Texas-based, mythological occult black metal band Absu have announced that guitarist Aethyris McKay has left the band to join Pantheon I. The band has also announced they will join black metal veterans Immortal on their return to the U.S. for six shows early next year. The dates, announced earlier this week, will mark the first live performances for Absu since the Scion Rock Fest in March of this year. The band completed two headline tours in 2009 to support the release of their sixth studio album, titled “Absu”.
Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor notes, “We feel extremely privileged to have been invited to participate on IMMORTAL’s ‘All Shall Fall’ U.S. tour in February 2011. Even though it is only a six-date tour, it’s a colossal one for ABSU to be performing with our former labelmates of many years. We had the opportunity to share the stage with Immortal over eight years ago and this will be a very good experience for us.”
These upcoming performances will mark the first time that Absu will appear live as a trio. Proscriptor comments, “I am here to announce that guitarist Aethyris McKay has decided to quit Absu and has recently relocated to Oslo , Norway to join Pantheon I. Working with Aethyris for the past three years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for him as my comrade and a superlative musician. He assisted me in resurrecting the band from its hiatus stage and I truly thank him for helping me recast the spell of ‘mythological occult metal.'”