Guitarist Bart Vergaert has left Belgian gory death metallers ABORTED. "Bart wanted to start his own band and was tired of playing this kind of music," the band write on their web site.

"After Bart decided to call it quits with ABORTED he also decided that he didn't want to participate in the booked shows," the band add on their web site. "Not even the shows this weekend, leaving us and the promoters who booked us in a very uncomfortable situation as those shows were less than four days away at time he decided to leave. We, the members of ABORTED, talked things over and decided we could not let the promoters and the fans be the victims of this. Therefore we will play the upcoming shows this weekend, as a quartet.

"We hope people understand our setlist will be slightly altered and shortened. This is a situation beyond our control yet we still want to show up on the shows and give it the best we can seeing the circumstances.

"We hope to have a live replacement ready before we head out to the U.S. in 13 days.

"As for the future of the band, we reassure you that you have nothing to worry about... We'll be going on as before.

"What doesn't kill you can only make you stronger!!"

ABORTED's most recent album, "The Archaic Abattoir", was released in March via Listenable Records. The CD was mixed at Antfarm Studios in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, PANZERCHRIST, MNEMIC, EKTOMORF, DESTINY). Guest vocal appearances on the album include Bo Summer (ILLDISPOSED), Michael Bogballe (MNEMIC) and Jacob Bredahl (HATESPHERE).


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