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]

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.

Aborted, Ex-System Divide, Etc. Members Join Forces In Oracles/Band Set To Release Debut Album In July

Sven De Caluwé (Aborted), Sanna Salou (ex-Dimlight), Mendel Bij de Leij (Aborted), Steve Miller (ex-System Divide, Loculus), Andrei Aframov (ex-System Divide), and Ken Bedene (Aborted, ex-Abigail Williams) have joined forces a new band called Oracles. The band have signed a deal with Deadlight Entertainment and plan to release their debut album “Miserycorde” on July 1.