Was Chris Farley the Weird Inspiration for Morbid Angel’s Effects Rig?
Take a sweep of the Morbid Angel stage and you just might see it. Your eyes do not deceive you — that really is a box fan, and it really is mic'd up, just like every other piece of equipment on the stage. So, what are Morbid Angel doing? Why is there a fan, and what purpose does it serve?
According to online forums, founding guitarist Trey Azagthoth is a big proponent of several interesting mic'ing techniques, one of which is called the "Wind Rift," where he literally places a fan in front of his amp and then mics the amp through the fan using a windscreen. The "Wind Rift" is used onstage, but Azagthoth also reportedly uses the "Xposetron" technique, which involves a metal mixing bowl, and the "Anti-Vacuum Culture" technique, which requires a glass bubble over the microphone. Details on all of this are sketchy at best, but we do know that you can catch Morbid Angel on the road NOW with Suffocation.
In the meantime, we're going to sit here and wonder if Chris Farley was all Chris Farley's doing.