Long-running Dutch death/thrash metal band THANATOS has issued the following update:
"Unfortunately THANATOS will not play the Southxtreemnoise Fest in Naples, Italy on August 4th.
"Since the organiser/promoter all of a sudden can not live up to the agreements made in the contract which was signed by both parties about 4 or 5 months ago (!), we decided it would be too much of a financial risk to fly off to Naples next week...
"We have definitely tried to make this work and even made an offer to the organiser to send us 4 plane tickets instead of the 5 tickets both parties agreed upon in the signed contract, but with no result.
"We were really looking forward to play Naples but we've come across shit like this once too often, and we decided not to work with people who start nagging and backing out of agreements which were made and signed months ago only 2 weeks before the actual show....
"Sorry to everyone who wanted to see us over there! We hope to return to Italy some other time..."
THANATOS last year suspended the recording sessions for its fifth full-length album, "Justified Genocide", at Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland after the group's record label, Greece's Black Lotus Records, announced that it was closing its doors. Three songs from earlier sessions are currently being used as a promo CD to generate interest from new labels.
THANATOS's new album is scheduled to feature nine or 10 songs, including "They Feed On Fear", "The Devil's Triangle", "March of the Infidels", "Upwards Spritual Evolution" and "The Netherworld". The artwork will be handled by German artist Timo Wuerz.
THANATOS' fourth CD, "Undead. Unholy. Divine" (2004), was produced by Hans Pieters and the band at Excess and was mastered by Attie Bauw (JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS, GOREFEST).