Michiel Eikenaar, vocalist of black metal bands Nihill and Dodecahedron, has died, aged 42.
The singer lyricist, and visual artist died from cancer, according to his Nihill bandmate Vincent Koreman who confirmed the news to Pitchfork.
“[He was] a commanding frontman and fantastic lyricist, a great visual artist, but above all, a big friendly loveable guy,” Koreman said in a statement, posted to the band’s Facebook page. “Death comes for all of us. It comes for the strongest, the brightest and the most loved, and Michiel was all of those things and much more.”
Nihill’s debut album, ‘Krach’, was released in 2007. With four albums under their belt, a fifth was on the way, according to Koreman’s Facebook statement. “We were working on a fifth album, to be called ‘Seven Trumpets Of Doom’,” he said. “Those recordings will join [Eikenaar] in the great beyond.” He added that the band will cease to continue without Eikenaar in the group.
Eikenaar’s other band, Dodecahedron, was formed in 2010 and released three albums total. A little more progressive and innovative than that of Nihill’s sound, their last album was 2017’s ‘Kwintessens’. In addition to writing lyrics and singing, Eikenaar actually designed the artwork for several of his band’s projects.
Eikenaar is survived by his wife and two children.