We've been covering the trials and tribulations of what started as the Metal Alliance tour and become the Deicide tour for the past week now. It seems that every conceivable thing that can go wrong, has gone wrong for just about everyone on the tour. Entombed A.D. initially got booted from the tour for still fairly unknown reasons, Deicide called the tour sponsors out and said it had nothing to do with them, and now Lorna Shore has to drop off for legitimately tragic reasons. According to the group's Facebook–
"To those attending or planning to attend the remaining dates of The Deicide Headliner/Metal Alliance tour we are sad to say we will not be able to finish the rest of the tour. Unfortunately there have been multiple passings in a few members family's and in this time of need, they are choosing to be with their families and we hope you can support our decision as we feel family is always first. We will be sure to be back in the areas we cancelled this year and our apologies are the most sincere. We highly advise you check out the rest of the tour and thank them for having us out! We apologize again and thank you for sticking with us."
Our thoughts are with Lorna Shore at this difficult time.
But the bad news doesn't stop from there. Over the 24 hours, Hate Eternal revealed that frontman and guitarist Erik Rutan injured his playing hand while loading out saying:
After last night's set in Lubbock, Erik suffered an injury during load-out to his playing hand (left hand) that will cause Hate Eternal to miss tonight's show in Austin. Sitting out tonight is not what we want to do, but it is at the behest of the ER doctor that saw him last night.
Hate Eternal is en route to Dallas now with the intent to play tomorrow. Erik will see another doctor in the am to have the injury treated and evaluated once again.
Earlier today though, it just was not possible and Hate Eternal had to pull out of the tour:
Due to the nature of the injury and persistent swelling, the doctor has advised Erik to not use the hand at all for the next 4-5 days minimum. As such, this spells the end of the Deicide/Metal Alliance tour for Hate Eternal.
The immediate plan is to get back to Tampa and have Erik's hand reevaluated again, and figure out when he can play again.
Plans are in the works for a fall tour, and we'll be doing our best to hit the places we're missing this week. We'll update you all on that just as soon as we have news.
Thank you all for your patience, understanding and well-wishes. We're looking forward to seeing you all on the road again this fall.
While no official statement has yet been made, we can confirm, in speaking with local promoters that the remainder of the dates have been canceled. No word if Deicide plan to announce any make up shows for it, but the shows in Dallas, New York, Baltimore and Charlotte are effectively canceled.
Update: Black Crown Initiate have announced a new last minute Baltimore gig at Ottobar on June 19th. Details here.