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The hammer of misfortune has fallen upon Ludicra, and they need your help.

Here is the full story from Wolves in the Throne Room's MySpace.

After more than a decade of being USBM's best kept secret, Ludicra finally got a dream-offer to play main support to Norwegian legends Mayhem. Then, approximately sixty days prior to the tour launch, Mayhem pulled the plug.

Against all odds, Ludicra was able to book a full US tour — 31 shows with no days off — and salvage their ability to promote a critically acclaimed new album The Tenant (currently "Album of the Month" in Terrorizer Magazine).

A week before the tour commenced, Ludicra guitarist John Cobbett felt a pain in his abdomen, and visited the hospital in San Francisco. He had self-diagnosed appendicitis, but the hospital staff dismissed his concerns and sent him home, unaided. That night, John played on stage in support of Pentagram while his appendix continued to rupture. Over the next week, a large abscess grew around his failing appendix, yet John worked his job, and performed the first gig of tour in Portland, OR.

On day two of the tour, John was struck down by an incapacitating pain. Though John's home is San Francisco, he's currently laid up in a hospital in Olympia, WA — facing uninsured surgeries while his band-mates are soldiering on, and will soon resume performing and selling merchandise in order to recoup a fraction of the money lost by show cancellations, and imminent, astronomical medical bills.

It is sincerely hoped that John will rehabilitate quickly enough to fulfill most of his tour obligations. Meanwhile, time and precious funds are slipping away…

Currently, these are the ways to help.

(The poster by Casey Collett-Paule has SOLD OUT.  However, other parties are evidently stepping up to aid in donation efforts.  I will post those here as I become aware of them.  If you know of any donation efforts not listed here, please email invisibleoranges at gmail dot com.  Thanks!)

1. Direct donation through Wolves in the Throne Room. For the PayPal address, see here.

2. Direct donation via PayPal through Profound Lore, Ludicra's label. Send to profoundlorerecords@gmail.com, with the subject header "Ludicra Donation".

3. Producer Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Neurosis) is donating his services, in a matching dollar amount, to any band/musician who donates $100 or more to the Profound Lore email address in #2 above.  Full details here.

From Ludicra last night via their Facebook:

Ludicra will not be performing in SLC, Denver, or Lincoln. However, we have decided to barrel on to St. Paul and play the next four or so shows as a 4 piece (sans John Cobbett) until he can join us to finish the tour. We will provide any links for donations and such as they come. The outpouring of love and support has been amazing. What an incredible community we have.

— Cosmo Lee