Words & Photos by James Alvarez
Morbid Angel & Cannibal Corpse, touring together? Thanks to the fine folks at Decibel Magazine for assembling such a ‘holy shit’ lineup for the 2019 installment of their annual, namesake tour across the country. With the two biggest death metal bands of all time, sharing/smashing the same stage, you better believe this show at The Fonda sold out.
Morbid Angel have a massive and extremely loyal Los Angeles fan base. Despite there being two other SoCal tour stops for this bill, The Fonda was packed to the brim by 9pm when Morbid Angel hit the stage. The band ripped through new songs off their latest album, 2017’s Kingdoms Disdained, as well as older, classic Morbid Angel tunes from both eras of the band’s history. On recent tours the band has played tunes from the Steve Tucker days exclusively, in honor of their returning vocalist/bassist. Now, the Morbid fellas are playing everything, including new mind-benders like “Piles of Little Arms” and “D.E.A.D.” as well as old school David Vincent era bangers like “Day of Suffering” “Blasphemy” and “God of Emptiness.” To say the crowd was hyped would be an understatement. The hordes of metal fiends and ‘Satanic Hispanics’ in the crowd loved every bit of Morbid Angel’s pummeling set.
Cannibal Corpse ended the night with one of the most insane performances this author has ever seen from the band. The Cannibal team has found themselves in a rather bizarre situation as of late. Their lead guitarist Pat O’Brien had some, unfortunate legal issues during this past holiday season [google search for the arson/knife/assaulting police 411!] so the band was forced to embark on a impromptu search for a new substitute axe slinger for this monster co-headlining tour with Morbid Angel. So, the powers that be [pun alert!] got Hate Eternal main man and Cannibal Corpse’s longtime producer/homeboy, the mighty Erik Rutan to fill in on lead guitar. Welp, the results were stupendous. Rutan’s energy and insane guitar prowess helped push the band into ridiculous new territory. Maybe it was Rutan’s presence, maybe they fed off the sold out crowd or maybe having to follow a legendary act like Morbid Angel fired them up like nothing else could. Either way, Cannibal Corpse was firing on all cylinders.
Be sure to catch Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse on one of their remaining tour dates below. Heads up, these shows are selling out!
Mon/Feb-25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
Tue/Feb-26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
Fri/Mar-01 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
Sat/Mar-02 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman *NO CANNIBAL CORPSE
Sun/Mar-03 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
Mon/Mar-04 – Chicago, IL – The Concord
Wed/Mar-06 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Thu/Mar-07 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater
Fri/Mar-08 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Sat/Mar-09 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
Sun/Mar-10 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Mon/Mar-11 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
Wed/Mar-13 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Thu/Mar-14 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum