by carl wilson


What a fucking week. If I believed in such things, I'd envision John Lennon's ghost hanging heavy in the air.

Metal-community reactions to the on-stage murder of Dimebag Darrell Abbott (Damageplan, ex-Pantera) in Columbus, Ohio, were forwarded to me by Maria Ferrero of New Jersey. Non-metal-fans may find it hard to see past the grand guignol of the event, and Abbott's goofy nickname. But he was considered one of the most influential musicians in his field. Me, I'm not a huge metal fan either. But Pantera were great. Here are my favourite comments, from two genuinely intelligent, serious figures in metal:

Keith Buckley, of Every Time I Die:
There are a lot of counterfactuals involved in senseless deaths like that of Dimebag: What if it had been one of our shows. What if there are more people than we know capable of such atrocities. What if it had been me. But these "what-ifs" only come about after a period of reflection. The more sincere questions are the most immediate. Mine was this: "Why did Pantera break up in the first place?"

Mark Morton, of Lamb of God:
Dime's music was a huge influence on me personally and on Lamb of God as a whole. As a guitar player he was a true innovator. His sound tone and style shaped modern metal, and his riffs are constantly referenced by nearly every band in metal, including my own. Only recently did I have the pleasure of hanging out with him, and he was as genuine and down to earth as anyone you would ever meet. This is a huge loss to the music world.

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Zoilus by Carl Wilson