MORBID ANGEL Guitarist, THE GATHERING Singer To Join Forces In New Project?

June 17, 2004

MORBID ANGEL guitarist Trey Azagthoth has revealed plans to collaborate with THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen on an as-yet-unnamed new project. "I really hope and believe that this dream of mine will come true some day," he told Finland's Sonera Plaza. "I'd really like to hear what kind of [end result we could come up with] when my playing and her beautiful singing [are meshed together]. I'm sure we could even create a totally new style of music... but let's see if our schedules coincide and we can find some time [to work on some material together]."

In other MORBID ANGEL-related news, the group's drummer Pete Sandoval has told Sonera Plaza that he hopes to enter the studio later in the year to record the long-awaited new TERRORIZER album. "I know that there has been rumors over the years [about the band recording the follow-up to 1989's 'World Downfall'] but this time it's really going to happen, I'm going to force the other guys into the studio with me if I have to]! On the album, there's going to be me, Oscar Garcia [vocals] and Jesse Pintado [guitar, NAPALM DEATH, LOCKUP].

With regards to the musical direction of the new TERRORIZER album, Sandoval said, "It's gonna be like the first TERRORIZER album... I mean, the sound of the album is going to be about the same. Maybe I'll play a little bit faster though..."

On the subject of other possible side projects, Pete said, "I really love classical music and composers like Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart. I have written some music on piano and keyboards over the years and I hope to one day release an album which will contain only drums and piano. And maybe a female singer could sing on some of the songs as well.

"I am also going to release an instructional video for young drummers," Sandoval added. "I am going to sell it via the Internet. So many people have come up to me and asked me, 'How do you play such and such song?' and I can't explain it in words, I have to show them how I play! So I am going to play, for example, some MORBID ANGEL songs for that video. I will start by playing slow and then I will gradually get faster until I am finally playing the song at full speed. I really want people to see how I play these songs like 'Bil Ur-Sag'."

(Thanks: Timo Isoaho / Sonera Plaza)

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