Blood Duster have sacked their long time band member Beltsy Belthrower citing Belthrower’s “interest in the heavy metal band Anthrax, the most unmusical band ever” as the dominant reason for his dismissal.
The band insists that Belthrower’s sacking is not a question of musical preferences but that his fascination with Anthrax was actually affecting his work.
“Listening to Anthrax could undermine his ability to judge music with any objective sense of good or bad,” the statement reads.
“It got to the point where he was coming to rehearsals in big shorts and saying ‘not’ well-after it was amusing, (which was, of course, a few hours after it was first said in the mid-‘80s),” Blood Duster bassist and band spokesperson Jason PC said.
PC added that Belthrower was “trying to introduce rap into Blood Duster and growing really stupid goatees!”
The band has also alleged that Belthrower’s behaviour had become erratic and that he was making bold proclamations at practice, including:
- that the big four of thrash metal should be expanded to five and include Flotsam and Jetsam;
- that Dave Mustaine singing into the mirror during the video for the Megadeth song ‘Sweating Bullets’ was “like, totally awesome”;
- that Christian metal is a real and proper thing that people like himself can enjoy;
- that Metallica only really hit their stride after Reload and that Lulu was “a masterpiece”.
Belthrower’s dismissal is effective immediately.
Blood Duster goes on to clarify why the band recently replaced drummer Dave Haley (Psycroptic) with stalwart Matt Rizzo:
“This was because he said he really liked the sound of all black metal that was released after Darkthrone’s A Blaze in the Northern Sky”.
The band have also announced a mini tour.
Friday 6 February : Factory Theatre, Sydney, with Summonus, Bastardizer & Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt.
Friday 13 February: The Underdog, Brisbane, with Bloodgin, Coffin Birth, Bitter Lungs, Wartooth, Decapitated Mum, Malakyte.
Friday 20 February: The Tote, Melbourne, with The Blacklist, Chaingun and Blunt Shovel.
The full-blown Blood Duster statement from the band is as follows.
It is with a heavy heart that Blood Duster have to announce that Scott (AKA Beltsy or Belt Thrower) has been asked to leave the band.
He may say that he left because of family commitments, but we can assure you that he was asked in no uncertain terms to leave Blood Duster after numerous warnings from the rest of the band.
We would love to say the differences were musical but they were not as they pertained to his interest in the heavy metal band Anthrax, the most unmusical band ever. The 12” single released by Anthrax “I’m the Man” was found to be playing at his house on more than one occasion and he had been warned about listening to them and especially to their later output (with later output determined as anything after “Fistful of Metal”). He was warned that listening to Anthrax could undermine his ability to judge music with any objective sense of good or bad.
“It got to the point where he was coming to rehearsals in big shorts and saying “not” well after it was amusing (which was of course a few hours after it was first said in the mid-80s)… and it’s not just that his riffs turned to shit, he was trying to introduce rap into Blood Duster and growing really stupid goatees – I have no faith that the new Mindsnare recording will be any good either, I imagine he will just introduce those metal-raps into their new stuff”– Jason P.C.
Despite these repeated warnings he continued to be caught in a mosh.
Scott also often made for odd conversation during Blood Duster rehearsals often making these bold proclamations;
- Suggesting that the big four of thrash metal should be expanded to 5 so it could include Flotsam and Jetsam.
- That Dave Mustaine singing into the mirror during the “Sweating Bullets” clip is “like, totally awesome”.
- He claimed that Christian metal is an actual real and proper thing that people like himself can enjoy.
- That Metallica only really hit their stride after “Reload” and that Lulu was a masterpiece.
“I was like ‘fuck you dude’, and he was all like ‘no man fuck you’”
– Matt Rizzo
Following these incidents Scott has been dismissed from the ranks of Blood Duster effective immediately.
“I reiterated the band’s view that former Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz is not someone to be looked up to but he simply put more ninja turtles stickers on his guitar and ignored us”.
We really do wish Scott the best of luck with his future little endeavours and we don’t want to sound too bitter about US deciding to give HIM the boot.
Last we heard he will be starting a hardcore band with just about anyone.
Recently we also were forced to ask Drummer Dave Haley (AKA Dive Taxation Forms) to step aside from Blood Duster. This was because he said he really liked the sound of all black metal that was released after Darkthrone’s A Blaze in the Northern Sky.
He is currently getting by in his little side project “Psycroptic”, a band with a name that is completely made up. It’s not even a word seriously… look it up.
Oh, that’s right you can’t.