INCANTATION have posted a message on their official web site offering more details about the car accident in Australia last week that caused the cancellation of the band's gig at Forest Inn in Bexley.
The group's statement reads as follows:
"As some people may have already heard, on Friday June 28th 2003, Kyle, John and Lou from INCANTATION, along with Jill McEntee (FUNERUS), Melissa Severn, (wives of John and Kyle), Deanna Visalle (girlfriend of Lou), and John, (driver of the vehicle and tour roadie) were involved in a high-speed motor vehicle accident on their way to the Bloodlust pre-show in Sydney Australia. Fortunately, everyone's injuries are minor for the most part, considering the severity of the crash. Due to the accident, INCANTATION and FUNERUS were unable to play the pre-Bloodlust show in Sydney Australia, and things were not looking good for either band to play Saturday's Bloodlust festival III also in Sydney, due to Kyle's chest injuries.
"Last-minute arrangements were made when Dave Haley, drummer for PSYCROPTIC, offered his services to INCANTATION so they could still headline the festival and not let down any supporters that came to see them play. Dave learned 3 INCANTATION songs in a matter of hours. While rehearsing the songs backstage, Gryphon drummer from ASTRIAAL offered to play 'Ibex Moon' for the set, a song he already knew due to playing it as a cover song in a previous band.
"Due to INCANTATION having a short set for Bloodlust III, FUNERUS was added to the bill, although without Kyle to play drums, FUNERUS was in the same situation as INCANTATION, to find a drummer. Cameron from PSYCROPTIC recommended Matt from ONI, an Adelaide-based death metal band rooted on Japanese demon mythology. Matt listened to the CD at the fest and learned 4 FUNERUS songs within hours.
"All 3 drummers did an exceptional job and both bands received an amazing response. INCANTATION and FUNERUS sends their thanks out to Dave, Shawn, and Matt for their time, effort, dedication, and helping out both bands in their unfortunate situation. These 3 are prime examples of the true metal brotherhood!
"Extreme apologies to any Australian supporters that were effected by the unfortunate occurrence. Both bands truly appreciate your understanding of the situation and the killer responses at Bloodlust III, and look forward to returning to Australian shores once again!
"All US tour plans are still on!!!! The bands look forward to seeing you on the road for the 'Rotting with you Christ' US tour this summer!!!"
INCANTATION "Rotting with your Christ" North American Tour 2003 w/ DISGORGE and FUNERUS
Jul. 30 - Tip top Cafe – Huntsville, AL
Jul. 31 - Dave Toys – Lafayette, LA
Aug. 01 - Back Room - Austin TX
Aug. 02 - Planet Rock – Juarez, MEX
Aug. 03 - Big Fish – Tempe, AZ
Aug. 04 - Club Alondra – Bellflower, CA
Aug. 05 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
Aug. 06 - Villas De Corona – Ensenda, Mexico
Aug. 07 - Rock City – Mexicali, Mexico
Aug. 08 - Voodoo House – Tijuana, Mexico
Aug. 09 - The Blank Club - San Jose, CA
Aug. 10 - Ash Street Saloon – Portland, OR
Aug. 11 - CatWalk Club – Seattle, WA
Aug..12 - The B-Side - Spokane WA
Aug. 13 - TBA - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 14 - Lion's Lair - Denver, CO
Aug. 15 - Bottleneck - Lawrence KS USA
Aug. 16 - The Canopy Club Urbana, IL