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Acrobat
Eric Olthwaite

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:32 pm 
 

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbe ... mID=104291

As of yet no reason given. RIP, one of the best thrash metal drummers. A sad day for Sodom fans everywhere. Cheesy yet poignant Sodom reference - Remember the Fallen!
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BurningASinner
Metal newbie

Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:56 pm
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Location: United States of America
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:37 pm 
 

What a terrible day indeed. RIP, one of my favorite thrash drummers ever. =(.

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Psycrypt
Metal newbie

Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:04 pm
Posts: 250
Location: United States of America
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:39 pm 
 

I'll be damned. I will play In The Sign Of Evil right now in his honor... Blasphemer!
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JobMKII
Metal newbie

Joined: Fri Jun 27, 2008 5:37 pm
Posts: 181
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:43 pm 
 

Yeah, very sad. I'll have trouble falling asleep tonight...

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foz45139
Metalhead

Joined: Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:48 pm
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Location: United Kingdom
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:57 pm 
 

Hail Witch Hunter. This is a fucking shame.
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chainsawcarnage
Mallcore Kid

Joined: Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:25 pm
Posts: 17
Location: Peru
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:03 pm 
 

HE'S BETTER NOW IN FUCKING HELL!

sad news, we'll remember you always

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CannibalCorpse
Metal newbie

Joined: Fri Oct 01, 2004 3:55 pm
Posts: 345
Location: Austria
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:07 pm 
 

Goddamnit, the good ones always die.

R.I.P.
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bassethornmusic
Metalhead

Joined: Sun Jul 08, 2007 10:53 pm
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:13 pm 
 

I remember an interview of him on Lord of Depravity DVD, this is the chubby guy who always seems to be drunk?

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Acrobat
Eric Olthwaite

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:23 pm 
 

bassethornmusic wrote:
I remember an interview of him on Lord of Depravity DVD, this is the chubby guy who always seems to be drunk?


Yep, that's the one. He was known to have alcohol problems, I wouldn't be surprised if that had something to do with his death.
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NocturnalHolocaust
Metalhead

Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:33 pm
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Location: United States of America
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:26 pm 
 

It's always sad to see a fellow metalhead die, especially when they were in a great band.

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Mayhem62
Metal newbie

Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:22 pm
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Location: United States of America
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:27 pm 
 

A very sad day, RIP Chris. You'll be missed alot.

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Morbidreich
Metal newbie

Joined: Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:19 pm
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:28 pm 
 

This is sad to hear, but apparently he had a lot of problems with alcoholism etc. I remember in a few interviews I read around the time of the re-recording of In the Sign of Evil Tom saying how difficult it was trying to work with him because of his alcohol abuse and how his health was in decline.

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LiveForDoom
Metal newbie

Joined: Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:00 pm
Posts: 123
Location: United States
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:30 pm 
 

FUCK!.... fuck.... RIP.

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Behemoth23
Metal newbie

Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 9:10 pm
Posts: 87
Location: United States of America
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:40 pm 
 

R.I.P You will be missed.

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carburetor
Metal newbie

Joined: Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:17 am
Posts: 100
Location: Norway
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:47 pm 
 

R.I.P.

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Nolan_B
In League With Nolan

Joined: Thu May 01, 2008 10:05 pm
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:57 pm 
 

RIP WITCHING METAL!

Witchhunter may not have been the best drummer, but damn he had character.

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RageW
Marisa's Harlot

Joined: Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:44 am
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Location: Colombia
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:08 pm 
 

Now I can't listen to Sodomy and Lust without feeling bad :(
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TheClansman
IM AN INTARWEB TUFF GUY

Joined: Thu Mar 27, 2003 2:04 am
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:24 pm 
 

Not to say I'm happy hes dead or anything, but honestly I'm having troubles caring. He wasn't currently playing for anyone, he was never a particularly skilled drummer, and I don't seem to recall him writing a hell of a lot of material either (correct me if I'm wrong).

Quorthon dying was bad news, Eric Friesen dying the same, Chris Witchhunter dying isn't particularly upsetting.
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Lord_Jotun
Metalhead

Joined: Sat Sep 13, 2003 5:02 pm
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Location: Italy
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:25 pm 
 

I already had a pretty crappy day, this just made it 1000 times worse :(

Honour to you, brother. May your pouding beats forever resound through the halls of eternity.
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bassethornmusic
Metalhead

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:27 pm 
 

Now that is just cold man :(

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SepticTomb
Metalhead

Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:56 pm
Posts: 515
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:29 pm 
 

Chris Witchhunter's death was like his drumming: awkward and poorly timed.
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Zdan
Metalhead

Joined: Tue Jul 20, 2004 6:05 pm
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Location: Poland
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:43 pm 
 

Tis' a sad day for a thrash fan everywhere. I will spin some old Sodom and go with beer in honour of Chris.

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Nolan_B
In League With Nolan

Joined: Thu May 01, 2008 10:05 pm
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:50 pm 
 

SepticTomb wrote:
Chris Witchhunter's death was like his drumming: awkward and poorly timed.

The same could be said about Angelripper and Grave Violator in the early days.

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ZombiHolocaust
Metal newbie

Joined: Sat Mar 25, 2006 12:44 pm
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Location: United States of America
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:21 pm 
 

R.I.P.

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Evil_Johnny_666
Reigning king of the night

Joined: Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:54 pm
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Location: Canada
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:35 pm 
 

... listening to Agent Orange right now.
I think we can safely say the cause is alcoolism, it's a fucking shame.

RIP Wichhunter

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Bezerko
Vladimir Poopin

Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:50 am
Posts: 4798
Location: Venestraya
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:57 pm 
 

This sucks.

Now playing Obsessed by Cruelty in his honour, R.I.P!

SuperVeji4 wrote:
Is this the end for Sodom?


They've had a different drummer for years...

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HeavyMetalSteve
Metal newbie

Joined: Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:12 am
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:02 pm 
 

Chris may not have been a great drummer but the Sodom albums he played on are classics.

R.I.P. Chris Witchhunter

Currently playing Nuclear Winter. After I read this I turned on Agent Orange.

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JesusShaves5643
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Joined: Sun Aug 19, 2007 11:06 pm
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Location: United States of America
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:03 pm 
 

Damn shame. R.I.P.

Playing Nuclear Winter in his honor.
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bassethornmusic
Metalhead

Joined: Sun Jul 08, 2007 10:53 pm
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:09 pm 
 

SepticTomb wrote:
Chris Witchhunter's death was like his drumming: awkward and poorly timed.


Could you please elaborate on the awkward part? No tricks here, just wanted to know so I could listen more closely to his work on the early albums.

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The_Boss
Set Abominae

Joined: Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:45 am
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:16 pm 
 

Shame whenever a fellow dedicated metalhead dies anytime. I played Agent Orange earlier today in it's entirety, I shall do such again.
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SepticTomb
Metalhead

Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:56 pm
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:23 pm 
 

bassethornmusic wrote:
SepticTomb wrote:
Chris Witchhunter's death was like his drumming: awkward and poorly timed.


Could you please elaborate on the awkward part? No tricks here, just wanted to know so I could listen more closely to his work on the early albums.


I was just fucking around, I know his timing on early Sodom was pretty bad though.
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juicebitch
Juice Bitch

Joined: Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:57 am
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:01 pm 
 

Has a metal musician ever died due to old age?
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SepticTomb
Metalhead

Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:56 pm
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:02 pm 
 

thejuicebitch wrote:
Has a metal musician ever died due to old age?


The style hasn't really been around long enough for that to start happening.
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TheClansman
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:12 pm 
 

thejuicebitch wrote:
Has a metal musician ever died due to old age?


Dunno, how old was Ben Munkirs (ex-Manilla Road) when he died, and what did he die of?
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DrommerOmDod
Metalhead

Joined: Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:40 am
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:26 pm 
 

It's a shame, of course - the cool guys from awesome bands die all the time and the mallcore pricks live forever.

Anyway, on to Agent Orange :np:

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Misainzig
Epicurean Gynaecologist

Joined: Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:30 pm
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:29 pm 
 

He absolutely slayed on Tapping the Vein. Probably the best thrash album for drumming I've ever heard. Absolutely awesome.

R.I.P. dude.
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Nolan_B
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:02 am 
 

SepticTomb wrote:
thejuicebitch wrote:
Has a metal musician ever died due to old age?


The style hasn't really been around long enough for that to start happening.

Bobby Liebling looks like he's about to croak any second.

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SepticTomb
Metalhead

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:03 am 
 

What do you define as 'old age' anyway; do you just mean natural death or due to aging specifically?
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HeavyMetalSteve
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Joined: Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:12 am
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:12 am 
 

Nolan_B wrote:
SepticTomb wrote:
thejuicebitch wrote:
Has a metal musician ever died due to old age?


The style hasn't really been around long enough for that to start happening.

Bobby Liebling looks like he's about to croak any second.


To my knowledge Bobby is only in his 50s but I have heard he is a drug addict and using crack and or meth which could explain his appearance.

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Abominatrix
Harbinger of Metal

Joined: Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:15 pm
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Location: Canada
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:12 am 
 

Psycrypt wrote:
I'll be damned. I will play In The Sign Of Evil right now in his honor... Blasphemer!


Damn.

Just the other day I saw a band do an absolutley flooring version of "Blasphemer" and I was thinking what a maniac the drummer was. I do think CChris was great .. a little wobbly sometimes but it added to his personality as a player. Hell, his solos on "A MOrtal Way of Live" are even pretty interesting and fun, a rarity for sure.

R.I.P.
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