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There are very few times where I am left speachless about the news, and, sadly, this is one of them. SÅ‚awomir Kusterka, better known as Mortifer, bassist of the Polish Death Metal group Hate, has passed away. The main reason this leaves me at a loss is that he is so young, being only four months older than I am. I was only recently introduced to his work in that group thanks to this site, having first heard Erebos, and then Solarflesh. He also put in time with Naumachia and Saltus. As a recent fan of his work, I have to say this is simply tragic, and my best goes out to his family, friends, and loved ones, as well as the members of Hate themselves.


Below is an article that was posted on

Polish extreme metallers HATE have released the following statement:

“[During the] night [of] 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 (Slawomir ‘Mortifer’ Archangielskij) 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.”