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Posts Tagged ‘Ministry’

Died On This Mike Scaccia (December 23, 2012) Guitarist For Rigor Mortis & Ministry

Posted by themusicsover on December 23, 2012

Mike Scaccia
June 14, 1965 – December 23, 2012

mike-scacciaMike Scaccia was a metal guitarist who is best remembered for his work with both Ministry and Rigor Mortis.  Born in New York, Scaccia co-founded Rigor Mortis with high school friends Harden Harrison and Casey Orr in 1983.   After relocating to Dallas, Texas, the band more-or-less introduced thrash metal to the region.  Within a few years, the band capitalized on the record industry’s interest in the genre and scored a deal with Capitol Records who released their self-titled debut in 1988.  Unceremoniously dropped by Capitol not long after, the band found a longer-lasting home with Metal Blade before Scaccia went on to tour with Ministry in 1989.  He officially left Rigor Mortis in 1991 and became a full-fledged member of Ministry in time to play on their classic, Psalm 69 album which has sold over a million copies.  He left the Ministry in 1996 and reformed Rigor Mortis in 2003, continuing to perform and record with them until the time of his death.  He also went back to work with Ministry and played with Revolting Cocks throughout.  While performing with Rigor Mortis in Fort Worth, Texas on December 23, 2012, Mike Sciaccia collapsed and died on stage apparently due to a seizure brought on by strobe lighting in the venue.  He was 47.

Thanks to Paul Bearer for the assist.

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Died On This Date (December 6, 2012) Huw Lloyd-Langton / Hawkwind Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on December 6, 2012

Huw Lloyd-Langton (Born Richard Hugh Lloyd-Langton)
February 6, 1951 – December 6, 2012

Huw Lloyd-Langton was an English guitarist and singer who is perhaps best remembered as a three-time member of space rock pioneers, Hawkwind.  The band, which famously included Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead at one time, was a direct influence on the likes of Al Jourgensen of MinistryHenry Rollins, Monster Magnet, and the Sex Pistols, who covered their “Silver Machine.”  Born outside of London, Lloyd-Langton joined Hawkwind in time to play on their debut self-titled album of 1970.  Although the long-player was not a commercial success, it is held in high regard since it was one of the first space rock albums in history.  Lloyd-Langton left the band two years after its release due to an illness.  Aside from Hawkwind, he played  with Leo Sayer, the Bonzo Dog Band, Pretty Things, Widowmaker, and his own Lloyd-Langton Group.  He re-joined Hawkwind in 1979, and played on their albums, Live Seventy Nine and Levitation.  He left the group again during the late ’80s only to rejoin in 2001 until a bout with Legionnaires Disease forced him to depart for good.  In later years, he could be heard opening for the Hawkwind as a solo act.  On December 6, 2012, Huw Lloyd-Langton passed away following a 2-year battle with cancer.  He was 61.

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Died On This Date (December 31, 2011) Jeff “Critter” Newell / Respected Studio Engineer

Posted by themusicsover on December 31, 2011

Jeff Newell
March 26, 1966 – December 31, 2011

Jeff “Critter” Newell was a self-taught recording studio engineer who first built a name for himself when he was working at the influential Chicago Trax Studio which played a pivotal role in the growth of the city’s underground industrial scene.  He eventually relocated to Studio City, California.  Over the course of his career, Newell worked on releases by the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Angels & Airwaves, Guns N’ Roses, and Blink-182.  Jeff Newell was 45 when he passed away on December 31, 2011.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

Thanks to Sandy Skeeter from Sound City Studios for the assist.



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Died On This Date (April 19, 2005) Bryan Ottoson / American Head Charge

Posted by themusicsover on April 19, 2010

Bryan Ottoson
1978  – April 19, 2005

bryan-ottosonMember of the 27 Club

Bryan Ottoson was a  guitarist for Minneapolis hard rock band, American Head Charge.  Their music is generally categorized as “industrial metal.”  By 2000, the band had moved to Los Angeles and signed to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings.  Rubin produced their debut.   The next few years found the band’s fan base quickly growing, sharing tours with the likes of Slipknot, Ministry, and Mudvayne.   On April 19, 2005, Ottoson’s lifeless body was found in his tour bus bunk prior to a show in South Carolina.  Officials determined that he had overdosed on prescription medicine.  It appears to have been accidental.

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Died On This Date (January 10, 2010) Dannie Flesher / Co-Founder Of Wax Trax Records

Posted by themusicsover on January 10, 2010

Dannie Flesher
DOB Unknown – January 10, 2010

At left with Jim Nash

Dannie Flesher was the co-founder of Wax Trax Records, the storied Chicago record store and label during the ’80s and ’90s.  Flesher and partner, Jim Nash first opened the store in Denver, but moved it to Chicago in 1978.  The store specialized in punk and electronica, and usually stocked the most sought-after import releases.  The store became a local mecca for young punks and hip college kids.  Flesher and Nash eventually launched the Wax Trax record label, home to such industrial acts as KMFDM, Ministry, and Front 42. Unfortunately, Flesher and Nash never felt the need to sign contracts with their artists, so as would be expected, the successful ones ended up being courted away by major labels.  The label went bankrupt in 1992 and was purchased by TVT Records.  Dannie Flesher retired from the music business in 2005 and died of pneumonia on January 10, 2010.  He was 58 .

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