The Communion Guitarist Lee Altomare Passes Away
Guitarist Lee Altomare of New York's The Communion passed away yesterday, April 16th 2010, due to complications from eye surgery. The band issued the following statement about his passing:
"Yesterday morning, Lee passed away due to complications from eye surgery. We are all deeply wounded, white and shaking with shock, by this sudden loss of our great friend. He brought us all together. He brought out the best in us, enabled and encouraged us to be at our absolute best in music and life. I personally cannot imagine being where i am today without all Lee put together.
"I say all this with zero hyperbole, and those who knew him best no doubt feel the same way we do at this moment. Our hearts go out to his amazing family and all his friends, as well as anyone whose supported us in the last 6 years. Know that Lee loved, appreciated, and cared about all of you very much, as do we. We'll miss you forever."
Brooklyn metallers Unearthly Trance also issued the following statement:
"Our good friend Lee passed on. Lee was a guy that Jay and I both knew since the 1990 Long Island Hardcore days. I considered him an ally as we always were the ones who were at the sludge,underground metal,grind,doom etc. shows in the late 90s/early 2000 up until the present. Whenever I was at a killer show Lee wouldn't be far away enjoying the same band I was there to see. One of the first UT shows ever was in Lees back yard and just as we set up with full stacks ready to blaze, the cops came. But my best memory was getting the opportunity to jam with him last year. We were going to do a sludgey hardcore band called 'nøwhere.' Well the project kinda went nowhere due to all of us being busy, but it was a great fun time. It was like jamming with no worries and just for the joy of it all. Ill miss you bro. I posted a jam from that day on our page for people to hear as I feel its best to honor with with a document of a shared magical moment."
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