Metallica Drummer Announces Sudden Tragic Loss

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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently paid his tribute to a veteran heavy metal journalist, historian and documentarian Bob Nalbandian, who passed away on Friday, December 30 in Redding, California.

Lars Ulrich pays tribute to Bob Nalbandian

According to Bob’s sister, he was recently diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma, an aggressive, rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that arises from cells originating in the “mantle zone.”

On Saturday, December 31, Lars took to his Instagram to share a photo of him with Bob, and he wrote in an accompanying message: “Bob, thank you for your contributions to the hard rock & metal community. For over 40 years your spirit, passion and dedication to this music and everything it represents has been unparalleled and inspiring. Rest in Peace, brother…”

Most recently, Nalbandian directed and co-produced the “Inside Metal” documentary film series (MetalRock Films) and the “Band Vs Brand” documentary film (Cleopatra Entertainment). These feature-length documentary films are available on DVD and all the major movie streaming outlets.

The “Inside Metal” movies include “Pioneers Of LA Hard Rock And Metal”, “LA Metal Scene Explodes”, “The Rise Of LA Thrash Metal” and “Bay Area Godfathers” (each film is two parts). Nalbandian was also the founder and host of two major metal podcasts: “Shockwaves Skullsessions” and “Shockwaves/HardRadio”.