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Former Annihilator Drummer Dave Machander Passes Away

Jeff Waters, guitarist of the Canadian thrash veterans Annihilator, has posted the following statement online in regards to the passing of former Annihilator drummer Dave Machander:

"A few weeks ago (while I was touring in Europe), I got word that we lost a former member of Annihilator's touring lineup, Dave Machander. He passed away from cancer.

"Dave was a super-nice guy. I met him under stressful circumstances. In 1996, we did a record called 'Refresh The Demon'. Randy Black was our drummer then and I had bought everyone's plane tickets for our upcoming 'Refresh the Demon' Europe tour 1996.

"12 days BEFORE the tour was supposed to start, I get a call from Randy telling me that, if I did not pay him double+ the money I was to pay him for the tour that he would not come along and would join another Vancouver artist Bif Naked instead (as she apparently was offering more money). I told him that we could not afford this and that it is very, very wrong to hold us 'hostage' like this. He ended up leaving for Bif Naked (which ended up lasting one tour and he was out anyway!) but, more importantly, Randy Black left us with NO DRUMMER, a cancelled flight that I did not get my money back for and a tour in 12 days!!!

"12 days is wayyyy too short of a time to get someone to jump in and play an Annihilator set and I still had to hope I could find someone!!

"Dave Davis, our long-time guitar player, suggested his friend Dave Machander and thought he could handle the gig/pressure. I was not convinced but had no other option than to literally say 'you are in' before I even heard him play drums!

"We rehearsed on Vancouver Island, near where both Dave's lived. We had six rehearsals scheduled. Normally, for a drummer with us, headlining Europe, we would need 10 rehearsals.

"Many drummers play along with a 'click.' That is a cowbell kind of sound that keeps a time/beat in the drummer's earphones and lets him play close to perfect timing... it helps him zoom in and play tighter than without one. Well, Dave was not playing well to it. Turns out, he had never played to one before. I was in panic mode. So was everyone else. So by the fourth rehearsal of six, I was ready to cancel. Almost. Then Dave Davis said, 'Jeff, why don't we simply take Machander OFF the click and let him just 'feel' the music?'

"I said, 'Might as well try, Dave.'

"We did. INSTANTLY the guy played fantastic. Really good. Better than good. He then really only had two good rehearsals with us and then got on the plane with us and kicked fucking ass on that tour. The guy pulled through and stuck with it. Most guys would have quit after the first few rehearsals but he would not give up. And thanks to Dave Davis for the tour-saving suggestion!

"Anyway, I only saw/knew Dave Machander on that one tour with us. He was a biochemist, if I have my info right. A very smart guy and seemed to be a very nice guy, too!

"Send a thought out to him and his family. He was a good guy. And grab a loved one and give them a hug."

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1. Metalfist writes:

Aw man, this sucks. I don't know how many deaths we've had this year in the metal community. Cancer is a f***ing b**ch. R.I.P brother

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2. thadeus writes:

r.i.p metal brother.

# Dec 7, 2010 @ 8:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. silvermountains writes:

R.I.P Thank you for everything you ever did. \m/

# Dec 7, 2010 @ 8:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. THRASH TILL DEATH writes:

R.I.P

# Dec 8, 2010 @ 10:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Bastard_Of_Bodom writes:

R.I.P Brother.......Horns Up

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6. CAM666 writes:

R.I.P.

# Dec 8, 2010 @ 4:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. deathfreak writes:

f*** CANCER=(

# Dec 8, 2010 @ 10:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Fuck_A_Name writes:

looks like he got....Annihilated....by cancer!!! Ya get it!? Ya get It?!

That was in bad taste wasnt it?

....I regret nothing.

# Dec 8, 2010 @ 10:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Megafan666 writes:

R.I.P.

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10. WILCO1001 writes:

damm rip brother

# Dec 9, 2010 @ 12:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. b.bristowe writes:

Annihilator is the shiz. Been listening since I was a f***in boy.

RIP.

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12. MetalMattUK writes:

R.I.P Metal Brother yes f*** a name that's very bad taste show some respect

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13. toxic.clown writes:

this is getting out of hand

# Dec 10, 2010 @ 2:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Mashui writes:

R.I.P. The Metal community has had too many deaths recently, may nobody forget our fallen brother.

# Dec 13, 2010 @ 2:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Smith writes:

Guys .............You and Mr. Jeff Waters were saddly misinformed, My friend My brother passed away in hospital on the 18 of novenber. He was my nieghbour and best friend, but it was not cancer....He had liver failure. He was a brilliant soul and a absolutely amazing man! Just thought I should set the record straight! I'll se you again my friend......................

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16. Blackheart*915 writes:

R.I.P. metal brother... we wont forget you.=(

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