Tim Yeung

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Tim Yeung
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Background information
Birth name Tim Yeung
Also known as The Missile
Born (1978-11-27) November 27, 1978 (age 38)
Rochester, New York
Genres Death metal, technical death metal, melodic death metal, industrial metal, metalcore, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, guitar, bass, keyboards
Associated acts Divine Heresy, All That Remains, Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel, Vital Remains, World Under Blood, Nile, I Am Morbid
Website timyeung.com

Tim Yeung is an extreme metal drummer. He was born on November 27, 1978 in Rochester, New York and later relocated to Los Angeles, California. Yeung started playing drums when he was 11 years old.


He attended Hochstein School of Music 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 Conquering the Throne, after which he became a big name in the death metal scene. Although he 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] and death metal bands Vital Remains and Nile, and as a studio drummer, such as on ...And Time Begins by Santa Cruz, California-based technical death metal band Decrepit Birth. Currently, Yeung is the drummer and co-founder for 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 is 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[1] and was their official drummer until June 2015. He currently performs in a band called I Am Morbid, which also features former vocalist/bassist David Vincent.[2]

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 brutal 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 Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares' guitar work).

Yeung is a close friend and business colleague of film producer/musician Pascual Romero.[citation needed]


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. ^ "Drummer TIM YEUNG Talks About New MORBID ANGEL Album". 
  2. ^ "Former MORBID ANGEL Members DAVID VINCENT And TIM YEUNG Reunite In I AM MORBID". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "WFD Worlds Fastest Drummer Rankings". Extremesportdrumming.com. 2006-04-23. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  4. ^ "ddrum artist roster". ddrum. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sabian profile". Sabian. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Axis Percussion profile". Axis Percussion. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Vic Firth profile". Vic Firth. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Gear". timyeung.com. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Tim Yeung: Blast Off!". Drum!. Retrieved 7 September 2016.