Terrible news from Germany today: Tobias Graf, former drummer and co-founder of Deadlock, has passed away at the age of 35. Details regarding his passing are scarce, but several websites have speculated cancer to be the cause.

Tobias co-founded the German metal band Deadlock in 1997 alongside guitarist Sebastian Reichl and former vocalist Johannes Prem but had to step down in April due to "life and priorities". Werner Riedl filled in on drums for the recording of their recent compilation album The Re-Arrival.

Lifeforce Records released the following statement: "Today we come to you with very sad news, long time dear friend Tobias Graf and founding member of Deadlock passed away at the age of 35. We can hardly express the sadness in our hearts and we wish his family all possible strength in these dark hours. Farewell Tobi and may you have a safe journey!"

Napalm Records also says: "We're deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Deadlock's Tobias Graf. You will be missed!"

Deadlock simply posted on their Facebook page: "No further words...you will be missed brother..."



Tobias Graf




Courtesy of Lifeforce Records



Source: lifeforcerecords.com
Band profile: Deadlock
 
Posted: 04.09.2014 by ScottyM



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ScottyM - 04.09.2014 at 17:57  
Sad news indeed. Not the biggest fan of the band's latest works, but I will say with confidence and defend my opinion that alongside the guitar-work, the drums really were a very complex and impressive part of the band's talent, despite what little recognition they'd get with Sabine being the obvious curve-ball to the band.
WorpeX - 04.09.2014 at 23:56  
Written by ScottyM on 04.09.2014 at 17:57

Sad news indeed. Not the biggest fan of the band's latest works, but I will say with confidence and defend my opinion that alongside the guitar-work, the drums really were a very complex and impressive part of the band's talent, despite what little recognition they'd get with Sabine being the obvious curve-ball to the band.


Agreed. The new stuff hasn't been too appealing to me either but drums have always been fantastic in Deadlock. RIP.
Illuminate - 26.09.2014 at 07:30  
Tobias will be missed in my mind indeed. I seriously love his drumming. Has trying for many years to play some of the Deadlock songs. RIP to one of my favourite drummers.

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