Cries of blasphemy arose from the death-metal fan base last year when Morbid Angel broke their eight-year silence with the release of Illud Divinum Insanus, their eighth studio album. Granted, the flirtations with industrial music were not only awkward, but at least a decade late for that party. But the album, which marked the return of bassist/vocalist David Vincent, also features its fair share of the taut, thundering heaviness that the band excels at. And besides, the Morbids have always had an odd, corny quality that differentiates them from their gore- and Lovecraft-obsessed peers. (Just check out the cringingly silly anthem “I Am Morbid” on their latest, a song even Kiss might have dismissed as a tad too vapid.) In any case, the new material will be irrelevant when they grind into the Troc on Friday; set lists lately have consisted largely of crowd-pleasingly brutal blasts from the past.
Fri., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., $24-$26, with Dark Funeral, Grave, and Givethemrope, The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888, thetroc.com.