Albums Of The Day (January 4th-8th)
Each week day (holidays excluded), I post an album to my Twitter feed. There is usually some sort of vague theme to the chosen titles, although not always. The only requirement for selections is that they have to be at least 10 years old.
This week, in observance of Alexi Laiho's passing (story), I chose a selection of albums featuring artists who also tragically died young. I got into most of these bands around the same time, in my late teens.
A legendary and foundational grindcore record, World Downfall was released after the band's dissolution, but members of Terrorizer went on to join groups such as Napalm Death, Morbid Angel and Lock Up. Guitarist Jesse Pintado died on August 27th, 2006, the result of alcohol-related liver failure.
The first of a pair of albums under the 'Nordland' title, these would be the final recorded work of Bathory, the one-man project helmed by Thomas Börge Forsberg (AKA 'Quorthon'). The project had undergone many stylistic changes, reverting to the viking metal theme of its mid-period. Quorthon was found dead on June 3rd, 2004, the result of a congenital heart defect.
This Swedish deathgrind project was gaining serious acclaim despite their niche genre and extreme style. Simultaneously, frontman Mieszko Talaczyk was making a name for himself as a skilled producer. While on vacation in Thailand, Talarczyk went missing during a tsunami — his body was found February 16th, 2005. Nasum were inactive until a one-off, 20th anniversary tour in 2012, after which they disbanded permanently.
The Cold White Light
An unrelentingly dour goth metal band with a strong sense of melodic songwriting. Over their career, the band slowly revealed a sense of humour about their exceedingly dark and morose aesthetic. Disbanding after 2005's The Funeral Album, band founder and primary composer Miika Tenkula died of a heart attack on February 19th, 2009. No reunion has been attempted.
Children of Bodom
Follow The Reaper
The breakout album from Children of Bodom, combining elements of progressive metal with speed and thrash. Laiho would ascend to superstardom in the metal guitar world, garnering praise from the music world's biggest names. Laiho passed away late in 2020, the result of unspecified long-term health issues.
I stuck mainly with bands from Scandinavian countries (mostly Finland) simply because those were the first to immediately spring to mind. The music world is, unfortunately, rife with stories of incredibly talented artists who died much, much too young — and for disparate reasons. This certainly won't be the last "gone too soon" list.
Published: January 8th, 2021.