By Josiah HughesPolish blackened death metal group Hate were in the middle of a large tour to celebrate the release of their latest album Solarflesh, but all dates have been cancelled after the tragic death of bassist Slawomir "Mortifer" Archangielskij.
According to the band, Archangielskij went to sleep the night of April 5 and never woke up. Here's their full statement courtesy of the band's Facebook:
[During the] night [of] April 5-6 near the German town of Munchberg, our friend, best comrade and longtime bass player unexpectedly passed away. After the show in Stuttgart last night, he went to sleep and never woke up. We found him lifeless early in the morning and immediately called an ambulance. He was reanimated, but to no avail. Results of Slawek's (Slawomir 'Mortifer' Archangielskij) autopsy should be known soon. In this situation, we decided to cancel the remaining shows and return home. We gave detailed testimonies to the German police. We are shocked and shattered by his sudden, unexpected death. We mourn together with Slawek's family and friends.
Archangielskij joined the band in 2007, performing on their albums Erebos and Solarflesh. Stay tuned for more information on his passing as it becomes available.