METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has paid tribute to veteran heavy steel journalist, historian and documentarian Bob Nalbandian, who handed away on Friday, December 30 in Redding, California. In response to Bob‘s sister, he was just lately identified with mantle cell lymphoma, an aggressive, uncommon type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that arises from cells originating within the “mantle zone.”
Earlier at present (Saturday, December 31),Lars took to his Instagram to share a photograph of him with Bob, and he wrote in an accompanying message: “Bob, thanks in your contributions to the exhausting rock & steel group. For over 40 years your spirit, ardour and dedication to this music and the whole lot it represents has been unparalleled and provoking. Relaxation in Peace, brother…”
Nalbandian began within the music and leisure enterprise at age 17 because the writer/editor in chief of the seminal heavy steel fanzine The Headbanger in April of 1982, a nationally distributed zine which featured the very first profiles of then-unsigned Los Angeles bands METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ARMORED SAINT. All through the ’80s and ’90s, Nalbandian was additionally a contributing editor to a number of well-known music mags, together with Metallic Rendezvous, Creem, Music Connection, Hit Parader, BAM, Foundations in addition to affiliate editor for males’s magazines Platinum and Males’s Perspective.
Previous to discontinuing The Headbanger in 1985, Nalbandian took on administration for the Orange County, California steel steel band EDEN, signing the band to a worldwide take care of Enigma/Stressed Data in 1984. Within the early Nineteen Nineties, Nalbandian landed guitarist Marty Friedman within the multi-platinum group MEGADETH and shortly after headed the West Coast workplace of Roadrunner Data, working intently with the label’s cutting-edge artists on the time, together with SEPULTURA, TYPE O NEGATIVE and LAST CRACK. After a year-long stint at Roadrunner, Nalbandian went on to work for Weird/Straight Data (Rhino/WEA) aiding label president Herb Cohen. All through the ’90, Nalbandian additionally acquired license offers with main worldwide firms akin to Century Media (U.S. and Europe),Roadrunner Japan, Cherry Pink/Hear No Evil/Common Music (Europe),JVC/Victor (Japan),Music For Nations (U.Ok.),Bandai/Apollon (Japan),Polystar (Japan) and Excessive Vaultage/Metallic 4 Muthas (Germany).
Most just lately, Nalbandian directed and co-produced the “Inside Metallic” documentary movie collection (MetalRock Movies) and the “Band Vs Model” documentary movie (Cleopatra Leisure). These feature-length documentary movies can be found on DVD and all the main film streaming retailers. The “Inside Metallic” motion pictures embody “Pioneers Of LA Laborious Rock And Metallic”, “LA Metallic Scene Explodes”, “The Rise Of LA Thrash Metallic” and “Bay Space Godfathers” (every movie is 2 elements). Nalbandian was additionally the founder and host of two main steel podcasts: “Shockwaves Skullsessions” and “Shockwaves/HardRadio”.
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