As many of you know, Killing Joke is one of my personal favorite bands. They have always been alongside Christian Death in my "music to listen to repeatedly" section in my CD player and have influenced me musically. But I digress.
Some very disheartening and sad news was brought to my attention early this morning. The bassist of Killing Joke, Paul Raven, passed away at the young age of 46 of a heart attack. On top of being the bass player for Killing Joke, he also played bass for many other bands including Ministry, Zilch, Prong, and many other bands I like. His music has been a huge influence on many artists spanning many genres from goth, to punk, to industrial, to metal. His bass playing was fierce and passionate, and has influenced me as an artist. I can guarantee you that without his influence, my music would not be what it is. His passing is truly a loss in the music community. He will truly be missed. My heart and thoughts go out to his family, friends and band mates.
Thank you for all of the music! You will be truly missed.
R.I.P. Paul Raven