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R.I.P. David Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, Aug. 30, 1963 - Mar. 23, 2014

I don't even really know what to say about the passing of Dave Brockie, I was just listening to Battle Maximus the other day, thinking how rad it would be to see Gwar again. I've been a Gwar fan since I first discovered the band in 1990; as a super hyperactive ADHD kid with an attention span of about 8 seconds, Gwar was one of the most hilarious and awesome things I'd even seen at that time in my life. I knew the very first time I saw them on TV that I would one day see them live and get that crazy shit sprayed all over me. Man, I can't believe he died! A world without Gwar, how strange it seems. On a side note, it is a surprisingly little known fact that Dave was born in Ottawa, ON, another fine example of an exceedingly great Canadian musician.

I was only able to see Gwar live once, in Toronto ON at the Kool Haus on the Bam Margera Viva La Bands tour in 2006, with Cradle Of Filth and CKY. At the time I bought tickets, I was working at a make-up manufacturing plant, and had alread given my notice that I would be quitting. On my last shift, two or three days before the show, I took one of the white lab coats home with me to wear at the show. It got completely covered in Gwar juice, most predominantly the spray from Oderus's Cuttle Fish, which got me from head to toe and stained the shit out of that lab coat while I was crowd surfing. I still have the coat, I've even used it in a Halloween costume since then. The colour of the Gwar stain has faded considerably but it still totally visible, as my intention was to not wash the Gwar off but instead preserve the memory of such a fun show. I'm super glad I did! Rest in peace Dave, and thanks for the fun times and all the crazy tunes.

Oderus Urungus on Widipedia
Dave Brockie's website (likely to go offline sooner than later)
Gwar official website

Remembering Vitek of Decapitated

Today when I was driving to work, I stumbled across an old song from the Polish death metal band Decapitated, and the strangest thing happened to me, I just started tripping out on Vitek (Decapitated's original drummer, deceaced 2007), and just how sad it is what happened to those guys. For those who don't know much or anything about this band or the incident I am referring to, I'll tell the story here real quick.

Decapitated are, as I mentioned, a technical death metal band who are from Poland. They started playing together as a band in 1996, when the original four members where 12, 13, 15, and 16. By 1998 they had three self-released demos that were good enough to attract attention from Earache Records subsidary label Wicked World, to which the band signed and released their debut Winds Of Creation in 2000. Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka, the band's drummer, was the youngest of the group and was 15 by the time they recorded Winds. Jumping ahead a little bit, the band released their fourth record in 2006, Organic Hallucinosis, and were touring to support the album. On October 28, 2007, on route to Belarus from Russia, their tour bus was in an accident with a "large truck carrying a sizable load of wood," resulting in the death of Vitek a few days later on November 2. He was 23 years old when he passed away. Adrian "Covan" Kowanek, who replaced original vocalist Wojciech "Sauron" Wasowicz during the writing stages of Organic Hallucinosis, was also severly injured in the accident, and is still to this day in a coma. Unbelievably, through all the devestating loss, the band still carries on, though only with one original member left, Vitek's older brother Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka. Vogg has been cheif songwriter for Decapitated since the beginning, resulting in a consistant overall sound to the band throughout the line-up changes that have occured since 2005.

So anyway, the point I'm really getting at here is that Vitek was by far (by FAR) one of the best drummers in the world - regardless of genre. This kid was gifted in a way that completely dwarves the abilities of literally all other drummers. I just can't say enough about him as a drummer; he was such a heavy hitter and played so precisely and clean, and he came up with such intense beat patterns that are so far out of the box, everything the guy played just made we wish that I thought of it first, you know? There are a lot of really amazing drummers out there on the go today, but Vitek was a level ahead of everyone else. I often wonder how that band would have progressed had that accident never occured, if the Organic Hallucinosis line-up made it to Belarus that night and the rest of the tour went the way it was planned. It's such a tragedy, such a huge loss to the music community as a whole.

That's pretty much it I guess, it just sort of struck me out of the blue how sad it really is what happened to those guys. I wonder if Covan will ever wake up. Pretty much everything they've done as a band is amazing, but if I had to suggest a couple of songs as an example of how insanely great Vitek was at his craft, these would be them. The video for Day 69 is also interesting in this regard because Vitek is also the main "actor" in the video as well.

Day 69
Post Organic
Three Dimensional Defect
The Empty Throne
Babylon's Pride

Bleeding Green - Michael Jackson Died Today (June 25, 2009)

This was recorded back in 2009 on the day that ol' Wacko Jacko bit the dust. Don't get me wrong, I know the guy had his problems and... other things, but it was more or less a coincidence that we had quite literally just found out that he died about 2 minutes before the three of us were about to go and play some music together, so this song would have probably happened either way. It's myself on guitar, Shawn Richards on bass guitar and Steve Hentze on drums, who also previously played drums in Deadkind and currently Dead Tree Forest with me. We recorded many many jams between us that summer, sometimes with other friends playing as well, but this song in particular is one of the real gems; we all just read eachother so well that day that it sounds like something we'd played together before. I wish there was video footage to go along with the audio, but better just the audio than nothing at all I suppose. Anyway if you've got ten minutes give it a rip.

The Songs Of Tony Sly: A Tribute (October 29, 2013)

Tony Sly was an unbelievable songwriter. I first discovered No Use For A Name when I was 12 or 13, and I knew at first listen that this wasn't just another punk band. Though most (especially earlier) No Use songs were initially played quite fast and with heavy distortion, they more often than not translate extremely well across different genres of music. One of my favorite things about this tribute album is being able to hear exactly that. The Acoustic Vol.1 and 2 albums Tony did with Joey Cape (2004 and 2012 respectively) now seem to almost foreshadow this record in a way, hearing those familiar old songs softened, slowed and stripped down to the bare essentials. It worked as seamlessly and beautifully then as it does again now on this tribute to Tony.

I was fortunate enough to have seen No Use For A Name live multiple times. I find it hard not to think about the live show experiences I've had with bands after the fact when I listen to their music. Of all the times I watched them, I never did get the impression that anyone in that band was simply going through the motions, or just there to make some money and get some tail. One just can't be a part of a band like that with such an amazing songwriter, and not love what you're doing. As far as I've ever known, No Use was a band crafted from the love for the music itself, the same way Tony wrote each and every one of his songs.

It is just such a sad thing, I think that there was a lot of music left in Tony, and that this wasn't your typical "rock star death." For me it just seems far more tragic and sad than rock n' roll or glamerous. I don't think it was truly meant to happen, but it is far too late for that. Thank you for all the wonderful music, and the great memories that go along with it. Never forget Tony Sly. 1970-2012.

Fat Wreck Chords album page

Tony Sly memorial fund

R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman

Jeff Hanneman of Slayer died on May 2, 2013 of liver failure, and it is also believed that the necrotizing fasciitis he contracted in 2011 played a role in his death.

Jeff met Kerry King in 1981 when they were both auditioning for a band, and once they met and started talking about music they decided to start their own band. Kerry brought in a couple of friends, Dave Lombardo and Tom Araya, thus forming Slayer. Any fan of aggressive music to any degree can attest to Slayer's importance in the development of thrash metal as a genre throughout the 1980s and 1990s. I've never seen anyone carve "Kiss" or "Van Halen" or even "Metallica" into their arms, but there are countless DIY and professional Slayer scarifications all over the planet. Slayer is that kind of band, they proved that when you write the craziest music, you not only get the craziest fans, but extremely loyal crazy fans.

Next time you're in a lineup waiting to get into a punk show or a metal show just yell "SLAYER!" and see what happens. Thank you Jeff for your contribution to music, you will be missed by many. Slayer lives forever.

R.I.P. Chi Cheng

Chi Cheng was the original bassist for the Deftones, and played bass on every Deftones album from 1995 until 2006, playing with the band until 2008 when he was involved in a very bad car accident and went into a coma. No official cause of death has yet been announced. I will never forget hearing the Deftones for the first time, and being amazed at the power and full tone of the bass, thinking how insanely good it sounds to have almost hip-hop style bass in a hard rock/metal band.

Thank you for your contributions to music Chi, rest in peace.

Tony Sly Died

I seriously have no idea in the world how it took me this long to find out; apparently he "died peacefully in his sleep" on August 1st 2012... August almost over now as I write this. Anyways, Tony was a talented songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, AND as far as I'm concerned is also partially responsible (alongside Joey Cape) for the rise of the acoustic/folk punk over the last 5 or so years. For those of you who don't know, Tony and Joey released their first of two acoustic split albums in 2004, the follow-up just being released in June 2012.

What an absolute shame, and an immeasurable loss to music as a whole. I just can't help but wonder what makes a 41 year old dude die in his sleep.. fucking shitty deal. Rest in peace Tony, and thank you for all the songs you've left for us.


Ron Shock Died?

What the hell, man!! Terrible. Ron Shock was a funny guy. RIP Ron.


(Even more specifically, http://ronshock.com/blog/index.htm)