R.I.P. Rob Doherty (former Into Eternity): (5/5/2012)

I guess that should not have really complained on the PiercingMetal Facebook about my displeasure with all of the unending Memorial Reflections postings that have been needed all too often because here we are once again and only the day after one was put up for The Beastie Boys Adam Yauch. This particular one really hit me as a shocker when I tuned into the Bravewords.com site for some of the latest news and learned how former Into Eternity guitarist Robert Doherty had suddenly passed away. I was stunned.

Rob Doherty, Rocking With Into Eternity (3/20/2005)

I first met Rob back in early 2005 when Into Eternity was opening up for Amorphis at B.B. King Blues Club. I had not yet launched PiercingMetal.com but was just about ready to, and he and the guys were nothing short of excellent to me. NYC was a faraway land to a band from Saskachewan, Canada and I admired their resolve in coming all this way to deliver some Metal. I instantly counted them as my new brothers in the Heavy Metal scene and would always look forward to the next time they would be making a visit to our part of the world. It was without question that I enjoyed what Rob brought to the table with the band and I caught them in concert almost a dozen times over the years. I was bummed when he left the lineup to pursue other interests but after knowing him in Metal for the lifespan of my writing, I have to admit that I am incredibly saddened by his sudden passing. He was an immensely gifted guitar player and he shall be missed.

Rob Doherty Shredding With Into Eternity (8/16/2005)

Rob’s latest project was entitled Final Darkness and he had offered up a video for the song “Ghost”. I have embedded this for all of you to enjoy in his memory. I was looking into getting a copy of this material to review on the site but we had not yet connected about it, and now it looks like one shall be done posthumously. It’s really good stuff so please take a couple of minutes to watch it.

At the time of this memorial toast and reflection, no reason was given for his death other than “suddenly passed away” so on behalf of the PiercingMetal site and its creative players, I send condolences and heartfelt sympathies to his band mates/brothers in Metal, family, friends and the worldwide fans who will never forget him. Rest in Peace Rob, it was a pleasure to know you.

5 thoughts on “R.I.P. Rob Doherty (former Into Eternity): (5/5/2012)”

  1. It’s so sad Ken, thanks for the article. Rob decided to leave us all last night. I thought he had left his dark years behind and seemed to be doing well with the new project and all. But apparently he wasn’t doing well at all. Everybody here in Regina is crushed, such a tragic loss :'( But he doesn’t have to fight his demons anymore and I truly hope he has found peace.

    1. I knew rob only through friends in regina. I am very sad since he had been a part of our social group for over 15 years. I am very sad,he was a very handsome and talented man.

  2. Hello Ken Pierce. I just stumbled across the news of Rob’s death by going to the final darkness website to hear the tracks again. I am devastated too, and a bit put off by the “former Into Eternity guitarist” thing – I didn’t know Rob very well personally, but was a huge fan of Pericardium, the ferocious 3-man, and sometimes 4-man, metal band he led in Regina from at least 1995 to 1998. The Anthems of Anger CD, released in 96 or so, is a monster of a record – have you heard it? Anyhow, I’ll run a tribute to Rob 9-10 Wednesday, May 30 9-10 pm on cjtr 91.3 fm. Best, Ken Foxx

    1. Rob made a LOT of great music, Metalist and Pericardium back in the day and Digital Doomzday and Final Darkness last year. And of course Into Eternity. No need to be put off by that title ‘former Into Eternity’, first of all because he used that himself as you can see on the website, and second because Into Eternity has simply been the most successful of them all and tons of people know him that way.

      You seem to be in Regina, so I’m sorry as well as surprised you didn’t learn of his passing until now. It’s been all over the (social) media etc and there was a very impressive memorial service at the Conexus Art Centre on the 25th (and an open jam in his honour at the Distrikt on the 26th) where hundreds of people showed up. Rob left a whole in many hearts, but his music will live on!!

      Marlies (webmaster Rob/Final Darkness, Into Eternity)

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