A Vulgar Display Of Power: Courage and Carnage At The Alrosa Villa

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Ex-Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott was attacked and murdered while performing with his new band Damageplan on Dec. 8, 2004. While the media focused only on the crime, several unsung heroes remained forgotten. This is the story of three brave men who made a difference in countless lives by paying the price with their own.

Over the span of 14 months, author Chris A has researched the people, places and circumstances leading to the horrific murders of beloved guitarist, Dimebag Darrell Abbott, bodyguard Jeffery Mayhem Thompson, professional roadie Erin Halk and fan, husband and father, Nathan Bray. The result is an insightful, thought provoking book that induces a powerful range of emotions.

While the book explores the background and motive of the killer who callously took the lives of these four innocent people, the focus goes far beyond the specifics of the crime. A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa crosses many genres; its part rock n roll history, part true-crime and part biography. The result is a modern-day inspirational chronicle of good versus evil. At times graphic in its content, its intention isn t to shock or sensationalize, but rather to clearly articulate the raw courage and selflessness of those who paid the ultimate price. Above all, the author placed great emphasis on recounting the events with accuracy and taste. The book has been meticulously researched and the author has personally interviewed and corresponded with hundreds of people involved. Augmented by 240 photos, most never published, readers will meet the heroes, the police officers, paramedics, fans and venue employees who worked together to try to save lives and demonstrate compassion. A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa delivers a powerful, inspirational and educational message that will touch all who turn its pages.

A book by Chris A.
Foreword written by first responding Officer James Niggemeyer.

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About the Author:

Rock writer and photographer, Chris A., has worked with many great names in the rock and heavy metal industry, and contributes to many publications. Chris is a patch wearing member of Zack Wyldes, Black Label Society. He is also an avid guitar collector and player. When he is not writing under his Rock/Metal pseudonym, Chris A., his other works can be found under his full name, Chris Armold, MSgt, USAF (Ret), Writer/Photographer. The author of two military books detailing the history of the US combat helmet from WWI to present. Chris worked for three years in the Pentagon under both Admiral Crowe and General Colon Powell. He has a bachelors degree in criminal justice and a masters degree in Human Resource Development and another masters in Public Administration. Rock writer and photographer, Chris A., has worked with many great names in the rock and heavy metal industry, and contributes to many publications. Chris is a patch wearing member of Zack Wyldes, Black Label Society. He is also an avid guitar collector and player. When he is not writing under his Rock/Metal pseudonym, Chris A., his other works can be found under his full name, Chris Armold, MSgt, USAF (Ret), Writer/Photographer. The author of two military books detailing the history of the US combat helmet from WWI to present. Chris worked for three years in the Pentagon under both Admiral Crowe and General Colon Powell. He has a bachelors degree in criminal justice and a masters degree in Human Resource Development and another masters in Public Administration.

From Publishers Weekly:

Anticipating the third anniversary of revered heavy-metal guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's onstage murder, author Chris A. (abbreviated from "Armold") presents an exhaustive account of the people and events involved in that December 2004 evening. Abbott, known primarily for his work with fan favorite Pantera, is relegated to secondary-character status, along with his band, Damageplan, while Chris A. focuses on the three other men who died that night at Columbus, Ohio's Alrosa Villa concert venue while coming to the guitarist's aid. (The gunman, Nathan Gale, was also killed at the scene, by Columbus Police Office James Niggemeyer, who provides an introduction.) In the first half, Chris A. recounts individual stories of doomed Damageplan security honcho Jeffery "Mayhem" Thompson, Alrosa Villa roadie Erin Halk, fan Nathan Bray and the murderer (referred to throughout as "the Beast"). The second half provides gripping minute-by-minute documentation of the tragic night. Despite an amateurish style, which occasionally reads like a term paper and contains little dialogue, Chris A. has reconstructed the crime in admirable detail, and includes 240 black-and-white photographs (many from the crime scene). Chris A.'s narrative is gripping, but not a rock bio by any means; as such, it's more fitting for the true crime crowd than hard-core headbangers.
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