Aborted Lost About $60,000 Due To Spring Tour Cancellation

As previously reported, Aborted’s spring North American tour with Napalm Death and more was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the band’s vocalist Sven de Caluwé has revealed the significant losses that they have faced due to the cancellation.

Sven said the following on The MetalSucks Quarantinecast:

“What really sucked is that we made all these expenses for the Napalm Death tour which we were very excited to do, of course. Of course, this shit happens and now we’ve got a quite hefty bill to pay so hopefully that gets taken care of and we can move on. Obviously expenses are higher when you’re on the road, but you get revenue from it too. Now we have zero revenue and we had our merch bill, which was roughly a little bit less than $40,000.

We knew some stuff [related to the coronavirus] was going on so preemptively with IndieMerch we decided to wait until the last possible moment to print the tour shirts. So fortunately there was nothing with tour dates [printed on it]. But all the other merch was printed and there’s quite a bit of it, so that totals up to about $40,000.

Then, we already had a deposit on the bus, we had all our flights booked. We paid I think a little over $10,000 on U.S. work visas. So all together we’re looking at losing $60,000.

The shittiest part is the work visas, because that’s $10,000. We asked if we could get a refund or an extension of the period because it’s $10,000 for one year and… nope.”

He went on to say that the band won’t resort to crowdfunding:

“We have all the merch available on IndieMerch, so if people want to buy some stuff that they had planned on buying on tour, please go ahead: it’ll help us a lot. At the same time, I don’t think it’s my place to tell people where to spend their money. There’s a lot of people being laid off, waiting for checks to come in, and it’s tough for everybody. Its more important to me to know that fans be safe, make sure you’re OK, and everything will get back to normal.

We’re not going to do a GoFundMe or ask for money because I don’t think now is the time to do so. We’ll do what we can to be OK. Support us in any way you can if you have some spare income, buy a shirt, but I’m not going to ask for money.”

[via The PRP]

Napalm Death Officially Comment On Spring Tour Cancellation

Napalm Death have officially commented on the cancellation of their spring tour with Aborted, Tombs, and WVRM. This news comes after Aborted previously confirmed that the trek was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Napalm Death said the following:

“Hi everybody,

We have been having a few enquiries via the Napalm Death channels about ticket refunds for currently scheduled gig dates – specifically in North America. There’s nothing we can directly do in terms of being able to action those, but at the same time of course we’re not a band to turn a blind eye when people need to know.

Basically we have made enquiries with our North American booker and he assures us that all currently scheduled gigs have been cancelled and he has instructed local promoters to issue refunds. What this effectively means is that you should apply for a refund at “point of purchase” – in other words, whichever channel you employed to buy any tickets. Hope this clarifies things.

Please stay safe because health and safety trumps all (no pun intended).

Love

Napalm Death“

Aborted Confirm Cancellation Of Spring Tour With Napalm Death, Etc.

It looks like Napalm Death‘s spring tour with Aborted, Tombs, and WVRM has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Aborted confirmed the news on Facebook.

Aborted commented:

“Hey everyone,

We wanted to give you guys some good news in these dark days but unfortunately seems like nothing is spared from the Covid-19 outbreak. Due to all the measures in place (which everyone should follow, mind you), we have to cancel our upcoming tour with Napalm death, Tombs and WVRM.

We feel that we as artists have to do our part as well in urging people to help flatten the curve and take part in social distancing for a while. In the meanwhile this leaves us, along with many others, with a huge financial deficit as our tour merch was already printed, plus work visas; flights; deposits etc were already paid for and it puts us in a very sh***y situation.

We won’t ever ask for a gofundme or anything from anyone. But if you planned on coming to one of the shows and get some merch and you want to support us if possible at all, you can now grab out tour merch from indiemerch and help us resolve this financial catastrophe.

Now is the time to support the bands you love, support them by streaming their music; buying the records and merch as this will be the sole source of income for many of us for the unforeseeable future.

In the meantime we will be working on a tour to replace this one with when possible and write the next album while we are stuck at home like everyone else. Hoping all of you are safe and doing well, thank you in advance and take care of your loved ones.

Sven, Stefano, Ken, Ian & Harrison

http://indiemerchstore.com/b/aborted
*Everything will start shipping next week, we are working through getting it in the system so they will show on pre-order at the moment*”

Aborted Premiere New Song “Gloom And The Art Of Tribulation”

Aborted have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Gloom And The Art Of Tribulation.” This track is from the band’s new EP “La Grande Mascarade,” which will be released on April 17. Vocalist Svencho commented:

“Alright, alright alright. It’s time for whoop ass! Here it is you lovely death mongers and gore maniacs, the brand spanking new single ‘Gloom and the Art of Tribulation’. Enjoy this little poem about flowers, leaky buttholes and the emancipation of my ingrowing toe nails! As Joe Rogan said once: listen to Aborted, DO IT NAAAWWW! Lyric video by the people from Aimed & framed and the noise has been orchestrated to sound sick by Kohle! We hope you guys enjoy it! Don’t forget to snag the VERY LAST copies of our pre-order bundle while you can! YARRR”

Guitarist Harrison Patuto Officially Joins Aborted

Aborted have officially welcomed Harrison Patuto (ex-Vale Of Pnath, etc.) to the band as their new guitarist. He is replacing Mendel bij de Leij, who exited the band last year.

Aborted commented:

“Up and atom! Faster than a shark, sharper than a scalpel and has more cats than your regular disgruntled cat lady, we have a permanent replacement for Mendel – ladies and gents, please welcome Harrison Patuto as the official 5th member of the band.”

Patuto added:

“It is with great pleasure that I announce my permanence within the band of Aborted. This past year has been a surplus of hard work and good times, as we performed a total of 82 shows together. There were big shoes to fill for me, but the dedication, effort, talent and kindness of the guys has made it all the more easy for me to feel at home. There are exciting things ahead, and I could not be more honoured to be a part of it.”

You can see footage of Patuto performing “Exquisite Convinous Drama” below:

Aborted Announce New Spring Shows

Aborted have booked some new shows around their tour with Napalm Death, Tombs, and WVRM. Here’s the dates:

04/14 Sacramento – Holy Diver (with The Kennedy Veil and Purification By Fire)
04/15 Reno, NV – Blue Bird (with The Kennedy Veil and Purification By Fire)
04/16 Boise, ID – Shredder (The Kennedy Veil and Purification By Fire)
05/05 Jacksonville, FL – Archetype (with Tombs)
05/12 Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats West (with Tombs and Wvrm)
05/17 Petaluma, CA – The Phoenix Theater (with Wolf King and Purification By Fire)

Aborted To Release New EP “La Grande Mascarade” In April

Aborted will be releasing a new EP titled “La Grande Mascarade” on April 17. The effort will feature three new tracks including: “Gloom And The Art Of Tribulation, “Serpent Of Depravity,” and “Funereal Malediction.”

The band commented:

“Allright you primitive screwheads! Here’s some more good news for ya; this is my boomsti.. wait.. SO Not only are we coming with this ultimate badass tour with Napalm Death – who will show everyone what grind your groin means – but we are also happy to announce you our latest boomsti..err release.

Since 2020 marks 25 years of us making noise, we figured we should take advantage of that fact and serve you guys up some tasty treats in the form of ‘La Grande Mascarade‘ (Yes it’s french; you grammar nazis), which is a brandspanking new EP featuring 3 new tracks.

If you want to hear us go full ‘special person’ and go beyond the limits of what we have done so far, stay tuned for the first single soon (maybe…) Oh yes, we also just released some pre orders for this; snag some if you want to support the band and get ready for death metal!

And for the Europeans out there, Impericon will have the same pre order up in the next few days! GRRRR! and shit.

Artwork has been provided by the mighty Mitchell Nolte Mitchell Nolte Art and Illustration

La Grande Mascarade tracklist:
1- Gloom and the Art of Tribulation
2- Serpent of Depravity
3- Funereal Malediction

The whole thing has been mixed and mastered by the one and only Kohle Kristian Kohle Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studio.

Indiemerch pre order: https://www.indiemerch.com/aborted/item/82903

Get ready for some truly disgusting metal of death my friends!
Yours truly; the blastards.”

Aborted, Entombed A.D., & Baest Announce European Tour

Aborted, Entombed A.D., and Baest will be hitting the road on the “Hell Over Europe III Tour.” You can find the dates for that run below. Aborted will touring in support of their latest album “TerrorVision,” while Entombed A.D. will be touring in support of their new album “Bowels Of Earth” (out August 30) and Baest will be touring in support of their new album “Venenum” (out September 13).

Tour Dates:

10/18 London, UK – The Dome
10/19 Paderborn, GER – Metal Inferno Festival
10/20 Leipzig, GER – Taubchentall
10/21 Prague, CZE – Futurum
10/22 Bratislava, SLO – Randal Club
10/23 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
10/24 Vilnius, LIT – Kablys
10/25 Riga, LAT – Melna Piektdiena
10/26 Talinn, EST – Tapper
10/27 Helsinki, FIN – On The Rocks
10/29 Stockholm, SWE – Slykhust
10/30 Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik
10/31 Oslo, NOR – Jon Dee
11/01 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega
11/02 Kassel, GER – Goldgrube
11/03 Mannheim, GER – MS Complex
11/04 Milano, ITA – Legend Club
11/06 Murcia, SPA – Garaje
11/07 Malaga, SPA – Paris15
11/09 Bilbao, SPA – Stage Live
11/10 Toulouse, FRA – Metronum
11/11 Niort, FRA – Camji
11/12 Rennes, FRA – Ubu
11/13 Savigny Le Temple, FRA – L’Empreinte
11/14 Antwerp, BEL – Zappa
11/15 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
11/16 Sittard, NET – Volt
11/17 Hamburg, GER – Kulturpalast

Guitarist Mendel bij de Leij Exits Aborted

Guitarist Mendel bij de Leij has announced his departure from Aborted. The band’s upcoming tour with Cryptopsy, Benighted, and Hideous Divinity will go on as planned with guest guitarist Harrison Patuto (Vale Of Pnath, etc.).

Mendel bij de Leij commented:

“Man, where do I begin? I guess I’ll cut right to the chase: After almost 7 years of what has been one of the best experiences of my life, we mutually have come to the agreement that this is the point where Aborted ends for me.

After my father passed away last year my focus started to slowly shift on different levels whereas the others were dedicated and motivated to make Aborted dominate, and believe me: they will, and I’m extremely proud of them.

I remember I started listening to Aborted back in 2004, becoming a fan boy and I’ll never forget the moment Sven asked me to join 8 years later; truly a moment I still embrace to this day.

Of course I will miss my brothers, I love them; I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. I couldn’t have wished for any better group of idiots, not a chance!

For now I will focus on my solo project “Mendel”, my job (being a mixing/mastering engineer) and other musical endeavors.

And the following is a cliché perhaps, but truly: All the fans around the world and all those who’ve supported us, you guys fucking rule from the bottom of my heart.

Now if you guys don’t support my boys on their upcoming tour and future plans: I’ll get Chuck Norris to roundhouse kick all of you.

Cheers”

The group added:

“We’d like to take the opportunity to thank Mendel for all the great moments we shared together and wish him nothing but the best with his future endeavors. At the same time we are excited to announce Harrison Patuto (Vale of Pnath, Dissonance in Design) as our fill in guitarist for the HONA tour, who has proven to be more than up to the task.

Hide yo kids, hide yo wives, the boys are coming to a town near you to spread the terror vision so come on out to join the damn blast beat party!!

Sven, Ken, Ian, Stefano“