Monday, September 12, 2011

Lifelover's Jonas Berqvist aka "B" is dead

"On the night of the 9th September, Jonas Bergqvist a.k.a. 'B', founding member, main composer, and guitarist of Lifelover, died unexpectedly. The cause of his death is still unclear and has yet to be established.

The message of Jonas's passing came as a surprise to the Prophecy team. Hence, we lack the appropriate words for this tragic event. To us, Jonas wasn't just a very creative artist, but also a pleasant and enthusiastic person. It is for certain that we won't be the only ones missing his character, his passion, and his unique musical language.
In the face of this tragic loss, we would very much like to extend our heartfelt condolence towards Jonas's family, his friends, and the remaining musicians of Lifelover."

I'll skip sentiments, as I don't know what I could really say beyond that this is awful and my wishes go out to his family and friends. I guess in a time like this it's only proper to celebrate their life rather than mourn their death. 

Lifelover was a band that I came to enjoy greatly, and while I times they're brand of melodramatic popesque black metal seemed a bit too over the top, the band created a truly unique sound that merged catchy melodic hooks of post-punk/pop music, with the absolutely dismal aesthetic and production of black metal. And yet, at times, whether in jest or not, the band could sound up-beat and true to their name. A must for fans of Alcest, Amesoeurs, Lantos, etc.

Hopefully Lifelover will remain a relevant band beyond this tragic loss.

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