Wellington stabbing victim death metal singer
The man at the centre of a Wellington homicide inquiry was the vocalist in a death metal band who went by the stage name "Blaps Warmonger".
An autopsy today established Matthew John Hall, 35, who was found dead by a flatmate at his Johnsonville flat on Tuesday, died from multiple stab wounds.
Hall was a long-serving member of the popular Wellington death metal band Backyard Burial, formed by a group of school friends in Lower Hutt in 1998.
Numerous tributes have been left on the band's Facebook page, with many calling Hall's death "a great loss" to the metal music scene.
Manager of Wellington bar Medusa, Tamara Buckland, said the band members were "devastated" as they had known Hall for a very long time.
"He was an amazing guy," she said.
Backyard Burial released their debut album, titled Symptoms of Psychopathology, in 1999.
It was describe as the "long-awaited highly anticipated" debut album, which had "ten tracks of trademark Backyard Burial death/grind with guttural vocals, insane blasting and destructively rhythmic guitar chuggery".
On the band's website and Facebook page, Hall was listed under the name "Blaps "Chomper" Warmonger, Vocals".
Officer in charge of the investigation into Hall's death, Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton, says a scene examination would continue today and is expected to take some time.
"We are now looking for the person or persons responsible for Mr Hall's death and are making steady progress with our enquiries to date, but it is still very early stages in the investigation."
A cordon was around the house - which is set back from the road and surrounded by trees - as 30 investigators worked on the case yesterday.
A neighbour said he came home on Tuesday night to hear yelling from the man's flatmate and see police in the driveway.
"I came home to hear a bit of hollering and that was it."
He had known the two men "a little bit", in a neighbourly fashion, and was disturbed by the death.
House owner and landlord How Yee Hong said the two men had lived there for seven or eight years with no problems.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton, the officer in charge of the investigation, said the flatmate had to be calmed down by police after finding the body. He had gone to stay with friends.
"He is quite upset about what he has discovered, and was speaking to us last night for quite some time."
No weapon had been found and it was unclear what the cause of death was at this point.
"[There are] some injuries, but we'll be leaving that up to the pathologist to determine."
Police would talk to neighbours to find out if anyone had seen any suspicious activity. They called for witnesses, including taxi or courier drivers who may have been in the area, to come forward.
A motive was not yet clear, he said. "It's like putting the pieces of a jigsaw back together."
Police want to hear from anyone who was in the Broderick Road area on Tuesday 15 February 2011 in the afternoon and early evening, who heard or saw anything suspicious.
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