Headlined by the mighty I Am Morbid, MORBIDFEST Tour 2022 is dedicated to the 30-year anniversary of the release of the 'Blessed are the Sick' album. Initially announced for 2021, the MORBIDFEST Tour had to be postponed due to the pandemic. But, it‘s finally happening in 2022 with even higher anticipation!
Formed by David Vincent, the legendary, long-time frontman (vocalist & bassist) of the genre-defining extreme metal purveyors, Morbid Angel, I Am Morbid, performs Vincent-era classics from Morbid Angel‘s 'Altars of Madness', 'Blessed Are The Sick', 'Covenant' and 'Domination' albums.
MORBIDFEST Tour 2022 will include a touring package supported by two very special guests, Belphegor and Hate!
March 24th: Berlin @ ORWO Haus
March 25th: Roskilde @ Gimle
March 26th: Aalborg @ Streetfood
March 27th: Bochum @ Matrix
March 29th: Prague @ Futurum
March 30th: Poznan @ Klub U Bazyla
March 31st: Gdansk @ B90
April 1st: Katowice @ P23
April 2nd: Ostrava @ Barrack Club
April 3rd: Bratislava @ MCC Majestic
April 4th: Brussels @ Botanique
April 6th: Metropool @ Hengelo
April 7th: London @ Underworld
April 8th: Cardiff @ Fuel
April 9th: Manchester @ Rebellion
April 10th: Rotterdam @ Baroeg
April 12th: Nantes @ Le Warehouse
April 13th: Paris @ L‘Empreinte
April 14th: Metz @ Le Geulard
April 15th: Aaburg @ Musigburg
April 16th: Munich @ Dark Easter Metal Meeting
April 17: Leipzig @ Hellraiser
April 18th: Kassel @ Goldgrube
April 19th: Weiheim @ Cafe Central
April 20th: Milan @ Slaughterclub
April 21st: Rome @ Orion
April 22nd: Venice @ Revolver
Photo credit: Daniel Rusilowicz
ATF Sinner - vocals, guitars Domin - guitars Nar-Sil - drums Tiermes - bass
Hate released their new album, Rugia, last October via Metal Blade Records. Watch the stunning videos for the album, stream and purchase it via metalblade.com/hate !
No one combines death and black metal quite like Poland's Hate. With unflinching viciousness and a sense of atmosphere unique to the band, on Rugia, their twelfth full-length, they push the boundaries of their craft even further. "It was clear to me that it should build upon and evolve from our previous record, 'Auric Gates Of Veles' (2019), both musically and lyrically. However, every Hate record stands as a separate journey, and never twice to the same place. You never know exactly where it will lead you," states vocalist/guitarist ATF Sinner, who has led the band since 1991. Fresh blood in the band's line-up also helped contribute to Rugia's unique sound. Pavulon (drums), who had played with the band since 2014, was forced to step down from the band due to serious health issues. The band tapped Nar-Sil (Neolith, Virgin Snatch, Embrional) to take his place. "Working with a new drummer this time around was a fascinating experience for me. Nar-Sil's technique and presence are quite different from Pavulon's, and that definitely comes across. I believe we managed to construct a refreshing new chapter to our discography, composing nine truly sinister onslaughts of pure rage."
The band elected to once again track the album in the Hertz Recording Studio in Poland, and it was recorded, mixed and mastered by the Wiesłaski Brothers (Behemoth, Decapitated). Everything was laid down over about two to three weeks, with longtime collaborator Michał Staczkun providing the ambient elements of the band's sound. The only struggle came about at the mixing stage, where the final character of the record emerges. "Here we encountered many problems, contradictory visions too. The producers had their own idea for the overall sound, which differed from what I had in mind, so we were trying to find a good compromise and it took us a few months." Given how strongly the personality of the record shines through, it is safe to say that the compromise reached was definitely in its best interest, standing as perhaps the best sounding record in the band's long career. Hate is also celebrating thirty years of activity with Rugia, Sinner affirming he is as driven as ever. "Well, the fire is still burning! I'm proud that I have built a band with such strong energy, that's lasted for a long time in spite of numerous line-up changes and obstacles in our way. We are still here and we create with ever growing consciousness and dedication. The energy speaks through us. Honestly, I think of the band as something much bigger and more profound than the individual people involved in it over any given period of time. I believe we create a channel for energies that surpass us."