Starting with Stering Von Scarborough (bass/vocals), Trey Azagthoth (guitar), Richard Brunelle (guitar), Mike Browning (bass) and Pete Sandoval (ex-Terrorizer; drums), Morbid Angel quickly gained appeal on the underground Death Metal scene because of their fast, extreme approach. They debuted in 1986 with the self-financed Abominations Of Desolation on their own 'Gorque Records' but, unhappy with it, they refused to release it. There was a personnel change at this time with Scarborough and Browning leaving and replaced with David Vincent (ex-Terrorizer; previouslytheir producer) who took up both of the ir roles. He in turn ended off giving them more of an identity with his strong charismatic character. (He, and Sundoval at performed under the side-project name Terrorizer along with Oscar Garcia (vocals) and Jesse Pintado (drums) to complete a on-off called World Downfall in 1989). They restarted their business ventures under the label title 'Earache', and the resulting official debut, Altars Of Madness (1989), followed. The album featured ultra-fast rhythms, complex guitar playing and unrelenting blankets of noise that sent Death Metal fans mad for it. Blessed Are The Sick (1991) saw them touringEurope to gain a wider fo llowing. Tom Morris produced it but extensive bootlegging and their huge popularity forced 'Earache' to release the previously shelved Abominations Of Dissolution in 1991.
Now under the wing of 'Giant' (subsidiary of 'Warner') in the rest of the world, except England (where they stayed on 'Earache'), they became the first Death band to get major label attention. Flemming Rassmussen (producer for Metallica) stepped in to help complete the Covenant (1993). This release was further helped by a tour with Black Sabbath and Motorhead. 1994 saw Brunelle replaced with Eric Rutan (ex-Ripping Corpse).
Domination (1 995) with its deep, dark and mature sound would further advance them and the genre as a whole. It also served to encourage their new members. Entagled In Chaos (1996) followed shortly later. For the release of the highly acclaimed Formulas Fatal To The Flesh (1997), Steve Tucker returned to take over on bass and vocals from Vincent. The latest members of the band were Doug Cerrito (ex-Suffocation; guitar) and Jared Anderson on bass and backing vocals. Gateways To Annihilation(2000), was completed two years later, with Heretic following in 2003.