U.K. death metallers CANCER have once again called it a day. The following is the official statement on the matter from the group's drummer, Carl Stokes:
"Due to the lack of comitment to the band from John Walker [guitar, vocals], CANCER is no more. Carl Stokes wishes to thank every one who has supported the band with its return, and say sorry to anyone who is disappointed with this decision. However, Carl is working on another band called HAIL OF FIRE. The band will feature ex-CANCER members Dave Leitch (lead guitars), Barry Savage (lead guitars), Ian Buchanan (bass), mysef on the skins, and newcomer Rob Lucas on vocals. This band is more brutal than the last CANCER albums, although I am very proud of them. It's time to get back to the straight-ahead ferocity."
CANCER last year released a "comeback" studio album, entitled "Spirit In Flames", on the Copro label. The group's first full-length studio album (fifth overall) since 1995's "Black Faith" was recorded over a three-week period at Philia studios in Henley on Thames, England. An EP, entitled "Corporation$", preceded the "Spirit In Flames" CD and was also released through Copro. Included on the effort was the group's cover version of the CELTIC FROST classic "Dethroned Emperor".
CANCER's most recent lineup included Stokes, Walker, bassist Adam Richardson, and guitarist Dave Leitch (PULVERISED). Leitch replaced Rob Engvikson in 2004 after Rob left the group to focus on his long-running ASATRU project (which has since been renamed DANELAW).