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Holy Terror Vocalist Keith Deen Passes Away From Cancer

Keith Deen, former vocalist of the now defunct thrash act Holy Terror, passed away from cancer over this past weekend. Deen had been fighting cancer since September of this year. He fronted the band for its only two, but legendary and highly acclaimed, thrash releases "Terror & Submission" (1987) and "Mind Wars" (1988). Deen was 56 years old.

In a post on the band's official website, friend Scott Warren Lambert, posted the following about Deen's death:

"At approximately 7:30 PM on December 15th, 2012 I was informed by my dear friend Chris Carlson from Chicago that Keith Deen of Holy Terror passed away. He had been battling cancer since September of 2012. Like any normal person, it blew through me like a heat wave. My plan was to go for a walk when I got home which was where I was heading when I got Chris' message about Keith. So, I got home and went for my walk.

"A permanent piece of real estate on my iTouch is dedicated to Holy Terror as one would expect. So, I queued up the "El Revengo" recordings and hit the pavement. The house I bought last year is in the neighborhood I grew up in and as I walked I started to remember a younger, plump, mullet headed version of myself riding my GT Performer up and down these same streets tossing papers on porches to the same soundtrack I was listening to right now. Sometimes it is good to relive the past, at least to a small degree.

"On that thought though, I am not a very big fan of nostalgia anymore. But, some things I just can't deny. Keith Deen fucking ruled.

"Keith Deen Roared.
Keith Deen Screeched.
Keith Deen Yelled.
Keith Deen Sang.

"If you listen to Both Terror and Submission & Mind Wars, you will agree that Keith Deen covered pretty much every style of vocal delivery imaginable in just those 2 albums. I often wonder what Holy Terror as a band would have done and created if they had stayed together. The past is the past though, and I know that the guys in the band would say the same thing.

"So with that I would like to speak directly to Keith.....

"Keith,

"Thank You for Roaring at me.
Thank You for Screeching at me.
Thank You for Yelling at me.
Thank You for Singing to me.

"Thank you for joining Holy Terror all those years ago and giving speed metal a fresh new voice.
Thank you for being the co-writer of 'The Immoral Wasteland,' my all time favorite song.

"Thank you Keith, for being who you were.

"We will meet again my friend, and when that time comes, I am going to buy you a drink and ask if you would be interested in singing in my band……

- Scott Warren Lambert"

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1. BrianMN writes:

RIP bro, I bought Mind Wars back when it came out just because of the awesome album cover.

# Dec 18, 2012 @ 9:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. hellrat writes:

goddamnit man, what a terrible bit of news...Keith IS fvcking awesome \m/

Crom buddy, maybe you could put up some vids in tribute to our fallen old school brother....totally underrated band


NP---Christian Resistance \m/

# Dec 18, 2012 @ 11:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. CROMCarl writes:

No doubt hellrat...this band deserves an Sunday Old School or other tribute. This band was breaking boundaries in the mid-late 80's and these albums need to be rediscovered by old fans and introduced to new fans.

# Dec 18, 2012 @ 1:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. MindWars writes:

Sad To Hear,Made Some Great Music Back In The Days,RIP Metal Brother.

# Dec 18, 2012 @ 3:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. hellrat writes:

now youre talkin brother Crom, sos...the wonderful worlds we find in our Sunday lessons would be perfect way to remind the old farts and initiate the youth

cheers'

# Dec 18, 2012 @ 3:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. silvermountains writes:

RIP! I got into this band, they have some quality material.
may it live on..

# Dec 18, 2012 @ 4:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Mr Singh writes:

Rip

# Dec 19, 2012 @ 8:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. HMRok writes:

R.I.P. Keith Deen/Holy Terror ripped. The logo, the covers, the riffs--sick.

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