Metal band singer dies at 55

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Heavy metal singer Mike Howe of legendary thrashers Metal Church has died at the age of 55. In a statement on Howe’s death, the band wrote: “It is with our deepest regret that we have to announce the passing of our brother, our friend and true legend of heavy metal music. Mike Howe passed away this morning. at his home in Eureka, California. “

The statement continued, “We are devastated and at a loss for words. Please respect our privacy and that of the Howe family during this most difficult time.” So far, no potential cause of death has been reported. Howe was a member of Metal Church from the late ’80s until the mid’ 90s, singing the lead vocals on three albums during this time: Blessing in disguise (1989)
The human factor (1991), and Hanging in the scale (1993). He then joined the group in 2015 and sang on two other full studio albums, including 2018. Damned if you do.

Following the news of Howe’s passing, many of his fans and peers took to social media to mourn his death. “I have just heard the sad news of the death of Mike Howe”, tweeted Metal Blade Brian Records Founder Slagel. “We signed his first group, Heretic for [Metal Blade Records]. Then, of course, he started a great career with [Metal Church]. Really a great guy and gone way too early. Condolences to his family and friends. “

“Words fail. We have all lost not only an amazing singer, but a terrifically good guy,” wrote Queensryche co-founder Michael Wilton. “Our bands crossed paths a few times and we talked about touring a lot. This is Todd with Mike and the guys from Metal Church at Rock Fest in Barcelona, ​​Spain. RIP Mike Howe.” Queensryche singer Todd La Torre added, “RIP my sweet friend. I have no words for this loss. I still love and respect you.”

“Really sad to hear about Mike Howe, he was the first Metal Church singer I heard and still my favorite, he really embodied the heavy metal spirit both in his voice and in his performances, even in recent years such a shocking loss, “a grieving fan wrote in a Tweeter.



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