And there she be! She’s a beaut, isn’t she! Anytime I see the Morbid Angel logo, I get a little pep in my step.

Of course, the Floridian death metal icons have named their new one Illud Divinum Insanus and the long-awaited disc will be out June 7 through Season Of Mist.

Our first taste of the new Morbid Angel record will allegedly come in May, when a single for the song “Nevermore” will be released on seven-inch vinyl and as a digital download.

The cover art was created by Gustavo Sazes, who had the following to say: “To create this cover we worked from several references, ideas, elements, and I would say a ‘world’ of options and paths. After a long brainstorming period and some [good and bad] ideas left behind we came up with the concept of this organic surreal insane being; a fallen God or a weird mirror image of our own madness. It is a different Morbid Angel cover for sure, but I think that’s how Morbid Angel is…Deviant and different on each new release. They never repeat themselves. They are always pushing the boundaries and setting new standards. I’m really proud of the final results and hope the fans appreciate my work, while listening to the new album!”

Illud Divinum Insanus was recorded at Hate Eternal leader Erik Rutan’s Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida; Rutan engineered the bastard. The new CD is the band’s first to be recorded without longtime drummer Pedro “Pete” Sandoval, who last year underwent back surgery for a deteriorating disc problem. Tim Yeung has been filling in for him ever since.

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