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Metal News for June 2, 2007

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6 news articles posted on this day.

Gorgoroth Plan More South American Tour Dates

In addition to the already announced shows in Brazil in September, Gorgoroth has now confirmed some shows in Equador, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Argentina. Exact tour dates will be forthcoming.

Here are the band's latest confirmed shows:

Jul 20 2007 11:45P Støperiet i Tønsberg Tønsberg
Aug 10 2007 12:45P brutal assault open air Jaromer
Aug 11 2007 12:00P party san
Sep 7 2007 7:30P metropolis munich
Sep 8 2007 12:00P Hellflame Festival, Osnabrück Osnabrück
Sep 13 2007 11:00P Campinas SP Hammer Rock Bar Campinas
Sep 14 2007 11:00P SP Hangar 110 São Paulo
Sep 15 2007 11:00P MG Lapa Multishow Belo Horizonte
Sep 16 2007 11:00P RJ t.b.a. Rio de Janeiro
Sep 17 2007 11:00P RS Bar Opinião Porto Alegre

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Did Nightwish Steal Their New Single, "Eva"

According to Finland's MTV3, the new NIGHTWISH single "Eva" is currently under investigation by Teosto, the Finnish RIAA equivalent whose task it is to promote the rights of composers, lyricists, arrangers and music publishers, and to strengthen the diversity of Finnish composition. The chorus of the song is allegedly very similar to a track called "Whirlpool" by Jukka Reinivuo, a relatively unknown Finnish artist. In fact, the similarities are so great that allegations of plagiarism have already been thrown around.

NIGHTWISH keyboardist and composer Tuomas Holopainen has denied the accusation, saying that he just heard about this today (May 30) and that he has never heard the song or the artist in question. Holopainen went on to add that he was interested in hearing the track first before commenting further.

Listen to both songs on YouTube:

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Damage Control Confirm Bloodstock Appearance

Metal rock ‘n' roll outlaws Damage Control, featuring Chris Slade (drums AC/DC), Pete Way (bass UFO), Spike (vocals Quireboys), and Robin George (guitar Robert Plant, Thin Lizzy, Magnum), has been confirmed as "very special guests" to perform at Bloodstock 2007 on Thursday 16 August. Bloodstock will be the band's only UK show this year. Damage Control just released their self-titled debut album on Cargo Records.

Bloodstock Festival
The UK’s PREMIER Metal Festival
Thu 16, Fri 17 & Sat 18 August 2007

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Static-X Cannibalizes Starland Ballroom

Saturday, May 5, 2007, I saw Static-X for my third time at the Starland Ballroom of Sayreville, NJ. This time was different from all the others because this time, I got to meet Static-X. Well, ok, I’m exaggerating a bit; I got to interview Tony Campos from Static-X, the bass player for those who don’t know. The interview was an amazing opportunity for me and was a great way to start off an awesome show. After the interview, which took place at about 7:00pm, I headed into the venue just as the second opener was finishing. The band’s name was Divinity Destroyed. More...

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Gavin Harrison Wins Best Prog Drummer Award

Gavin Harrison, drummer for English alt-prog band Porcupine Tree has won Modern Drummer Magazine's readers' poll for "Best Progressive Drummer" ahead of Mike Portnoy of Dream Theatre. Portnoy has dominated the award from 1995 through 2006, and the results for 2007 will be printed in the July issue of the magazine, which comes out next week.

In other news, as recently reported, a 20-minute interview with Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson, in which he explains the concepts behind the disturbing video clip for the bands' title track from their new album Fear of a Blank Planet, and discusses his views on modern life, can be viewed at this location.

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Alchemist Complete New Album, Announce Tours

Alchemist have recently completed work on their upcoming album, Tripsis. Guitarist Adam Agius described the album as “The most consistently heavy album since Spiritech with all the Alchemist trade marks - psychedelic, atmospheric, packed with crushing riffs intertwined guitar melodies and groove. Tripsis is also the fastest album delivered by Alchemist with a few songs taking the Surfthrash sound to new heights.” The album will be released in Australia in mid-July via Chatterbox Records, and will see an international release through Relapse in mid-September. Some track titles from Tripsis include “Wrapped in Guilt”, “Degenerative Breeding”, “Grasp The Air”, “Substance for Shadow”, and “Tongues and Knifes”.

On July 21st, Alchemist will set off on a tour of Australia and New Zealand supporting the release of Tripsis, which will continue through to late August . The tour will start with an appearance at the first ever Abducted Metal fest (more info here) with a bunch of other big-name Australian metal and rock acts. Following this tour, the band will head through Europe in October, and that tour will begin with a headlining gig at the Prog Power fest in the Netherlands. The complete tour dates listing is to be made available shortly.

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