NewsJuly 22, 2015 1:46 PM ET398,096 views

After The Burial guitarist Justin Lowe found dead

Justin Lowe of After The Burial Well, our worst fears have been confirmed as After The Burial guitar player Justin Lowe has passed away in Wisconsin. Lowe was reported missing on July 18 in Washington County, MN. His disappearance came just weeks after he issued a troubling statement, followed shortly by word from After The Burial that Lowe was mentally ill, though receiving treatment. Lowe's body was found by a hiker Tuesday evening beneath the Arcola High Bridge near Somerset, Wisconsin. His vehicle had been found in a parking lot nearby in Minnesota. Authorities state that the cause of death is consistent with a fall. Additional information can be found here. Lowe was 32-years-old. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. UPDATE: Justin Lowe's sister, Shannon, has posted the following via Facebook:
Justin was a gifted musician, music producer and photographer. He was also a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend to many in the music community. The world lost an amazing talent. He touched many lives. He was receiving professional help and we thought he was making progress. We are devastated and heartbroken at his passing. We will miss him forever. Please respect our request for privacy as we try to cope with this tragedy. I will be logging off Facebook for a period of time to allow myself to grieve with my family. Thank you again for everyone's thoughts, prayers, and concerns. To those of you who have asked about a funeral service: my family has chosen a private grave-side service and will not be holding a public funeral.

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anonymous 7/22/2015 10:54:01 AM

awwhh man... bummer news all around today... wtf mate... RIP buddy.

anonymous 7/22/2015 10:54:14 AM

Wow, this went from bad to worse so quick. I am glad I got some chances to meet him. So sad for his family and friends.

anonymous 7/22/2015 10:54:37 AM

What a terrible ordeal for anyone who loved him. Condolences to the family. RIP.

anonymous 7/22/2015 10:55:20 AM

This may come off as disrespectful, but I find it really weird he was saying people were out to get him, and then he shows up dead from a fall. He probably did have mental problems but the coincidence is a little unnerving

anonymous 7/22/2015 10:55:40 AM

Awful. Condolences to his friends and family. Lets keep it respectful in here for once

anonymous 7/22/2015 10:55:51 AM

My thoughts go out to his friends and family. Figured I would post this before everyone starts talking shit.

anonymous 7/22/2015 10:57:01 AM

This is devastating. Condolences to his friends and loved ones. R.I.P. Justin

anonymous 7/22/2015 10:57:15 AM

fck dude, that's awful. Condolences to the family and friends.

rick____tocchet 7/22/2015 11:04:42 AM

Just another victim, kid.

anonymous 7/22/2015 11:08:21 AM

So fcking tragic.

anonymous 7/22/2015 11:10:24 AM

What if he wasn't ill and people were out to get him the whole time... I'm just saying, jet fuel can't melt steel beams

anonymous 7/22/2015 11:15:53 AM

Wow that escalated quickly

anonymous 7/22/2015 11:20:11 AM

I toured with him, amazing person, inspirational guitarist, this is a loss to the world. DON'T DO fckING hallucinogens, the mind is fragile.

anonymous 7/22/2015 11:25:49 AM

I think you know what to do with the comments in regards to the family.

anonymous 7/22/2015 11:59:49 AM

RIP awful

anonymous 7/22/2015 12:02:26 PM

Kid has been one of the best polyrhythmic guitarists of the last few years. Terrible news. RIP

anonymous 7/22/2015 12:03:05 PM

was such an amazing performer live. went for between the buried and me, and after the burial stole the show.

anonymous 7/22/2015 12:06:15 PM

I don't think he was crazy at all. He was murdered. RIP Justin Lowe.

anonymous 7/22/2015 12:13:50 PM

My cousin has schizopherenia, and this sounds exactly like him. It's really depressing that he wasn't able to recieve enough help. It's extremely difficult to deal with a paranoid schizopherenic, they don't believe that they are safe, and when you try to re-assure them, if you do it wrong they will think you are 'in' on the 'conspiracy.' Schizopherenia is a terrible mental illness. Absolutely terrible.

anonymous 7/22/2015 12:17:55 PM

I really hope someone can shed some light on this elaborate convolution alluded to in his initial unorthodox statement. Unfortunately most of us can only speculate and until then, everything is conjecture. Consider that just because someone may have an illness/paranoia, doesn't necessarily mean no one is out to get them. Regardless a great musician and human being is gone. Rest in peace Justin

anonymous 7/22/2015 12:18:05 PM

false flag, this dude was pushed.

anonymous 7/22/2015 12:21:08 PM

Was he an MK-Ultra kid? It would explain the virtuoso guitar playing.

anonymous 7/22/2015 12:35:02 PM

anonymous1 hour ago This may come off as disrespectful, but I find it really weird he was saying people were out to get him, and then he shows up dead from a fall. He probably did have mental problems but the coincidence is a little unnerving Don't read into it too much. He went crazy and jumped from a bridge. Sad story.

anonymous 7/22/2015 12:49:57 PM

yeah, a guitarist for a sumerian records band knew just way too much and bush did him just like he did 9/11 ya'll are ridiculous. it doesn't seem more plausible that he just took his car out one night, maybe really distraught, and either decided to jump or accidentally fell because he wasn't in a right state of mind? Nope, it was the fcking illuminati. RIP Justin Lowe. Mental illness is serious.

anonymous 7/22/2015 12:50:38 PM

wow this is so sad

anonymous 7/22/2015 1:00:36 PM

Man this is so fcking sad

anonymous 7/22/2015 1:05:17 PM

band sucks

anonymous 7/22/2015 1:16:20 PM

whoever wrote this wasn't sentimental; that aside, the news is disturbing and tragic. mental illness is not easy to diagnose or understand; and unfortunately for some, it becomes an unbearable reality. ATB has been one of my favorite bands for a long time, and justin was their groove man. studio expert, superb guitarist, and a fellow human being. this one goes out to justin, turn up the vibes. shred in peace, ma brotha tch?v=EVFiqDTtP50

anonymous 7/22/2015 1:16:28 PM

Some of the happiest moments of my life were soundtracked to his music. So sad. I hope you find peace.

anonymous 7/22/2015 1:21:00 PM

17 hours ago love you buddy....its important to talk to each other and love your friends when times are terrible...there is a great foundation called hope for the day that is non profit an raises suicide awareness through music and the arts....don't be scared to talk to your loved ones. ...if anyone needs a hand reach out to me.

anonymous 7/22/2015 1:30:15 PM

Not really a fan of his band or this genre in general, but I watched this unfold over the last few weeks. Sucks to hear he couldn't get help in time. Rest in peace brotha

anonymous 7/22/2015 2:02:13 PM

Terrible news, best wishes for his family and friends. RIP. You were great...

anonymous 7/22/2015 2:33:24 PM

Jesus Christ. So bummed to read this. I remember talking to Justin when ATB played outside of Chicago many years ago. We joked about old times, different bands from the Midwest, and basically talked bullshit. For as good as he was, he was never a piece of shit about it. Along with putting most of those who ever picked up a guitar to shame, he was one of the most humble people on the face of the planet. The Midwest has truly lost one of the nicest cats around. -xMiguelx

anonymous 7/22/2015 2:33:39 PM

holy shit a lambgoat comment box without a blatant disregard for human life! Ahem. RIP bud. Shit sucks.

anonymous 7/22/2015 2:36:24 PM

no one is stoked

anonymous 7/22/2015 2:42:49 PM

rough....if you think everyone is after you, get help

anonymous 7/22/2015 3:08:10 PM

I suffer from schizophrenia. It tears people apart and can kill. Thankfully, my life and profession have been saved by treatment. Justin accomplished more than most healthy people ever could. Unfortunately, the cruelty of this world is clear due to some of these comments. We all have listened to a bunch of bands preaching that we have to "be part of the solution, not the problem." It's safe to say some of these pustules computer screens are part of the problem. They'd do well to wake up.

anonymous 7/22/2015 3:21:15 PM

For as good as he was, he was never a piece of shit about it. ^ spot on. He was a an amazing dude.

anonymous 7/22/2015 3:23:24 PM

wow this is terrible..RIP to a hometown hero. Seriously shocked

anonymous 7/22/2015 3:30:27 PM

i'm not one to side with the whole mental illness, i kinda believe what he said was true, and a "fall" is kinda suspicious. just me though. talk shit away.

anonymous 7/22/2015 3:35:52 PM

\m/ rip one brutal mother fcker ya brothers and sisters im metal will miss ya may the metal gods that fallen take you under there wing put the fist up and horns out \m/

anonymous 7/22/2015 3:36:44 PM

I had been a ATB fan since it started, until they gotten over-the-top popular.

anonymous 7/22/2015 3:39:40 PM

This could've been prevented nine times outta ten all someone needs is a friend or even a smile from a stranger and that will change everything this is a sad day for music my thoughts are with anyone close to him but if someone you know is goin through some shit don't hesitate to reach out this world is a dark place and people need to just be human and stop worrying about the little shit spread love whenever you can you could literally save someone's life

anonymous 7/22/2015 3:48:59 PM

Murder is very much a possibility. I have a buddy that produces hip hop in LA for rappers and pop stars . And he said there is a higher power above the law that can kill anyone . Just saying

anonymous 7/22/2015 4:29:12 PM

Re: comment noting he was concerned people were out to get him. This is indicative of a mental illness; specifically paranoia which can be associated with a variety of mental illnesses. This is a tragic loss of a young life. Foul play is not suspected as it is anticipated that unfortunately, this is a result of suicide.

anonymous 7/22/2015 4:36:56 PM

LET ME fckING QUOTE THE STATEMENT for all the idiots here and wherever saying his delusions could have been true: "I have a feeling that this [conspiracy] goes back further and further, maybe even to my birth and/or childhood." SO, do you selective reading idiots still think all the people cited in his statement people were trying to destroy his band and life since he was BORN? Good fcking lord, the Internet is the end of us.

anonymous 7/22/2015 5:38:19 PM

anonymous 1 hour ago I had been a ATB fan since it started, until they gotten over-the-top popular. So when they got big you bailed on them just to prove your imaginary underground cred? Wow, some fan you are. You should have been happy for their success

anonymous 7/22/2015 5:45:12 PM

had the pleasure of sharing the stage with ATB more than a few times, even raged with them in Vegas a little bit. good times, great dudes. such a sad turn of events. as lame as this sounds, if you need are going through some hard times right now and need to seek help reach out people do give a shit

anonymous 7/22/2015 5:45:29 PM

He has schizophrenia, it's so obvious to tell based on his last post. Everyone in the comments who are blaming it on a conspiracy are bug-brained nerds who listen to Alex Jones.

anonymous 7/22/2015 5:53:33 PM

if you all know that it was mental illness from the clues, wouldn't a killer also know this and use it to their advantage?

anonymous 7/22/2015 5:56:08 PM

The people commenting on this saying he might have been right have obviously never been around paranoid schizophrenia and need to get off the internet. RIP

anonymous 7/22/2015 6:00:58 PM

So who is going to play guitar for After the Burial after the burial?

anonymous 7/22/2015 6:02:46 PM

anonymous2 hours ago I had been a ATB fan since it started, until they gotten over-the-top popular. Oh, you're cool.

anonymous 7/22/2015 6:27:05 PM

Dude was crazy... Just hope that he didn't take anyone with him.

anonymous 7/22/2015 6:37:17 PM

i cant be the only one thinking he definitely jumped. suicide. berzerker

anonymous 7/22/2015 6:44:35 PM

So when they got big you bailed on them just to prove your imaginary underground cred? Wow, some fan you are. You should have been happy for their success -anonymous Why would I want to sit around and keep liking a band everyone else is starting to like-move on to the next underround act, and so on imo.

anonymous 7/22/2015 6:45:13 PM

how about cause of death ? IMO the story is fake.

anonymous 7/22/2015 6:47:49 PM


anonymous 7/22/2015 6:48:30 PM

Getting bored reading these coments......

anonymous 7/22/2015 7:00:19 PM

what a lucky dude - everytime I saw him literaly talking to hundreds of girls and having fun. I have to live to 80 practicall have never talked to a girl- Im 29.

anonymous 7/22/2015 7:14:29 PM

And the band is called "AFTER THE BURIAL"?? That's textbook irony my man.

anonymous 7/22/2015 7:22:32 PM

Damn, not the ending that anyone wanted to hear. To any of the family that reads these negative comments- don't pay too much attention for this is the filth of the internet.

anonymous 7/22/2015 7:24:39 PM

Why would I want to sit around and keep liking a band everyone else is starting to like-move on to the next underround act, and so on imo. You're stupid.

anonymous 7/22/2015 8:01:02 PM

If you find humor in writing "clever" bullshit comments on a metal site about a talented guy that committed suicide due to a mental illness you are fcking disgusting...get a job or get you have a family or friends? A great guy, talented, and played for real, not a computer keyboard. RIP.

anonymous 7/22/2015 8:23:17 PM

It's really sad he couldn't get the help he needed. Condolences and all that

OrgCore 7/22/2015 8:25:56 PM

Very sad news. Rest in Power, Justin.

anonymous 7/22/2015 8:34:25 PM

Please remember to think of the family when posting comments on this thread. Thank you!

anonymous 7/22/2015 9:50:20 PM

Try hard lambgoat commenters are stoked. Seriously, you ass clown trolls need to go back to watching Doug re runs. RIP Dude

anonymous 7/22/2015 10:34:39 PM

Why would I want to sit around and keep liking a band everyone else is starting to like-move on to the next underround act, and so on imo. uh, how about because you like the music they create? SMH What a Jackass.

anonymous 7/22/2015 10:57:45 PM

Amazing musician. The music he created will stick with me forever. This breaks my heart.

anonymous 7/22/2015 11:42:09 PM

Worst possible news, RIP Justin.

anonymous 7/23/2015 2:45:17 AM

reading into that message he wrote a month ago this seems very suspicious, he said ppl wanted him dead... this sort of stuff happens and gets written off too easily

anonymous 7/23/2015 4:51:43 AM

goddam stupid comments!!! have a family member who is schizophrenic, i could tell from the first few sentences of his letter that he is in the worst stage of this illness..such a shame he wasnt found earlier, his death could have been prevented...

anonymous 7/23/2015 5:01:11 AM

elaborating on schizophrenia, adding to me previous post. the illness, wether drug induced or genetic/stress induced, probably would not have been able to be prevented. the illness lurks in 1 out of every 100th person! however in some people it never surfaces and becomes something that takes over your life.

anonymous 7/23/2015 5:01:49 AM

also, a schizophrenic paranoid person REALLY does feel his delusions are real, this is the illness part, there is no reasoning or logic..

anonymous 7/23/2015 5:02:06 AM

in the worst psychotic state of the illness audiovisualhallucinations become general symptoms. trust me, ive been through this with my family member - ppl are watching, observing, trying to get you, kill you, people are sending strange signs with their mouths, voice in the head, people taling to you via television...its all in the mind man...its a very very terrible disease and very hard for even the family to cope with.

anonymous 7/23/2015 6:52:19 AM

I am a mental health professional and was aware of Justin's behavior prior to his tragic death. It's upsetting and concerning regarding the negative and ignorant comments being made about mental health and Schizophrenia. Rather than negativity, conspiracy theories, should ban together and start an organization on "Mental Health Awareness" in Justin's name and truly honor his memory in a positive way!!

anonymous 7/23/2015 7:07:59 AM

anonymous9 minutes ago "I am a mental health professional and was aware of Justin's behavior prior to his tragic death" Sounds like you did a bang up job here doc

anonymous 7/23/2015 7:24:33 AM

Let me clarify....I was not Justin's Doctor and his behavior was brought to my attention by my son, who asked for my opinion because he was very concerned about his friend!!!

anonymous 7/23/2015 7:45:34 AM

I am so beyond saddened by this. One of the best dudes and one of my favorite musicians to date is gone. I feel that it could've been prevented if he had gotten the right help. I say this because I recently came to a point in my life where I was ready to "transition to the next life", and before I was truly able to carry out my plan, my family stopped me and I was checked into an inpatient mental health facility where they provided a safe environment, diagnosed the mental illness,

anonymous 7/23/2015 7:46:36 AM

and immediately began treatment options. Looking back, seeking help/being admitted was what truly saved my life and I wish that Justin could've received similar help. Mental illness IS real and shouldn't be shrugged off/taken lightly. RIP brother.

anonymous 7/23/2015 8:11:23 AM

First time seeing them & was so stoked about them coming to the Bay Area this year then this happened.

anonymous 7/23/2015 9:40:48 AM

what's with all you dick queef toilet fcks complaining about the negative comments?? there's been MAYBE 2 out of 80. that's a Lambgoat record. stfu anyone know of a gofundme or anything in regards to funeral expenses? RIP man

anonymous 7/23/2015 9:48:14 AM

Very unfortunate

anonymous 7/23/2015 10:54:24 AM

100 % believe Justin. They choose the most pure hearted, vulnerable one as the sacrifice. Justin was picked from the group. They employed gas lighting on Justin (look up the term) to make him question his own sanity or to APPEAR crazy to bystanders. They induce trauma, trigger of PTSD from childhood sexual abuse. It was a cover-up.

anonymous 7/23/2015 11:03:25 AM

He sounds completely sane in his letter. What he is describing sounds like organized stalking. Why is the automatic response "RIP" "Mental Illness". Why are you all so fast to believe the hype? Can't you all entertain the idea that Justin was telling the truth? Why are so many musicians, ballers, entertainers flashing all these hand signs? Do research. You need turn off Dancing with the Stars, and see the Beast is here. Justin said this is bigger than law enforcement. It is.

anonymous 7/23/2015 11:09:39 AM

It will be interesting if After the Burial gets huge in the next year or two. Sacrifice made (Justin). Contract fulfilled.

anonymous 7/23/2015 11:19:27 AM

By the way, schizophrenics can not write or speak in cohesive ways. It's extremely rambled and makes no sense. Read Justin's letter. It was written by someone perplexed, trying to connect the dots to gas lighting he's experienced. Just noticed this blog is called Lamb Goat. Wow, the Biblical irony! The truth is right in front of your eyes folks.

anonymous 7/23/2015 4:03:01 PM

He was murdered by the illuminati and im fcking sick of people thinking such agreat guitarist like justin lowe was mental fck you dumb ass pricks after the burial is nothing without justin lowe and one day people will see he wasnt ill he was telling you dumb fcks whats really going on!!!!!

anonymous 7/23/2015 4:14:16 PM

After The Burial Is Nothing Without Justin Lowe!!!!!!! And fck whoever murdered him you have a warm cozy spot in hell waiting for you!!!!!!!!

anonymous 7/23/2015 4:16:47 PM

I have a hard time believing the illuminati cares about a metal guitarist...

anonymous 7/23/2015 4:31:20 PM

^not a blog. an actual successful website this kid who runs it makea a lot of ad revenues and autocorrecting word (f a g=gay and r a p e-beatd et al.)

anonymous 7/23/2015 10:08:27 PM

Be happy this isn't absolutepunk where webmaster JaconTate argues with 14 year olds in every single comments sections and posts stories just so he can create arguments and drop knowledge

anonymous 7/23/2015 10:26:32 PM

Dont even know any of their music but from reading his last "statement" im pretty sure dude was out of his mind...then again maybe he was being set up, probably a life long plot by aliens!

anonymous 7/23/2015 11:20:02 PM

I know saying things like that are your way of anxiously and unintelligently dealing With hearing about someone dying and so I'll forgive you for that comment. But really Take the time to think about what you say before you do it. Try and see through all the shit that is YOUR life, and understand there are friends and family members out there who are in a horrible place right now. i hope you learn to grow up one day before this world eats you alive. -a personal friend of justin

anonymous 7/24/2015 5:53:34 AM

"By the way, schizophrenics can not write or speak in cohesive ways" bullshite! they are cohesive but cannot cannot connect the dots,they misinterpret the world around them due to the unexplainable fear they experience regarding normal things you and me would never ever get caught up with..they see and think things behind events or even object, animals whatever...exactly what I read from Justin's scattered thoughts and delusions in his letter.

anonymous 7/24/2015 5:55:36 AM

and again let me reiterate, i am very sad about the events, and very sad that he did not get help in time. rip

anonymous 7/24/2015 11:30:36 PM

Is Trent Hafdahl being questioned by the police at all???

anonymous 7/25/2015 12:16:03 AM

Stop with that.^^^

anonymous 7/25/2015 12:40:00 AM

…just because you're paranoid, don't mean they're not after you...

anonymous 7/25/2015 12:54:33 AM

The new album is tracked already right? Band will triple in sales for it.

anonymous 7/26/2015 2:01:48 PM

He said his friend mysteriously died right? And he thought people were trying to pin his death on him. Now he's found at the bottom of a bridge 2 weeks later after going public? Skeptical.

anonymous 7/26/2015 9:41:35 PM

Terrible news. Shocks me how this matter spiraled out of control. RIP Justin Lowe. Thanks for the music.

SN00PY 7/29/2015 8:38:53 AM

Yeah great, just remove all the comments deemed by crybabies as offensive. Way to practice censorship on the fcking internet contrary to the principle of freedom of speech and publication which our constitution was founded on. Good job webmaster, you've succumbed to the politically correct crybaby nazi's that is everything wrong with the west this day and age.

anonymous 8/1/2015 7:47:58 PM

lol snoopy take a step back and realize this isn't about you. this isn't really the place to listen to YOU be a crybaby about some internet censorship bullshit you want to whine about. You're an actual idiot.

anonymous 12/31/2015 3:10:54 PM

lol I doug this and thought it was funnie. porkchop.

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