Sad news this morning in the metal world as Polish death metal band released the statement that their bassist died overnight on tour. Sławomir “Mortifer” Kusterka, who joined the band in 2007, would have celebrated his 28th birthday on Wednesday.
“At night April 5-6 near the German town of Munchberg, our friend, best comrade and longtime bass player unexpectedly passed away. After the show in Stuttgart last night, he went to sleep and never woke up. We found him lifeless early in the morning and immediately called an ambulance. He was reanimated, but to no avail. Results of Slawek’s autopsy should be known soon. In this situation, we decided to cancel the remaining shows and return home. We gave detailed testimonies to the German police. We are shocked and shattered by his sudden, unexpected death. We mourn together with Slawek’s family and friends.”
Archangielskij, the surname he used in the band, appeared on two Hate records since joining them, 2010’s Erebos and their current album Solarflesh, released in February of this year.
He initially joined the band as a session musician and then became an official member in 2009.
No other details have been released at press time.