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Metal News for June 21, 2008

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10 news articles posted on this day.

Opeth Cancels Portugal And Spain Shows

Opeth has cancelled several shows in Portugal and Spain. The band issued the following statement on their website:

Burning Live Festival on the 25th of July is cancelled. Due to the fact that the Portuguese festival got cancelled Opeth have to cancel Lorca rock as well due to finances. But Opeth will return to Spain in the near future so keep checking the tour dates for updates.

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Bison Signs To Metal Blade Records

Vancouver thrashers Bison have inked a deal with Metal Blade records. The band is currently recording their Metal Blade debut "Quiet Earth" with Jesse Gander (3 Inches of Blood, Subhumans, Mass Grave, S.T.R.E.E.T.S.) at The Hive Studios in Burnaby, BC which is currently slated for a fall 2008 release.

In regards to their new record deal, the band stated "We are pleased that our newly forged alliance with the dark lords of the blade has come to fruition. We shall slay with honor and wasted servitude. Using the awesome power of the riff, we shall lay waste, in solidarity with the legions of the righteous soldiers of metal. Now as one, we look to the future to conquer for generations to come."

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Sweet Savage Added To Wacken Line Up

Recently reformed new wave of british heavy metal band Sweet Savage has been confirmed for the 2008 Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany. The festival will take place between July 31st - August 2nd this year.

Sweet Savage also recently gave the following statement on their MySpace page in regards to the previously announced compilation album which was subsequently cancelled:

We have been recieving messages regarding the Compilation which has been announced for release in a double LP format. We can confirm that this release will NOT be going ahead, the record will not be released as a Sweet Savage record. Presently the band have the full length records Killing Time and Rune released, not to mention the 2 singles which were released in the late 70's/early 80's, as well as this, a 4 track compilation EP has been produced in a limited quantity and for now is only available at Sweet Savage gigs. To anyone who pre-ordered Eye Of The Storm - The Early Years, we appologise, this pre-sale and announcement was not made by the band and we suggest you contact the place where you pre-ordered the record from.

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Motley Crue Playing Late Show With David Letterman

Legendary rockers Motley Crue will be performing on the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday June 24th at 11:30 PM ET.

The bands new album "Saints Of Los Angeles" is also scheduled to be released that same day. The tracklisting for "Saints Of Los Angeles" is as follows: 'L.A.M.F.," "Face Down In The Dirt," 'What's It Gonna Take," "Down At The Whiskey," 'Saints Of Los Angeles," "Mother Fucker Of the Year," "The Animal In Me," "Welcome To The Machine," 'Just Another Psycho," "Chicks = Trouble," "This Ain't A Love Song," 'White Trash Circus," and "Goin' Out Swingin."

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Seether Adds New Tour Dates To US Run

Seether has been rocking to sold out South African crowds in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth all this week and would like to thank all their friends and fans back home for the continued support.

The band has added a couple of new shows to their US tour itinerary:

Aug 6th Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Houston, TX
Sept 10th York Fair York, PA

There' still time to enter for your chance to meet Seether with Finger Eleven. You can get more details and enter here.

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Batoche Calls It Quits

Candian hardcore/metal band Batoche has broken up. The group's Shawn Gabel has issued the following statement:

"Several weeks ago Batoche decided to call it quits. It's an amicable split and I'm sure you will see future musical projects from all of us, but alas the time was right for us to pack it in. I'd like to thank everyone we've encountered along the way for a five great years of touring reocrding and all around good times.

"We still have a few CDs and shirts left, our final show is posted on YouTube and our album is still available for free download at www.batoche.ca. Hopefully quite soon I'll also be posting a video from our last Canadian tour."

You can download their album "Terra Incognita" for free here.

The tracklisting for "Terra Incognita" is as follows: More...

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It Dies Today Announces New Tour and Video

IT DIES TODAY has just announced a new tour and a new music video for their upcoming album. The band will kick off a tour in August with labelmates Walls Of Jericho as well as 36 CrazyFists and more.

Their new album, "Lividity," will be out in early fall and the band is in the studio now recording. They will be filming the first video off the new album for the song "Thank You For Drinking" next week.

Singer Jason Wood checked in with an update on the video and song: "The song's slogan, like a double-entendre, translates into a so-called friend that through drinking on their own accord shows their true personality. For example, a good friend that ends up being an asshole afte getting drunk at a party or bar."

The video will be shot on location at a bar the band fequents in Sanborn, NY called "The Walmore Inn." The video will feature a friend of the band who's had too much to drink before he even gets to the bar and proceeds to start shit with everyone throughout the song, until the band has had enough and starts a bar fight. Keep your eyes peeled for the video in July, and some webisodes of the writing and recording process from It Dies Today.

The latest It Dies Today tour dates follow. More...

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Brian "Head" Welch Streams First Single

Former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has streamed his first single "Flush" on his MySpace page. The song is taken from his upcoming solo debut, "Save Me From Myself," due out September 9th.

“Flush” will be sold exclusively on iTunes starting July 8th.

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Transistor Transistor Drops Off Tour

Transistor Transistor has dropped off their tour with The_Network. Here's a statement from the band:

"Yesterday on the way to our first show of tour in NYC at the Knitting Factory, Nat asked the all important question 'Is this where my appendix is?' He'd been having some stomach pains lately, so after a brief debate we decided to stop in an emergency room in bum fuck Connecticut. Long story short, Nat got checked out, juiced up on pain medication, and eventually went under the knife. His appendix was succesfully removed and he is currently recovering.

"So the good news is that Nat is ok. The bad news is that surgery doesn't allow a man to rock out on stage and sleep on dirty floors as is neccessary for a tour, so we have to cancel all the shows for this current tour. This is a major bummer, we were really looking forward to playing Dude Fest and all the other shows, but these are the cards we were dealt.

"Thanks to everyone who helped book a show. If we haven't been able to contact you directly yet, we're sorry but circumstances haven't allowed us to track down everybody's info. Please get in touch if you need to pass on any info. The Network is still going to be on tour, so go see them, and promoters please get in touch with them if them if you need to make adjustments to the show.

"We're going to be in the hole on a shitload of t-shirts we had printed for tour, and some posters, so if you're into it, please feel free to go to Level-Plane and Merch Now and look for leftover/unsold tour items sometime in the future. Thanks for everyone's support."

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Himsa Announces Split

Himsa bassist Derek Harn has posted the following message:

"After 10+ years, four releases, countless tours and almost incomprehensible (yet constant) upheaval, the last three years of the band have been relatively stable. Having sacrificed everything we had in order to ensure the band's survival it's time to let it go. We made a great CD ('Summon in Thunder', Century Media); reportedly, our best. We've got a great label. We're getting along, we've toured and we’re fine. It's all good. We're leaving it at that. More...

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