LITVINTROLL Bassist Dies On Stage

Aleh Klimchanka, the bass player of the popular Belarusian folk-metal band LITVINTROLL, died on September 2 at the Mass Medium festival. The group was scheduled to perform at the event, which was held in the city of Gomel.

Klimchanka reportedly appeared on stage with his bandmates at around 7:15 p.m. and collapsed a short time later. Paramedics treated the musician at the scene, but could not save his life.

Contrary to initial reports, the doctors found no traces of electric shock on Klimchanka's body.

According to Aleh's friends, he complained about a headache on the day of the concert.

Aleh was buried in the Zabalotstse village, not far from Minsk.

Klimchanka, who was 35 years old, also played in OSSUARY and PARTYZONE. He is survived by a wife and a three-year-old son.

Formed in 2005 by vocalist and bagpiper Andrei Apanovich and drummer Sjarhei Tapcheusky, LITVINTROLL spent about four years working on its debut album. The effort, "Rock'n'Troll", included several loose renditions of Belarusian folk songs and even more loose variations on medieval European and modern American songs telling stories of vagrant musicians lives, wooden trolls, mountain trolls and other kinds of trolls. However, the main thing the band tries to convey in its music is an atmosphere of reckless fun that the creatures who inspired the album like to have so much. After all, the trolls are not essentially evil, just somewhat rough and uncouth.

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