Thursday, August 26, 2004

As the Beatles sagely said, all things must pass. But on days like today, their words are no balm. Some wounds cannot and should not heal.

Body Count's rhythm guitarist Dennis "D-Roc" Miles has died.

Lymphoma took him and in doing so robbed from us not only a bright, shining hockey-masked star, but also the hope for more music from an utterly unique group of musicians that was so much more than the sum of its parts. They were a middling to poor hardcore band fronted by an aging and increasingly pudgy rapper designed to raise ire in suburban moms, but their emotional value can't be so easily defined.

When Body Count drummer Beatmaster V succumbed to leukemia in 1996, we clung to hope that Ice and the crew would continue. And when bassist Mooseman was cut down in a 2000 drive-by, still we hoped. But as the Body Count body count mounts, hope is slipping away.

Lead guitarist Ernie C said, "Ice and I will always play in some form." And how. With Mooseman, Beatmaster V, and D-Roc with choirs of angels backing you up.

Analogcabin @ 8:53 AM
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