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Jim Korthe
Born June 20, 1970(1970-06-20)
Died January 13, 2010 (aged 39)
San Pedro, California, U.S.
Genres Heavy metal, rapcore, thrash metal
Instruments Vocals, drums
Years active 1987–2010
Labels Deep Six Records, Hollywood Records, MCA Records
Associated acts 3rd Strike, Phantasm, Dimestore Hoods

Jim Korthe (June 20, 1970–January 13, 2010) was an American heavy metal musician. He was a drummer in the 1980's thrash metal band Phantasm and later fronted the rapcore band 3rd Strike.

Life and musical career

Korthe grew up in San Pedro, California, and after displaying interest in music early in his life[1] became involved in local bands. In 1987, at the age of 16, he became a member of Phantasm. The band was something of a heavy metal supergroup, as it also featured Ron McGovney, formerly of Metallica, and Katon W. De Pena of Hirax. Despite acclaim and prominent touring, the band dissolved after a short career due to internal tensions stemming from age divides and alcohol abuse within the band.[2] (Although the band never released an album, 2001's Wreckage album repackages their demo with live tracks from 1987 featuring Korthe playing drums.)

In 1988, Korthe next began the Dimestore Hoods,[3] a group interested in both hardcore and rap musics. In the group, Korthe acted as lead vocalist and primary songwriter. Around this same time, Korthe also became heavily involved in Southern California gang culture, leading to problems with drugs and the law.[1][3] After spending several years deeply embroiled in "street" culture, Korthe made a conscious decision to step away from the lifestyle and focus on his music.[1]

Dimestore Hoods released an album with MCA Records in 1995, but disagreements with the label led the band to change their name and personnel,[3] christening the new band 3rd Strike. The group underwent several personnel shifts themselves and withstood several breakups before releasing their first album, 2002's Lost Angel, released on Hollywood Records. The band toured with the Warped Tour and Ozzfest touring circuits[4] in support of their dark and multi-disciplinary brand of heavy metal before disbanding in 2004. In 2007, the band reformed and began work on new material, but a second record never materialized.

On January 13, 2010, Korthe was found dead in his home. He was 39.


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