Morbid Angel have been through a lot in the past few years. But enough about Illud Divinum Insanus. Now they’ve announced that bassist/vocalist David Vincent is no longer in the band, and Steve Tucker has reunited with them. While it’s pretty much been the Trey Azagthoth show, with him the only member that’s always been in the band, this is still a big change for the band, as Vincent has been a pretty integral part of the band for the last 11 years and from 1986-1996 as well. In the revolving door lineup of the band, this will be the third time for Tucker, with him in the band from 1997-2001 and again in 2003 and 2004. According to Blabbermouth and Wikipedia, drummer Tim Yueng is no longer in the band either.
At the very least, having Vincent out of the band might take some of the stink off of them, with Illud Divinum Insanus, which Vincent had a heavy hand in, the band’s most-panned album. With Tucker back in the band, they can claim they’re going back to basics, and there will probably be a lot less electronic elements than their last album, which was the first album Vincent appeared on since 1995. Tucker, meanwhile, appeared on Formulas Fatal to the Flesh, Gateways to Annihilation and Heretic. Here’s what Azagthoth says about the lineup change:
“I’m excited to announce that Steve Tucker and I are working together again for Morbid Angel and the next record will certainly be an amazingly sick World Beater!”
There’s no word on when said album will come out, but it would appear that things are in motion.
[UPDATE]: Tim Yeung officially confirmed that he’s out of the band as well:
I’ve been waiting to break the news for a while about this. Now seems like the proper time to do so. As some of you know there have been some lineup changes with Morbid Angel. Unfortunately due to financial differences I will not be continuing with them. It has been a great 5 years being involved with Morbid Angel. I’ve met a ton of great people all over the world, played some amazing shows, and have a ton of great memories as well as stories. I wish Trey and Morbid Angel all the best. As for myself, I’m always up for the next opportunity life throws my way. Stay tuned…
[UPDATE 2]: David Vincent has since come out saying he has neither left or been fired from the band.