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The Locust Drummer Gabe Serbian Dies a Day Before His Birthday, Cause of Death Unknown

The punk and metal world is mourning the loss of one of the best drummers who played for the San Diego noise grind band the Locust and many others. Gabe Serbian, 44 passed away yesterday, and today is his 45th Birthday. Read on to know more.

The Locust Confirms


The American hardcore punk band from San Diego, California, is known for their mix of grindcore aggression and new wave experimentation. The band confirmed the news about the sad demise of its talented drummer earlier today (May 1). The statement says:

“This world will miss Gabe as a friend, family member, musician, and artist. He will continue to live on in so many ways and through everyone he has connected with during his time with us. May 1st is his birthday, and we hope that you can find a way to celebrate his life.”

About Gabe Serbian

The American drummer and guitarist, Gabriel Serbian, was born on May 1, 1977. The Locust wasn’t his only contribution to the rock and metal world. He was a founding drummer and earliest guitarist for vegan death metallers Cattle Decapitation.

Gabe joined the San Diego band the Locust in 1998, wherein Gabe originally played the guitar but skipped to drums in 2001. He contributed to all three off the band’s full-lengths, which include the self-titled (1998), Plague Soundscape (2003) and New Erections (2007).

Gabe was also associated with other famous bands like  Holy Molar and Dead Cross. Gabe was also a member of Head Wound City, a hardcore/punk rock supergroup. He has performed with Alec Empire, Nic Endo, Charlie Clouser and Merzbow. He also played live drums for Miami IDM/breakcore artist Otto von Schirach on a European tour.

Gabe’s association with bands


The Cattle Decapitation drummer was praised by Dave Lombardo of Slayer, who said that “There’s a band called The Locust. Their drummer is named Gabe Serbian, and their music hits me now like D.R.I. hit me in the early ’80s”. Yea, that’s the effect Gabe has on the minds of metal and punk lovers.  Here is a list of all the bands Gabe played for:

  • The Locust: American hardcore punk band from San Diego, CA
  • Cattle Decapitation: American deathgrind band from California
  • Holy Molar: Noise rock band from San Diego
  • Head Wound City: American Hardcore punk supergroup
  • Rat’s Eyes (vocalist): Hardcore punk rock band from San Diego
  • Skinwalker (Duo with Joey Karam)
  • Retox: American rock band found in 2011
  • Le Butcherettes: Mexican Garage Punk band
  • Zu (drummer): Italian instrument band from Rome
  • Wet Lungs: Frankenstein’s latest monster band is made up of equal parts The Roller, The Locust, utter mayhem, and pinpoint precision.
  • Dead Cross: American hardcore punk supergroup
  • Black Death Rat Poison

Serbian has helped introduce a generation of kids to experimental heavy music. The Southern Californian elevated Austin’s heavy music scene with his works in local bands like Skycrwaler and recorded an EP burn-bright-burn fastest grindcore outfit Wet Lungs.

Serbian remained a member of The Locust until his death. The band is scheduled to headline an Oblivion Access festival show on May 15, 2022. There is no news that the band would perform amid this tragic loss.

Cause of Death

The cause of Gabe’s death is not confirmed yet but what we are sure about is that he has left behind undying music for us to cherish. He is survived by his wife and two children. If you’re a heavy metal and punk fan, you’d know what he meant to this world. Gabe, you’ll always be missed.

I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.


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