I guess that should not have really complained on the PiercingMetal Facebook about my displeasure with all of the unending Memorial Reflections postings that have been needed all too often because here we are once again and only the day after one was put up for The Beastie Boys Adam Yauch. This particular one really hit me as a shocker when I tuned into the Bravewords.com site for some of the latest news and learned how former Into Eternity guitarist Robert Doherty had suddenly passed away. I was stunned.
I first met Rob back in early 2005 when Into Eternity was opening up for Amorphis at B.B. King Blues Club. I had not yet launched PiercingMetal.com but was just about ready to, and he and the guys were nothing short of excellent to me. NYC was a faraway land to a band from Saskachewan, Canada and I admired their resolve in coming all this way to deliver some Metal. I instantly counted them as my new brothers in the Heavy Metal scene and would always look forward to the next time they would be making a visit to our part of the world. It was without question that I enjoyed what Rob brought to the table with the band and I caught them in concert almost a dozen times over the years. I was bummed when he left the lineup to pursue other interests but after knowing him in Metal for the lifespan of my writing, I have to admit that I am incredibly saddened by his sudden passing. He was an immensely gifted guitar player and he shall be missed.
Rob’s latest project was entitled Final Darkness and he had offered up a video for the song “Ghost”. I have embedded this for all of you to enjoy in his memory. I was looking into getting a copy of this material to review on the site but we had not yet connected about it, and now it looks like one shall be done posthumously. It’s really good stuff so please take a couple of minutes to watch it.
At the time of this memorial toast and reflection, no reason was given for his death other than “suddenly passed away” so on behalf of the PiercingMetal site and its creative players, I send condolences and heartfelt sympathies to his band mates/brothers in Metal, family, friends and the worldwide fans who will never forget him. Rest in Peace Rob, it was a pleasure to know you.