Sad news to pass on as former Bell Witch vocalist and drummer Adrian Guerra has died at age 36. His untimely death was announced via Bell Witch’s label, Profound Lore yesterday. The band has released a statement via Facebook:
It’s with great sadness that I’m writing to inform you all of the passing of our former drummer, Adrian Guerra. Adrian recorded and helped compose the music on all of our releases to date, as well as drawing the cover art on the demo. He played drums on every tour we’d done up until July of 2015. He was an incredible and visionary musician. He was also a great friend, always excited to help and entertain anyone he’d meet. The world has lost a wonderful person. Forever in your honor, RIP brother.
Bell Witch continues to soldier on, with Guerra having quit last year, despite the success and critical acclaim of their debut, Longing and their 2015 album Four Phantoms. In his 10/10 review of Four Phantoms, Ghost Cult’s Paul Quinn singled out Guerra’s talents, as well as the duo collective skills at songcraft and remarked it was “arguably, the album of this century.”
We send our condolences to Adrian’s family, friends, and fans at this time.