CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A van carrying nine members of two California-based “death metal” bands lost control and crashed on Interstate 5 in Central Point when the driver fell asleep, killing one band’s vocalist and injuring two others just after 5:30 AM Monday.
Oregon State Police say the van, pulling a trailer, was carrying members of two death metal bands to California when it crashed in the southbound lane between the Central Point and Blackwell Road exits. OSP reported the band had just played an outdoor concert in Eugene on Sunday.
Survivors of the crash told KTVL that the van was transporting the two bands Early Graves, of San Francisco, and The Funeral Pyre, of La Habra, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb. The Funeral Pyre’s MySpace page described their music as “melodic black/death metal.”
OSP reports that the van’s driver, Justin H. Garcia, 24, Fresno, Calif., reportedly fell asleep and lost control of the van. Early Graves vocalist Makh (Matikeef) P. Daniels, 28, from Pacifica, Calif., was ejected from a rear cargo area where he and two others were resting. Daniels was pronounced dead at the scene by responding medics.