Update: David Vincent, Tim Yeung and Destructhor Are All Out of Morbid Angel
Update: This story has been revised to include the departures of singer-bassist David Vincent, drummer Tim Yeung and guitarist Destructhor from Morbid Angel.
Morbid Angel will have a decidedly different look the next time you catch them. In a game of musical chairs, vocalist David Vincent is out, with his onetime replacement Steve Tucker returning to the band. In addition, drummer Tim Yeung has also exited the band, though a replacement behind the kit has not been announced. And, moreover, guitarist Destructhor has left the band, as well.
In a brief statement, the band revealed, "Trey [Azagthoth] is excited to announce that he and Steve Tucker are working together again for Morbid Angel and the next record will certainly be an amazingly sick world beater. Hi5!"
Following that statement, David Vincent released a statement of his own saying he has not left the band. He wrote: "I am aware of Trey Azagthoth's announcement of a collaboration with Steve Tucker on new music. However, the inference that I have left Morbid Angel is incorrect. To be clear, I have not left Morbid Angel nor have I been asked to do so."
However, on Friday (June 19), Vincent issued a new statement acknowledging he is no longer in Morbid Angel: "I had good communication with Trey yesterday and we agree that there are incompatibilities with regards to us working together. Trey and I have accomplished amazing things together over the past 30 years and I wish him the best with his future projects. Out of respect for the legacy of these accomplishments, I encourage Morbid Angel fans to not take sides, because I am not. I look forward to sharing my new endeavors with all of you in the near future. Until then, stay Morbid!"
For those counting, this marks Steve Tucker's third stint in the band, having previously served between 1997-2001 and 2003-2004. Vincent, who is exiting the group, was the vocalist for Morbid Angel between 1986-1996 and 2004-2015.
As for Yeung, he issued a statement of his own to Blabbermouth about his exit. He explained, "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 five 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."
And guitarist Destructhor announced his exit as follows:
I would like to announce that I, Destructhor, as well am out of Morbid Angel. Due to issues of them wanting to work with someone more local. Actually pretty good news to me, since I personally decided to leave Morbid Angel after the last tour we did in Europe in November/December 2014. It is definitely time for me to move on with the Norwegian extreme act MYRKSKOG. This is where I truly belong and exciting things are happening! A new record is being released next year with coming tours, festivals and so on. So it’s time to step it up and prepare for war with my Norwegian/Swedish brothers in MYRKSKOG. As for Morbid Angel, I wish them all the best with everything! It’s been a lot of great experiences! No hard feelings at all and may the future bring us all to another dimension!
Stay tuned as news of replacements for Destructhor and Yeung are announced.
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