Deceased drummer dies, band cancels Brooklyn show

Some sad news to report, as Deceased drummer Dave “Scarface” Castillo (who performed in the band from 2003-2008 and again from 2012-2018) has passed away. Decibel Magazine broke the news yesterday, posting the following message from Deceased leadman Kingsley “King” Fowley:

The man always came prepared for recordings/jams/shows and if you didn’t give him enough time to have it ready he’d surely let you know. He wanted to impress you. He wanted it correct and not half-assed, which is the ONLY way music will ever come out of a band i’m a part of. It’s how he did everything in life. And me writing all the Deceased drum parts never bothered him a bit. He would just say “you write it man, keep it your wild Deceased style” and then he’d gladly learn it no matter how wacky i might of made something. Dave Castillo will always be remembered as a great drummer, a great person, and a dear friend. Dave helped me in so many ways to keep the band moving forward with his talent, and for that alone i’m eternally grateful. But he was so much more. Always there for my family in troubled times (the man painted my mothers entire 4 level house after fixing 25 years of living in beat up need to be re-plastered walls first, then did the sink fixes and all other loose ends too. and all over a week span when we lost our house in 2000 and were basically forced out in 2 weeks notice. my mom demanded money to him but he wouldn’t take a dime. he thanked my mom for letting us all ‘wreck’ the place with years and years of big parties. he said this was his way of saying thank you), at my hospital bed after i had a stroke he sat all day with me and joked and made me feel better, he had your back always.

No cause of death has been confirmed, though Metal Archives have updated Dave Castillo‘s bio, stating he died from “drowning.”

The band have officially cancelled their upcoming Saint Vitus show on December 1, which was set to feature opening sets from Sloth Herder, Anthropic and Sadistic Vision.

Regarding the BK show cancellation, promoters Armageddon Productions posted the following:

It is with a heavy heart that I must cancel this show because DECEASED’s drummer Dave ‘Scarface’ Castillo tragically died the other day while he was home in El Salvador. He was a super cool guy and an amazing drummer. I had many great times with him at countless Deceased shows, including touring Europe with them several years back. My sincere condolences to his family and band mates. He will be sorely missed.

Refunds can be obtained through TicketFly. Deceased and myself apologize for any inconvenience but rest assured once Deceased has gotten back on it’s feet they will return to deliver the goods.

For now let’s remember Dave for all the great times and music he helped bring to life. R.I.P. brother.

In more news, this Friday (11/16) will see the release of Deceased‘s new full-length album on Hells Headbangers Records, Ghostly White. Regarding the impending LP, a just released press release reads:

Ghostly White is Deceased’s first album since then, and it’s massively anticipated to say the very least. And as expected, this is the sound of Deceased at their finest and most fiery: truly EPIC, narrative songwriting led, as always, by the incomparable creepshow lyricism of founding vocalist King Fowley. Totaling eight songs in a twisting ‘n’ turning 55 minutes, Ghostly White takes the listener on a breathless yet dynamic ride through the darkest corners of the band’s trademark Death Metal From The Grave, with the dual-axe majesty of longtime guitarist Mike Smith and Shane Fuegal (who’s been his foil since 2006) taking these songs into almost anthem status. In fact, the urgency and passion with which Deceased play here is startling to behold; most bands even a fraction of their age rarely exhibit this much intensity nor finesse. Of course, throughout, this is simply what they do, because Ghostly White is simply and 100% Deceased.

Revolver are currently streaming Ghostly White in full at this location. You can also listen to single “Germ of Distorted Lore” below.


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