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Metal News for June 21, 2007

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25 news articles posted on this day.

Bullet For My Valentine Forced To Cancel Shows

Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE have cancelled the following dates:

Jun. 29 - Spain, Bilbao (w/ METALLICA)
Jun. 30 - Germany, Freiburg, MTV Campus Invasion
Jul. 03 - UK, London Islington Academy
Jul. 05 - Austria, Vienna (w/ METALLICA)
Jul. 08 - UK, London Wembley Arena (w/ METALLICA)

Commented the band: "Frontman/lead singer Matt Tuck was due to have a tonsillectomy mid-July but, due to unforeseen complications, the operation had to be brought forward at the last minute at the advice of Matt's doctor. Matt is recovering well but has been ordered not to sing for a minimum four-week period, which means that the band have no choice but not to play the shows listed above.

"The band are hugely disappointed but will be going back into the studio as soon as Matt's health is back to 100% to put the finishing touches to the highly anticipated follow up album to 'The Poison', due out late 2007."

Matt Tuck was unable to speak but wrote from his bed: "If I'd known my tonsils were going to cause me to miss shows like these I'd have fucking ripped them out myself long ago. I am totally gutted at not being able to play these shows and the only consolation the boys and I can take from it is that we are now fully focused on the album and we'll be back in the studio as soon as the doctors say I can sing again. I truly can't wait for you fuckers to hear it!"

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More Details On Upcoming Slayer DVD

More information has been revealed about the upcoming re-release of SLAYER's "Christ Illusion" album, due on July 24. According to MTV.com, the limited-edition set will contain the previously unreleased cut "The Final Six", as well as an alternate version of "Black Serenade". The reissue marks the band's first collaboration with new label home Columbia Records; SLAYER left Warner Bros. when longtime producer Rick Rubin jumped ship to head Columbia back in May.

"This version of 'Black Serenade' is the version [guitarist] Jeff [Hanneman] originally wrote, and during the miscommunications of recording, it came out the way it did," guitarist Kerry King told MTV.com. "I like the original version better. And 'The Final Six' was a song that just wasn't finished in time for the record, because [frontman] Tom [Araya] had to head home for [gall-bladder] surgery."

"The Final Six", said King, "isn't going to sound out of place, because it was written for "Christ Illusion". So, it's just another song off of that album, and it's not separate at all. The track was recorded by the time "Christ Illusion" came out — we just had to have Tom sing on it."

The reissue will also boast a bonus DVD called "Slayer on Tour '07". It will include the "Eyes of the Insane" video; a live rendition of the band's 1988 LP track "South of Heaven" that was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, on last year's "Unholy Alliance" run; and a behind-the-scenes, five-minute documentary-style montage of footage shot earlier this year when the band performed in Florida and Australia.

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Metal Satanists Claim Attacks On Christian Sites

A shadowy anti-religious group with links to heavy metal music has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on Christian sites in Brittany in northwest France, police said Thursday.

Members of the group, which calls itself "True Armorik Black Metal", or TABM, describe themselves as "extremist and anti-ecclesiastical" in a letter sent to local newspaper the Telegramme, which published excerpts on Thursday.

"We are going to strike again, again and again," warned the letter, in which the group's acronym is scrawled in blood-red letters over the image of an inverted Christian cross.

Police, who are hunting a group of Satanists they believe responsible for the attacks, said they were taking the letter seriously and had sent it for analysis by a specialised unit.

Graffiti of the letters ABM was found at nine Christian sites desecrated in recent weeks. Police believe the letters signify Aryan Black Metal, a Satanist movement which has links to heavy metal music, paganism and far-right politics.

Last weekend, the 16th-century Chapel of the Cross at Loqueffret near the remote tip of Brittany was gutted in a blaze, which left just the four walls standing (Photo#1, Photo#2). The doors of the chapel were forced open, and several original polychrome statues were destroyed.

Eight other Christian shrines — six roadside granite crosses and two fountains — were torn down or smashed last month in an area of the Finistere department near the popular holiday resorts of Benodet and Concarneau.

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Blood Red Throne's "Come Death" Tracklisting

Norwegian death metallers BLOOD RED THRONE have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Come Death", due on August 27 via Earache Records. The CD was recorded at Dub Studios in Norway and was mixed by Valle Adzic. Mastering duties were handled by Dragan T. According to a press release, the album contains nine songs of BLOOD RED THRONE's unique blend of groovy, aggressive and technical death metal.

"Come Death" track listing:

01. Slaying the Lamb
02. Deranged Assassin
03. Rebirth in Blood
04. Guttural Screams
05. Taste of God
06. No New Beginning
07. Come Death
08. Disincarnated (GORGUTS cover)
09. Another Kill

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Octagon With New Album Title And Tracklist

U.S. black thrashers OCTAGON have set "Death Fetish" as the title of their next full-length CD, due this summer on Regimental Records. This is the debut originally intended to be released shortly before 2005's acclaimed "Artisans of Cruelty" album, now packaged and re-mastered with different artwork.

"Death Fetish" track listing:

01. Humiliation March
02. Blue Cold Kiss Of Sacrilege
03. Morality Centered And Silenced
04. Malevolent Vice Of Attrition
05. Degradation Of The Willing
06. Her Fettered Wings
07. The Arsenic Anthem

Also scheduled for release through Regimental Records this summer is the ultimate USBM three-way split CD between Pennsylvanian death mongers CRUCIFIER, Virginia's GRAVEWURM and OCTAGON called "Trampled Under Cloven Hooves".

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Immolation Finnish Dates And Support

Legendary New York death metallers IMMOLATION will team up with Polish unholy deathsters AZARATH and DEIVOS for a four-date Polish tour in August. The two support acts are also currently promoting their newest, highly acclaimed studio albums "Diabolic Impious Evil" (out on Pagan Records) and "Emanation From Below" (available via Empire Records), respectively. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Aug. 12 - Katowice @ Mega Club
Aug. 13 - Rzeszów @ Pod Palma
Aug. 14 - Lódz @ Funaberia 2
Aug. 15 - Wroclaw @ Madness

IMMOLATION will also appear at several European festivals, including Brutal Assault in the Czech Republic and Mountains of Death in Switzerland.

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Death Breath Working On Material For New Album

DEATH BREATH, the Swedish old-school death metal project featuring former ENTOMBED drummer and main songwriter Nicke Andersson (currently the frontman of his rock 'n' roll band THE HELLACOPTERS), has issued the following update:

"Now that 'Let It Stink' [EP] is out, we are working on our next album. We are thinking of recording it sometime this winter. This is the record on which we are we going to use triggered drums and write lyrics about philosophical stuff… Well, let’s hope we don’t do that shall we?"

DEATH BREATH will release "Let It Stink" in the U.S. on August 7 via Relapse Records.

"Let It Stink" features four brand new songs as well as three covers by BATHORY ("Sacrifice"), G.B.H. ("Lycantrophy") and DISCHARGE ("Maimed And Slaughtered"). The CD version of "Let It Stink" contains a brand new version of the video for the song "Death Breath" as well as the original one. The vinyl version is "10 pitch-black inches," according to a posting on the group's web site.

Check out the song "His Protoplasmic Worship" on the band's MySpace page.

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Gorerotted Part With Guitarist

U.K. death metallers/grinders GOREROTTED have parted ways with guitarist Matt “Robin Pants” Hoban.

Commented Hoban: “Well, people, after six long years of hangovers and vomiting I have decided to call it a day and part ways with GOREROTTED. I wish the boys great success for the future and would like to thank everyone I ever met at shows for being cool, especially the ones that let me smoke all their weed before being told to fuck off.”

The band added: “We wish Matt all the best for the future and with his new band THE AGONYST. He’ll always be our bro and as he said, to us he left on a high note having just played our first-ever show on American soil. We’ll play the upcoming festival shows as a four-piece until a suitable replacement is found, when we’ll continue the writing of our fourth album ‘Get Dead Or Die Trying‘. You can catch us at the Waldrock festival in Holland, Kaltenbach in Austria and Brutal Assault in Czech Republic playing alongside such greats as TESTAMENT, MESHUGGAH, NAPALM

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Darkthrone Offer Update On New Album

Norwegian black metal legends DARKTHRONE have posted the following update:

“Finally! 18 months after the first recordings for the new album, DARKTHRONE is done. End of July will see the release of the new EP ‘NWOBHM‘ (New Wave Of Black Heavy Metal). This EP contains four songs on CD version, and two songs on the 7? vinyl version. There is one new exclusive song on both versions called ‘Hedninger Fra Helvete‘ (Heathens From Hell). The TESTORS cover song ‘Bad Attitude‘ is added on the CD version.

CD contains in this order: ‘Wisdom Of The Dead‘ (a different recording than the version on the album), ‘Canadian Metal‘ (same recording as the album version, but different vocals added), ‘Hedninger Fra Helvete‘ (exclusive new song for this EP) and ‘Bad Attitude‘ (cover song of American TESTORS). Vinyl version contains ‘Hedninger Fra Helvete‘ and ‘Canadian Metal.’

The new album is called F.O.A.D. and will be released in September.”

The F.O.A.D. tracklisting is as follows:

01. These Shores Are Damned
02. Canadian Metal
03. The Church Of Real Metal
04. The Banners Of Old
05. Fuck Off And Die
06. Splitkein Fever
07. Raised On Rock
08. Pervertor Of The 7 Gates
09. Wisdom Of The Dead

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Lordi Announce Off-Fest Dates

Finland’s LORDI have announced the following Ozzfest off-dates:

July 23 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
August 11 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
August 19 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
August 25 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club

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Hatebreed Give DVD Update

Hatebreed have been filming footage overseas for an upcoming video for their track "Destroy Everything", as well as their long-in-the-works DVD outing. A bit more on that can be found here.

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Clutch Announce Tour And Support

Clutch have recruited Year Long Disaster and Backyard Tire Fire to support them on the bulk of their previously announced North American summer run which kicks off July 27th. In addition, the following stops have been added to the tour:
August 25th Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
August 26th Farmingdale, NY - Crazy Donkey
August 27th New York, NY - Rocks Off Concert Cruise
August 29th Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
August 31st New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

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Get A Sneak Peak At The New 3 Inches of Blood

A sneak peek at 3 Inches of Blood's upcoming video for their track "The Goatriders Horde" can be found online here. The group will release their new album "Fire Up The Blades" through Roadrunner on June 26th.

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Today Is The Day Plan New Release

Today Is The Day have scheduled a September 18th release date through SuperNova Records for their new album "Axis Of Eden". The band will begin touring in support of the outing on September 13th with Defcon 4, Christine and Taipan all onboard.

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Yakuza Puts New Song Online For Fans

Yakuza's new track "Egocide" has made its way online here. The song comes from the bands new album "Transmutations", which will see a July 31st release date through Prosthetic.

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Poison The Well Announce UK Run

Poison The Well will playing the following UK run in September with Gallows, Lethal Bizzle and Blackhole:
September 12th Falmouth, UK - Princess Pavillion
September 13th Yeovil, UK - Ski Lodge
September 14th Newport, UK - TJ's
September 15th Stoke, UK - Sugarmill
September 17th Inverness, UK - Ironworks
September 18th Dundee, UK - Fat Sams
September 19th Middlesbrough, UK - Town Hall Crypt
September 21st Leicester, UK - Charlotte
September 22nd Northampton, UK - Soundhaus
September 23rd Cambridge, UK - Junction
September 25th Oxford, UK - Zodiac
September 26th London, UK - Electric Ballroom

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Rwake Announce Summer Tour

Rwake have rolled out the following dates for the summer:
June 29th Little Rock, AR - Juanita's Cantina Ballroom (Feat. Big Business, Zoroaster, Shitfire)
July 14th Little Rock, AR - Downtown Music (Feat. Made Out of Babies, Mouth of the Architect)
July 18th Columbia, MO - Mojo's
July 19th Chicago, IL - The Note
July 20th Lansing, MI - Mac's
July 21st Kent, OH - Club Khameleon (Feat. Rue)
July 23rd Portland, ME - Geno's
July 24th New York, NY - Club Midway (Feat. Bloody Panda, Dead Unicorn)
July 25th Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar (Feat. Made Out of Babies, Mouth of the Architect, Wooly Mammoth)
July 26th Philadelphia, PA - Mill Creek Tavern
July 27th Washington, DC - Velvet Lounge (Feat. Wooly Mammoth, Hull, Darsombra)
July 29th Asheville, NC - Jolie Rouge
July 30th Nashville, TN - The End

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Freya Posts Latest Video Online

Freya (ex-Earth Crisis) have posted the video for their track "Suffer Not One" online here.

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Himsa Name New Album

Himsa have set "Summon In Thunder" as the title to their new album which is slated to see a September 18th release date through Century Media. The album will come with a number of bonus features, including a video for their track "Unleash Carnage", a 15 minute documentary of the making of the album, a photo gallery and more.

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Darkest Hour Post Demon(s) Video Online

Darkest Hour's video for their track "Demon(s)" has made its way online and can be seen here. The song is lifted from the groups new album "Deliver Us", which is slated for a July 10th release date through Victory.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Complete Drum Tracks

The Dillinger Escape Plan have completed tracking the drums for their new album "Ire Works". The band tapped drummer Gil Sharone of Stolen Babies fame to handle the drums in the studio for them, having parted ways with their drummer Chris Pennie earlier this year. An update on that can be found here. In addition to the studio update, the band reveal that they plan to begin touring in support of the effort in September. "Ire Works" is expected in stores this fall.

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Black Light Burns To Tape Live Performance

Black Light Burns will be taping a live performance for "Last Call With Carson Daly" on July 11th. Those interested in attending can find more details here.

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Ex-Mushroomhead, SYL Members Make New Project

Pitch Black Forecast, a group which features former Mushroomhead frontman Jason 'J Mann' Popson and Gene Hoglan of Strapping Young Lad and Dark Angel fame, have posted their two new tracks "Ornament" and "Halt" online here.

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Atreyu Announces Tracklisting Of New Album

Atreyu have revealed the track listing to their upcoming new album "Lead Sails Paper Anchor." It runs as follows:

01 - "Doomsday"
02 - "Honor"
03 - "Falling Down"
04 - "Becoming the Bull"
05 - "Slow Burn"
06 - "Two Become One"
07 - "No One Cares"
08 - "Can't Happen Here"
09 - "Lose it"
10 - "Blow"
11 - "Lead Sails (and a Paper Anchor)"

The album was produced by John Feldmann (The Used, Good Charlotte), mixed by Andy Wallace (Slipknot, Linkin Park) and is scheduled for an August 28th release date through Hollywood.

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Alice Cooper Replaces Rob Zombie On Tour

Alice Cooper will be replacing Rob Zombie on the previously announced tour with Queensryche and Heaven and Hell. The dates are listed as follows.

September 9 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
September 14 - Tampa, FL @ St Pete Times Forum
September 16 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Arena
September 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake
September 25 - Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre

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