Saturday, December 10, 2011
so pete sandoval is back or whatever
The above is funny for a few reasons.
1. This is how you announce your return? Awkwardly playing along with a Mozart piece? Pete pretty neatly displays his inability to play anything but death metal here; watch how uncomfortable and hesitant he is any time he can't feasibly insert a double bass pattern. It goes without saying, also, that this is hardly what we're interested in from Morbid Angel's drummer; how about you just record a video of yourself playing "Opening of the Gates" or something and maybe at least one person will get to the end of it. I think I watched like a minute and a half of the above.
2. "Resurrection?" Did he die? I thought he was just recovering from "surgery." I put that word in quotes because amongst the death metal intelligentsia down here in central Florida, everyone's pretty skeptical that that was the reason he was out of commission for so long. One of the Tampa scene's worst kept secrets is Sandoval's impressive fondness for crack cocaine, so chances are that his "rehabilitation" wasn't entirely physical in nature.
3. One of the reasons I prefer metal to rock music is because, in the circles I travel in at least, it lacks the obnoxious hero worship so endemic to rock. I've always preferred to see metal musicians as individual pieces that come together to make something great- Ihsahn, Samoth, and Trym are all completely unimportant to me individually, but when together under the name Emperor they become something entirely different. I hate it when people rant about some individual musician's contributions to the metal scene, and it seems pretty fucking perplexing for Sandoval to be held up in that way in particular. The guy's played a lot of blast beats in Terrorizer and Morbid Angel. Neat.
Well, at least he didn't die. Having to hear about Vitek has been annoying enough.