Scream Drummer Kent Stax Has Died

The news comes just hours after the hardcore punks announced their first album in 30 years

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Sep 20, 2023

Kent Stax, drummer for Virginia-raised, D.C.-based hardcore veterans Scream, has died of cancer.

The musician is survived by his wife of 40 years, Andrea, as well as his daughter Jennifer and brothers Kurt, William and Henry. The band shared the news on Instagram today, after having just announced DC Special — their first album in 30 years — yesterday (September 19).

"We are heartbroken to share that our drummer Bennett Kent Stacks passed away this morning after a bout with metastatic cancer," they wrote. "Kent is the original heartbeat of Scream. Though we have had to continue on without him before, we have always known Kent is irreplaceable," his bandmates said, referencing the period after their third LP, 1986's Banging the Drum, when Stax temporarily left the band and was replaced by a teenage Dave Grohl.

They continued, "In addition to being a truly unique drummer, Kent was also an accomplished fisherman, skilled carpenter, and avid train enthusiast. Kent also played in prominent punk and harDCore bands including the Suspects, Spitfires United, Alleged Bricks and more throughout his life. He also branched out to other genres, playing with the Daryl Davis Band and the Old Dominion Trio."

See Scream's post commemorating the life of their bandmate below.

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