Australia's ASTRIAAL have issued the following update via their official web site:

"In answer to the myriad of emails, and as highlighted in the previous news updates, ASTRIAAL is currently in the midst of an extended hiatus which we envisage will encompass most of 2005. It appears rumours are abounding that we have parted ways, however be sure that if and when we put this beast to rest — you will all be advised of all of intentions and/or reasons via this official site. The flame still burns, however when or if we will return if the live arena — we cannot foresee. It could be three months, could be never. We will still endeavour to reply to messages sent to the band email address, however during this period we hope you can understand if our focus is elsewhere. That is all."


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