Tim Yeung

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Tim Yeung
Yeung in 2005
Yeung in 2005
Background information
Also known as"The Missile"
Born (1978-11-27) November 27, 1978 (age 44)
Rochester, New York, U.S.

Tim Yeung (born November 27, 1978) is an American extreme metal drummer. He currently performs in the band I Am Morbid, which plays Morbid Angel songs and also features Morbid Angel's former vocalist/bassist David Vincent.[1]


Yeung attended Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester, New York and graduated in 1995. He was first introduced to the death metal genre in the 1980s. His breakout performance was in 1999 on Hate Eternal's debut album Conquering the Throne, after which he became a big name in the death metal scene. Although Yeung left Hate Eternal after the release of Conquering the Throne, he started lending his talents as a live session drummer, such as with American metalcore band All That Remains,[citation needed] death metal bands Vital Remains and Nile, and as a studio drummer on ...And Time Begins by Decrepit Birth.

Yeung was the drummer and co-founder of the death metal/metalcore band Divine Heresy and can be heard on their debut album, Bleed the Fifth and their second studio album, Bringer of Plagues. He was also the drummer of World Under Blood, CKY frontman Deron Miller's death metal side project. He replaced Pete Sandoval in Morbid Angel for their 2011 album Illud Divinum Insanus due to Sandoval's back surgery[2] and was their official drummer until June 2015.

In 2006, Yeung hit 872 bass drum hits in one minute at a World's Fastest Drummer competition, which earned him the Fastest Feet Title for that event, though not the world record, which clocked in at 1034 hits in one minute, held by Canadian drummer Mike Mallais.[3] By Yeung's standards, 872 hits in a minute is comparatively low, translating to one minute of 16th notes at 218 BPM, which is considerably slower than the speeds he has displayed in his group work, which he has been said[by whom?] to get to speeds of around just over 247 BPM. Yeung has stated in interviews that he could have played much faster if he had been using his own setup.[citation needed]

Although he is best known as a drummer for death metal bands such as Hate Eternal and Decrepit Birth, Yeung has stated that he has diverse tastes. In the January 2008 issue of Drum! magazine, Yeung states "...if it has a good drummer then it's good music." His straddling of the extreme and mainstream is perhaps best reflected in his work with Divine Heresy, whose music features elements of extreme death metal as well as genres such as metalcore (from Tommy Vext's vocals) and industrial metal (from Dino Cazares' guitar work).


Yeung uses and endorses ddrum drums,[4] Sabian cymbals,[5] Axis pedals[6] and Vic Firth drumsticks.[7]

  • Drumsddrum Dominion Maple, Black Gloss finish
    • 22×20 Bass Drum (×2)
    • 10×7 Tom
    • 12×8 Tom
    • 13×9 Tom
    • 14×13 Tom
    • 16×14 Floor Tom
    • 14×6.5 Tim Yeung Signature Detonator Snare Drum
  • CymbalsSabian
    • 14" AAX Metal Hi-Hats
    • 14" AA Mini Chinese
    • 18" B8 Pro Chinese
    • 18" AAX Stage Crash
    • 8" AAX Splash
    • 18" AAX Studio Crash
    • 19" AAX X-Treme Chinese
    • 22" HH Power Bell Ride
    • 12" AA Mini Hat stacked on a 14" AAX Mini Chinese
    • 20" APX Crash
  • Hardware
    • Axis Longboards A Classic Black Pedals (×2)
  • Other


  1. ^ "Former MORBID ANGEL Members DAVID VINCENT And TIM YEUNG Reunite In I AM MORBID". Blabbermouth.net. December 15, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "Drummer TIM YEUNG Talks About New MORBID ANGEL Album". Archived from the original on September 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "WFD Worlds Fastest Drummer Rankings". Extremesportdrumming.com. April 23, 2006. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  4. ^ "ddrum artist roster". ddrum. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  5. ^ "Sabian profile". Sabian. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Axis Percussion profile". Axis Percussion. Archived from the original on August 31, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Vic Firth profile". Vic Firth. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Gear". timyeung.com. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  9. ^ "Tim Yeung: Blast Off!". Drum!. October 24, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2016.