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Susperia Vocalist Athera Suffers A Heart Attack

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Athera (Pal Mathieson) - vocalist with Norwegian band SUSPERIA was rushed into Akershus Universitetssykehus Hospital in Lørenskog, Norway on the morning of March 9th suffering from acute stomach pains and heavy bleeding. Initial tests revealed that the singer had suffered a heart attack caused by a damaged blood vessel. Athera is currently in the intensive care unit under close observation, while further tests are carried out. He is expected to remain hospitalized for the foreseeable future. At this moment future plans including touring commitments remain unchanged, until a full diagnosis of his condition has been confirmed.

Athera recently completed vocals on Susperia's fifth studio album, which is due for an early summer release through the band's new label Candlelight Records.

The band worked continuously throughout 2008 on the album which Athera described as "going back to the early days with the melancholic riffing and dark emotional vocals and coming all the way through to today, with a perfect blend of everything Susperia has been and become".

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

I hope he gets better soon!

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 1:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. rk writes:

Sucks the first 3 Susperia cds are the ownage! That dude is pretty young too.

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 1:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Netromancer writes:

I see a headline like that I automatically think "Coke". Glad to see I was wrong in this case. As long as they can fix the blood vessel he should be fine. Just a good thing they found it in time. At any rate a scare like this at a younger age can bring on a healthier lifestyle.

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 1:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Txmetalhead writes:

Yes - this is horrible news. I hope that he survives...Susperia is one damn good band! He is a great vocalist, so I hope he does not die.

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 6:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. btbamfav20 writes:

oh no! f***, i hope he gets better soon. i just recently started listening to Susperia and the vocals were really good, he has a very diverse voice.
I'm glad they found out what the problem was earlier before it got any worse. Get better Athera!

Now listening to: Anguished Scream (For Vengeance) - Susperia

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 6:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Saxon83 writes:

All the best for a quick recovery! Amazing Band that's only getting better! Fave song= Years of Infinity.

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 8:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Get well Athera writes:

What a shocker - he needs to look after himself.

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 6:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Dee writes:

Damn that's 2 shi**y. :( Get well soon!!!!!!!!!!!

# Mar 11, 2009 @ 3:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BrianSD writes:

Get well. Get back with your band. And get over to the US and do some shows.

# Mar 12, 2009 @ 10:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Txmetalhead writes:

yes - Athera has an amazing voice! This band is very talented. I heard the song Chemistry, and was instantly hooked. Believe or not, but I believe this is a black metal band. Nothing like Dimmu Borgir, though. Susperia is one of the few BMB's I enjoy listening to.

# Mar 12, 2009 @ 6:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Rubyred writes:

Well, I hope this young vocalist pulls through with flying colors/very heartwrenching what his going through...'so listern to all the healing advance Athera and get plenty "healing" rest. First time hearing of this band SUSPERIA & sincerely wish good health will return to the vocalist Athera. God Bless/my way of saying may your health improve so you be back on solid ground again. cheers!

# Mar 12, 2009 @ 11:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. BrianSD writes:

Chemistry is a great song. Unlimited is a solid disc all the way through.

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 12:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. old school metal couple writes:

You are in our prayers. Have your cd's , you guys kick ass! Get well soon! Can't wait for your new cd. Keep it heavy!!!!!!!!! Kitty & Tim

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 1:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. That_One_Guy writes:

Hope he gets better soon, it'd be a shame to lose this guy.

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 1:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. your_fat_makes_u_look_fat writes:

thats messed up hope he gets better soon hes to young to die for real.

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 1:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Txmetalhead writes:

Yeah I have Unlimited and the latest Susperia album. Just pure thrash metal from Europe.

# Mar 13, 2009 @ 1:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Susperia_UK_Fan writes:

I hope you get better soon Athera. I cant wait to see you guys again in london!!!!!

# Mar 15, 2009 @ 9:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. btbamfav20 writes:

he;s to undergo a triple bypass surgury, he's been diagnosed with a rare heart disease... that's like my past bands guitarist, he coudln't get his heart going or else he'd have a heart attack.

Now listening to: Catholic Despot - Kreator

# Mar 15, 2009 @ 6:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. SlugEmperor writes:

hmmmm how old is he?? that ought to tell you to party a little lighter.

# Mar 27, 2009 @ 4:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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