Members of SCORPIONS, MEGADETH, EXODUS, KREATOR, CARCASS, ARCH ENEMY and DESTRUCTION are among the musicians who have reacted to the passing of Lars-Göran Petrov. The pioneering ENTOMBED and ENTOMBED A.D. singer died on Sunday, March 7 after a battle with bile duct cancer. He was 49 years old.
In a statement, his ENTOMBED A.D. bandmates wrote: “We are devastated to announce that our beloved friend Lars-Göran Petrov has left us. Our brother, leader, vocalist, our Chief Rebel Angel went on another ride last night. It’s with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that Lars-Göran Petrov has left us. He was (is!!!) an incredible friend, and a person that has touched so many people. He has changed so many lives with his voice, his music, his character and his unique personality.
“LG‘s smile is something that we will carry forever in our hearts. When asked in an interview what he would like to have written on his grave and what about his legacy, he said: ‘I will never die, it will never die’. And you didn’t. You will live forever in our hearts.”
Last August, Petrov told Metal Hammer about how he found out about his cancer: “A couple of months ago. I felt a lump in my solar plexus. And I was, like, ‘Okay, I’ll ignore it.’ But then it started to hurt, so I went to the doctor, and they X-rayed it quickly and said, ‘You have to go to the specialist.’ That was weird. You can’t imagine what it feels like. Your whole body goes warm. It’s, like, ‘Fucking hell.'”
Although Petrov revealed his cancer was “incurable,” he said that the doctors were “hoping” they will be able to treat it. “I will find out when I meet my doctor, who is the best doctor when it comes to this particular cancer,” he explained. “Being young, the doctor said there’s hopefully a way to control it so it doesn’t spread, or maybe even make it smaller.”
ENTOMBED A.D. was formed in 2014 when Petrov and other members of ENTOMBED decided to change the band’s name in order to avoid a legal battle with ENTOMBED guitarist Alex Hellid who didn’t want his former bandmates to use the ENTOMBED moniker.
ENTOMBED A.D.‘s latest album, “Bowels Of Earth”, was released in August 2019 via Century Media.
The word legend is to small to describe LG and what he meant for me as a friend and inspiration.
Not only was he one of the best and original voices in metal, but the most kind, humble, funny and genuine person one could ever hope to meet.
I will miss you my friend!
R.I.P. ? pic.twitter.com/aUrrfTZR8T
— Johan Hegg (@AmonJohan) March 8, 2021
Rest In Peace LG Petrov. What a legend & and a powerful voice. Inspiration to countless bands & singers. A true game changer. One of the first bands to take us on tour for which I am still grateful for. Someone you always looked forward to seeing. You will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/kHnhDiBzRb
— Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta) March 8, 2021