Drummer Seth van Loo of the Dutch brutal death metal merchants SEVERE TORTURE — who filled in on lead vocals for DEICIDE for the first four shows of their recent European tour (replacing frontman Glen Benton, who was forced to stay home to take care of pressing legal matters) — has issued the following update:
''Friday, January 5th I went to Eindhoven to meet again with my Polish friends from Massive Music [booking agency], who were touring with DEICIDE, VISCERAL BLEEDING and PSYCROPTIC, since we had so much fun with them on the VADER tour. Once there, all serious faces... Glen is not here and there is a chance the tour gets cancelled. For everyone that doesn't know what that means, it's a disaster for all the bands, labels clubs and also fans. DEICIDE did absolutely not want to cancel this tour, they wanted to play and replace Glen. Brovar (tour manager) let me take a look at the set list and asked me how many of the songs I knew, turned out to be all 17 of them, because DEICIDE happens to be my favourite band since 1991. With four hours left before show time I listened to the songs one more time on a Discman and that was it. We did four shows, three were sold out and one of them almost. In Manchester on the fifth day, frontman Garbaty from the Polish death metal band DISSENTER joined them to play bass and handle the vocals for the rest of the tour.
"It was an amazing experience to sing for DEICIDE and I had a killer time hanging out with Steve [Asheim], Ralph [Santolla] and Jack [Owen]. Yesterday they played their last show of the tour and no one thought the tour would ever have made it that far.
"If that wasn't enough bad luck... PSYCROPTIC [one of the support acts] had to cancel the last four shows of the tour [after] their guitar player (Joe Haley) got committed to a hospital in Germany. Because they're flying back to Australia from Amsterdam they are staying with me now until tomorrow. Tonight we can pick up Joe; he's already feeling much better.
"With SEVERE TORTURE we almost finished writing our fourth full-length album. We couldn't wait writing new stuff, once we finished the tour with VADER and GOD DETHRONED. So everyone can expect a new SEVERE TORTURE record sometime this year. In March we will go to the U.K. again for about 7 or 8 shows."
A video clip of Seth singing "Sacrifical Suicide" with DEICIDE on January 6 in Nijmegen, Holland has been posted online at YouTube.com.