Josh Pappe dies at 54 former DRI bassist
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Former D.R.I. Bassist JOSH PAPPE Dies At 53

He played for D.R.I. from 1984 to 1989 and recorded two albums, 1987’s Crossover and 1988’s 4 of a Kind. No cause of death has been revealed.

D.R.I. never gained a mainstream audience, but the integration of their hardcore punk roots with thrash metal influences was a stylistic catalyst for their contemporaries — most notably SUICIDAL TENDENCIESCORROSION OF CONFORMITYSTORMTROOPERS OF DEATHTHE CRO-MAGSNUCLEAR ASSAULT And CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER — alongside whom they are considered to be one of the major pioneers of what would later be called “crossover thrash”, along with ADRENALIN O.D., with both bands having a heavy influence on modern thrash metal.