The resurrected VED BUENS ENDE (Norwegian for "At the End of the Rainbow"), the Norwegian avant-garde metal band who split up in 1997 after after releasing only one full-length album (1995's "Written in Waters") through Misanthropy Records, has once again called it quits (as first reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on February 4). An official statement from guitarist/vocalist Carl-Michael "Czral" Eide (AURA NOIR, CADAVER, DØDHEIMSGARD) reads as follows:
"I'm afraid we have given false hope to you all.
"VED BUENS ENDE is no more. It's dead and buried for good.
After a while of rehersing and writing new material, it became apparent that Vikotnic and myself have grown apart musically. Our styles have developed in different directions through the years passed since 'Written in Waters'. The songs we wrote together for what was to become the new album became mediocre, and the songs we made each on our own became just too different. It would have become a very schizophrenic album if we'd continue, and none of us would have been happy with the outcome.
"As most of you probably know, Vikotnic's band DHG (DØDHEIMSGARD) is out with a new album. 'Supervillain Outcast' is getting the attention it deserves, and will be a great success. So that's were he'll direct his focus from now on. Vikotnic will have his hands full for sure.
"As for myself, I am finished writing the material for the next VIRUS album. It will contain much of the material meant for what was to become the next VED BUENS ENDE record that I wrote.
"VIRUS is very much in the same vein as VBE. The same style and genre, at least in regards to the experimental parts of what we did back in the 'Written in Waters' days. It's allmost like a continuation of VBE.
"On VIRUS' debut album, 'Carheart', we fooled around with many different sorts of atmospheres. This time around it will become darker all the way through. And more fluent. The music kinda floats. A black flux. But we'll for sure keep that absurd twist that became our trademark through our debut album.
"For those of you who know the 'Carheart' album, one can compare the new stuff with the title track, 'Road', 'Hustler' and 'Be Elevator'. But of course, it'll be a new album, so...
"The lineup in VIRUS will be the same as on the debut. Plenum on bass, Einar Esso on drums, and myself on vocals and guitars.
"We'll start the recordings quite soon. I hope it'll be finished early winter this year. Or late autumn. Maybe out in January '08. We're signing a deal with Season Of Mist Records.
"We recorded a couple of songs (like a demo) in November last year, and we'll post those songs as a 'teaser' as soon as we have mixed them.
"This VBE MySpace site will slowly mutate into being a VIRUS site. It won't happen until we're on a roll and the album release is approaching. In the meanwhile, you can check out our current site dedicated to the 'Carheart' album on www.myspace.com/czral. There are a couple of songs from the album there, check it out! Anyway, the album is obtainable through Jester Records, web only, or you can download it, of course. I'm down with that, I'm not Lars Ulrich."