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Sons of Azrael Vocalist Joe Siracuse Dies at 29

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New York death metal band Sons of Azrael’s vocalist Joe Siracuse (pictured far right, above) has passed away at the young age of 29. Details regarding the cause of his death have not yet been revealed.

Sons of Azrael posted the simple message, ‘Joseph R. Siracuse 1983-2012,’ on their Facebook page late last night (Oct. 9).

Canadian hardcore band Liferuiner offered their condolences to the family and friends of Siracuse. “A very old friend of ours Joe has passed away,” the band posts. “We wanna send all our love out to the Sons of Azrael family and friends. We did some of our first tours together with those boys and he will be missed dearly. R.I.P.”

Sadly, this is the second tragedy Sons of Azrael have experienced in less than a year. Guitarist Tony Lorenzo was shot in the back during an armed robbery on Oct. 26, 2011, which paralyzed the musician from the waist down. News channel WIVB reported on the incident last year, with Lorenzo offering his explanation of the shooting. “The kid asked me, ‘Give me what you got.” And before I could even get my wallet out, he shot me. I was robbed. I can’t feel my legs right now.”

Sons of Azrael had released a number of demos in the 2000s before signing a deal with Metal Blade Records to release their 2007 album ‘The Conjuration of Vengeance.’ They also released the album ‘Scouting the Boneyard’ in 2010.

We like to send our condolences to the family, friends and bandmates of Joe Siracuse. To celebrate the life of Siracuse, please take a minute and listen to some of his music.

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