Nasty Savage Bassist Richard Bateman Passes Away

Florida thrash metal veterans Nasty Savage has announced that their bassist, Richard Bateman, suffered a heart attack and passed away on Wednesday, September 5th.

A message from the band states: “It is with deep sadness to announce Richard Bateman has passed away today. We are all devastated. God Bless his family, God Bless Richard Bateman. RIP Brother.”

Guitarist David Austin issued the following statement: “My longtime friend Richard Bateman has passed away from a heart attack, absolutely devastated, extraordinary bass playing that he did with Nasty Savage especially Penetration Point, I can’t even put it into words, absolutely devastated. I hope the metal community will surround his family with open arms and give them the comfort that they need at this moment and time, I’m completely shocked. Love you Richard may he rest in peace, genuine loving person and extraordinary bass player to say the least.”

Bateman had four stints with the band, beginning in 1988 until the band’s initial dissolution two years later. He returned in 1998, then again from 2002 until 2012, then finally returned in 2016.

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Deity Streaming Full Self-Titled Album

Toronto death metal duo Deity will drop a self-titled album this coming June 2nd, but today the band has launched a full stream ahead of time.

The group’s debut album features eight brutal assaults with session drums done by Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) and session bass by Flo Ravet (ex-Nephelium). Mixing and mastering for the album was handled by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist) and the disc was produced by Danny Alessandro with Joey Virgilio.

Guitarist / vocalist Danny Alessandro comments: “This album has been a long time in the making and we are very proud of what we’ve created. From start to finish we want to take the listener on a journey of different emotions and feeling. As fans of metal we wanted to create something the listener could play over several times without losing interest. Something with a timeless feeling, and we feel like we’ve achieved this. Chaotic, aggressive and melodic are the best words to describe this self titled release. We hope the metal community digs the album cheers!!!”

1. Suspended In Animation (1:55)
2. Beginning Of Extinction (8:18)
3. Sacrificium (4:47)
4. From Which We Came, We Now Return (8:40)
5. Rituals (4:36)
6. In Time (6:31)
7. Illuminate The Unwilling (7:57)
8. In Turmoil (We Rise) (12:54)

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