... I lost a very, very dear friend. I got up at about 3pm to an email from my friend Rob Fors in Sweden, telling me that according to his brother who was supposed to be working the Amon Amarth show that day, a member of one of the bands had died. Rumours were abound that it was one of the Evile guys. I kept this quiet until about 9pm when similar talks started circulating around the Evile boards, and about an hour later my friend Siobhan got in touch and told me to try and keep things under controll while she called Ol to see what was going on - about half an hour later, she sends me a message; "Dave, Ol wants you to call him right now". I call Ol with a nervous "Ol, what the hell's going on?" and next thing you know, I'm being told that Mike Alexander - someone who I held in exceptionally high regard on all levels - had died earlier that day.
A fucking year ago, and it's still no easier. I can still remember exactly what time it was, what song was playing, whereabouts in that particular song it was, where I was sat, which direction I was faced and what I was doing when I made that phonecall. And I still hear that in my head. You get the good guys and the bad guys in this world, but Mike was definitely a good guy - the funniest, more heartfelt and genuine person I've ever met in my life. Always up for a laugh, always interested in what I was doing and what I had to say, he actually cared about you. To lose someone that downright fucking amazing is something I'll never recover from.
So I implore anyone who is reading this to raise a few for Mike today, and remember him for the person he was and not the way he died - remember him for being the funny bastard with an untouchable stage presence and a huge heart.
Here's to you Mike. I love you man, so fucking much.
So I just got a warning for basically telling UG that 'happy birthday Slash' isn't news. I didn't slander Slash in the slightest, I just stated that it's not news that it's a musician's birthday - if this shit's newsworthy, then where're the birthday articles for Dave Mustaine? David Gilmour Nowhere.
Lemoninfluence, you are a raging idiot. In fact, UG in general is fucking retarded. Sometimes I wonder why I still bother posting here when the mods have all the braisn of a cheese sandwich.
As I'm sure many of you are aware, Mike Alexander - bassist for UK thrashers Evile - has very sadly passed away. Mike has been a very dear friend to me over the past four or five years, and to everyone else in the metal community too. The news of his passing is devastating and I extend my sincere condolences to Matt, Ol, Ben and Mike's family.
Mike was an extraordinary person, and to me he was never 'Mike from Evile' - he was just Mike. He was always a friend first and a member of a band second, he was always full of laughs and making jokes, and he was always cheering me on and helping me out. To lose such a dear friend is a tragedy and I'm left utterly speechless over this event.
Mike, I salute you. Your advice, your support, your music and most importantly your friendship, will never ever be forgotten. I love you with all my heart Mike, and may you rest in peace my friend. Everything I do from now on, I'll do for you brother.
So it was brought to my attention that The Devil's Legion was mentioned in the Blood Tsunami article here on UG, so I looked and found....
"Blood Tsunami covered Onslaught's "Steel Meets Steel", so could you touch upon that as well?
Yeah. I don't know how contact was established, though Pete spoke to a man called Dave Ingram, who is responsible for the tribute album 'The Devil's Legion: A Tribute to Onslaught'. Dave Ingram asked us, and we were recording material at Lion Heart Studios at the time anyway. We just learnt "Steel Meets Steel", and recorded it - actually, I just learnt the track by listening to it over again and again on my iPod. Subsequently, I then went into the studio, and recorded drums without an engineer man, and without listening to the track. Pete wanted to cut that track, a cover track, since Onslaught is obviously one of the classic eighties groups within the thrash metal underground. When we were asked, that was easy to say yes to."
Bloody ace.Fantastic man, fantastic band, fantastic cover - check out their blazing rendition of Steel Meets Steel and prepare for your ears to get raped!
Seriously, I'm extremely surprised at this and rather happy too. Cheers to Pete and Faust for being good sports!