[Update: Rocks Off has learned Cooper had a congenital defect that enlarged his heart. See the comments section for information on the July 10 memorial show at Walter's on Washington.]
Word has come through the Houston music world that we have lost yet another young musician. Details are very few and far between but we have learned that guitarist Frankie Cooper of Houston horrorcore giants Grave Robbers passed away last week. He was 23 years old. Formed almost four years ago, Grave Robbers have been on the forefront of Houston horrorcore, touring the nation preaching their blood-and-guts gospel. Obsessed with zombie movies and gore in general, the band has a pronounced Pantera influence, while still keeping true to its hardcore roots of Integrity and Boston-based bands like Converge.
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Live shows have been chaotic, blood-filled affairs, with lead singer Redman stalking the stage covered in the red stuff on occasion. Rocks Off sends our condolences to Cooper's family, his devoted friends, and the entire Grave Robbers family.