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ex-Warbringer drummer Nic Ritter dies

Monday, July 03, 2017 12:44 PM PT
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Former Warbringer drummer Nic Ritter passed away last week of undisclosed causes at age 36. Ritter was a member of the California thrash band from 2008 through 2011 and appeared on their 2009 album, Waking Into Nightmares (Century Media Records). Warbringer vocalist John Kevill has issued this:

"A couple days ago we got some tragic news. Our former drummer, Nic Ritter, is dead. He passed either Wednesday or Thursday and I got the word Thursday night. I know few details of how he died. I had not seen Nic in many years, though I had spoken to him a few times fairly recently. I always will to regret that I never saw him again, and we never really caught up on all our old times traveling the world.

"Nic played approximately 400-450 shows with Warbringer between June 2008 through January 2011, the period where we were never off the road. His drum performance on 'Waking into Nightmares' pushed the standard of technicality and musicianship in Warbringer to a new level and helped to shape the identity of the band to what it is today. He was an absolutely stellar player who in my opinion is a true innovator in thrash metal drumming.

"Sadly, 'Waking into Nightmares"' is, to the best of my knowledge, his sole recorded musical legacy. Shame that he never played on another record, at least I know he was very proud of our work on that one.

"Rest easy, old buddy."


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