I recently restarted a facebook account after being off it for a good two years, strictly for the sake of promoting this blog. Of course, though, I got curious and looked up some old friends I may have not spoken to in a while, which led me to look up and ex-guitarist of mine, Matt Holbowitch. I immediately was blindsided when the page read “Remembering Matt Holbowitch”; underneath it was a status written by a friend of his about memorial service arrangements and he left his phone number.
I called him after being in a state of shock for a few minutes and, while I won’t get into the details, it was a pretty shitty situation, causing Matt to take his own life. While I’m sure I’ll get into how we met in another post, I couldn’t help but remember what turned out to be our last phone conversation two years ago. He was living in Missouri, where he was a diesel mechanic, and he called me after I threw the horns up in response to a video he posted on facebook of him playing “Flight Of Icarus”. He asked me what it would take for me to go down there to hang for a week and I told him not much, but I never followed up.
I wish he reached out to me if he was having problems. Fuck, I wish I kept in touch with him. Suicide was not the way out, especially when you’re the father to a two year old and a one year old. If you are reading this and you want to take your own life, do yourself a favor and go find someone to talk to because burying that shit will do you no good in the long run.
In memory of him I decided to cover “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” for my first true electric guitar video. Why that one? Because this guy was so fucking metal that his first words were “Black Sabbath”. Not momma, not dadda. Black. Sabbath. I doubt you can just make that up. Because of that alone I salute him and say hail Satan!
Matt Holbowitch 1977 – 2016