I’m saddened and shocked to add the name of drummer Scott Columbus to the list of 2011 memorial notes but alas it is true as earlier this afternoon the reports of the musicians passing started to hit the Internet. He was 54 years old and that is too young. The full details of his death are unclear at this time of my posting.
Manowar are one of the many bands that I have enjoyed from the beginning and how could a young Metal fan not be affected by the music found on the bands debut “Battle Hymns”? Of course the drums on that release were by Donnie Hamzick but the band replaced him with Columbus soon after and he is the drummer who was on some of their most important work. Scott played what were referred to as “Drums Of Doom” based on their being crafted from stainless steel. He apparently destroyed conventional drums and this brought a more powerful backbone to an already thundering band. Scott’s work on “Into Glory Ride”, “Hail To England”, “Sign Of The Hammer”, “Fighting The World” and “Kings Of Metal” is nothing short of amazing and these are works that all Metal fans should have in their music library be it physical or digital. If you liked kick ass Metal drumming, Scott was the guy to watch.
We send condolences out to his family, former band mates and fans during this time. Rest in Peace Scott and thanks for the Metal.