How did Bob Nalbandian die? Inside Metal Director’s cause of death Explained

Bob Nalbandian

Bob Nalbandian, a long-time journalist podcaster, and director sadly passed away. Let’s see, how did Bob Nalbandian die and his cause of death in detail.

How did Bob Nalbandian die?

Bob Nalbandian, a Director and Producer at Inside Metal Documentary Series and Band Vs Brand Documentary died on December 31, 2022.

The metal historian journalist and filmmaker Bob Nalbandian passed away early today in Redding California.

Condolences to Bob’s family and friends during this difficult time. This sad news was confirmed by the music artist, Dave Mustaine on social media post, saying,

Sad news today, my friend Bob Nalbandian, the metal legend who helped me find Marty Friedman, has passed away. We will miss you terribly, Bob. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

Bob Nalbandian cause of death:

Director and Producer of Inside Metal, Bob Nalbandian passed away suddenly and the music industry mourns for the loss of this great legend. We are sorry for your loss.

Bob Nalbandian cause of death was an illness. However, the type of illness he suffered was not known yet. Music artists, friends and family of Nalbandian shared their heartfelt condolences to him on socail media.

Who was Bob Nalbandian?

Bob Nalbandian began his career in the music and entertainment industry at the age of 17 as the publisher/editor-in-chief of the legendary heavy metal fanzine.

The Headbanger in April 1982, was a nationally distributed zine that included the very first profiles of then-unsigned LA bands Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Armored Saint.

Nalbandian worked as a contributing editor for many well-known music magazines in the 1980s and 1990s. It includes Metal Rendezvous, Creem, Music Connection, Hit Parader, BAM, and Foundations, as well as an associate editor for the men’s magazines Platinum and Men’s Perspective.

Bob Nalbandian managed the Orange County, California hard metal band EDEN before The Headbanger was disbanded in 1985. In 1984, he signed the band to a global deal with Enigma/Restless Records.

Early in the 1990s, Nalbandian hired Marty Friedman, a guitarist for the multi-platinum band Megadeth, who later served as the president of Roadrunner Records’ west coast branch, where he worked directly with several of the label’s cutting-edge acts at the time, including Sepultura, Type-O Negative, and Last Crack.


Nalbandian worked for Roadrunner for a year before moving on to assist label head Herb Cohen at Bizarre/Straight Records (Rhino/WEA).

Additionally, Bob Nalbandian obtained license agreements with significant international businesses throughout the 1990s, including Century Media (US & Europe), Roadrunner Japan, Cherry Red/ Hear No Evil/ Universal Music (UK & Europe), JVC/ Victor (Japan), Music For Nations (UK), Bandai/ Apollon (Japan), Polystar (Japan), and High Vaultage/ Metal 4 Muthas (Germany).

Bob Nalbandian was the director and co-producer of the documentaries BAND VS BRAND and INSIDE METAL (both from MetalRock Films) (Cleopatra Entertainment).

The Inside Metal movies include “Pioneers of LA Hard Rock and Metal,” “LA Metal Scene Explodes,” “The Rise of LA Thrash Metal” and “Bay Area Godfathers” (each film is 2-Parts).

Bob Nalbandian is also the founder and host of two major Metal Podcasts: The Shockwaves Skullsessions Podcast ( and the Shockwaves/ Hard Radio Podcast (

Tributes to Bob Nalbandian:

Jessica Chase posted,

R.I.P. Bob Nalbandian

You were the nicest guy and will be so missed. #robaaart #InsideMetal

Nick Menza posted,

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you all that Nick’s good friend, metal historian journalist, and filmmaker Bob Nalbandian passed away early today in Redding California.

Condolences to Bob’s family and friends during this difficult time, Know that we are thinking of you and remembering Bob. (RIP Bob Nalbandian) You may be gone but you will never be forgotten.

Craig Locicero posted,

I can’t even believe I’m posting this. Alexander W. Gray just informed me that Bob Nalbandian has passed away. Another massive loss in the Metal Community.

Bob was a major player in the LA Metal and Thrash scene in the 80s. He was ground-level with Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Armored Saint among many others.

More recently I did some interviews with Bob for his video series for Metal Rock Films. His latest release was Bay Area Godfathers.

A positive force and huge supporter of all we’ve contributed to over the past 5 decades. One of the sweetest guys I’ve ever known.

Rest easy, Bob. You will always be one of the faves on the Mount Rushmore of Metal’s influencers to me.

Kevin Estrada posted,

To all my friends in music. We have lost a great man today. Bob Nalbandian passed away this morning. I am still absorbing this – he was a dear friend of mine of over 40 years. My prayers and sincere condolences to his entire family. Bob, you will be missed!

March Lowe posted,

Rest in Peace, Bob Nalbandian. I’m so sad. We kept missing each other at shows, like the Metallica shows last year, but finally connected at the John 5 show at the DNA Lounge in April. He was on my show a couple of times too. Raising my glass to Bob right now. Cheers and thanks to the music historians and storytellers like Bob, the unsung heroes of the music scene.


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