RIP Drew Cook of Dimesland and Wild Hunt

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It is with heavy heart that we share the news that guitarist and beloved metalhead Drew Cook has passed away.

The news broke yesterday that Cook passed some time around April 21st (according to Metal Insider), forcing mind-melting black doomsters Wild Hunt to cancel their tour plans with Giant Squid and Botanist. Cook was a rising star in the Bay Area scene, most notably laying down schizophrenic riffs alongside his brother in mad thrashers Dimesland. Earlier this year I wrote that Dimesland released one of the most best albums of 2014, and Cook’s distinct, mad-genius play style ensured that Psychogenic Atrophy will remain a staple of progressive thrash for years to come.

Nolan Cook, Drew’s brother and co-guitarist in Dimesland released a statement via Earsplit Compound regarding the loss of his brother:

We are saddened to announce the untimely passing of Oakland musician extraordinaire, Drew Cook, of the bands DIMESLAND and WILD HUNT. Drew was a special guitarist and a wonderful individual who will be deeply missed by the Bay Area music scene and by the many who were fortunate enough to have collaborated with or otherwise known him. We have lost an incredibly kind, funny, and talented human being.

At this moment, cause of death is in unknown. Join us in celebrating Cook’s legacy with the killer music he leaves behind.

(Photo VIA Shannon Corr)

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