We will always remember you, Cliff \,,/(*_*)\,,/
We will always remember you, Cliff \,,/(*_*)\,,/
Börje “Boss” Forsberg — owner of Black Mark Records and father of late BATHORY mainman Thomas “Quorthon” Forsberg — passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, September 14. A post on the Black Mark Production web site reads: “After many years of serious illness, his big heart has given up.”
Börje’s death comes more than thirteen years after the passing of his son, who was found dead in his apartment in Stockholm, Sweden on June 7, 2004. The 39-year-old, widely considered to be one of black metal’s founding fathers, reportedly died of heart failure.
Although Quorthon’s blood relation with Boss was staunchily denied — for reasons that are unclear — throughout BATHORY’s lifespan, the musician’s real identity was confirmed after his tragically early death.
BATHORY’s career-spanning box set, “In Memory of Quorthon”, was released in June 2006 via Black Mark. The package contained three CDs, one DVD, a book and a poster.
In a 2010 interview that Börje “Boss” Forsberg gave to Sweden Rock Magazine, he spoke openly about his son, how BATHORY came to be and all the unreleased BATHORY material that was still in the vaults. The magazine also published the last photo taken of Quorthon. This was all done with the blessing of Quorthon’s family.
I don’t know what you think but for me Blood on Ice has no flaws. Quorthon has created a really epic album.
Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown stopped by the Guitar World studios to talk about some cool PANTERA stuff that not a lot of fans know, plus to discuss his relationship with “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.
Speaking about the late PANTERA guitarist, Brown said (see video below): “I knew Dime before he even knew how to play a bar chord. His dad kind of taught him… His dad was left-handed. So I think once that… We all know the story and history — once Randy Rhoads came around, it was all over. Dime went from just being a kid that played bar chords to this protégé overnight. And it was the most unreal thing I’ve ever seen in my life — for some kid, all of a sudden, just to do that. Not seeing him for a summer — two or three months — and then [see him] come out this completely different dude. It was amazing. It was really, really cool, man. And I miss him dearly.”
Brown has been publicly critical of the way his 2013 autobiography, “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”, turned out, saying in recent interviews that the book’s publication is partly to blame for the deterioration of his relationship with another former PANTERA member, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott.
“There was a bunch of shit in my book that was not supposed to be in that book, and I went through ten different edits and they put it in there anyway, and it left a fucking bit of sour in some people’s mouths,” Rex told the “Trunk Nation” radio show last month.
Brown‘s “Official Truth, 101 Proof” co-writer, Scottish author Mark Eglinton, later disputed Brown‘s claims, tweeting: “Just to be totally clear and fair: there’s nothing in the book that shouldn’t have been. It was all signed off. I was there.”
Dimebag, who was Vinnie Paul‘s brother, was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.
A human destiny, but nothing human inside
Wretched human, you trespass here!
Soon the trolls will drag you to the stones.
Music by Somnium/Lyrics by Katla
Guess who I added to the graveyard’s alley today? When I got the concept of this page in May, I immediately started to write down the names of the musicians whom I should gather here and initially there was eight of them. The first names were obvious: Peter Steele, Quorthon, Ronnie James Dio, others appeared in my mind as I was doing a quick research in my memory of heavy metal music: Chuck Schulinder, Jeff Hanneman, while Dead, Somnium and Valfar came to my mind when I listened to their songs. I wrote short bios based on Wikipedia and added photos, exactly like I did for Grunge Graveyard years ago. I thought I was done. Then I recalled Dimebag and Cliff. Then I recalled Nicole and Aleah. But I thought, Ok now it is done.
And then, just a couple of weeks ago, we were checking the English presentation that my friend prepared for this weekend’s conference and it included the example of Ozzy Osbourne. While we were examining his case, I suddenly thought of a horrific episode from his history and another name came to my mind. Randy Rhoads.
So here he is in a video devoted to him and I have a personal request for all the metal musicians: please do take care of yourself! Eat healthy food, exercise, and do not take unnecessary risk! I know it doesn’t sound like a stereotypical rock’n’roll lifestyle but I just don’t want you to be included on this page! I want you to live, create and flourish until you are 80 or 90. Until then, please do not give me the reasons to place you here, ok?!