He was born on this day in 1966 🙂
The news of the week in the metal world is Slayer’s farewell tour and Gary Holt’s interview where he states that Slayer will not record any new album anymore. I could post the coverage of Slayer’s goodbye events today but just next week we will celebrate Jeff Hanneman’s birthday so there will be a lot of time and space for his band. Meanwhile, let me bring Quorthon back from Valhalla for this Saturday afternoon.
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.
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?!
A dose of epicness to help us survive Tuesday
It all began a couple of years ago with Grunge Graveyard. I wanted to create a kind of virtual cemetery for the grunge musicians who haven’t had their graves or their graves were located beyond the reach of most fans. Like I wrote in the intro, in most cultures graveyard is not just a place to bury the dead. People come there to say goodbye, to cry, to recall memories, to laugh, to bring flowers and to light a candle.
It was supposed to be a place of remembrance for the ones who left us long time ago like Andy, Kurt or Layne so I have experienced a real shock when I had to add the place first for Scott Weiland and now for Chris Cornell. His recent death has been a trauma for me, Chris was one of my teenage heroes who helped me to get through the hardest times. In the first impulse, I thought of deleting the whole Grunge Graveyard because I realized that with time these virtual graves will be more and more numerous and I didn’t think I could deal with that.
But soon I realised something very important, something that the people of Antiquity have already known. Let me quote the poem of an ancient Roman author Horace.
I have completed a monument
More lasting than bronze and far higher
Than that royal pile of Pyramids (…)
My end won’t be complete, and a great
Part of me will evade the death god
This is the quintessence of any art. By creating, you leave a piece of yourself in your work. Thanks to the book you write, the picture you paint or the song you sing, you never die completely. In the past, people believed that the person only wholly dies when the last person who knew him/her dies as well because as long as the memory lives, this person lives, too. Now, in the era of media and the Internet this is truer than ever before.
Since grunge and metal music are the biggest loves of my musical life, I decided that instead of destroying Grunge Graveyard, I will create Metal Graveyard for Peter, Quorthon, Ronnie James and others who have influenced our lives with their music. You are encouraged to leave your comment and share your memories. Thank you.
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