Andrew LaBarre (Ex-Impaled, Ex-Ghoul) Passes Away

Andrew LaBarre (ex-Impaled, ex-Ghoul) has sadly passed away following a battle with ALS. Impaled issued the following statement:

“Impaled is saddened to hear that our former guitarist and vocalist Andrew LaBarre has passed away from ALS. He was an incredibly gifted guitarist, composer, and recording engineer, and an all around nice guy. His contributions to Impaled during the Mondo Medicale era of the band were enormous and helped shape what we do musically in ways that have lasted to this day. He will be sorely missed.”

Possessed’s Jeff Becerra on Death’s Chuck Schuldiner: “Me And Chuck Were Friends, He Literally Was Like My Protégé”

Metalheads have often argued about the origins of death metal and whether Possessed, who released “Seven Churches” in 1985, or Death, who released “Scream Bloody Gore” in 1987, deserve the credit for its creation. Now, during a recent appearance on “The Haunting Chapel” podcast, Possessed frontman Jeff Becerra shared his thoughts on the debate saying that Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner “was like [his] protégé.”

Becerra said the following:

“We [POSSESSED] were selling ourselves as a death metal band, and that was what we went with. And to this day, it’s both a blessing and a curse because it’s highly debated and contested. And we literally, after I got shot, certain revisionists tried to block me out of history. The POSSESSED Wiki is the most vandalized page of Wikipedia. There was a certain person — he recently passed away — that was just relentlessly retitling our YouTube, moving our dates forward, messing with the timeline. It was like a battle. When I left, we were the death metal guys. When I came back, it was no more. So I had to fight for my own history back, which was weird. ‘Cause there’s no cool way to do that, because it sounds like you’re tooting your own horn.

I’m not saying I created death metal; I’m saying POSSESSED was the first death metal band. And it’s a bone of contention with many DEATH fans. And because of the way that their management spun it and the way that the magazines spun it… Remember, me and Chuck were friends. He literally was like my protégé. He moved out to Antioch; he lived at the [house of the then-]POSSESSED fan club [president Krystal Mahoney]. He was pen paling for a while and tape trading. And he very much modeled himself after me. I was so honored because, remember, I’m just a young teenager. But he was the first person to really get what we were doing, what I was doing, and he was the first person that really understood what it was about. And he was so smart that way because it was undefined and so hard to explain what it is, without putting rules on it, because the last thing you wanna do is put rules on anything and stifle it. But he would just grasp it; he loved it. He said, ‘Listen, Jeff. I sound just like you.’ And he was proud of that. And I was proud of him. And there was a bromance going there. It was a respect.

I’ve never been jealous of another band. I’ve never claimed anything that wasn’t mine. And it’s just so obscure to see people trying to claim what they know they wouldn’t do in front of me. They know what they didn’t do; I was fucking there. And I’m not hating on anybody, but it’s a very coveted position.

What makes me mad is when the magazines spin this ‘DEATH or POSSESSED, DEATH versus POSSESSED.’ And it even tainted the relationship between DEATH and POSSESSED, and that pisses me off, because we were friends.

I realize that metal is supposed to be fun, but there’s also something very valid about true history and not revising stuff — not just with POSSESSED but any band. And the way it’s spun is, like, bands will exaggerate what they did and the writers will be eager to impress who they’re writing about, because the last thing a writer wants is for the band to go, ‘This is fucking fucked up.’

In the old days, it was very truthful. People did their research. They didn’t have clickbait. There was no ‘POSSESSED versus DEATH.’ I hate that shit. Because if Chuck was alive today, I’d like [us to] collaborate. And I don’t like it fucking with my remembrance of what it really was. I like the history. Maybe I’m being weird about it, but I think that the truth is so much better than the tale.”

This news comes after ex-Death drummer Kam Lee made headlines for saying Schuldiner “ripped off Possessed.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ex-Death Drummer Kam Lee Says Chuck Schuldiner “Ripped Off Possessed”

Metalheads have often argued about the origins of death metal and whether Possessed, who released “Seven Churches” in 1985, or Death, who released “Scream Bloody Gore” in 1987, deserve the credit for its creation. Now, during a recent appearance on the “That Metal Interview” podcast, ex-Death drummer Kam Lee offered his thoughts on the debate, saying that he believes Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner “ripped off Possessed.”

Lee said the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“I’ll admit this, and I’ll say this straight out, ’cause I know there’s an argument all the time, who was first — was it DEATH or was it POSSESSED? Well, I will tell you POSSESSED was first, and I will tell you why. Because Chuck heard what Jeff [Becerra] was doing and Chuck wanted to emulate Jeff. I was there — I was there in the beginning.

There was times when we were living here in Florida before Chuck moved to California, and Chuck and I both started off as tapetraders back in the day. And I remember, if you go back to before we were DEATH, we were called MANTAS. If you look at some of the hand-drawn logos of MANTAS, the MANTAS logo, there’s the logo with the devil’s tail on it, on the ‘M’. That’s completely stolen from the original POSSESSED logo, the devil’s tail.

I’ll say this now, ’cause [former DEATH manager] Eric Greif has passed, he’s deceased, but this is stuff that he didn’t want me to tell people. That’s why I was denied ever being interviewed for the DEATH movie, the DEATH documentary [‘Death By Metal’]. They denied me, because they didn’t want me to say these certain things, because how are you gonna sell a documentary about DEATH if I come on and tell everybody, ‘Nah, that’s not really how it was’? So they didn’t want me on there — they absolutely refused to talk to me on there. They didn’t want me to come up and say, ‘Oh, yeah, I was the one that drew the DEATH logo, not Chuck.’ They didn’t want me to tell everybody I’m the one that created that. And they didn’t want me to tell everybody, ‘Oh, well, Chuck ripped off POSSESSED.’ They wanted to sell it like Chuck created it, because they were selling a product. And if you’ve got somebody come and say, ‘Well, that’s not exactly how that product works.’ Kind of like the [fast food chicken restaurant chain] KFC. I’m sorry, but it wasn’t [KFC founder] Colonel Sanders that came up with a special recipe; some other guy came up with it. So that’s really what it was.”

Unsurprisingly, some have already taken issue with Lee’s comments including former Death guitarist Rick Rozz, who said the following on social media:

“SORRY CAN’T LET THIS ONE SLIDE MY FRIENDS, HMMM… BELITTLING THE DEAD, HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? SO… LET ME BE BLUNT, THE REASON THIS P.O.S. NARCISSISTIC, REVISIONIST WASN’T INCLUDED IN THE DEATH BY METAL DOCUMENTARY IS… IN A PRINTED INTERVIEW HE WARNS CHUCK THAT HE BETTER WATCH OUT OR HIS MOM WILL BE SONLESS ONCE AGAIN, REASON ENOUGH? OH… YEAH… AND AT LEAST CHUCK DIDN’T GET ON STAGE AT SHOWBIZ PIZZA IN WHITE SPANDEX WITH LEPPARD SPOTTED LEG WARMERS LIP SINKING TO I WANNA BE SOMEBODY BY W.A.S.P. THAT’S REALLY DEATH METAL BARNEY, TRUE COLORS UNTIL THE END. CHEERS & PEACE”

Original Bon Jovi Bassist Alec John Such Passes Away

Original Bon Jovi bassist Alec John Such has sadly passed away at the age of 70. The band commented:

“We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such. He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band. To be honest, we found our way to each other thru him. He was a childhood friend of Tico and brought Richie to see us perform. Alec was always wild and full of life. Today those special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. We’ll miss him dearly.”

Guillaume Bideau (Ex-Mnemic, Etc.) Passes Away

Guillaume Bideau (ex-Mnemic, ex-Scarve, etc.) has sadly passed away. He was only 44 years old.

Bideau’s former Scarve bandmate Dirk Verbeuren (also of Megadeth) said the following:

“Guillaume, it’s with a devastated heart that I write these words. I remember our first meeting in 1999 like it was yesterday. You came to see me at my little apartment in Nancy reaching out with a fake hand, which fell to the ground when I shook it, leaving me perplexed… You were without a doubt expecting a burst of laughter. Your omnipresent humor was contagious. Even when you got angry, you were damn funny. During the recording of Scarve‘s second album, you insisted that we all listen to Type O Negative‘s October Rust when going to bed, night after night, until Sylvain and I got fed up and decided to hide your CD-R… Only for you to pull out a second identical one the same evening.

You were a brilliant, non-conformist, stubborn and tenacious artist. Beyond that, you were a true friend. You didn’t hesitate to join me when I was reluctant to go on a long drive through France (we listened to the first Fantômas album on repeat). At my wedding in 2006, your presence and exuberant personality remain among my fondest memories.

You didn’t care what other people said. You did what you wanted and you lived your own way. I’m gonna miss you terribly, my friend… Rest in peace.”

Bideau’s former Mnemic bandmate Mircea Gabriel Eftemie also commented:

“Words can not describe how I feel. I am devastated and extremely saddened by the passing of my friend and old band member, Guillaume Bideau.

Everything we’ve experienced and laughed at together throughout the years, the crazy shenanigans, the parties, the fights, the travels, the struggle for success – are all the memories I will cherish forever. You where a unique character, a visionary and true artist with a big heart. You made us all laugh and you touched our lives with your music. I can not believe you are now gone…

My thoughts go to his family, and the many friends all around the world.

I will forever miss you.

Rest in peace Guillaume.”

Death’s “Non:Analog – On:Stage Series” To Be Released On Vinyl And CD In July

Death’s “Non:Analog – On:Stage Series” will be coming to vinyl and CD on July 15. Pre-orders can be found HERE. The series includes the following live albums:

  • “Death: Non Analog – On Stage Series – Belgium 12-23-1991”
  • “Death: Non Analog – On Stage Series – Montreal 06-22-1995”
  • “Death: Non Analog – On Stage Series – New Rochelle, NY 12-03-1988”
  • “Death: Non Analog – On Stage Series – TIJUANA 10-09-1990“

The Black Dahlia Murder Frontman Trevor Strnad Passes Away

The Black Dahlia Murder frontman Trevor Strnad has sadly passed away. The band confirmed the heartbreaking news with the following statement:

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad. Beloved son, brother, and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all that met him. A walking encyclopedia of all things music. He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255″

Howie Pyro (D Generation, Ex-Danzig) Passes Away

Howie Pyro (D Generation, ex-Danzig) has sadly passed away at the age of 61. D Generation’s Jesse Malin told Rolling Stone that his bandmate died of COVID pneumonia following a battle with liver disease.

Malin shared the following tribute for Pyro:

“This is the hardest post I have ever had to write. Howie Pyro, my best friend and brother has passed away. He fought real hard right till the end. He changed my life and so many others in ways I can’t even begin to say. We made our world together. From Whitestone, Queens to Madison Square Garden and every crazy, dirty little place in between. I learned so much from him.

He made this planet a much better, cooler, weirder, and more beautiful place. For decades he impacted so many different kinds of people and so many different scenes all over with his style, his taste, his music, his knowledge, his Art, his fashion, his attitude, his humor, his records, his movies, his bravery, his swagger, his smile, his heart, and his compassion.

Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, a shirt, donated, said a prayer, or sent a message to help him out. He really got to see the love in a huge way from all of you and it meant so much to him. His importance and impact will never, ever be forgotten. I will love you forever my Dear Doctor Howard.”

Left To Die (Ex-Death, Etc.) Announce U.S. Tour With Skeletal Remains & Mortuous

Left To Die, the band featuring Terry Butler (Obituary, ex-Death), Rick Rozz (ex-Death, ex-Massacre), Matt Harvey (Gruesome, Exhumed), and Gus Rios (ex-Malevolent Creation), will be performing Death’s “Leprosy” in its entirety on a summer U.S. tour. Skeletal Remains and Mortuous will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

07/07 Orlando, FL – The Haven
07/08 Miami, FL – Gramps
07/09 Tampa, FL – The Brass Mug
07/10 Atlanta, GA – Boggs
07/13 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
07/14 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
07/15 Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
07/16 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
07/16 Cleveland, OH – No Class
07/19 Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups
07/20 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
07/21 Cincinnati, OH – Legends
07/22 Chicago, IL – Reggies
07/23 Madison, WI – The Crucible
07/25 Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s
07/27 Dallas, TX – Amplified
07/28 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
07/29 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
07/30 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
07/31 Laredo, TX – The Cold Brew

Spinal Tap Drummer Ric Parnell Passes Away

Ric Parnell has sadly passed away at the age of 70. The musician played Spinal Tap drummer Mick Shrimpton in the 1984 mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” and later took on the role of his “brother” Ric Shrimpton after Mick “died” of spontaneous combustion. Parnell also performed in Atomic Rooster in the early 1970s.

Radio Birdman’s Deniz Tek revealed the sad news with the following statement:

“Ric Parnell died early this morning.

From day one, meeting him, I found him to be engaging, warm, and delightfully funny. We hit it off as pals immediately. He had a cheerful spirit that made you feel good, just being around him.

Ric’s amazing history in the music world is well known. I had the great good fortune to work with Ric on three albums. Studio time was casual, fun, and scattered with stories and humor. Ric never actually prepared for a session, but would come up with the beat and the arrangement on the spot. He would say “How does this next song go?” I’d play it to him on a guitar, and he’d think about it for a minute. Then he would say “Right! Got something.” Then he would nail it in one or two takes, and it was as perfect as it gets.

Ric was one of a kind. He lives on in his music, and in our hearts.”