To/Die/For - Call It Quits

Vocalist Jape Perätalo of Finnish metallers To/Die/For has issued the following lengthy announcement about the band calling it a day:

"My nerves, stress level and Life came to the point that I really need to get some rest, and say goodbye for these Stressful and still nice days with To/Die/For. Since 2005 we have been through so many shitty things. We have been unlucky to meet so many shitty promoters etc. FUCK YOU ALL (this is for all of those so called promoters who ruined some of our tours, and are also one of TDF's killers.) Also I have to thank some promoters, like AYU from Mexico. And of course we met other great and friendly promoters too around the world! But... a few asshole really can kill you!?

Italy visit a couple of years ago, and US tour 2007 really sucked a huge part of my/our energy and motivation. It was a miracle that I continued after US tour until these days! Now, one booking agency tried to handle our first South-American tour and also things with this did not work. Local promoters here and there did not pay their part for the main promoters in time etc. They just could not handle things which had to be clear. I am so sad and pissed off this tour did not happen... AGAIN! We are so sorry for our fans there.

There was only 9 shows totally confirmed for almost five weeks? And many more not that "handled" things. They seemed to be working very hard for us, but still... Again I felt like "we have been through this shit before". Also all these line-up changes always stressed me a lot and made me sad, but still everyone who played with me in To/Die/For were great persons! Every line-up change killed a little part of me... well exept one!

With our latest line-up we tried to write new songs, and we had some "raw" songs, but there was One big problem! No one seemed to like the same kind of songs. Latest album came out in 2006 and after that we had only one new song? And we are not satisfied with it eather. Somethings must be wrong I think!?

Also I felt like "something is trying to drive TDF's music to wrong direction". I am gothic and that's it. I do not like Heavy metal riffs (actually I hate it!) and too many hooks here and there. I want it more simple! I want people to remember TDF as it was on "All Eternity", "Epilogue" and "IV" days.

I could write many lovely words about every TDF members I ever played with, but biggest Thanks I HAVE TO give for bassist Tonmi Lillman. He is my soulmate what comes to writing music.

So... as you understand, I am not gonna continue anymore this To/Die/For suffering, hassle and chaos. It is my time to relax and get new things into my life. We had a lot of fun, we met interesting people here and there. We got new friends etc. Many great things also happened.

Other members are having their bands. Guitarist Joonas Koto is playing with Malpractice, guitarist Antti-Matti "Antza" Talala is playing in I.D Exorcist (and Antza is the guitarist who fucking rocks!), Josey plays punk somewhere, Santtu Lonka still plays drums in a couple of local bands here (with bassist Miikka Kuisma). Newest and latest To/Die/For member Toni Paananen is also having a lot of different kind of music projects. Tonmi Lillman (one of my heroes) is working at the studio in Helsinki, and also he is still playing drums in Vanguard and Ajattara. Alli is playing his guitars at home, keyboardist Jussi-Mikko "Juska" Salminen is studying something weird things somewhere.

And believe it or not, also we had a lot of fans around the world and all I can say for them is "I am not sorry at all, and still I am very sorry. This just had to happen right now, and BIG THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. And we will meet again anyway somewhere, somehow, someday". I am singing and writing songs in a band called Sundown Sindrome. We just recorded our first promo cd in Germany, and we are trying to find a great label for us soon as possible. One thing is sure...I am gonna hit the road very soon with new plans and with my new band.

I am feeling so fresh and happy with Sundown Sindrome. It feels so great to start from the clean table. Every member of this band are in a same boat! We already feel like brothers. No stress, just Rocking! Soon there will be our first samples on

After all... Some may be pissed off because of my decision, and some may be happy. But this is my life. DO WE CONTINUE SOMEDAY? WHO KNOWS? Personally I am listening my heart as always. Farewell!"

Band profile: To/Die/For
Posted: 16.04.2009 by Abattoir


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16.04.2009 - 12:16
Too bad, they are O.K. But sometimes, you just have to end it at a right time.
... For years I have traveled in coldness,
But my heart is warm as the darkened sun above me...
Nothing can never take away
What I've seen with these tired eyes
16.04.2009 - 13:38
I understand him for this desicion, and it seems he had a rough time, But that is the Life, you have to handle everything, some people suffered more a lot than this and still on their feet!!!
16.04.2009 - 19:31
Account deleted
I love this band! But I am happy they are in good terms
16.04.2009 - 19:59
Waiting for Sundown sindrome then...
Seek Salvation / Find Damnation
16.04.2009 - 21:50
What a pity. Another great band gone. Thanks guys for 5 outrageous
16.04.2009 - 22:44
Bad English
Why they always wanna go to USA, SA, such band go play thgere for 300 people and I agre epromoters mainly wanna cash and dont care about muisc , well to much always is to bad
Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
17.04.2009 - 04:57
Sad to me, I love To Die For. Hope Sundown Sindrome is good similarly to TDF.
17.04.2009 - 06:33
Black Conundrum
RIP To/Die/For. I listened to their song New Heaven a little while ago.
17.04.2009 - 06:42
No !!!!!..... I Want To/Die/For in Chile !!!!
17.04.2009 - 06:50
el parcero
Well, i guess he's right. no point on keeping up something that's going nowhere and isn't working out as it should. i'm not a fan, i actually don't really know them to well, but it still sucks that promoters can fuck up a band
love is like a jar of shit with a strawberry on top
17.04.2009 - 11:04
Jason W.
Of course I'm disappointed that T/D/F is done (for now?), but if the band is not writing music that keeps the gothic spirit alive, then no, they should stop now. It's the best decision for the fans and the legacy of the bands. And I know exactly what he is talking about the US tour - the promoter booked the only area gig at a place that closed and never notified the band about it!

"IV" continues to be a heavily played disc for me, and really, after reading this blog by Jape, the first song that comes to mind is "Chaotic Me". Really, even this blog is in the spirit of that song...!
"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
17.04.2009 - 12:52
Shit i really liked their album All eternity

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