It’s been a long time since some of us dabbled in diablo, the esoteric, or quantum physics, but the prelude and overture to this book is something we all should delve into, dive off of, and later re-emerge from. While reading I Am Morbid: Ten Lessons Learned From Extreme Metal, Outlaw Country, And The Power Of Self-Determination, you come to understand David Vincent’s mind frame which once may have been misunderstood by morbid minions.

The guy is a forward thinker, as many of us should be, and doesn’t let life lead and dictate his path. The pages are candid, to-the-point, and, overall, it’s an easy and intelligent read. Of course, there’s the documented history of Morbid Angel sans drug, drink nor rehab rhetoric which is accompanied by the author’s contemporary crusade into Vltimus. The guy had his head on his shoulders the entire trip all the while dealing with personal demons stirred by the fame that ultimately lead from one jump off into another netherworld.

The rise to stardom is most poignant and intriguing, while the levelling off is expected to be a bumpy ride. But an epiphany at the end of every good story leaves one expectant and this revelation is a set up for things to prevail. The ass-end of these chapters become very philosophical and wrap up a bunch of unanswered questions, which Vincent paraphrases from a left-hand path point of view, via Marquis De Sade, Aleister Crowley, H.P. Lovecraft, Dr. Anton LaVey, and Plato. When studying Witchcraft 101 or another prospective look at life, I Am Morbid summarizes in a few words and chapters what you could spend hundreds of dollars learning in an occult bookshop. (Some of our lives can be summed up in a simple paragraph.)

“Everybody deserves to be happy, but you have to make it happen yourself. Ask yourself who you are. What fits you best? Don’t look at employment solely as something that you have to do to pay the bills. Don’t become a slave to something. Keep your eye on happiness; there’s no reason to live a miserable life when we’re only here for a very short period of time.”

David Vincent has chosen his footsteps wisely and remained self-disciplined on the path to success. There’s new respect to be found in I Am Morbid that defines walks along terra firma, be them gravel, paved, or a yellow brick road into the fields of wonder, acknowledgment, and self-enlightenment. This is well worth your offerings placed upon the Blessed Covenant Alters.

By: David Vincent, Joel Mciver
Publisher: Jawbone Press
Release Date: February 11, 2020
Format / Length: Paperback / 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1911036556
ISBN-13: 978-1911036555

I was born in the late 60's amongst hippies and bikers. Cut my teeth on 70's rock and roll surrounded by motorheads and potheads, and in the 80's spread my wings and flourished as a guitarist. In the 90's I became a semi-professional musician knocking on death metals door, as well as entering the world as a freelance writer. In the 2000's I moved to Hollywood and watched the music industry crumble in front of my dreams and then took a break. Now, in the early 2020s I'm ready to rock again… or swing, blues, bluegrass, country, jazz, classical, etc. Its not so much a job to me anymore, but a great way to express myself and have a good time, and, "I know, its only rock and roll but I like it".