineup. We here at GoD will keep you up to date with any news regarding a new album when it becomes available. Until then, enjoy this live video of this week’s Massive Metal Monday track “Chapel of Ghouls” from Altars of Madness.

When I was growing up in rural Indiana in the early ’80s, there was very limited access to heavy music. These were the days before MTV blew up with the whole hair metal, Headbangers Ball phenomenon. But on Sunday nights, there was a two-hour radio show that came from WOXY, just across the state line in Oxford, Ohio (home of Miami University of Ohio). It was called Massive Metal for the Masses, and I would wait all week for it to air. It was through this show that I was introduced to bands like Venom, Bathory, WASP, Michael Schenker Group, Slayer, and countless others. This Monday weekly column is my tip of the hat to that show. I call it Massive Metal Monday. Every week, I pay tribute to defining moments by the artists that laid the groundwork for heavy metal to become the worldwide cultural bond for all of us metal heads.

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