As lead singer of the only death metal band your mother might have heard of (she hasn't), Morbid Angel's David Vincent shoulders a not-insignificant privilege. Alongside guitarist Trey Azagthoth, he ushered the Tampa outfit through most of its two-decades-plus career into the first major label deal for a death metal band, past the (good-humoredly) upturned noses of Beavis and Butt Head, and into six-figure album sales. Morbid Angel won this success without any "just kidding" qualifiers attached to the profane imagery and rhetoric that betrayed its earnest involvement in magic and the occult. Both Vincent and Azagthoth attest to the influence of such far-flung pagan inspirations as ancient Sumerian gods, the Necronomicon, and... Tony Robbins.
Steven Chew Morbid Angel at Slim's last week. Read our review of the show.
Vincent, however, took a hiatus from the band after 1995's Domination and joined industrial metal outfit the Genitorturers alongside wife and lead singer Gen. He rejoined Morbid Angel in 2004 and, after a series of reunion shows (and maybe not the most celebrated comeback album of all time, 2011's Illud Divinum Insanus), he's back on the road celebrating his band's crown jewel, 1993's Covenant. 2 Minutes to Midnight spoke with him on Thanksgiving Eve, mere hours before he presented that record to a rabid crowd at Slim's.