In one of death metal’s stranger pieces of news today, former Morbid Angel members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) announced their new project, I Am Morbid by way of two scheduled shows in Brazil next year: March 24 in Belo Horizonte and March 25 in São Paulo, with more supposedly to follow. The band will be playing classic era Morbid Angel songs from the Vincent era: Altars Of Madness (1989), Blessed Are The Sick (1991), Covenant (1993) and Domination (1995) for their set. Last we’d heard from Vincent, he was singing for a country band, and actually doing a pretty good job at that, so it seemed like he had distanced himself from metal altogether.
Morbid Angel proper are in a bit of a state of flux as well, having lost Vincent, Yeung, and second guitarist Destructhor in 2015. The band has since reunited with vocalist/bassist Steve Tucker, who has fronted Morbid Angel on and off since 1997 and appeared on three of the band’s records. No drum or guitar replacements have been announced, but as we all know, guitarist Trey Azagthoth is the mastermind behind Morbid Angel, even if Vincent was the voice of the band for the classic era, and they’ve recorded as a power trio before on 2000’s Gateways To Annihilation. Tim Yeung is a busy guy, having played drums for everyone from Divine Heresy to Vital Remains, so his involvement probably has more to do with being a reliable session guy with the chops to handle the material. More details as we have them – Vincent’s departure from Morbid Angel last year was seemingly amicable and mutual, and neither camp has slung any mud at the other, so it’s not likely this will turn into any kind of “Operation: Mindcrime” situation.