Victoria Scalisi, the vocalist for the influential Savannah metal band DAMAD, died in the early morning hours of August 2nd at age 53. She was diagnosed last year with colorectal cancer that spread to her liver.
Formed in the early ‘90s, DAMAD released two albums, three EPs and several split releases with other bands. By the turn of the century, DAMAD went on the backburner while guitarist Phillip Cope, bassist Brian Duke and drummer Christian Depken joined forces with guitarist Laura Pleasants to focus on their new group, Kylesa, which went on to achieve notable success worldwide. With Kylesa currently shelved for an open-ended break, DAMAD had been doing selected reunion shows, but a northeastern tour set for early this year was cancelled after Scalisi’s condition grew more serious.
In the years since DAMAD’s initial run, Scalisi had a band called Karst, and more recently was fronting one called Lies in Stone. DAMAD’s last show in Savannah occurred last October at the Jinx.