Founding MORGOTH guitarist Carsten Otterbach has died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. The 48-year-old guitarist, who also headed up his own artist management company Direct Management, played on the band’s first two EPs, “Resurrection Absurd” (1989) and “The Eternal Fall” (1990), as well as the first three full-length albums, “Cursed” (1991), “Odium” (1993) and “Feel Sorry For The Fanatic” (1996).
Century Media Records co-founder Robert Kampf revealed the news via Facebook, stating:
“DEATH IN METAL – to the memory of Carsten Otterbach (Morgoth / Direct Management).
With a very heavy heart I learned that a close friend of 28 years, Carsten Otterbach has passed. Carsten had a decade long battle with MS, Multiple sclerosis.
While he was a trooper and battled it hard for a long time it was one of those battles that eventually take you down.
I will always remember Carsten as a very sharp minded, well read, business savy and at the same time very fun loving, tolerant, simply great guy.
He will always live in my heart.
Carsten fought very hard for his artist and was honorable as it gets. Legendary are the fights between my late partner Oliver Withoeft and Carsten. The 2 of them fighting was scary if you were in the room but always a fun story afterwards. Both were good friends and unfortunately did not make it to age 50.
Farewell Carsten, you will not be forgotten and held in very high acclaim by your friends and by several generations of metal artist.
Enjoy Valhalla \m/666”