Ex-MORBID ANGEL drummer Pedro "Pete" Sandoval will rejoin his former bandmate David Vincent on the upcoming tour from I AM MORBID.
I AM MORBID, which features Vincent (vocals, bass) alongside guitarists Bill Hudson (NORTHTALE, DORO) and Kelly McLauchlin, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of MORBID ANGEL's second album, "Blessed Are The Sick", with a European tour in March/April. Support on the trek will come from BELPHEGOR and HATE.
Earlier today (Wednesday, March 2),Vincent took to his social media to confirm his reunion with the drummer for the first time in 12 years. He added: "[Pete] will be performing drums with [I AM MORBID] on their upcoming #MorbidFestTour2022."
Sandoval, who now lives his life as a born-again Christian, was forced to leave MORBID ANGEL in 2010 after undergoing surgery for a prolapsed disc.
Vincent told Invisible Oranges in a December 2013 interview that Pete had "found Jesus," which meant that Sandoval and MORBID ANGEL were no longer "compatible."
Sandoval has past the last few years recording and touring with TERRORIZER, whose latest studio album, "Caustic Attack", was released in October 2018 via The End Records.
A year ago, Sandoval released an Instagram video in which he addressed some of the most commonly asked questions regarding his time with MORBID ANGEL. He said: "I've been asked about who's my favorite singer or which era is my favorite one — the era with David Vincent or with Steve Tucker. Well, I wanna tell you that I love both eras. I had fun. I had a great time working with David Vincent, and I had a great time working with Steve Tucker as well. So, from 'Altars Of Madness'  to 'Heretic' , they're all masterpieces for me. We worked hard [on] those albums. So I'm telling you my answer that I don't have a favorite album, I don't have a favorite era, I don't have a favorite singer — I love 'em all. I had a great time in both eras with every album."
Sandoval added: "And as far as the album released in 2011" — referring to MORBID ANGEL's controversial "Illud Divinum Insanus" LP — "please don't ask me any questions about it, because I have no comments about it — no comments at all, man. I stay what I am, I did what I did, and I am so happy and grateful that I did what I did with these guys."
In a 2011 e-mail chat with Brazil's Som Extremo, Sandoval was asked for his opinion of "Illud Divinum Insanus", which incorporated industrial and electronic elements into MORBID ANGEL traditional death metal sound. "No comment! I don't play on that album," he wrote. He was then questioned about what he thought he would have done different on "Illud Divinum Insanus" had he played on the record. "More exreme deathgrind metal and less DJ, boring awful typical I care less industrial experimental same as everybody boring bull!" he said. "This is not what MORBID has been all about! ...Hmmmmmm, and I really care less...!"
Initially announced for 2021, I AM MORBID's "Morbidfest" tour had to be postponed due to the pandemic. But it's finally happening in 2022.
"Morbidfest" 2022 tour dates featuring I AM MORBID with support from BELPHEGOR and HATE:
March 24 - Berlin, DE @ ORWO Haus
March 25 - Roskilde, DK @ Gimle
March 26 - Aalborg, DK @ Streetfood
March 27 - Bochum, DE @ Matrix
March 29 - Prague, CZ @ Futurum
March 30 - Poznan, PL @ Klub U Bazyla
March 31 - Gdansk, PL @ B90
April 01 - Katowice, PL @ P23
April 02 - Ostrava, CZ @ Barrack Club
April 03 - Bratislava, SK @ MCC Majestic
April 04 - Brussels, BE @ Botanique
April 06 - Hengelo, NL @ Metropool
April 07 - London, UK @ Underworld
April 08 - Cardiff, UK @ Fuel
April 09 - Manchester, UK @ Rebellion
April 10 - Rotterdam, NL @ Baroeg
April 12 - Nantes, FR @ Le Warehouse
April 13 - Paris, FR @ L'Empreinte
April 14 - Metz, FR @ Le Geulard
April 15 - Aaburg, CH @ Musigburg
April 16 - Munich, DE @ Dark Easter Metal Meeting
April 17: Leipzig, DE @ Hellraiser
April 18 - Kassel, DE @ Goldgrube
April 19 - Weiheim, DE @ Cafe Central
April 20 - Milan, IT @ Slaughterclub
April 21 - Rome, IT @ Orion
April 22 - Venice, IT @ Revolver
Vincent left MORBID ANGEL in 2015. He has since been replaced by a returning Steve Tucker, who previously handled bass and vocals on MORBID ANGEL's "Formulas Fatal To The Flesh", "Gateways To Annihilation" and "Heretic" LPs.
In a May 2019 interview with Jorge Botas of the "Metal Global" radio show, which airs on the Portuguese public TV and radio broadcaster RTP, Vincent said that he had every right to perform MORBID ANGEL's classic songs with I AM MORBID.
"Times come and life works the way that it does," Vincent said. "And there are times when… It's like a marriage — sometimes they don't always work forever. But that doesn't mean that the children that we've had together, that I don't still love my children. Although Trey [Azagthoth, MORBID ANGEL guitarist and sole remaining original member] and I have some irreconcilable differences, that doesn't in any way preclude me from still having the love and the passion for all of my children."
Asked what he has to say to people who insist that he should not play MORBID ANGEL's early material without the other members of the group's classic lineup, David said: "There's examples of this very situation… I mean, when Ozzy [Osbourne] left BLACK SABBATH, that didn't stop him from playing 'Paranoid' every night, even though he didn't write the song. All of the songs that I'm singing I wrote. So I don't really understand that. But different people become attached to different things. And they have their opinion and I have mine. And I don't really consider this kind of negativity. I don't have it in my life."
In 2019, Vincent released "Something Wicked Marches In", the debut album from his supergroup VLTIMAS, also featuring guitarist Rune Eriksen (formerly of MAYHEM) and CRYPTOPSY drummer Flo Mounier. Two years earlier, Vincent issued his debut country single, "Drinkin' With The Devil".
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