One of the last great controversial figures of extreme metal, the notorious Seth Putnam, of grindcore band A. C. (Anal Cunt) has passed away due to a heart attack at age 43. Details of his death are still unfolding but the other-worldly extremes Putnam had put himself through over the years seem to be a likely culprit.
In addition to his work with A.C., Putnam had appeared on countless guest spots with a wide-array of musical peers including, but not limited to appearances with EYEHATEGOD, Pantera, Buzzov-en, Brutal Truth, Napalm Death, Today Is The Day, and scores of side projects in the works up until the time of his passing.
Kim Kelly of Catharsis PR confirms:
Yes, it’s true. Seth Putnam, one of the most infamous musicians that extreme metal has ever seen, the grindcore GG Allin, has passed away due to a heart attack.
I handled all the promotion for Anal Cunt‘s last album, Fuckin’ A, and Seth was always happy to oblige any request I sent his way. The band had been working on a new album before his passing, so chances are his musical career’s epitaph has yet to be inscribed.
I want to remind everyone that no matter how outrageous and controversial his musical career has been, Seth was still a human being with friends and family that loved him. I’m hoping that the internet will remember that. This is a very sad and trying time for those that knew him, and the last thing they need to see is an outpouring of messageboard hate. The man lived and died by his own rules; if anything, respect him for that.
Whether you like or dislike Seth Putnam, one thing is for certain, “extreme metal just got a little less extreme.” – Skullsnbones.com RIP Seth.
Anal Cunt – “You’re a Cop”
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Seth Putnam Interview pt1
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Seth Putnam Interview pt2
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A.C. Live in Spain 1994 – Seth Putnam screaming with no mic.
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Pantera’s “Great Southern Trendkill” feat additional Screams by Seth Putnam
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top photo courtesy of Aaron at ReturntoThePit.com