This is an era of suffering and Metal is not immune. Seems like we're crossing our fingers for lotsa people already, like Deftones bassist/really good guy Chi Cheng. Listening to Saturday Night Wrist on um Saturday night, I did a bit of hand-wringing and lamenting his apparent lack of improvement following the November 3 car accident that left Cheng in a coma. But life is cruel and my impatience has been checked brutally this morning upon the announcement that Loudness Higuchi Munetaka succumbed to swift, merciless cancer. Motherfuck. From Blabbermouth:
Drummer Higuchi Munetaka of veteran Japanese metallers Loudness passed away Sunday around 10 a.m. (JST) at a hospital in Osaka, Japan. He was 49 years old. Higuchi was diagnosed with liver cancer in April. He had reportedly undergone two rounds of chemotherapy treatment and an operation to remove part of his liver.
My friends in Japanese Metal love Loudness, explaining that the legendary quartet's Metal spirit easily trumped their mega-cheesiness; kinda like Twisted Sister or Quiet Riot. Makes sense to me. So let's all crank some Loudness and EZO (and S.O.B. and Pulling Teeth and Taiho and Hellchild) in a salute to Mune, who walks off into the endless rock and roll crazy night!