Thee Plague Of Gentlemen
From: Ghent, Belgium
Last Known Status: Active
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Sweden's I Hate Records, which issued THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN's debut album, "Primula Pestis", in early 2005, has released a statement disassociating itself from the alleged crimes committed by the group's frontman Steve McMillan (real name: Steven Wackenier).
McMillan was arrested by the Belgian police earlier in July in connection with what the rest of the Belgian doom metal band has categorized as "criminal acts that none of the members could ever imagine to happen and which are totally unacceptable."
According to reports in the Belgian media, Steve was arrested Tuesday, July 11 on charges of multiple child rape. So far he has confessed to the rapes of four children between the ages of 5 and 7, but it is believed that more victims were involved. In addition to sexually attacking the children, Wackenier allegedly took pictures of them, according to a press release issued by the police.
I Hate Records's statement reads as follows:
"We are shocked, disturbed and saddened to learn about the accusations of multiple child rape (and due arrest and imprisonment) directed at THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN front man Steve McMillan (real name: Steven Wackenier). This all feels like a bad dream that one just wants to wake up from, we feel sick to hear of these disgusting crimes. We hereby completely disassociate ourselves from all Steve's acts, deeds and comments in this case and express our sympathy for his victims and all other innocent people (band members, family etc.) that has become directly or indirectly affected. Our memories of Steve, in connection to the 'Doom Over Sweden' tour in 2005 and when enthusiastically discussing the details of the release of 'Primula Pestis' etc. is now soiled, dirty. To conclude: I HATE DOES IN NO WAY SUPPORT THESE KINDS OF CRIMES AGAINST INNOCENT VICTIMS AND WANT NO CONNECTION TO THIS KIND OF FILTH WHATSOEVER! ROT IN JAIL!
"As a consequence of Steve McMillan's criminal acts, that he has confessed, we have decided to delete the THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN 'Primula Pestis' album. Thus the album will no longer be available through I Hate. We feel truly sorry for the other members of TPOG that has to suffer for Steve's deeds but we must do what we feel is right."
At the time of Steve's arrest, THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN had just begun tracking their sophomore album - and their first for France's Listenable Records - which was to be titled "SerpentCult".
Belgian doomsters THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN have inked a deal with France's Listenable Records. The group's second full-length album, "SerpentCult", is scheduled for release later in the year.
In other news, THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN will appear as themselves in the upcoming Herman Brusselmans film "Ex Drummer". The band will also have a song on the movie's soundtrack. "Ex Drummer" is expected to receive a theatrical release in Belgium and The Netherlands in December 2006.
THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN's debut album, "Primula Pestis", was released in early 2005 via I Hate Records.
Belgian heavy doomsters Thee Plague of Gentlemen are to release a full-length album Primula Pestis through Swedish label I Hate Records.
The album will contain seven songs of total playing time of 44 minutes and will be enhanced with two video clips to the songs Blackwood Cabinet and The Ocean Has No Sides. The tracklist is as follows:
2.Your love is king
3.The ocean has no sides
4.Pressure and time
5.As cold as they come
7.The hidden elixir
There's a mp3 track from this album available for download: "Greek fire".
As previously reported, TPOG will embark upon an European tour together with The Gates of Slumber. Here are the confirmed dates: More...
I Hate Records will release "Primula Pestis" - the debut album from Belgian doomsters Thee Plague Of Gentlemen (TPOG). The band has been in the studio for the last two months, recording "a slab of concrete and utter sonic weight" .The album is due out in February or March, 2005.
Also, THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN will play live with REVEREND BIZARRE, ISOLE and THE GATES OF SLUMBER in Stockholm/Sweden at CLUB666 on the 9th of April 2005. The Stockholm gig will be one stop in the row of European dates that TPOG will be doing together with THE GATES OF SLUMBER during April 2005 in Sweden, Germany, UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria... (still looking for some dates). In February, TPOG will also do 2 Irish dates (Belfast and Dublin).
The newly founded Belgian label Final Chapter Records has just released their first LP, which is none less than the 10-year-old unreleased recordings from NEUTHRONE (pre-Thee Plague Of Gentlemen). The LP which has been completely remastered, is available on a limited pressing of 300. This Belgian 'cult' sludge doom band were the predecessors of the genre in Europe. Influenced by old Celtic Frost, Dream Death, Penance, Prong, Voivod, Melvins and Amebix...
In September the label will also be releasing the new album from Germany's Doompride MIRROR OF DECEPTION, more news on that soon.
Final Chapter Records are also currently looking for distributors for this release, as well as doing trades and/or buyers of the items at wholesale prices. More info and contact can be found on www.finalchapter.net
A new label has been founded by Thee Plague of Gentlemen guitar player Frederic Caure under the name Final Chapter Records. The first release, which is planned for the end of March, shall consist of an unreleased LP of the now defunct Belgian doom band Neuthrone (of which the members are currently playing in Thee Plague Of Gentlemen). The release shall be limited to 300 copies. The label shall not only offer limited or vinyl releases, but also CDs shall be released.