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Reflecting On The 2019 Deaths In Music

As 2019 heads towards the sunset, I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the numerous losses that music faced this past year. Though PiercingMetal has long posted extended memorials in our “In Memoriam” Features, it’s almost impossible to speak about them all. Instead, I’m again using this comprehensive rundown that was culled from other online research sources so we can say “Hail and Farewell” a little bit better to more of them. Those who’ve already been toasted will have their entry highlighted in the list should you care to examine that post. Let’s say “goodbye” once more to these talented folks.

January 1, 2019: Shane Bisnett (31), American metalcore bassist (Ice Nine Kills)
January 2, 2019: Daryl Dragon (76), American pop keyboardist and songwriter (Captain & Tennille, The Beach Boys)
January 16, 2019: Lorna Doom (61), American punk rock bassist (Germs)
January 25, 2019: Bruce Corbitt (56), American thrash metal singer (Rigor Mortis, Warbeast)

February 1, 2019: Alex Brown (52), American punk rock guitarist (Gorilla Biscuits, Project X, Side by Side)
February 15, 2019: Kofi Burbridge (57), American jam band keyboardist and flautist (Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit)
February 21, 2019: Peter Tork (77), American rock bassist and singer (The Monkees)
February 25, 2019: Mark Hollis (64), British new wave and post-rock singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Talk Talk)
February 26, 2019: Andy Anderson (68), British new wave drummer (The Cure, The Glove, Hawkwind),
February 27, 2019: Doug Sandom (89), British rock drummer (The Who)
February 28, 2019: Stephan Ellis (69), American rock bassist (Survivor)
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“Black Robot” by Black Robot

Artist: Black Robot
Title: “Black Robot”
Label: Formosa Records
Release Date: 4/13/2010
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3.75/5

Black Robot is the latest in a line of reasonably new bands that call to mind the glorious past of kicking some ass for the sake of Rock & Roll, and from the moment you begin playing their self-titled release you are hooked with its drive and overall fun intensity. As a band Black Robot had a couple of things in their favor and the main and most important piece of the puzzle would be that three of their membership roster had at one time been members of the band Buckcherry. That being said, I was immediately surprised at my appreciation for the band because Buckcherry has failed to impress me with each and every listen that I give them. I just don’t see anything special about what they do or how its done and that made the slamming nature of how Black Robot laid down to Hard Rock justice all the more appealing. The band was founded in 2008 by former Buckcherry bassist Jonathan “J.D.” Brightman and the group’s front man Huck Johns and their approach is to use some truly infectious riffs and leave you with a satisfying experience. They introduce themselves as being “Baddass” when the album starts and then give us an ACDC inspired twist on the Eric Clapton classic “Cocaine”. Yes I know the song was written by J.J. Cale, but I think most of us refer to it as a Clapton tune since he made sure it was always on our minds.
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