It is always sad to see some of the most talented musicians in metal passing away before their time, and unfortunately, the hits just keep on coming.
Former Bell Witch drummer Adrian J Guerra has passed away from a heart attack at the age of 35. The news were revealed by Bell Witch’s label Profound Lore with the following post:
Very shocked and saddened to wake up to the news of (former) BELL WITCH drummer/vocalist Adrian Guerra’s passing. Adrian played an integral role as one-half of Bell Witch with his ritual procession-like drumming and his apocalyptic-sounding death growls, and being responsible in helping to create a body of American funderal/death doom metal mastery spread out amongst a crushing demo and two masterful full-length albums. Most notably, last year’s devastating and gut-wrenching “Four Phantoms” release which became one of, if not the most celebrated and acclaimed funeral/death doom metal album of 2015. A milestone in the genre if there ever was one. And ontop of that, Adrian was one of the nicest and most enthusiastic guys in doom metal you could ever know, such a rad dude. RIP brother.
Guerra left Bell Witch and was replaced by Jesse Shreibman in 2015 after recording their critically acclaimed record Four Phantoms, and was working on new music with his other band Morose. Our condolences to those close to him.