Vocalist Mike Scondotto of Brooklyn, New York's INHUMAN — the hardcore band featuring AGNOSTIC FRONT members Joseph James and Steve Gallo — has released the following statement:
"As a fan of his for over 20 years, [the news of Peter Steele's passing] is hitting me pretty hard.
"Literally one hour before I got the text message from my bassist Hank that he had died, I was in a diner in Brooklyn with a friend and were talking about CARNIVORE and TYPE O NEGATIVE. My friend and I were talking about how glad we were that Pete had got sober and that a new TYPE O record and tour were on the horizon.
"I used to keep a record of all of the shows I went to starting from the very first in May of 1988 to around late 2000 and I had recently noticed that the 20-year anniversary of TYPE O's first show had passed, March 23rd 1990 at L'Amour in Brooklyn and that the ICEMEN and AMERICAN EAGLE were the openers. I was there and I was 16 years old, checking out Pete from CARNIVORE's new band and I loved them from that day on. They were called REPULSION then and were selling the green colored demo that I bought that night and still own to this day. They went from NEW MINORITY, to REPULSION, to SUB ZERO to finally TYPE O NEGATIVE.
"Pete meant a lot to me, and he meant a lot to Brooklyn. I would say that he was without a doubt the most successful Brooklynite to ever come out of the hardcore/metal scene and a true 'Brooklyn Bastard' if there ever was one.
"CARNIVORE and TYPE O NEGATIVE have had a tremendous impact on my life and I am really beside myself right now.
"Rest in peace, my brother. You will be forever missed."
INHUMAN's latest album, "Last Rites", was released in October 2007. The CD was recorded at The Wild Arctic studio by Dean Baltulonis, who has worked with SICK OF IT ALL, MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD and MADBALL.