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Pete Sandoval will not play drums on the new Morbid Angel album.

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March 18, 2010




World Management and Morbid Angel would like to let the fans know that rumors about Pedro Sandovaląs back surgery are in fact true. Pete has suffered for a long time with a deteriorating disc problem. He was in daily pain and needed to have this done. He has recently been treated by a Laser Back Surgery specialist in Tampa Florida. He is currently in rehabilitation and doing well.

Pete is part of our family and the bandąs History and we all wish him well and a full recovery. Unfortunately this type of injury, subsequent surgery and rehab cannot be rushed and it will take ample time for him to hopefully be back behind his drums again and out on tour with Morbid Angel.

The band is moving forward on their next recording with Tim Yeung. Currently the guys are in rehearsals in Tampa putting their finishing touches on the songs for the New album, which is slated for later this year with subsequent touring world wide.

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Despite Pete Sandoval's prolific career, it'll be a surprise if the personnel change is at all obvious on the album.  Trey Azagthoth writes the drum patterns, and I'm guessing he's largely responsible for how the drums play through in the production.

Yeah sound-wise Pete is probably the least important member of the core trio.

Back problems are no joke, though. I would not wish that stuff upon anyone.

Poor guy. Here's hoping he gets well soon.

Tim Yeung is a fine replacement, though. An outstanding drummer.

Yeah sound-wise Pete is probably the least important member of the core trio.

Back problems are no joke, though. I would not wish that stuff upon anyone.

I'd have to disagree if you're referring to the actual sound of the percussion: a quick listen through Morbid's discography suggests an attitude toward production that's much more flexible and gutsy than most other U.S. DM outfits.  No two Morbid Angel albums sound at all alike production wise.

But in terms of performance it's pretty straight forward.  I don't think Pete has contributed an artistic voice since the C album, and that was incidentally the band's last legendary release.  Formulas is a solid listen - it also renders Nile irrelevant - and Gateways features some great drum patterns that the production values slaughtered for the most part.

The bonus disk on Heretic explicitly laid out what role Trey plays in the arrangement of percussion these days.  I hope he doesn't go with the drum-machine sound this time around, but if their live show is any indication that's what'll happen.  It's too bad: an amazingly accurate rhythm guitarist surrounded by bass-end talent prefers clicky drums while he chugs along.  The result has been inappropriately sloppy thus far.

While it is unfortunate for Sandoval, I can't honestly say this is terrible news for me. I found his playing style grown one-dimensional and fairly stale after all these years. While I'm somewhat sceptical or even pessimistic about the whole new MA album anyway, the addition of Yeung may prove fortuitous,as he is an excellent drummer and may indeed add to the equation. Then again...     

Probably doesn't help that Sandoval shares an apartment with four other people and sleeps on a futon. Poor guy. This is what years of being someone's dog will do to you.

Thanks for the info Post ..! I am looking forwards to the new album for a while anyway, dang I miss em badly ....

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Attempting to dupilcate the older style of riffing, but it sounds like they have become their own tribute band similar to newer Judas Priest albums. They don't understand their music anymore, Trey dosen't have the passion, and Steve just wants to be a rockstar.

If by Steve you mean David Vincent, I agree completely.
Still shitty for Pete though even if MA have hit rock bottom, I'd hate to be in his position.

Probably doesn't help that Sandoval shares an apartment with four other people and sleeps on a futon. Poor guy. This is what years of being someone's dog will do to you.

Seriously? Wow, that's depressing.

...whatever...Pete fucking rules...practically the only reason I still listen to MA.

Probably doesn't help that Sandoval shares an apartment with four other people and sleeps on a futon. Poor guy. This is what years of being someone's dog will do to you.

Seriously? Wow, that's depressing.

Yes unfortunately it's true. Pete was never the sharpest knife in the drawer, and Trey basically takes all of the profits. He owns houses and cars, then pays Pete an embarrassing wage. It's Pete's fault in the end though, as he continues to tolerate it.

Probably doesn't help that Sandoval shares an apartment with four other people and sleeps on a futon. Poor guy. This is what years of being someone's dog will do to you.

Seriously? Wow, that's depressing.

Yes unfortunately it's true. Pete was never the sharpest knife in the drawer, and Trey basically takes all of the profits. He owns houses and cars, then pays Pete an embarrassing wage. It's Pete's fault in the end though, as he continues to tolerate it.


How exactly do you know this? Do you have any proof?

How exactly do you know this? Do you have any proof?

Yep. I'm his landlord, so let me just scan the lease agreement and I'll post it here... SHUT THE FUCK UP, JERKASS!!!!!

How exactly do you know this? Do you have any proof?

Yep. I'm his landlord, so let me just scan the lease agreement and I'll post it here... SHUT THE FUCK UP, JERKASS!!!!!


.....what?