Always one of the more interesting metal bands on the scene, it appears that sadly the Basingstoke quartet are calling time on their seven year career, making this years ‘Dark Days’ album as their last. It means that at least they went out on something of a high, with the album reaching number one in the UK official charts Rock albums.
The statement in full reads
“Dear all. We take this opportunity to say Thank You. Thank you to everybody who has at any point over the last 7 years, considered themselves a fan of our band ‘Canterbury’. We have lived, breathed, and literally poured our entire existence into this musical adventure for the last 7 years, and that is why we feel great thanks are in order for everyone who has made it possible for us to make it work for so long.
It is with heavy, but extremely proud and high-held hearts, that we are announcing there are no plans to write, record and release another Canterbury album. The three albums we have released, and the hundreds of shows that we have played as Canterbury, have given us years of joy, and the feeling of being able to have left a mark in musical history, as a band that started when we were just school mates, is a blissfully satisfying one.
It’s been an unforgettable journey since the very beginning, and although it might not have not got us to where we wanted to be, we have the satisfaction of knowing we did everything we could, the way that WE wanted to, with the utmost integrity, and the music will endure.
We never want to say never, but for now, it is time for us to put this chapter behind us. We are all the very best of friends, and we are all still very much musicians. Once again, we want to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who gave it their all behind the scenes, thank you to the bands who took us on tour, thank you to the people who came to our shows. Those who stood at the back if the room and nodded along, and those who sung their hearts out. Thank you to everybody who has ever been a part of supporting Canterbury.
We are playing 3 very special shows at the end of the year; we would be very pleased to see as many of you as we can at them. We won’t be announcing any more, it’s just these 3, so if you can make it to one, please do.
We will finish off in London’s Islington Academy, and we fully intend on this being an absolute celebration of all that we have done, and everything we are about. That will be made possible with your help. The last thing we will ask from you as fans of our band.
There is so much more that we could, and will say, but for now, just one last time, Thank You.
Those dates are in December, 17th at Birmingham Flapper, 18th at Manchester Sound Control and finally 19th at London Islington Academy. Tickets are on general sale from today (Oct 4th) 10am.