TO/DIE/FOR: "It's Impossible To Continue The Band As It Used To Be"

Despite having taking a couple of months off from usual band activities, Finland's TO/DIE/FOR are still unsure if they will carry on as a band, according to the latest posting by lead guitarist Joonas Jope Koto. In the message, which was posted on the message board of TO/DIE/FOR's official web site, Koto states bluntly that I don't have a f.ckin' clue [as to whether we will carry on as band]. Personally I would like to continue in some form or another. It would probably take some alterations to continue, such as changing the band's name because Spinefarm [Records] owns the name and logo 'til 2005 and they can't offer us a deal that would be worth accepting. We're all in so deep @#%$ financially that it's impossible to continue the band as it used to be.

We'll get back to you when we have decided anything. At the moment I'm totally out about what's gonna happen.

In a previous message posted on the band's official web site, Koto had vowed to renegotiate all deals before contemplating making another record, a sentiment that echoed the one in an earlier statement (since deleted) by vocalist Jape Pertalo in which the frontman expressed his extreme dissatisfaction with the music business and indicated that the group was on the verge of splitting up. For the moment, at least, it appears that both Koto and Pertalo are focusing all their attention on outside projects, with the guitarist presently recording the sophomore album from longtime outfit MALPRACTICE (the follow-up to 1999's Of Shapes And Balance) while the singer is busy demoing material with an as-yet-unnamed new project that also features in its ranks NEW DAWN FOUNDATION members Juppe and Santtu.

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