Dodecahedron + Nihil Vocalist Michiel Eikenaar Dead at 42
Michiel Eikenaar, vocalist for Dutch black metal bands such as Dodecahedron (pictured) and Nihil, died last Friday (April 12) following a battle with cancer, Metal Hammer and Pitchfork have reported. The musician was 42 years old, and he is survived by a wife and two children.
First revealed by record label Season of Mist, the death was later confirmed by the singer's bandmate in Nihil, Vincent Koreman. The group — whose debut album Krach was released in 2007 — were working on a fifth LP tentatively titled Seven Trumpets of Doom. With Eikenaar’s death, however, Nihil will stop performing.
"Those recordings will join him in the great beyond," Koreman wrote in a Facebook post, adding that the band would "cease to exist today, right now."
Elsewhere, the deceased's other and previous act, Dodecahedron, were preparing to go ahead with their festival set at last week's Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands in honor of their former founding vocalist.
"The [Dodecahedron] set at Roadburn festival should be very heavy today," Season of Mist shared Saturday. "Their original singer and founding member, Michiel Eikenaar, passed away yesterday. All our thoughts are going to his family. Despite the exceptionally tragic context. The band decided to play the show has an homage. RIP Michiel, and thank you for the music."
Nihil’s condolences on social media began, “It is with devastating sadness that I share the death of my brother on the left hand path, our singer and black metal icon Michiel Eikenaar.” See both posts below.
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