Good job SpaceCraft, you finally confirmed disbandment a whole year after it actually happened. I'm pretty happy with this news actually, I was worried for a while they'd try to make something new under the same name with a new lineup considering it was obvious that it wasn't going to be the same, but they were keeping it alive for some reason. Now it's officially dead it'll always be Keiko, Wakana and Hikaru, with Kajiura and the FBM behind it. The way it should be.
As far as we know, Kajiura left their management agency and presumably whatever caused her to leave also caused Keiko to leave as well. Hikaru has also left that agency, as has Kaori (of FictionJunction, Kajiura's other project) as well as a few other singers and voice actors. Seems pretty likely it's something behind the scenes at that agency rather than anything to do with the Kalafina members themselves.
Heard the new songs. Blaze is mediocre as hell, Natsu no Asa is really, really nice. Guess this single can go sit in the same pile as the last 4 in having a great b-side and an a-side I'll probably not listen to again.
For what it's worth, the Far on the Water live release was really fucking good. Even with their recent a-sides sucking they're arguably performing at their very best live. I was hoping it'd live up to the performance I saw back in October at least, and it did.