For some reason, it's taken two decades for death metal greats Morbid Angel to get my attention. Which is kinda fucked up. The band's scary anti-Christian imagery is awesome! Unlike Carcass, Atheist, and Obituary, MA has more than three good records! Drummer Pete Sandoval's blast beat is perfection! Decibel named Trey Azagthoth (#1) and Erik Rutan (#10) two of death Metal's Top 20 guitarists!
Predictably, I noticed none of this until the instant that somebody mentioned drugs.
Rutan's Hate Eternal just released the towering Fury & Flames, an early contender for best Metal album of 2008. Reportedly, F&F is a tribute to the late Jared Anderson, former bassist/vocalist for both Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal who reportedly had some nasty drug addiction issues. He's not the only one! Blabbermouth reports:
According to the web site of the Florida Department of Corrections, former Morbid Angel guitarist Richard Brunelle was released from the Zephyrhills Correctional Institution, located just north of Tampa, on June 21, 2008 after serving 14 months for cocaine possession. Brunelle was in Morbid Angel from 1985 until 1992 and he appeared on the band's first two albums, 1989's Altars of Madness and 1991's Blessed Are The Sick.