Former SENTENCED Frontman Says His Drinking Problem 'Got Out Of Hand'

Former SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala has issued the following update on the progress of the recording sessions for the second album from his POISONBLACK project:

"Well... I know that it has been a long time to wait for all of you to hear any news from POISONBLACK, but there are reasons for it. First of all, I wanted to truly be present when we were carrying the coffin of SENTENCED to the grave and really make the most of it and give a respectful ending to it all. So there really wasn't any room in my heart for anything else at that time. Also while we were recording the next POISONBLACK album my abuse of alcohol got out of hand. Maybe even earlier. So I basically didn't care about anything except myself, as I realize it now. I hurt a lot of people. Especially my family, friends and loved ones. 'The weight of the world was on my shoulders' was the motto and excuse I used to feed to myself so I could drink and drink and drink... I hope those people can forgive me. Also, when JP [former POISONBLACK frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto, also of CHARON] left the band, the search for a vocalist was too much to handle while I was drowning in the bottle and the way I took care of things at that time could have been better. There was one serious canditate for the job but in my heart I truly felt that it couldn't have worked. The music style was changing into something more harder, soul-searching, personal... and I didn't want any outsider in that mixture of blood and shit. So I decided to be the voice of the band. But the way I handled the communication with the candidate was disrespectful on my part. But still I feel that the whole thing wasn't that big of a deal as it later turned out to be.

"Anyway, we're here. Alive. Somewhat sober. Finishing up the next album and doing our best to release it in spring 2006. So,thank you for your patience, all of you, and see you in hell."

POISONBLACK released their debut album, "Escapextacy", in 2003 via Century Media Records. CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto sang on the CD, but his touring and recording commitments with his main band eventually forced him to quit POISONBLACK.

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