Guitarist Shaun Cothron (pictured below) has joined the reactivated ACHERON.
Both Cothron and fellow ACHERON axeman Max Otworth (who played on the last ACHERON album, “The Final Conflict: Last Days Of God”) are also involved with the band HEAVY LIES THE CROWN, which released an EP called “Gears Of Inhumanity” in 2010.
ACHERON has several shows booked, including a co-headlining appearance at the Central Illinois Metalfest, set to take place July 22-24 at the Canopy Club in Urbana, Illinois.
In May 2010, ACHERON founder/bassist/vocalist Vincent Crowley announced that the band was calling it quits and that it would not be doing any more shows or making any more albums. It was a surprise to both fans and bandmembers alike, considering ACHERON had just released a well-received CD called “The Final Conflict: Last Days Of God”, filmed its first official music video for “I Am Heathen” and was on the verge of taking part in a slew of other projects, including another studio recording, a DVD release and a variety of shows and festival dates.
So what happened to cause the band’s breakup? It seems that a lot of things went down before “the shit finally hit the fan,” according to a posting on ACHERON‘s MySpace page. Crowley stated, “There is too much involving the whole reason for the band’s demise. All I can say is that there were a lot of misunderstandings, including a lack of communication and some actions that were done. The end result of it all pretty much killed my will to continue the band.”
After a year, the smoke has cleared and the negative things between the bandmembers have been worked out. Crowley, Kyle Severn (drums) and Max Otworth (guitar) have decided to re-open Hell’s Gate and invoke the music beast ACHERON once again. Crowley commented: “I really didn’t think I would do ACHERON again. Before the band broke up I was working with a talented bunch of new musicians, but the vibe just wasn’t there. I couldn’t play without having that vibe. Now that almost everyone from the last studio lineup has agreed to work together again, I am totally on board and open to any ideas regarding this musical entity!”
Added Severn: “I am happy as hell that we were able to put aside the unfortunate B.S. band politics/drama that sometimes can arise; hell, even worse when you’re not even sure why it even happens. Especially when Vince and I, who have been jamming together for 10 years and have been friends even longer, are able to continue to go forward. It is a great metal pleasure to announce that we are going to be able to play for the ACHERON friends and fans and to continue working forward on the next piece of pure aggression that we call ACHERON. Yes, we will be moving at our own pace, but the important issue is that we will be moving forward. Late last year we were working on new material and can’t wait to bust out the rehearsal tapes and start reviewing our next installment of Blasphemy and Apocalypse.”
So what is the next chapter of the band? Are they doing a new album? Will there be any touring or festivals booked? Crowley said: “We are taking things one step at a time. We are not rushing into anything or getting pressured into doing things until we all agree they are worth doing. What I can say is that we have agreed to re-open Pandora’s Box. Hopefully all the vile diabolical things that spew forth from it with be worthy of the actions of ACHERON.”