Yesterday the metal world lost another legend, as former DEATH bassist, Scott Clendenin, passed away at 47 years old. While no cause of death has been revealed yet, Eric Greif, the manager of Death posted this message on their Official Facebook page: “With a sense of shock I’m letting all of you know of the passing today of former DEATH bassist Scott Clendenin. Scott had some health challenges in the last few years but was optimistic about his prospects. Of course he was the skilled player on The Sound of Perseverance DEATH album, and recently participated in two DTA live runs, in 2012 and 2013, including the highlight of his acoustic guitar in a poignant rendition of Voice of the Soul. Our thoughts go out to Scott’s family at this difficult time.”
It goes without saying that DEATH was one of the most important bands in the history of our genre. “The Sound of Perseverance” album completely changed the game in 1998, and Scott truly shined on that record. His bass playing skills were punishing, yet clean as hell, and while Chuck Schuldiner is rightfully praised for the album, Scott Clendenin definitely brought a new level of bass playing to the masses, and for that, we will forever remember him. Rest in Peace Scott, and thank you!