Sebastian Marino – known for his guitar work in bands Overkill, Anvil, and Ramrod – has died at the age of 57 on January 1st, 2023. Marino‘s friend Bruce Pilato revealed the news of Sebastian’s death via social media, he posted:
“FAREWELL to my dear friend Sebastian Marino, who died suddenly in the early hours of today after being rushed to a hospital while doing a sound job on New Year’s Eve in Florida. Sebastian owned and operated AUDIO IMAGES one of the most acclaimed audio & video production companies in the country. He and I go back to the 1980s and in the mid 1990s we worked together with Linda Rutherford & Celtic Fire, which featured his first wife. It was Sebastian who I approached for a road crew when I first started working with Carl Palmer in 2005. Sebastian essentially brought a slew of top quality production people who made up the road crews of Carl Palmer’s band; ASIA; YES and other platinum level acts around the globe. A brilliant musician in his own right (he played guitar for OVERKILL and ANVIL among others)- he was like a best friend to any working musician or road tech’s who interacted with him. He always treated them fairly and often working for less than he should have just so the music could survive. Sebastian… you were a diamond whose legacy will shine on forever. RIP, pal.”
During his time in Overkill (1995-2000), Marino contributed to the band’s full-length albums ‘The Killing Kind’ (1996), ‘From the Underground and Below’ (1997), and ‘Necroshine’ (1999), and also appeared on the compilation effort ‘Hello from the Gutter – The Best of Overkill’ (2002). Commenting on Sebastian’s death, Overkill stated:
“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of our good friend and great musician, Sebastian Marino.
Seb was an asset in the studio as well as on the stage for the three releases he did with us.
Most importantly, he was a great friend, who remained a great friend beyond the band.
The music world has lost one of the good ones.”
Marino performed and recorded with Anvil from 1989-1995, and during that time he contributed to ‘Worth the Weight’ (1991) and appeared on the compilation ‘Anthology of Anvil’ (2000). Anvil guitarist and vocalist Steve “Lips” Kudlow commented:
“Condolences to my friend Sebastian Marino’s family and friends. Seby was a dear friend and I will miss him profoundly!! Worth The Weight was an extremely special ANVIL album and it will keep Seby alive through our history forever! RIP SEBASTIAN MARINO.”
RIP, Sebastian, thanks for the riffs.