A Tribute To The Fallen of 2011 Part 2

We left off yesterday halfway through the year of 2011 with our Tribute To The Fallen of 2011 Part 1. This half we will cover the metal lives lost from July through present day. Hopefully we won’t see anyone else pass within the next few days. Let’s pick up where we left off.

Michael “Würzel” Burston played guitar for the legendary Motörhead between 1984 and 1995. He contributed to the albums No Remorse, Orgasmatron, Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1916, March ör Die, Bastards, and Sacrifice. Both Burston and current Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell auditioned at the same and where both hired. After Sacrifice was released, Burston left the band and Motörhead has been a three piece ever since. Würzel died on July 9th, 2011 at the age of 61, due to ventricular fibrillation.


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A Tribute To The Fallen of 2011 Part 1

In the past few years we have lost quite a few significant names in metal, especially in 2010. While some of the names of the musicians lost this year may not be quite as significant or may not have impacted the genre as much, they were still a staple of music we love and they loved the music no less than we do. With that said, let’s take a moment and recognize them for their accomplishments and contributions to the world of heavy metal.

Y&T out of Oakland, California have been around since 1974. They had a run from ’74 to ’91 before breaking up and reforming in 1995 (officially reuniting in 2001). In that time they released 12 albums as well as a few live albums and a handful of compilations.  Phil Kennemore was the bands’ bassist since their forming in 74. In August of 2010, only a few months after releasing their 12th album, Facemelter,  Phil announced that he had been diagnosed with [lung] cancer. He was; however, very optimistic about treatment and getting back on the road with Y&T. Unfortunately, Phil lost the battle and passed away on January 7th. He way 57 years old.


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R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

10 years ago today we lost an innovator of early technical death metal, a hero, and a legend. For those that don’t know, Chuck Schuldiner was diagnosed in 1999 with a form of brain cancer that invades the brain stem. Though initial therapy and surgery was a success, the cancer returned two years later and this time Chuck would lose the battle.

Through Chuck’s career, he brought us some pretty insane albums with great licks and riffs. There will always be nay-sayers and people that hate Chuck without warrant, but his legacy will live on through his music…and nothing can stop that.

(Ten years after his death, we may finally see the release of the last Control Denied album, which is supposedly looking at a December 27th, release.)

R.I.P. “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott

No, Folks. We have not forgotten, nor will we ever. Some metal blogs/sites have opted out to not bother doing a Dimebag tribute for today. That doesn’t mean they have forgotten his legacy; it simply means that they chose not to do the same thing every year on this sad day and I totally understand. However, I feel obligated to pay tribute to him, if only one day a year. Christians pay homage to Jesus every year, so why can’t we take this day to remember DBD? I’m not comparing Dimebag to Jesus, but to some, Dime was a God of sorts and definitely a metal Messiah.

Rest In Peace, Dimebag Darrell Abbott.

R.I.P. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott

No, Folks. We have not forgotten, nor will we ever. Some metal blogs/sites have opted out to not bother doing a Dimebag tribute for today. That doesn’t mean they have forgotten his legacy; it simply means that they chose not to do the same thing every year on this sad day and I totally understand. However, I feel obligated to pay tribute to him, if only one day a year. Christians pay homage to Jesus every year, so why can’t we take this day to remember DBD? I’m not comparing Dimebag to Jesus, but to some, Dime was a God of sorts and definitely a metal Messiah.

Rest In Peace, Dimebag Darrell Abbott.

25 Years Ago Today Cliff Burton Passed On

I remember where I was when I got the news. I was walking to school and one of my friends asked if we had heard the Cliff Burton died. Details were sketchy but all we knew was that he died in some sort of accident. This was probably the first significant loss that I felt in the metal world since becoming aware of the genre just a few short years earlier. In the grand scheme of things this single event changed Metallica for what many would say not the better. I’m included in that camp. I firmly believe that if Cliff had not died on that icy road in Sweden that Metallica would have taken a different and much less maligned road. Most likely the production of AJFA would have been better, The Black Album would not have surfaced nor any of the following albums after and Metallica sure as hell would not be pairing up with Lou Reed. Without a question Cliff’s presence is what shaped the music on the first three Metallica albums that most Metallica fans revere today. I’m not going to say R.I.P. Cliff because after 25 years I’m pretty sure he is but I will after the jump put up some videos of Cliff Burton as we the fans remember him.
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Wanna See Cee-Lo Green Sing Danzig? Me Neither, But Here it Is Anyway.

I don’t hate Cee-lo Green, but I’m not really a fan either. He’s obviously got some talent and he’s a good showman. Is he an actual fan of Danzig and this is some kind of tribute to them? Probably not. It’s probably the only Danzig song he knows and he knows the popularity of it among the ‘bro’ crowd, just like every other assfuck band covering Pantera’s ‘Walk’. So, here he is at Lollapalooza, doing just that.

One Year Ago Today Paul Gray of Slipknot Passed Away

I’m going to keep this brief. I’m not a Slipknot fan but I recognize the impact the band had and still has for alot of people that enjoyed heavy music especially it’s revival in the late 90’s and early millennium. Paul Gray was there with his left handed bassist in a sea of masks and mayhem and suddenly passed away last year from what was described as a overdose of morphine and fentanyl. I truly feel bad for the daughter he left behind due to the abuse of drugs that ultimately took him. So R.I.P Paul and my condolences to his family and friends.

My Memories Of Ronnie James Dio

As a kid I remember hearing Dio’s ‘Holy Diver’, ‘Rainbow in The Dark’, ‘Man On The Silver Mountain’ and so on, on the radio. I would sing along to the lyrics that I knew, but I never really grasped on to his music at a young age. I was always told that he was a metal icon and I never argued or denied that. I just never gave him a much of a chance. Shameful, I know.

Growing up and being a rock and metal fan, even if you never listened to Dio in one way or another, you still heard of him. I didn’t really become a big fan of Dio until about 4 years ago. I’m not sure what it was, but I was always resistant to Dio’s vocals, especially in Black Sabbath. Perhaps it was some kind of resentment towards Dio, being that I was a big Sabbath fan with Ozzy on Vocals. My ignorance though would be vanquished as I became more open minded to metal in many different ways as I became a blogger of metal. Continue reading