August 04, 2010

Referring to the HORRENDOUS review here in the reviewsection we need to add that this demo isn’t self-financed but a co-release between Dark Descent Records and Skeleton Plague Records. To buy this demo get in touch with one of the labels at www.darkdescent.net or www.skeletonplaguerecords.com.

ATHEIST have parted ways with bassist Tony Choy. Freshly done with the recording sessions of their fourth studio album "Jupiter", the band wrote the following (shortened) statement: "When we came together to write again, it was an obvious choice, for several reasons, to try and continue in what has been our touring line-up. We’ve had such a great time together on the road for the past four years. We’re all great friends, and all of us were working peacefully towards the completion of the album. Therefore it hit us very unexpectedly when Tony called one day and informed us that he would not record with us. What’s worse is that this happened only four weeks prior to our confirmed studio date. This left us in a very unfortunate position and without a choice. Although we are quite angry with him for this extremely late, and inconsiderate, change of heart, we have no desire to let this become personal or start some public feud. We simply want to be sure the facts are out there so we can get on with writing and playing music. As with previous classic ATHEIST material, Tony had not contributed to the writing of "Jupiter" in any significant way, so we did not have to start over. Also, we had no intention to accept any further delay caused by Tony, especially since there was already an extremely talented young musician in our ranks: Jonathan Thompson (guitar). Not only did Jonathan do his intricate guitar lines flawlessly on "Jupiter", but as a huge fan of Roger’s work, he also wrote and performed the very impressive and original bass lines on this album as well. That is quite a story in itself. Tony may tour with ATHEIST, but for now it shall suffice that rather than settle for some random guy, we went with the best and kept it in the family." – Kelly Shaefer and Steven Flynn on behalf of ATHEIST.

Serbia’s Black / Death Metallers BANE will release their debut full-length "Chaos, Darkness, Emptiness" later this year through Abyss Records. It was recorded at Hellsound Studio in the Czech Republic and will be produced, mixed and mastered by Honza Kapak (who played in Judas Iscariot, Krieg, Nargaroth etc). The album will also feature appearances from Jb of Svart Crown (France), Deimoz of The Revenge Project (Bulgaria) and Nocturnal of Shadowdream (Serbia). The cover artwork was done by Marcelo Vasco (Belphegor, Obituary, Vader, Borknagar, Gorgoroth, Satyricon). More info at www.myspace.com/baneband.

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