Russkaja Call It Quits Due To Russia’s War In Ukraine: “The Soviet Imagery And Style Is Forever Damaged Now”

Russkaja have officially called it quits. The group’s decision was a response to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

The band issued the following statement:

“Hey there,

the band RUSSKAJA has ultimately decided to quit with the band. This is after 18 years very sad news of course, but the ongoing war in Ukraine that was initiated by Russia on Feb 204th 2022 makes it impossible for us to continue with an image and style that is making satirical use of Soviet symbols and language. The band is called RUSSKAJA (transl. Russian) and based a lot on those attributes with a singer that was born in Russia and brought to Austria more than 30 years ago.

What once was fun in the band’s music is nothing but bitter now and the band members cannot go on stage anymore without feeling that bitterness in every note played and every word sung. All the lyrics written have a totally different meaning now and none of the bandmembers wants to represent this since in these times it is only associated with war, death, crime and blood spilled.

The time has finally come to stop this. We tried to do statements, position ourselves publicly for what we stand and that’s peace and unity. But we can feel that it’s not enough and also it will not change anymore. We realized that this war will not stop soon and even if it would, the Soviet imagery and style is forever damaged now.

RUSSKAJA has also become a target in the web, there’s shitstorms everyday and with every new single we release. People call us Russian terrorist and pro-Russian even if we are the exact opposite. Finally we also care about the safety of our crew and all people involved and we don’t want to risk anything violent happening when we’re on the road and playing shows.

To most of us RUSSKAJA was not only our band but it was also our existence. This decision is very very sad for all of us but after all that happened since Feb 24 2022 we don’t see any other chance here.

We hope that all fans, promoters & partners can understand the hell we’re going through taking our own baby to the grave after all these years. As a farewell gift we wanna give you our new album TURBO POLKA PARTY.


Panic! At The Disco Call It Quits

Panic! At The Disco have officially called it quits. Brendon Urie is retiring the band so he can focus on his family life.

Urie issued the following statement:

“Well, it’s been a hell of a journey…

Growing up in Vegas I could’ve never imagined where this life would take me. So many places all over the world, and all the friends we’ve made along the way.

But sometimes a journey must end for a new one to begin. We’ve been trying to keep it to ourselves, though some of you may have heard.. Sarah and I are expecting a baby very soon! The prospect of being a father and getting to watch my wife become a mother is both humbling and exciting. I look forward to this next adventure.

That said, I am going to bring this chapter of my life to an end and put my focus and energy on my family, and with that Panic! At The Disco will be no more.

Thank you all for your immense support over the years. I’ve sat here trying to come up with the perfect way to say this and I truly can’t put into words how much it has meant to us. Whether you’ve been here since the beginning or are just finding us, it has been a pleasure to not only share the stage with so many talented people but also share our time with you. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Europe and the UK for one last run together.

I love you. I appreciate you. Thank you for existing.


Palisades Announce Final Live Show

Palisades will be playing their final show at the House of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ on February 25. Notably, the concert will find the band joined by former vocalist Lou Miceli Jr. and former guitarist/samplist Earl Halasan.

The group commented:

“Twelve years. Five Friends. One Last Show.

Words can’t describe what this band has given all of us, but we’re gonna try. Palisades was the vessel for all of our wildest dreams. We strived to write music that made you feel something, whether that was dancing around having fun or having eyes welled up with emotion from something you were going through. We saw the world and got to see places we never thought we would have. We got to go from the smallest of rooms to the biggest of stages. But more importantly, we made a connection with all of you. We got to share our stories with you through music and you share yours with us at every show. We also wanted to bring two influential pieces of Palisades history back with us to say goodbye one last time. So please come join us as we close this chapter. Because this one is for all of you, our family. For the ones who watched us from the very beginning in Jersey to everyone over the world. For the ones who turned on the radio or heard us on the Internet. For the ones with tattoos of our lyrics and logos. For the ones who made custom jackets and merch. For the ones who drove or flew to every show, only saw us once or never at all. This one’s for you. So from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for everything.


Lou, Matt, Aaron, Xavier & Earl”

Did Blessthefall Call It Quits?

It appears Blessthefall may have called it quits. The band have yet to make an official announcement, but their website is no longer operational and all of their content has been removed from Instagram. According to a tweet from a fan, all of the members have also removed the band from their individual Instagram accounts.

The Sword Call It Quits

The Sword have officially called it quits. The news was confirmed by vocalist/guitarist John D. Cronise.

Cronise said the following:

“Hello friends, I find it my duty to inform you that, after much contemplation, I have reached the difficult conclusion that it’s time to bring The Sword‘s long and storied career to a close.

When I started the band back in 2004, I could’ve only hoped for the successes we’ve enjoyed, and I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to do it for a living for almost two decades. In that time everything I ever wanted to say and do with The Sword creatively has been said and done, and so the time has come for me to move on to other endeavors.

Thanks to everyone who’s ever come to a show, bought our albums and merch, and supported us over the years. Thanks to everyone who’s teched, tour managed, done sound, or sold merch for us. Thanks to all the bands who’ve taken us on tour and to all the bands we’ve taken on tour.

Thanks to the promotors and venues who booked us and let us play. Thanks to the producers and recording engineers who worked on our albums and to the labels that released them. Thanks to Josh our booking agent and Mark our business manager, whom we are glad to count as friends. And most of all thanks to my bandmates, Kyle, Bryan, Jimmy, and Trivett, for having faith in me and allowing me to realize my vision. You dudes are true legends.

It’s been a helluva journey. Now it’s time for the next chapter…”

Tristania Call It Quits

Tristania have officially called it quits. As a result, all of the band’s “future plans, including [their] scheduled Latin America Tour in December, have been cancelled.”

The band issued the following statement:


After 26 years on the international metal scene, the members of Tristania have this week taken the heavy decision to call it a day. This means that future plans, including the scheduled Latin America Tour in December, have been cancelled.

Struggling through some truly challenging years, like the rest of the world, we have been eager to finally look ahead, with the Latin America Tour being the next big thing for us.

Last week came the news about a serious medical situation in near family within the band, which will make it impossible to pursue both short and long-term plans with the band. This came as a shock to us and we are truly sorry to share this.

Tristania is a band that has never made compromises in our art, and it has never been an option for us to present anything not 100 percent to our fans and followers. The timing of this could not have been worse, and it is especially sad for us not to be able to meet our friends in Latin America again. We have always had a special relationship to our Latin American fans.

Our sincere apologies to everyone that will be affected by our decision.

We want to thank everyone we have worked together with for almost three decades of writing music, recording, releasing and touring, but especially we would like to give an extra heartful thank you to Continental Concerts that has stood by us in thick and thin through a significant part of the band’s career.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank our loyal fans all over the world for amazing experiences through the years. Without you, we would not have had the inspiration to continue for so many years.

It has been an eventful 26 years. Now, let us all cherish the memories.


Torche Plan To Call It Quits Following The Departure Of Steve Brooks

Torche’s Steve Brooks has revealed that the band will be calling it quits following their tour with Meshuggah, Converge, and In Flames. This news comes after the vocalist/guitarist previously said that he was planning to exit the group after the aforementioned trek.

Brooks said the following about the band’s demise in a past Instagram comment that recently resurfaced:

“True. We’re done. Only plan on reissuing out of print records some day.”

He also added the following in a separate comment:

“I had adventures in this band I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise and made many friends through touring. At this point, I live in rural Oregon Coast and everyone else is in Miami. It’s a mission travelling across country to be crammed in a van for a month, worrying about money to cover all these expenses, possible theft, health/safety and depending on others to take care of our responsibilities at home is too much. The only enjoyable moments for me is onstage (30-80 minutes.) Come see us, if you can.”

Despite the impending breakup, the band recently released a new song tilted “It Never Began.”

[via The PRP]

Are Circa Survive Calling It Quits? (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Anthony Green has since denied the rumors:

Original Story:

Circa Survive appear to have broken up. The rumors originated from a statement that the band posted on Patreon. The SOTS Podcast shared a screenshot of that from Reddit: