Former ANNIHILATOR frontman Randy Rampage passed away on August 14 at the age of 58. The singer, whose real name was Randall Desmond Archibald, was also a founding member, bass player and occasional vocalist of the Canadian hardcore band D.O.A.
Rampage appeared on ANNIHILATOR’s debut album, 1988’s “Alice In Hell”, before leaving the band. In 1999, he returned to the group and recorded one more album called “Criteria For A Black Widow” after which he left once again to rejoin D.O.A.
The news of Randy’s passing was confirmed by the Facebook page of the documentary “Bloodied But UnBowed”, a historical look at the evolution of punk rock on the West coast of North America during the 1978-1983 timeframe. Randy made an appearance in the documentary, which was narrated by Billy Hopeless (formerly of THE BLACK HALOS) and released in 2010.
“Tonight sometime after 7pm Randy Rampage left us to reign in the heavens,” a message from “Bloodied But UnBowed” read. “A punk legend has moved on. And because he shared himself with you, please share a moment and think of Randy Desmond Archibald aka Rampage. We love you Randy.”
In a 2017 interview with Metal Insider, ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters stated about Rampage: “He couldn’t sing, but he was the coolest attitude guy we’ve ever had in the band, because he was like a punk rocker. He played bass in a band called D.O.A., and had this attitude that was second to none.”