In a June 18th press release, Norwegian black-metallers MAYHEM announced that they were cancelling upcoming tour dates because of an injury their drummer, Hellhammer, recently sustained. The following is an excerpt of the the press release.
"Season of Mist, Thunderdome Booking and Decibel Magazine regret to inform you of the cancellation of MAYHEM's "Deconsecrate the States" 2007 US Tour that was scheduled to hit this coming July. During his recent stint across the US with fellow countrymen DIMMU BORGIR, elder MAYHEM member and battery, Hellhammer, has suffered an unfortunate and serious injury to his right limb. It is impossible for him to play any time soon as he is currently scheduling surgery and will need rest and rehabilitation in order to heal his impaired arm. Being such an indispensable part of the band, fellow members Necrobutcher, Blasphemer and Attila realized that they are not complete without him and had no choice but to cancel this current US jaunt."
"The band have issued this statement, "The power of MAYHEM must come at full force and without Hellhammer, it is impossible for us to accomplish this feat. We deeply regret having to cancel the tour but we feel that there truly was no other option. We shall however return stronger than ever to deconsecrate your shores as soon as humanly possible!"