Finnish gothic metallers CHARON, who formed in 1992 in Raahe, Finland, will disband after this summer's performances. The group will play the final gigs as a favor to its loyal fans and finally wrap up nearly a nearly two-decade-long of music career.
"This shouldn't be a really big surprise for anyone. We are forced to admit that we have no longer anything new to give to the genre in which CHARON has operated. Doing things forced or not straight from the heart has never been a band practice for us. And a 100% satisfactory outcome would no longer be possible," the band explains in a statement.
"After the last studio album we should have gotten a grip in time and not to delay the decisions we faced in the end of 2009. In the summer 2010, 'a new beginning' with a new guitarist worked brilliantly and we even wrote a full album of songs. But we did not have enough heart and passion to light up the final fire and to finish the record. Years of hanging loose from the noose had eaten up most of our energy and creativity.
"Playing in the band has been a solid part of our lives for nearly two decades. CHARON had been a measure for everything that we've done in our lives. There are lots of good memories and tours behind and above all, great fans. Everything has its moments but nothing lasts forever. Our moment ends now."
CHARON released five studio albums and a compilation album, "A-Sides, B-Sides & Suicides", where you will find the band's last-recorded song, "The Cure". CHARON's last studio album was "Songs For The Sinners", which came out in 2005.
All the bandmembers still have a passion for playing and they all will continue their careers in music. They will reveal more of their future plans when the time is right.
CHARON can be seen live on stage in Helsinki at Tuska open-air festival evening club at Virgin Oil Co on Friday, July 22 and two consecutive nights in Oulu at Nuclear Nightclub on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30.