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Morrigan
Crone of War

Joined: Sat Aug 10, 2002 7:27 am
Posts: 9474
Location: Canada
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:19 pm 
 

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of our friend and staff member, Chris Santaniello aka "Diamhea", on Monday May 21st 2018.

Our official statement:

Quote:
We have some sad news.

One of our moderators, Christopher Santaniello, known to us best by his handle Diamhea, has died. He was 31.

Diamhea had a stellar work ethic here. Some of you might know him best as a point of contact when handling reports, or in providing feedback on reviews, or even just for his love of Overkill and bodybuilding. Whether you got along with him or not, he was truly a facet here, and his absence is noticed. He was devoted to Metal Archives, and took pride in helping to maintain its integrity. I can't think of a better way to honour him, than to recognize how much we valued him as our friend and as a member of our team.

R.I.P. We'll miss you, man.

- The whole MA team


Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family.

Been spinning Overkill all day in his memory. :( :metal: Farewell, friend, we will miss you.

EDIT:

If anyone would like to donate to help Diamhea's family with funeral costs and the like, you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/ceremony-for-chris

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BastardHead
Worse than the PMRC

Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:53 pm
Posts: 8845
Location: Elgin, Illinois
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:22 pm 
 

This was really shitty news to see when I got off work. I'm gonna do what I can to keep up his pace in the review queue from now on (and maybe get around to giving Overkill a positive review finally in his honor).

RIP, holmes.

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cultofkraken
Metalhead

Joined: Tue Jan 11, 2005 1:18 am
Posts: 1789
Location: Canada
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:22 pm 
 

I’m in shock. Seriously this is awful.

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Erosion of Humanity
Destroyer of the Gods

Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:12 pm
Posts: 5584
Location: Schaumburg, Il
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:24 pm 
 

Fare thee well Diam, we'll miss you my friend.

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Luvers666
Metal newbie

Joined: Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:34 pm
Posts: 191
Location: United States
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:25 pm 
 

Very sad news. Tragically young.

Condolences to his family.

R.I.P.

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Ilwhyan
Metel fraek

Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:41 pm
Posts: 7824
Location: Lifeless shadows
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:26 pm 
 

I'm very saddened to hear this tragic news. He was way too young to go. Rest in peace, friend. You will not be forgotten.

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PaganiusI
Zee Bombelecher

Joined: Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:49 pm
Posts: 446
Location: Germany
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:30 pm 
 

No way! :( That's horrible news!

Rest in piece, brother of metal

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OzzyApu
Metal freak

Joined: Fri Oct 13, 2006 12:11 am
Posts: 10275
Location: Seattle
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:30 pm 
 

Holy shit, no. Saw this at the top and couldn't believe what I was reading. Oh man, that's terrible. RIP Diamhea, you had my back, man.

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Cosmic Mystery
Mallcore Kid

Joined: Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:06 am
Posts: 5
Location: Guyana
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:33 pm 
 

May Christopher Santaniello (Diamhea) forever live through his music and work.

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OpsiusCato
Mexican Metal Inquisition

Joined: Thu Oct 05, 2006 4:42 am
Posts: 2582
Location: Mexico
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:34 pm 
 

Requiescat in pace carus amicus

You shall be missed, Dia.

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colin040
Metal freak

Joined: Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:00 pm
Posts: 5265
Location: Netherlands
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:39 pm 
 

Had a few personal chats with him here and there. R.I.P. man...

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DoomMetalAlchemist
Metalhead

Joined: Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:10 am
Posts: 1629
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:40 pm 
 

Wow. So young. May he rest in peace.

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PDS
The Folk One

Joined: Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:04 pm
Posts: 1497
Location: A forest on an island!
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:42 pm 
 

One of the worst things to wake up to. Knew Dia's musical work waaaaay before on Myspace before I even met him here. I still have some of the old Morannon demos from way back. Gonna go listen to those today.

RIP

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ambientsorrow
Metal newbie

Joined: Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:25 am
Posts: 90
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:47 pm 
 

So sorry to hear this. My next beer will be for him. RIP Diamhea.

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burnroasted
Metal newbie

Joined: Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:00 am
Posts: 263
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:49 pm 
 

Rip Diamhea. I never post here, but I love anyone that contributes to this awesome site. I'm really sad to see this.

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Tanuki
Metal newbie

Joined: Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:36 pm
Posts: 299
Location: United Kingdom
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:51 pm 
 

I'm stunned, this is awful news. Really wish I spoke with him more, he seemed like such an awesome guy.

RIP Diamhea

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Storm of the Light's Bane
Metalhead

Joined: Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:16 pm
Posts: 590
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:52 pm 
 

It was an honor to work on the site with Dia. Going to be listening to Overkill for the next few hours. Rest in peace.

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Nhor
Metal newbie

Joined: Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:59 pm
Posts: 308
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:53 pm 
 

Reminded me of this (2:58), rip bro...
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DrummingEdge133
Metalhead

Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:48 pm
Posts: 2005
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 2:54 pm 
 

Such horrible news this is. I remember spending hours and hours talking to you Diamhea on the old IRC chatroom about random stuff into the wee hours of the morning, and we'd always get along really well. I'd definitely have considered you my closest chat buddy on the old IRC. Fanboying about Summoning, and joking at each other about who has more Obituary vs Overkill last.fm plays. Or that time you stood up for me and had my back on the forums, when I wrote that meanie Carcass review years ago. So very sad right now. :(

I was hoping to get to meet Diamhea some day, at MDF or some other fest. It won't happen. Just goes to show that life is short and you need to take advantage of the opportunities you do have when you have them.

RIP buddy, you'll be greatly missed. See you in Valhalla.


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SweetLeaf95
Metalhead

Joined: Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:19 am
Posts: 609
Location: United States
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 3:00 pm 
 

I don't think I've ever conversed with someone that shared my love for Overkill as much as him. I've had many an encounter with him on the forums, and a few on Facebook, as well. Christopher "Diamhea" Santaniello will be greatly missed. R.I.P :(

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Andvari
Mallcore Kid

Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:16 pm
Posts: 26
Location: United States
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 3:01 pm 
 

Oh wow i have seen him post and read his reviews i didn't expect him to pass that is tragic i am sorry to hear that so young.

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Emanon
Metal newbie

Joined: Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:19 am
Posts: 263
Location: Shqipëria
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 3:05 pm 
 

RIP

:|

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PorcupineOfDoom
Metal newbie

Joined: Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:52 pm
Posts: 155
Location: Scotland
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 3:12 pm 
 

I don't know what to say, I'm stunned. He was I think the first person on this site to reach out to me and give me pointers on my reviews and he introduced me to so many awesome bands. This place won't be the same without him, for sure.

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Shadechaser
Metal newbie

Joined: Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:06 am
Posts: 146
Location: Russia
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 3:20 pm 
 

Hell no! He was here and made corrections just two days ago!
I wish to believe it's an awful silly joke :(
Does someone know what has happened?

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Lolpah
Metal newbie

Joined: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:32 pm
Posts: 36
Location: Finland
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 3:23 pm 
 

RIP

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Erosion of Humanity
Destroyer of the Gods

Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:12 pm
Posts: 5584
Location: Schaumburg, Il
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 3:24 pm 
 

He had heart problems.

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DoomMetalAlchemist
Metalhead

Joined: Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:10 am
Posts: 1629
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 3:24 pm 
 

Shadechaser wrote:
I wish to believe it's an awful silly joke :(


I highly doubt it. I hate to admit it, but my first instinct was "early set up to April Fools' prank", but then I realized April becomes BEFORE May, not after it. :ugh:

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Wilytank
Not a Flying Toy

Joined: Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:21 am
Posts: 5077
Location: United States
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 3:25 pm 
 

This gave me a mental blue screen when I read it. It's just so profoundly shocking because it was so sudden and so sad...

RIP, man.

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KinskiTemper
Metal newbie

Joined: Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:30 pm
Posts: 172
Location: SC
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 3:54 pm 
 

31, Jesus Christ. Never had any personal interactions with him, but his contributions here were immense. One of the cogs that makes this the best metal resource on the net.

RIP, Diamhea.

I like how his last post was taking the piss out of somebody, though. lol

Diamhea wrote:
TrooperEd wrote:
Edit: fuck it this whole thing is bait anyway.


Like your reviews?


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Shadechaser
Metal newbie

Joined: Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:06 am
Posts: 146
Location: Russia
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 3:58 pm 
 

Overkill 1987 wrote:
You look to the light, dawn of a new day
Hail the avenger, he who lights the way

Last hail from Russia, man.
Rest from all this bustling world.

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Uncolored
Death Metal Fundamentalist

Joined: Sun Jul 06, 2003 10:19 am
Posts: 498
Location: Cagliari/Italy
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:01 pm 
 

spinning some overkill right now. rip mate.

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Xlxlx
Argentinian Asado Supremacy

Joined: Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:16 pm
Posts: 7806
Location: The Land Down Under (no, not THAT one)
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:03 pm 
 

What. What? Is this for real? Jesus...

31 is a horribly young age to go. I can't believe it. Dia was a stern, solid presence as a mod here and his contributions to all things review-related cannot be overstated.

R.I.P., brother. I'll be spinning Horrorscope in your honour tonight.

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tomcat_ha
Minister of Boiling Water

Joined: Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:05 am
Posts: 4708
Location: Netherlands
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:08 pm 
 

very surreal that such a cornerstone of our community just drops away like that. Very surreal that somebody I've been talking with online for years just is not there any more.

I will have to play rhapsody at a party in his honour.

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Andreas_Hansen
Metal newbie

Joined: Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:44 am
Posts: 316
Location: Anywhere in the Galaxy
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:09 pm 
 

Oh my god that's horrible. I heard the news from Morrigan's post on the Free-For-All Thread and I instantly stopped breathing for a while, then I thought it was just his departure. I instantly stopped the music I was listening to in order to read the post here.

31 is so fucking young. Like more than half of your life got suddenly wasted. That's dreadful. Never talked to him directly, he was just the one to accept (and then refuse) all my reviews but I really wished I could one day. He seemed to be really a nice person.

Rest in peace Diamhea.

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OlioTheSmall
Handsome (marsupial) Beast

Joined: Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:08 pm
Posts: 2701
Location: Squatter's Crog, Australia
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:11 pm 
 

RIP buddy.

:(

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MikeyC
Official Greeter of Broken Hills

Joined: Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:16 am
Posts: 13102
Location: Australia
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:17 pm 
 

Absolutely devastating news. He was always so good with the reviews and I'm sure he did so much more behind the scenes, as well. A worthy contributor to the Archives and his absence is going to be felt for a long time.

R.I.P. Diamhea. Your work is now done. :( :( :( :(

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Twisted_Psychology
Metal freak

Joined: Sat May 16, 2009 8:22 pm
Posts: 4209
Location: United States
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:52 pm 
 

Wow, that is way too young. My condolences to his family and everybody here who knew him well.

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ModusOperandi
Metalhead

Joined: Thu May 06, 2010 12:52 am
Posts: 1342
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:54 pm 
 

To read how much he’s beloved here as well as for his music and wherever he’s known prior to and outside of MA is bittersweet, but also not suprising. Just a stand up guy who anyone could jump right into a thread and converse with, always had entertaining reviews, and was more than capable of doing what had to be done as a mod if necessary, too. Kinda envious I didn’t have quite the same connection a lot of you did, honestly. Definitely one of many here it would’ve been fun to shoot the shit with if the opportunity permitted. Here’s hoping he passed quickly with no suffering - he earned at least that much.

Thanks, Diamhea.

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Morrigan
Crone of War

Joined: Sat Aug 10, 2002 7:27 am
Posts: 9474
Location: Canada
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:55 pm 
 

KinskiTemper wrote:
I like how his last post was taking the piss out of somebody, though. lol

Diamhea wrote:
Like your reviews?

Pure sass. I love it. <3

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GuntherTheUndying
Crimson King, Eater of Worlds

Joined: Mon Apr 24, 2006 4:36 pm
Posts: 2635
Location: United States
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:56 pm 
 

My heart sank reading this. He was always a chill dude, always friendly and dedicated to his work on this site. He became the rock of the workload here, always going the extra mile.

RIP brother, until we meet again.

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