Swedish death metal veterans DISMEMBER will play their first concert since 2008 as the headliners of Death Feast Open Air festival on June 23 in Hünxe, Germany. They have been added to the event as the replacement for GORGUTS, which has been forced to cancel all of its previously announced summer festival appearances.
Commented DISMEMBER: “This will be our only show in 2011, and our first since 2008 and we feel extremely excited to hit the stage once again for some serious headbanging. We will do a set that covers our whole career, from ‘Like An Ever Flowing Stream’ from 1991 up until the self-titled album released in 2008, so get ready for some serious Swedish death metal!!”
Regarding the cancelation of GORGUTS‘ appearance at the Death Feast Open Air, the band leader Luc Lemay said in a statement, “First, I would like to apologize for this cancellation to your event and for any problems this could encounter in the process of setting up your festival. This decision was not easy to take.
“After many meetings and good faith to make this situation constructive for the band, I came up choosing the option of not participating to any festival this summer.
“The whole idea about GORGUTS doing a European summer festivals tour was born last year with having in mind the release of our new record for the beginning of the summer. But believe me, we were expecting our record deal to be negotiated and agreed on before Christmas or at the beginning of 2011. But as I’m writing this letter, I was not able to sign the contract yet with our record company.
“As you know, these procedures can take proportions that we don’t expect and then compromising all the activities around the band. So by not having a record coming out this summer, with no strong promotion from a label to push our new record, I’ve decided to wait until these parts of the puzzle get solved before hitting the road again with my new band.
“Don’t get me wrong, I sincerely appreciate the fact that each of you were interested in GORGUTS for your festival but it will be all for the better when the new record will be release.”
This year’s Death Feast Open Air will be held on June 23-25 in Hünxe, Germany. A complete list of participating artists can be found at www.deathfeast.de.