Posts Tagged ‘doom’
Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014
Death moves in circles. It starts out slow, prowling around the outer borders of your consciousness. When you’re small, your mother has to explain that the dog ran away and won’t be coming back, or that the nice lady from the library won’t be around to help you find new books anymore. Gradually, it creeps closer. A kid you vaguely remember from freshman year gets into a car accident. A rumor reaches you that a girl you knew briefly in middle school took her life.
Then, it’s someone you sat next to in Biology sophomore year and went to see Black Sabbath with when you were sixteen. It’s a musician you admire and shared a beer with once or twice. It keeps coming closer, and closer. Your grandfather passes. Another high school friend walks into traffic. Death continues its relentless march, barely stopping long enough to let you process what’s happening.
You start to worry: who will be next? You call your grandparents more often. You try harder to keep in touch with friends who’ve moved away. It’s never enough, though. Death finds us all, and it takes our loved ones first. This week, the circle finally tightened around a huge number of us, and has made it hard to breathe. This week, the entire extended metal community lost a dear, dear friend in Jason McCash. Indianapolis lost one of its most beloved musicians.
The Gates of Slumber lost a bassist, and a brother. The family of Jason McCash lost a husband, a father, a brother, a son. He left us on Saturday night, April 5th, 2014, two weeks shy of his 38th birthday. Details of his death are pending an autopsy. Jason is survived by his wife Bridget, his son Jayden, and his two daughters Ireland and Athena. He will be missed so, so much.
Those who would like to donate to a memorial fund for Jason’s wife and children may contribute HERE.
Those who knew McCash best were aware of his struggles with depression and substance abuse, and are of the opinion he wanted to end his story this way. “Jason was my best friend 13 years ago or 8 years ago or 4 years ago…as well as the minute before he left this earth. I know for a fact that he wanted this,” his bandmate Bob Fouts has said, cautioning others against thinking that “you ” know” what’s going on with a person unless you really do. I did…and I have never felt pain like this. His beautiful family suffers 1000x harder than myself.”
His bandmate Karl Simon’s pain is palpable. “My best friend is dead. He’s survived by three great kids, his wife, five brothers, sister and his poor father who lived to see his youngest son pass. Jason will be missed. I lost family,” he wrote, adding on The Gates of Slumber’s Facebook page, “There will be no reunion – no more of TGoS. It’s dead beyond dead, and I’ve lost a brother. Please be respectful or silent. It’s a small world and I’m still alive. Remember that shit.
As they said, there is no way of knowing what’s going on within a man’s heart unless you truly know him as a person, and no person alive has any right or reason to judge Jason for any of the choices or issues he’s dealt with. Depression and drug use are very serious and dangerous afflictions, and if anyone you love is dealing with either or both, please do everything in your power to be there for them, and let them know you love them. They are not alone.
Those who truly knew Jason knew of his struggles, but they also knew that he was one of the kindest, most genuine people on this earth. They knew about his easy grin and the way his eyes twinkled when he told a joke, and about how much of himself he poured into the rumbling basslines he summoned forth onstage. Jason was beloved for many reasons, and I feel privileged to have been able to call him a friend for so long, and to have enjoyed his company and his music all over the world.
I first met Jason when I was too young to even sneak into the bars and clubs TGOS played, but he and the boys were always able to sneak me in. From late nights at Brooklyn diners to even later ones in the heart of London, from Tilburg to New Orleans to Memphis and lord knows how many points in between, Jason was a sporadic constant in my life; I always knew I’d be seeing him soon, and always knew I’d be greeted with a giant smile and an even bigger hug. He, Karl, and Bob are all like big brothers to me, and I know I’m far from the only one that feels that way.
Roadburn was huge for him, and for his brothers in The Gates of Slumber – I remember how excited he was to play, and to be surrounded by so many like-minded people and amazing doom bands. He dedicated his life to Doom, and it was only fitting that his life’s work in TGOS was highlighted in such a perfect setting. It’s heartbreaking to think that he will never play again, but comforting to know that he was able to see so many of his dreams realized as TGOS toured extensively throughout the world, released much-loved albums on respected labels, and had a very real impact on countless lives.
He joined the band as a bassist and backup vocalist in 2004, and was present on all but two of the band’s recordings, adding an integral doomed heaviness to their heavy metal thunder. McCash has also played in The Keep, Burn It Down, Amongst the Swarm, and had begun work on a new project entitled Black Carcass; one sincerely hopes that those last recordings will soon be made public.
He spent years fighting his demons while bringing joy to thousands of people across the globe, and now, the only wish I have for him is that he has finally found the peace he’d been seeking, and that, in time, his family, friends, and those that admired him will find a peace of our own.
So goodbye for now, Jason McCash. We all love you so much. Rest in peace, in power, and in doom.
Posted on Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Consolamentum is the fourth full-length from increasingly progressive UK-based doomers The Wounded Kings and also their debut on Candlelight Records. It’s also their most consistent album-to-album lineup in the band since 2010′s The Shadow over Atlantis followed 2008′s Embrace of the Narrow House debut with […]
Posted on Monday, November 18th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Metal Underground: There is an evil madness that descends underneath the depths of despair – riding along the electric charges that jump the endless lattice of neural pathways in the mind. The parasitic nature is so perfect that it is undetectable; it is one with the host. […]
Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013
Possessed of such a strong sorrowful and moving air, part Chilean, part Swedish doom metal titans Procession are easily one today’s truest torchbearers of classic epic doom, carrying on the tradition of Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus. The band’s latest album, the utterly compelling To Reap Heavens Apart, ranks among the […]
Posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013
Our kindred spirits at Incubate are ready to unveil the latest edition of their annual festival next week. From 16 – 22 September, Incubate will bring more than 200 cutting edge artists to Tilburg (NL). The festival celebrates indie culture in music, visual arts, film and contemporary dance. Black metal, […]
Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It’s hard to discern just what Pennsylvania traditional doom metallers Argus intend with the title of their third album, Beyond the Martyrs. On a superficial level, one doesn’t think of a martyr as a place or a level of development to move past, but more […]
Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013
Praise for Saint Vitus’ Die Healing from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: While it might have been Saint Vitus‘ final record, a last hurrah, hardly noticed by an uncaring world, it was also one of their best ever. For one thing, it marked the brief return of their original and best […]
Posted on Sunday, August 11th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Metal Observer: Before there was Children of Bodom, but not before there was “Children Of The Grave” or “Children Of The Corn”, there was Children Of Doom (or C.O.D. for short and for those who like some fish mixed in with their Metal), a rock solid […]
Posted on Sunday, August 4th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Boston quartet Morne has, to date, used its discography like a very public workshop. The band spent the first several years of its existence constructing an elaborate and involved monument of their metallic interests. Their debut, 2009’s Untold Wait, swiveled from lumbering stomp to swooping strings, […]
Posted on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I’m a sucker for West Coast miserablists like Asunder, Aldebaran, Laudanum, Samothrace, and Anhedonist, so I was excited to hear of a relatively recent addition to this band of happy campers, Portland’s Ephemeros. Comprised of various gloomy luminaries from bands such as Nux Vomica, […]