Blast Corpse Promotion, the German booking agency which organized TAAKE's recent "Black Hordes Over Europe Tour II" with URGEHAL and KOLDBRANN, has issued a statement distancing itself from the actions of TAAKE lead singer Hoest, who appeared on stage in Essen, Germany last week with a swastika symbol drawn on his chest. The statement reads as follows:
"Regarding the very stupid and unprofessional actions made by Hoest (TAAKE) during their appearance in Essen/Germany, we would like to apologise for his stupidity and to make it clear that Blast Corpse Promotion does not in any way, condone or support such behavior. The only reason we continued the tour was because of the support bands URGEHAL and KOLDBRANN had invested a lot of time and money is this tour and we wanted to make sure the tour would be played out as promised, and that actions of one should not ruin it for everyone. After this incident, we did offer the remaining promoters a chance to cancel the shows — and lastly — we were asked to cancel TAAKE from the following festivals: Ragnarök and Tomahawk, which we completely respect and understand. Hoest/TAAKE takes all responsibility for his actions, and all questions regarding this incident are to be directed to him."
According to an article published in the March 26 edition of the Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende, TAAKE's record label, Dark Essence Records, has indicated that it may terminate its relationship with the band as a result of TAAKE's behavior at the Essen concert.
TAAKE's third album, "Doedskvad", was released in 2005 via Dark Essence Records. The band had previously released two albums on the Wounded Love label: "Nattestid..." (1999) and "Bjoergvin" (2002). "Doedskvad" is the last installment in this trilogy.