2012 started off rough for Abigail Williams. And now it turns out it’ll be their last. The black metal group confirmed that they will call it quits following extensive touring later this year.

The band released the following statement confirming the news:

“After much consideration we have decided to make these upcoming Abigail Williams shows our last US tour. This was a very hard decision to make but feels absolutely necessary at this point. I’ve had the best times of my life with this band and learned so much about what I want to do with music as well as what I don’t like about the industry etc and we honestly feel like it’s best to put the band to rest after making what we feel to be our very best album. I’m honestly just feeling satisfied with everything we have done as Abigail Williams and I feel ready to put it to rest. We want everyone to know this has nothing to do with differences inside the band as we are still very much a family and these are still the same people I want to make music with now and in the future.

We think that 2012 is the perfect year for new beginnings and we definitely plan to put music out later this year in the form of a new band(s). It would be easy to give people the names to our new projects here but rather than capitalize off this announcement we would rather word get out naturally starting with our friends when the time is right. We want to thank our friends and fans who have supported us through the good and bad times over the years, we know it’s been a very bumpy road at times. We are still very dedicated to making music and this change will actually allow us to do more of what we want to do and be more productive. We hope to see everyone on the road for this tour that we booked DIY for the most part by ourselves. The dates are below even though some of them are still waiting to be confirmed. Also we want to emphasize that this is our last US tour and that we are open to touring overseas if the right tour comes up.”

It is sad to hear about Abigail Williams’ plans to throw in the towel, especially given that their last album, 2011’s Becoming, was exceptionally impressive. Here’s hoping that the projects they form following Abigail Williams’ demise are at least have as good as what the members have done together. You can check out a rundown of dates for their last U.S. tour (with more still to come) after the jump.

7/26 Santa Barbara, CA @ Muddy Waters

7/27 Mexicali, CA @ TBA

7/28 Los Angeles, CA @ The Black Castle

7/29 Temecula, CA @ The Vault

7/30 Tempe, AZ @ The Rogue Bar

7/31 Las Vegas, NV TBA

8/3 Salt Lake City, UT TBA

8/4 Prince, UT @ house show!

8/5 Denver, CO @ Old Curtis St Bar

8/7 Midland, TX @ Pine Box

8/8 Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West

8/9 Austin, TX TBA

8/10 San Antonio, TX @ Zombies

8/11 Houston, TX @ Numbers

8/12 Baton Rough, LA@ Here Today Gone Tomorrow

8/13 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia

8/14 Tampa, FL TBA

8/15 Miami, FL TBA

8/16 Satellite Beach, FL @ Wynfields

8/17 Orlando, FL @ Bombshells

8/18 Columbus, GA @ The Plughouse

8/19 TBA

8/20 Johnson City,TN @ Hideaway

8/21 Roanoke, VA @ Coffin House

8/22 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head

8/23 Frederick, MD @ Cafe 611

8/24 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose

8/25 Columbus, OH @ The Shrunken Head

8/26 Lansing, MI @ Blackened Moon

8/27 Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge

8/28 Louisville, KY TBA

8/29 Nashville, TN TBA

8/30 Birmingham, AL @ The Nick

9/1 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room

9/2 Quincy, IL @ The State Room

9/3 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar

9/4 Des Moines, IA The House of Bricks

9/5 Milwaukee, WI @ Port of Hamburg

9/6 St Paul, MN TBA

9/7 Fargo, ND TBA

9/9 Billings, MT TBA

9/10 camping yellowstone

9/11 camping yellowstone

9/12 Boise, ID TBA

9/13 Spokane, WA TBA

9/14 Seattle, WA TBA

9/15 Portland, OR TBA