NewsSeptember 20, 2023 4:32 PM ET2,227 views

Scream drummer Bennett Kent Stax has died

Bennett Kent Stacks

Dave Pollack

Sad news in the world of hardcore music as Scream drummer Bennett Kent Stax has passed away after a battle with metastatic cancer. The band took to social media to share the heartbreaking news with their fans today, having just announced their first album in 30 years yesterday.

Stax, known by his stage name Kent Stacks, was a founding member of Scream and played a crucial role in establishing their distinctive sound. While the band had to carry on without Stax at times in the past, his bandmates always recognized his irreplaceable impact on their music.

The band shared:

"We are heartbroken to share that our drummer Bennett Kent Stacks passed away this morning after a bout with metastatic cancer. Kent is the original heartbeat of Scream. Though we have had to continue on without him before, we have always known Kent is irreplaceable. He was one of a kind. In addition to being a truly unique drummer, Kent was also an accomplished fisherman, skilled carpenter, and avid train enthusiast.

Kent also played in prominent punk and harDCore bands including The Suspects, Spitfires United, Alleged Bricks and more throughout his life. He also branched out to other genres, playing with The Daryl Davis Band and The Old Dominion Trio.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years Andrea, daughter Jennifer, brothers Kurt, William and Henry and a host of band mates, friends and fans. If you ever saw us play or if you knew Kent, your thoughts and memories are welcome here."

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