Norwegian thrash/death metal band PICA FIERCE has released the following statement:"We're sorry to inform you that from now on, PICA FIERCE no longer exists. We wish to thank all fans who have followed us through the years and constantly been giving us those memorable moments. Also a huge thanx goes to all bands and people we've been playing and partying with and all people who have been helping us in different ways. "It's really nothing dramatic about the split, it may not even be the right word to use, maybe 'long break' could be more describing. The point is that what term we use doesnt really matter, but people should not be waiting for more PICA in any way soon. We're still best friends who talks to each other each day, and the ONLY rason for this decision is lack of creative stimulation through PICA. By that we mean, avoiding PICA FIERCE to end up sounding like four bands, the four of us needs a creatively and musically blow-out. "We are allready, and will be involved in new projects together. The PICA spirit carries on though making the best songs possible, so watch out. "So what would have been the status on PICA in February '09? Well, we had allready written half of the next record…" PICA FIERCE last fall made its self-titled debut album available for free download at this location. "Swan Song", the last video from PICA FIERCE, can be viewed below. The clip was shot in a German bunker from the World War II, located near the city of Kristiansund in the northwest of Norway. Guitarist Kjetil Dyrnes describes it as "a beautiful but heavy song" and says that the band has "visually managed to capture the mood of the song." "Swan Song" comes off PICA FIERCE's self-titled debut album, which was mixed at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, KATATONIA, PAIN OF SALVATION etc.) in Sweden. The LP was released in Norway in November 2007. PICA FIERCE won the "Norwegian Wacken Metal Battle" in May 2008. The competition was held in Trondheim and featured five of the most promising bands in the Norwegian metal scene today. The winner's prize was a slot at this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which was held July 31 - August 2 in Wacken, Germany. For more information, visit the band's MySpace page.