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Salem's Wych Singer Killed In Motorcycle Accident

Ron Johnson, of the metal band Salem’s Wych died at 11:22 a.m. on April 23, 2007 in Lima, Ohio, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Ron was survived by two children, his life companion Cindy Ritchie, a mother, father and a sister.

Salem’s Wych was one of the original 80’s bands along with Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Helstar to usher in a style of metal that went on to later be known as Thrash Metal.

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1. Murderface writes:

That just f***ing sucks. RIP Ronnie! Crucified for Life, one of the great unsung Metal albums!!!

# Apr 26, 2007 @ 11:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Murderface writes:

And speaking of Helstar,

Now Playing: Helstar-Baptized in Blood

# Apr 26, 2007 @ 11:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. the antihippy writes:

first the disbandments, now a death.

april sucks this year.

# Apr 27, 2007 @ 3:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Cynic writes:

People die every day antihippy, I could understand you caring if you actually knew this band but otherwise...

Now Playing: Confessor - "Uncontrolled" (<---- I want to thank the guy who alerted me to this incredible band in a post here, can't remember who it was but you're awesome.)

# Apr 27, 2007 @ 4:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. the antihippy writes:

don't know the band, but death still sucks.

# Apr 27, 2007 @ 5:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Cynic writes:

Confessor - "Alone"

"seems like nothings clear to me
I cant find my mind to pacify
countless millions dying alone
countless millions dying
alone with no signs of sadness, alone
nobody sees the pain
countless millions cry
attempting mass suicide
dying for help I hear their screams
to end their frantic dream
seems like nothings clear to me"

Jeez I'm bored at the moment, Now Playing: Bethlehem - "Second Coming"

# Apr 27, 2007 @ 5:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Hey, cynic, there's no need to be an a55hole just because someone wants to show a little sympathy.

This happened a half hour away from my house.

RIP Ronnie.

# Apr 27, 2007 @ 9:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. amongthedead writes:

Damn dude. April does suck balls. so many people have disbanned and died this year. Especially in April. we got 3 days left of negativity it seems. oh well. i was into this band for about a year, then thrash metal sort of got old. but i'd still listen to them. as for crucifide for life, yes, one of the great unknown. and cynic, you should be a little more sympathetic for everyone who thinks this totaly sucks. R.I.P Ronnie. You'll be missed.

# Apr 27, 2007 @ 11:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Lionheart writes:

Come on guys, all the bands that have disbanned are bands that SHOULD HAVE BEEN disbanded, 18 visions, and some other emo bands am i correct?

So you bunch of emo p***ies stop whining, becuase April 2007 has signal the beginning of the end of the sh**ty faggy emo movement, and i don't know who this guy is, just RIP. But please people like5 emo bands have already been disbanded so that good sh**. For f*** sakes.

# Apr 27, 2007 @ 12:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. metal4ever writes:

This is sad. Many of you will never know of the great early Thrash bands like Salem's Wych that should jhave been every bit as big as your Metallicas and Slayers but just got screwed over by managers and labelks and lawyers. This is a horrible loss for metal music. Maybe before you bash these bands that were the 80's metal pioneeers and in my opinion the best there were for metal and thrash you should listen to them and see what it was really all about. (I bet you will find some great music you never even knew of. R.I.P. Ron!

# Apr 27, 2007 @ 2:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. metalneverdies writes:

no matter what his memory will live forever and his music will never die R.I.P Ronnie

# Apr 27, 2007 @ 2:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Death Metal writes:

Just like Dimebag Darrell we never forget Ronnie

# Apr 27, 2007 @ 10:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Cynic writes:

That's exactly my point though, what's the point of showing such mauldin facades, such hollow sympathy when it's so meaningless. Those Confessor lyrics seem to fit the situation well. That's why early death metal was such a potent new force, and something more than just guts 'n gore - It took an unafraid, unassuming view on death...

Death - "Open Casket"

"Life will never be the same
Death can never be explained
It's their time to go beyond
Empty feeling when they're gone"

Now Playing: Rigor Mortis - "Shroud of Gloom"

# Apr 28, 2007 @ 12:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. deathmetalangel writes:

ur a very powerful person cynic i really mean it i like how u wrote death- "Open Casket" and Confessor- "Alone" its really cool . :)

# Apr 28, 2007 @ 5:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Cynic writes:

! - Thanks I suppose. The last post reads slightly pretentiously actually but sometimes I have trouble explaining what I mean by things. Chuck says it so much better, so much simpler.

Now Playing: Radiohead - "You And Whose Army"

# Apr 28, 2007 @ 8:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. deathmetalangel writes:

i understood it i still like it ur a good writer cynic :)

# Apr 28, 2007 @ 11:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Old skool thrash writes:

Jesus... this is f***ing sad news, a great lost to thrash.. RIP Ronnie...

And Chuck schuldiner ?... the most powerful man in the history of metal.. Maay his legacy keep going !.
sad sad day.

# Apr 30, 2007 @ 5:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. amongthedead writes:

All we can really hope for the future, is that the next band to break up or experience death, (not that I'm ok with someone dying), will be a really crappy one. We all write in these boxes of how we feel grief for Ron. But like metal4ever said, many people will never know how great of a musician Ron actually was. But I'm sure all of our comments show one thing, that we all love metal music.

# Apr 30, 2007 @ 11:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. mike danger writes:

I met Ron in 1980 in Texas. We worked and partied together. We kept in touch for 27 years by phone, but never saw each other again. Ron was a loyal, true friend I will miss for the rest of my life. I love you too, man.

# May 1, 2007 @ 12:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. psythe writes:

hahah, cynic's got a secret admirer :P

Death WOULD always be horrible, IF the global population weren't so ridiculously huge.

However, death of gifted individuals who in some way contributed to the general population remains always horrible. This death, then, is tragic. Especially considering how much this band contributed to the metal scene - early thrash started a huge movement. AND it's one of my favourite genres :P

Now Playing: At The Gates - "Slaughter of the Soul"

# May 1, 2007 @ 7:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. filth666 writes:

this really sux a**!!!
i have nothin to say.....

# May 1, 2007 @ 8:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. i_KILL_u writes:

are f***ing kiddin me??!? DAMN MOTORCYCLES

# May 1, 2007 @ 10:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. knightofdarkness writes:

MAn that really f--ckin sucks. we should give a 30 sec moment of silence for thier dedication to metal. :`{
Metal isn't dead! HAIL!!!!!!!!

# May 1, 2007 @ 10:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Your Mom writes:

I just have one question, why is it that when I go into a “death” thread and post something almost exactly like Cynic regarding all the “hollow sympathy” posts, the peanut gallery piles on me but Cynic gets praise? I could have sworn that I posted something very similar to what Cynic posted in #6 and #13 in numerous death threads and got bashed mercilessly by people like Red Chord and LiquidMetal77. Where are they now? Whats the difference in what I posted and what Cynic posted? Is it the language I use? Was it a little bit harsh? I know, it must be a conspiracy. Speaking of….

Now Playing: King Diamond - Sleepless Nights

And just for the record, I agree with Cynic, these threads are littered with false sentiment about people we have never met just so someone can put their name out there.

# May 1, 2007 @ 12:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Hey, your mom, I'm gonna back you on this one.

What in the hell are you thinking, cynic? What the hell do you mean by "maudlin facade"? Did you just get on the site at the pc at the library? What's the difference between people that come on here and post fake hangout stories to look cool, and people that use big words and cite Death lyrics to make it look like they understand the situation above all? You state that someone doesn't have the need to care, just because they don't know the band, when that doesn't really matter. They posted their condolences and you pretty much told them to stop because they didn't know who the band was. That seems like the most out of line thing you can post on a death thread, asswipe. Flaming people on message boards is one thing, but flaming someone for mourning is just low.

I never praised cynic, for the most maudlin of the facades is his.

The "peanut gallery" has arrived.

# May 1, 2007 @ 4:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Murderface writes:

^^^C'mon dude, leave Cynic alone.

# May 1, 2007 @ 7:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. amongthedead writes:

Damn dude. What a way to sock it to em'. I especialy like the concluding sentence. Very good. (clap clap) are you kids all done now?

# May 2, 2007 @ 11:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Cynic writes:

What do I mean by maudlin facade? Well maudlin facade really, a "tearfully or weakly emotional" "superficial appearance or illusion of something". As I said in a previous post I was trying to explain something quite difficult to verbalise so I pick my words carefully. I don't claim to understand death, but I can one thing that I've recently begun to understand is the pointlessness of when the truth of death is hidden behind meaningless words.

"They posted their condolences and you pretty much told them to stop because they didn't know who the band was. That seems like the most out of line thing you can post on a death thread, asswipe. " - Well it was more of a question to antihippy, but with ellipsis instead of ?. As the Confessor lyrics go "Countless millions dying, alone" - Where are their condolences?

And if you consider "People die every day antihippy, I could understand you caring if you actually knew this band but otherwise..." to be flaming I seriously advise you to avert your gaze from the infantile thoughts that are sometimes spewed here. BTW, not sure Your Mum - I'll go along with the conspiracy theory though.

Now Playing: Disembowelment - "Burial at Ornans"

# May 3, 2007 @ 5:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. i_KILL_u writes:

Cynic, did you forget to take your pills again? Man, you have some major f'n problems. You gotta understand when you die, there's either something or nothing. Obviously their's something. God is the coolest so He's the right guy. That's it. Stop using big words and trying to sound intellegent. YOUR NOT.

# May 3, 2007 @ 10:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. gn'r 4 ever writes:

sorry about this sad story i wish this sh** didn't happend!

# May 3, 2007 @ 4:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Cynic writes:

Uhh.... I didn't even mention anything about an afterlife or God - Why are people so hostile around here? I mean, I make a few non-abrasive posts and blam, apparently I'm an 'asswipe' with 'major f'n problems'.

"You gotta understand when you die, there's either something or nothing. Obviously their's something." What a brilliant hypothesis! Why didn't I see that!? etc...I really don't want to discuss theology with you.

"Stop using big words and trying to sound intellegent. YOUR NOT." - Thanks for that analysis. I used words that are in my vocabulary, complex ideas sometimes require complex words.

# May 3, 2007 @ 6:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. slayerdisciple writes:

wow this is really f***ed up awesome band
Now Playing: Black Sabbath- Electric Funeral

# May 3, 2007 @ 10:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. BLITZKRIEG writes:

WOW, THAT SUCKS. RIP RON. WE WILL MISS YOU!!
NOW PLAYING: RAMMSTEIN- DU HAST

# May 5, 2007 @ 11:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. i_KILL_u writes:

Cynic, stop being a f***ing smart a$$ and talk about something relevant.

# May 8, 2007 @ 10:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. amongthedead writes:

Wait a minute, how the hell did this conversation go from Ron, to God? Ron is probably in his grave going "What the f***? I dont care if you use big words or not! thanks for the sympathy"...

# May 8, 2007 @ 11:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. tigerrfggg writes:

it funny when i ate a cow b**** like you!
RIGHT NOW PLAYING SLIKWORMS BY GN'R

# May 9, 2007 @ 1:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Da bears48855NEWGN'R!!!!@4556 writes:

GN'R New Album is gonna to rock and kick hardcore and metalcore @$$

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38. the what writes:

NOW PLAYING SLIKWORMS BY GN'R

# May 9, 2007 @ 1:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. i_KILL_u writes:

NOW PLAYING YOUR MUMS GINA BY I_KILL_U

# May 10, 2007 @ 10:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Zero 54 writes:

RIP Ron Johnson how the f**k can some of you guys be talking sh*t about him, it pathetic

# May 12, 2007 @ 2:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. LiquidMetal.77 writes:

either post 40, 41, 42, and 44 are different ppl using the same comp, or they are the same person. and Your mom, you talked trash about everyone including ther person who died and the people who were in grief. there is no way you said anything similar to what cynic wrote.

# May 14, 2007 @ 3:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. RAPE-ME!!! writes:

yoU, canDIE get FIRST taste... and i don't know who Salem's Wych is.

# May 15, 2007 @ 1:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. oldschool writes:

I'm an old HEAD, been rockin a long time, The death of RONNIE JOHNSON is great loss to music in general, for those of you who didnt know his music, thats your loss, R I P brother, we'll ride together across the sky. Show some respect a55holes this man is the reason metal is what it is today. I know i was there

# May 16, 2007 @ 3:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. oldschool writes:

If everyone has so much access to libraries try looking this band up, give them some consideration and listen to them. Some of the greatest contributions to metal music came after the bands have all since been gone.So in closing look at the history of metal music most of the bands have the sound that isnt commercialized. Who are the great pioneers? So everybody chill,do your thing,the great thing is you have the right to your own opinion. PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# May 16, 2007 @ 4:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. LiquidMetal.77 writes:

i wouldnt be talkin, emo #76, cuz you cut your own ballz

# May 16, 2007 @ 5:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. emo #76 writes:

liquidmetal.77 i forgot to tell you tha i did your mom very very very very very very very very very very very hard and tell your mom to collect the money $ because she did overtime

# May 17, 2007 @ 11:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. emo writes:

Hey emos dnt cut their d*** they cut b****es like LiquidMetal.77 so f*** ur self b****

# May 17, 2007 @ 5:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. LiquidMetal.77 writes:

emo #76, stop cheating on your mom. and my mom is your sister. and emos cut themselves you a$$hole. f*ck off.

# May 17, 2007 @ 5:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. LiquidMetal.77 writes:

o yea i didnt say EMOS cut their D*CK, i said YOU cut your own BALLS. read before you post dumbass. and im still suprised that youd waste your entire bank account to f*ck your own sister. youre a filthy f*ggot...

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