Trip-hop group Massive Attack, who experienced huge cross-genre appeal with their 1998 albim Mezzanine, have sadly announced the death of long term touring and session guitarist, Angelo Bruschini on social media earlier today.
Bruschini first joined Massive Attack‘s touring line-up in 1995 shortly after the release of Protection, going on to perform guitar on subsequent albums Mezzanine and 100th Window. His guitar playing on Mezzanine in particular helped the Bristol act earn wider appeal within the rock and metal community. With Brazilian groove metal titans Sepultura and mathcore legends The Dillinger Escape Plan being two of the earliest bands to pay homage to the trip-hop heavyweights. With both acts having covered the track Angel in 2002 and 2006 respectively. Outside of Massive Attack, Bruschini also played in bands such as The Blue Aeroplanes and Rimshot, and produced Strangelove‘s 1997 self-titled album.
Massive Attack posted a short but heartfelt statement on Twitter/X, saying “RIP Angelo. A singularly brilliant & eccentric talent. Impossible to quantify your contribution to the Massive Attack canon. How lucky we were to share such a life together.” Bruschini had revealed back in July that he had been diagnosed with inoperable and aggressive lung cancer.
Massive Attack‘s most recent EP Eutopia was released in 2020. Follow the band on Facebook for updates.