Polish death metallers HATE recently confirmed the passing of bassist Slawomir "Mortifer" Archangielskij, in his sleep from heart rhythm disturbances (Herzrythmusstörung) on April 6th.
A new update from the band reads:
“We would like you to know that we have decided to continue with the band and keep on doing our job as always. There is still a big hole in our hearts, but we do not want to focus on mourning over the tragedy. Instead we decide to focus on the band and keeping it alive as well as all the ideas we shared with Mortifer. We treat what we do as a mission and we cannot see the end of it. On some shows to come we will be accompanied by Mortifer’s wife Alexandra on bass guitar. She has been in the business for some time and been involved in a few Russian bands before. As an experienced musician, she will undoubtedly manage on the stage with us. On other shows we will be joined by Piotr Ko?akowski (Neyra), a talented musician who had previously been on stage with us as a session musician. The festivals below have been confirmed, but there are more to come soon.”
23 - Xtreemefest - Hunxe, Germany
26 - Rock im Betonwerk - Chemnitz, Germany
16 - Gothoom O.A. Fest - Bana, Slovakia
17 - Summer Breeze Open Air – Germany
24 – Cieszanów Rock Festival – Poland