Incontrovertible fact: If you have the first word “Morbid” in your band’s name, you are destined for underground greatness. To wit: Morbid, Morbid Opera, Morbid Angel – and belatedly joining those ranks is Morbid Saint. But don’t call it a comeback; Morbid Saint have been here for years. Since 1982, in fact, when the band missed the memo that you can’t rock in Sheboygan and began pounding out hyperspeed proto-thrash and became favorites of the tape-trading underground with the Spectrum of Death
release in 1988. They recorded a follow-up demo, but broke up in 1993. But one thing you can always count on is the voraciousness of cult metal fans, and renewed interest in those little-noticed recordings blew up into a full reunion of the band in 2010 and the obligatory deluxe reissue. Guitarist Jay Visser recently reflected to Iron Fist
about the reunion in that lovable way that metal musicians who aren’t Gene Simmons or Lars Ulrich do: “We never played or wrote these songs with the intent that 25-plus years later we’d still be playing them. … We were just a bunch of kids hanging out that sucked at playing our instruments, without any direction or too much thought about what we were doing other than we were having a lot of fun doing it.” Here’s to kids not knowing what they’re doing.
with Dawn Patrol, Moat Cobra | 8 p.m. Saturday, July 1 | Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org