Long Island slam death-metal band Internal Bleeding has dedicated its video for the track “Final Justice” that it released Friday (April 21) to drummer Bill Tolley of Bethpage, New York. Tolley, 42, was a 14-year veteran of the New York Fire Department who died April 20 after falling from a roof while responding to a two-alarm fire at a Queens apartment.
According to NoCleanSinging.com, which premiered the video, the unveiling had been in the works for weeks before Tolley’s untimely death. “Final Justice” is a teaser for Internal Bleeding’s upcoming album Corrupting Influence. A March 20 post on the band’s Facebook page shows the five-piece intended to embark on a three-week tour of U.S. clubs starting May 27.
Tolley’s bandmates called him “the heartbeat of the band” in a statement they issued after his death. “There are zero words to describe the loss. He was a good, decent and honorable man who loved his friends, his family and the people he served. There will never be another like him. There are no words to describe the utter sadness and despair we feel right now. Bill was our rock, our heart and supplier of insane laughter. The music world lost a very influential drummer, and the world lost a friend, a father and a damn good man. We love you, Bill.”
Internal Bleeding added a dedication to Tolley in the beginning of the video. The band said of going forward with the premiere, “Bill would want that more than anything. It will mean so much.”
The group thanked fans for their condolences in a Facebook post Friday, noting, “Bill was proud of the video and the song and was really looking forward to today; he was excited to share all of it with you. He loved every IB fan. He used to always say, ‘We have the best f—ing fans,’ and he meant it … Keep the tributes pouring in. Let him feel it!”
In announcing Tolley’s death, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated, “A man dedicated to protecting others gave his life to this work and, like all members of the FDNY, understood every single day he was putting his life on the line, but he did it willingly in service of others. Today, he made the ultimate sacrifice. Our hearts go out to his family.”
The New York Fire Department’s Safety Command is conducting an investigation to determine why Tolley fell. According to Newsday, a funeral mass will be held April 27 at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage.
Tolley is survived by his wife, Marie, and daughter, Isabella, as well as his brother, Bobby, and parents Marie and Bob Tolley.