MORBID ANGEL Frontman Says PETE SANDOVAL Still Has 'Challenges' To Overcome Following Surgery

Greece's Metalpaths recently conducted an interview with vocalist/bassist David Vincent of Florida-based death metal veterans MORBID ANGEL. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Asked how longtime MORBID ANGEL drummer Pedro "Pete" Sandoval is doing two years after undergoing surgery after a disc prolapse, Vincent said, "You know, he still has some challenges. Obviously it's our hope that he continues to get better, but at this point, Tim Yeung is the drummer of MORBID ANGEL and he's doing an excellent job."

Regarding whether MORBID ANGEL has left the door open for Pete to rejoin the band whenever he feels he can perform at 100 percent again, Vincent said, "Well, we really haven't discussed it because that has not been the case yet."

Interview (audio):

Quality video footage of MORBID ANGEL's November 4 performance at Effenaar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands can be seen below.

In a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show, David Vincent stated about MORBID ANGEL's latest album, "Illud Divinium Insanus", "One thing about MORBID ANGEL is that there's never been any rules and it's an interesting perspective. We just kind of go in and do what we do, and sometimes it blossoms; every flower is a different color and a different smell. This album, it surprises people, a couple of tracks on there, and then there's a couple of other tracks that are as MORBID ANGEL as you can get. People are coming around. It was slow going at first — people were going, 'What are these guys doing here?' and night after night, I'm getting comments, people are like, 'I finally really listened to it and I really like it. It just took me a while.' That's no different than some of the other records we've done in the past, so everything is going as planned."

"Illud Divinum Insanus" sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 141. The effort marked MORBID ANGEL's first CD to feature Vincent since 1995's "Domination".

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