The Metal Community Reacts to the Death of Caleb Scofield
The reaction from the metal community to the death of Cave In, Old Man Gloom and Zozobra bassist Caleb Scofield has been overwhelming. Scofield died Wednesday in a mysterious and horrific car accident at the age of only 39.
A YouCaring fundraiser to help Caleb’s wife and two children cover his funeral expenses started out yesterday afternoon with a modest goal of raising $1,000, and within hours had already eclipsed $30,000; as of the time we’re writing this, fans have donated over $50,000! Truly incredible.
Written tributes have been pouring in from every corner of the metal scene as well, with other musicians and bands posting their condolences, expressing their shock and sharing memories of Caleb to social media. The outpouring from those in Caleb’s native New England / Northeast metal scene over the past two decades has been particularly strong, with folks from all over the world celebrating Caleb’s life and how his music touched them as well.
This man and the music he created were truly loved. Here are some of the social media tributes we’ve seen from well-known musicians and bands in the metal community:
Please give what you can if you have a minute. Thanks everyone. https://t.co/pWco09Oy21
— Ben Koller (@BenKoller) March 29, 2018
The Red Chord:
Please support this memorial fund if you are able: https://t.co/d2zaoVeYPy
— The Red Chord (@TheRedChord) March 29, 2018
Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord):
Please support this memorial fund if you are able: https://t.co/fB1oyVl9fT
— Mike McKenzie (@gunface1) March 29, 2018
Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, ex-God Forbid):
— Doc Coyle (@DocCoyle) March 29, 2018
Chris Alfieri (ex-Vattnet):
this is absolutely devastating and on a road i travel very regularly. please please donate if you can. https://t.co/QTCMyEJ65l
— chris alfieri (@chris_alfieri) March 29, 2018
Please donate if you are able https://t.co/yteI6rJpEk
— HIVESMASHER (@HIVESMASHER) March 29, 2018
Dustie Waring (Between the Buried and Me):
Horrible to hear about the passing of a truly great human and musician. Caleb Scofield was incredibly talented and a part of so much important music. Cave In has always been a very important band in heavy music; A band that showed everyone it’s ok to think outside of the box and experiment with things outside of hardcore. My first tour with BTBAM was opening for Cave In and Converge. (A dream tour for a metal and hardcore kid like me) We made life long friendships on that tour and went on to play more shows together over the years. My most heartfelt condolences go to his family, band mates and fans.
Paul Waggoner (Between the Buried and Me):
We lost a truly humble and gentle soul. I’m fortunate to have met and toured with Caleb. He was inspiring as a musician and human being. Infinite love to his close friends and family in this time unimaginable loss. Donate if you can. https://t.co/iLgfVPNry5
— Paul Waggoner (@paulbtbam) March 30, 2018
Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me):
Such horrible news :(
RIP Caleb Scofield
— Tommy Rogers (@tommybtbam) March 30, 2018
Steve Von Till (Neurosis):
So sorry to hear of Caleb’s passing. Wishing love and healing thoughts to his close friends and family. Please support his family if you can. https://t.co/uSdIpWKzqN
— Steve Von Till (@SteveVonTill) March 30, 2018
Jimmy Eat World:
We are extremely saddened by the news of Caleb Scofield’s passing. We toured with Cave-In and Caleb and his bandmates blew us off the stage every night. He will be sorely missed. If you can, please support his family in this time of need. https://t.co/827PGKQDnI
— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld) March 30, 2018
Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die):
devastating news. Cave In changed it all. rest in peace Caleb. https://t.co/24szwWgVh4
— keith buckley (@deathoftheparty) March 29, 2018
Justin K Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu):
Just heard about Caleb Scofield passing away. Fvcking awful.
— Justin K Broadrick (@JKBroadrick) March 30, 2018
Kowloon Walled City:
— Kowloon Walled City (@kowloonwalled) March 29, 2018
We are deeply saddened and shocked by the passing of Caleb Scofield. Our thoughts are with his close friends and family.
He was an exceptional musician and a huge source of inspiration for us. Caleb will be missed, please help support his family by… https://t.co/4Ollv1nNi1
— The Ocean Collective (@OceanCollective) March 29, 2018
"So saddened by the news of this.
Information moves so fast I was just shocked to look at my phone and learn of the passing of this amazing dude AND FUCKING INSANELY AWESOME MUSICIAN!
Our hearts goes out to his family,… https://t.co/LhBdff803h
— DARKEST HOUR (@darkesthourrock) March 29, 2018
Trevor de Brauw (Pelican):
devastated to hear about the untimely passing of my friend Caleb Scofield. my heart aches for his family and bandmates. https://t.co/GWq9jG0Z5p
— Trevor Shelley de Brauw (@trevordebrauw) March 29, 2018
— JUNIUS (@juniusmusic) March 29, 2018
Rest in Power Caleb Scofield.
— XIBALBA (@XibalbaCA) March 29, 2018
Travis Richter (The Human Abstract):
RIP Caleb Scofield #CaveIn
— Travis Richter (@TravisRichter) March 29, 2018
Saint Vitus Bar:
Heartbroken to hear the news of Caleb Scofield’s passing. If you have the means, consider donating to the YouCaring fund set up for his family. If you can’t donate, consider sharing the link. https://t.co/mOzJ08kepx
— saint vitus (@saintvitusbar) March 29, 2018
Brian Cook (Botch, Russian Circles):
Gutted to hear the news today about the passing of musical comrade, bass behemoth, and all around A+ human being Caleb Scofield. Listened to Until Your Heart Stops on yesterday's drive. Fuck you, universe.
— brian cook (@bbcbubblegutz) March 29, 2018
Saddened to hear the news of Caleb Scofield passing away. Its no accident our band sounds the way it does, drawing influences from Cave In and Old Man Gloom's heavy bottom end. Thank you for your music and introducing lots of musicians to a world of sonic destruction.
— Bardus (@BardusMusic) March 29, 2018
Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath):
Didn’t know him personally but was completely in love with all forms of Cave In and Old Man Gloom
Here’s a link to help https://t.co/ncFDa8Jmje
— Spencer Chamberlain (@wschamberlain) March 30, 2018
True loss for words on the passing of Caleb Scofield. The influence of his music on our band and myself in general is immeasurable. Rest in Riffs. Love to all those that knew him.
— Husbandry (@HusbandryNYC) March 30, 2018
Music just lost someone truly special. Please donate anything you can. https://t.co/kBGar32NYq
— United Nations band (@TheOfficialUN) March 29, 2018