Off The Cross Recruit Members Of Aborted, Epica, Eluveitie, Etc. For Cover Of Ghost’s “Dance Macabre”

Off The Cross have shared a cover of Ghost’s “Dance Macabre.” The track features a number of special guests including: Kris Martens (Tangled Horns, Diablo Blvd.), Jason Bernard (King Hiss), Coen Janssen (Epica), Casper De Decker (Hamelin, Rānn), Servaas Steurbaut (Bizkit Park, Bulls On Parade), Jonas Wolf (Eluveitie, Illumishade), Isaac Delahaye (Epica), Jan Coudron (King Hiss, Carneia), Alex Agnew (Diablo Blvd.), Dani Hart, Sven De Caluwé (Aborted), Jeroen Vranken (Arson), Jeroen Camerlynck (Fleddy Melculy), and Simon Duson (Carnation).

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”

Static-X, Aborted, Black Crown Initiate, Etc. Members Form Heavy Metal Choir For “Doom Eternal” Score

Composer Mick Gordon has recruited a full choir of heavy metal singers to contribute to the score for the latest installment in the “Doom” video game series “Doom Eternal” (out March 20). The artists that took part include: Tony Campos (Static-X, etc.), Sven de Caluwe (Aborted), James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate), James Rivera (Helstar), Linzey Rae (The Anchor), the late Nature Ganganbaigal (Tengger Cavalry), Rae Amitry (Immortal Bird), Ben Crossbones (Arkane), Chad Kapper (Frontierer), Chelsea Rocha-Murphy (Kinnefret), Chelsea Strickland (Accursed Creator), Emanuel Palalic (The False Archaic), Emma Lytle (Vault Dweller), Linsay O’Connor (Coma Cluster Void), Natalie Kahan (Wildspeaker), Wesley Merritt (The World I Knew), Lucy Lenoir (Apothica), Tre Watson Chris De Leon, Aaron Grace, Andrea Pacas, and Elijah Arnold.

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.”

Decapitated Recruit Aborted Drummer Ken Bedene For Upcoming European/UK Tour

Decapitated have recruited Aborted’s Ken Bedene to handle drumming duties on their upcoming European/UK tour. This news comes after the band previously toured with Vader’s James Stewart following Michal Lysejko’s departure.

Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka commented:

“Decapitated are stoked to announce that Ken Bedene will play as session drummer throughout the upcoming Faces of death tour! Ken is one of my favourite death metal drummers – he’s a great guy and an incredibly talented musician. We’ve toured with his band Aborted several times in the past, and the experience was always great. We have some awesome memories of sharing the stage together. I cannot wait!”

Bedene added:

“I’m very excited to announce that I will be filling in on drums for death metal legends Decapitated on their upcoming Faces of Death tour. Decapitated is a band that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing very well and have toured with multiple times throughout my career. I can’t wait to share the stage with them and bring my own intensity to their music!”

Tour Dates (with Beyond Creation, Ingested, Lorna Shore, and Viscera):

03/06 Berlin, GER – Lido
03/07 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
03/08 Aarhus, DEN – VoxHall
03/09 Hannover, GER – Bei Chez Heinz
03/10 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel
03/11 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
03/12 London, UK – ULU Live
03/13 Glasgow, UK – Slay
03/14 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
03/15 Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux’s
03/16 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
03/17 Southampton, UK – The Loft
03/18 Aarschot, BEL – De Klinker Club
03/19 Paris, FRA – Le Trabendo
03/20 Aarau, SWI – KIFF
03/21 Karlsruhe, GER – Weiße Rose
03/22 Padern Dugnano, ITA – Slaughter Club
03/23 Munich, GER – Backstage
03/24 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
03/25 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
03/26 Prague, CZE – Nova Chmelnice
03/27 Wroclaw, POL – Klub Pralnia
03/28 Dresden, GER – Club Puschkin