Florida-based death metal veterans Morbid Angel entered Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida on June 22 with engineer Erik Rutan (former Morbid Angel guitarist and producer for such bands as Cannibal Corpse, Misery Index and Goatwhore) to begin recording their ninth full-length album. Due late 2010/early 2011 via Season Of Mist, the new CD will be the band's first to be recorded without longtime drummer Pedro "Pete" Sandoval, who recently underwent back surgery for a deteriorating disc problem. Filling in for him on a temporary basis is Tim Yeung, who has previously played with Divine Heresy, All That Remains, Nile, Hate Eternal and Vital Remains.
Commented Yeung: "I must say that it is been a huge honor to be playing for one of my favorite bands that I grew up listening to as well as filling in for one of my biggest metal drumming inspirations.
"I'm currently in Tampa, Florida finishing up the new album with David [Vincent, bass/vocals] and Trey [Azagthoth, guitar] and it's going great! Overall, I think it may be one of their most well-rounded albums ever. There are killer experimental electronic parts as well as some really cool groove parts. Don't worry — there is plenty of blast beats and blazing double bass as well!
"I've also been working on a ddrum signature snare which will be out early next year. It's a 14x6.5, steel shell, flanged hoops, USA tube lugs etc. This drum is absolutely perfect. I've been beating on the prototype and I'm in love with it! I also have been working with 3rd Degree merch on a Tim Yeung package which includes a T-shirt, my personal sticks and an autographed poster. There is a limited supply so don't wait around!"
Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.