MORBID ANGEL Line-Up Gutted; Steve Tucker Returns

This past week, MORBID ANGEL announced the departures of drummer Tim Yeung, guitarist Destructhor, and today, frontman/bassist David Vincent.  On June 15th, the band announced former frontman/bassist Steve Tucker‘s return even though no official statement on David Vincent‘s status was announced.

Needless to say, this is a complete mess and further dilutes and hurts the legacy of the band.  David Vincent chose to take the high road in his official statement:

“I had good communication with Trey yesterday and we agree that there are incompatibilities with regards to us working together.

Trey and I have accomplished amazing things together over the past 30 years and I wish him the best with his future projects.  Out of respect for the legacy of these accomplishments, I encourage Morbid Angel fans to not take sides because, I am not.

“I look forward to sharing my new endeavors with all of you in the near future. Until then, stay Morbid!  ~David Vincent

MORBID ANGEL haven’t been musically relevant in a very long time.  Let’s see what the future holds.

MORBID ANGEL Selling Pete Sandoval T-Shirts on Tour to Aid Drummer’s Medical Costs

MORBID ANGEL announced today that they will be selling Pete “Commando” Sandoval t-shirts on upcoming tours in order to raise money for Sandoval‘s medical bills relating to his back surgery and ongoing recovery. Drummer Tim Yeung is currently standing in for him as he recovers.

Check out the band’s Facebook page for more info.

MORBID ANGEL – Illud Divinum Insanus

With the welcome return of original frontman David Vincent and subsequent years of reunion shows, the stage has been set for one of the most anticipated albums in extreme metal history. Well, some ground rules/warnings need to be set before we get into Illud Divinum Insanus.

Are you a longtime fan that views MORBID ANGEL as the first name in death metal?

Are you expecting to be blown away by a death metal masterpiece that is a worthy successor to Domination?

Do you dislike hardcore (the electronic genre of music) and industrial?

Do you expect a 100% pure death metal album from MORBID ANGEL?

If you answered “yes” to every question, then stay away from this album. You will be utterly disappointed, upset, and just resentful towards the band. Yes, this will be another Load moment.

Illud Divinum Insanus starts off with a grandiose synthesizer intro with chants akin to something from Domination. As it draws to an end, you anticipate an intense death metal track. Instead, the band kicks into a fusion of pounding hardcore, industrial, and death metal. The vocal lines are catchy and David Vincent‘s voice is as good as it ever was. However, it’s easy to envision legions of death metal/MORBID ANGEL purists vomiting in disgust. The following track, “Existo Vulgore,” kicks things to “normalcy.” The rest of the album alternates between mixes of pure death metal, hardcore/industrial, and rock (yes, rock).

First the good and easy to digest point, about half of the album is 100% MORBID ANGEL death metal. There are the scorchers, “Existo Vulgore,” “Blades for Baal,” and “Nevermore.” And man, does the band sound great on these songs – intense, razor sharp, and catchy. “10 More Dead” and “Beauty Meets Beast” are good slithering, energetic songs.

I am Morbid” introduces the band’s first incorporation of a straight up rock feel to their music. “Radikult” kicks the bouncy rock influence to a new level. The song is an anthem to the band’s longevity and success but with lyrics that are significantly more “living free and wild rock ‘n roll” than Necronomicon. “Destructos VS the Earth / Attack” sounds more appropriate for a GENITORTURERS album.

Guitarist Destructhor (ZYKLON, MYRKSKOG) is the perfect successor to Erik Rutan as his songwriting and guitar solo contributions are seamless. Drummer Tim Yeung does a great job taking the place of beloved drum god, Pete Sandoval.

It’s a no brainer that the band are expecting a large backlash over Illud Divinum Insanus. From a purely commercial point of view, this is not the album that will catapult them back to the commercial success they enjoyed during the Domination era. However, the album is far from being objectively bad. What it really boils down to is the phenomenon that many legendary bands go through: They pioneer and conquer a genre of music. They then decide to incorporate their personal favorite genres into their sound. Results tend to be mixed and fan feedback tends to be negative.

In the case of Illud Divinum Insanus, it really comes down to individual tastes and tolerance. But the bottom line is that this is not the comeback album that the metal world, at large, expected or wholeheartedly wanted. (Season of Mist)

MORBID ANGEL Commence Recording New Album

Death metal veterans MORBID ANGEL entered the studio to begin recording their ninth full-length album and first with original bassist/vocalist, David Vincent, since 1995’s Domination. This album also happens to feature drummer, Tim Yeung (DIVINE HERESY, VITAL REMAINS, HATE ETERNAL), who is filling in for longtime drummer Pete Sandoval who recently underwent back surgery.

Recording is taking place at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with engineer and one-time MORBID ANGEL guitarist, Erik Rutan. A late 2010/early 2011 release is expected via Season of Mist.

Dino Cazares’ DIVINE HERESY Signs with Century Media Records

After a five-year hiatus, Dino Cazares (co-founding member of the revolutionary band FEAR FACTORY) has triumphantly returned with a new group that is quickly going to force the entire genre to take notice. This new band is DIVINE HERESY whose members feature Cazares handling guitar and bass duties, Tim Yeung (HATE ETERNAL, VITAL REMAINS) on drums and newcomer Tommy Vext on vocals. This band will redefine the true meaning of extreme with their Century Media Records debut offering, Bleed the Fifth, which is set for an August release. (The record will be released on Century Media in North America with Roadrunner having the rights to all other territories).

Be sure to check out the band’s MySpace page (www.myspace.com/divineheresyband) for additional info and snippets of the new tracks “Bleed the Fifth” and “Failed Creation” will be posted in the coming weeks.

Bleed the Fifth was produced by Dirty Icon (Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY) and Lucas Banker) and co-produced by DIVINE HERESY. Dirty Icon and DIVINE HERESY also handled the mixing duties. Joachim Luetke (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, MARILYN MANSON) has also created the album’s striking cover art, which perfectly compliments the music’s sheer intensity.

This offering is unquestionably Cazares career defining work and he states: “It took me four years to find the right musicians to make this happen and I’m very excited to finally unleash this to the world. Many people will be wondering what it sounds like, but it is hard for me to describe it. All I can say is when you hear the legendary machine gun riffs mixed with Tim Yeung’s lighting speed double bass drums combined with Tommy‘s brutal and powerful vocals, just be prepared to face the Annihilation. I promise you will not be disappointed.”

Tommy Vext states, “Approaching this I realized that I would have to bring a lot to the table working with such renown and accomplished musicians. Having everyone coming from different metal backgrounds was a challenge, but it is that exact formula that gives us such an eclectic sound. Also, having worked with vocal instructor Melissa Cross (Zen of Screaming) for the past three years I’d utilized those tools and exercises to push my abilities further than I ever imagined. I am so proud and excited to unveil this band to the world!”

The metal/hard rock world has been anxiously awaiting Cazares return since he left FEAR FACTORY and he will quickly prove that he was the force that propelled them to the forefront of the scene in the 90’s.