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Metal News for June 3, 2003

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11 news articles posted on this day.

St. Anger Release Moved Up

Metallica's new album 'St. Anger' will now be released worlwide on Thursday, June 5 due to several tracks being leaked onto the internet.

Here's the full press release: More...

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Beseech To Enter Studio in July

Sweden's Beseech is currently writing material for their new album and will enter StudioMega in July. The album will hopefully be released at the end of the year or in the beginning of 2004. There has been no word on if Beseech plans to replace guitarist Klas Bohlin, who left the band in Feb. to pursue other musical interests.

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Borknagar Studio Update

According to Borknagar’s website, drummer Asgeir is currently in the studio recording his parts for the next album, with three songs completed so far.

Øystein recorded rhythm guitars with a click-track in April, and Lars is next up as soon as Asgeir finishes.

As previously reported, Borknagar are scheduled to perform at Metalfest Vienna, taking place at the Vienna Arena in Vienna, Austria on August 23rd/24th, 2003. For more info go to: www.rockthenation.at.

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Purulent Guitarist Dies in Tour bus Crash

David Rairan, founding member and guitarist of Colombian death metal band Purulent, passed away last week as a result of injuries incurred during a tour-bus crash. This happened shortly after the group's departure from this year's Fuck The Commerce festival in Neiden, Germany, where the band performed on Thursday (May 29). At the time of the accident, Purulent were about to kick off a European tour, organized by Czech Republic's Obscene Productions (www.obscene.cz).

Further information about the crash and contact details for the band will follow shortly. However, things are all a bit up in the air right now as the group and the promoters are clearly shaken by the events unfolding and somewhat stranded at the moment. For the record, other members of the Purulent and Obscene Productions entourage appear to be in good shape.

We wish to pass our condolences to all members, friends, and families of the Purulent crew.

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Hypocrisy Added to Italy's Gods of Metal Fest

Sweden's Hypocrisy, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, are the last-minute addition to this year's installment of Gods Of Metal festival, set to take place June 7-8 at Stadio Brianteo in Monza, Italy. Marilyn Manson will headline the festivities on Saturday, June 7 (under the banner "A Day At the Border"), while Whitesnake will top the bill the following night. Other acts set to appear at the event include H.I.M., Children of Bodom, Ministry, Queensryche, Motorhead, Saxon, Destruction, Grave Digger and U.D.O.

Tickets will be priced at 40 euros per day, or 60 euros for both days.

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Type O Negative Video Interview Online

A 12-minute video interview with Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele and drummer Johnny Kelly (courtesy of Metal Online) has been posted at this location.

In other news, Type O Negative have revised the track listing for their upcoming CD, "Life Is Killing Me", due on June 17 through Roadrunner Records.

The revised track listing for the album is as follows: More...

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Kataklysm "will never open another tour again"

Kataklysm singer Maurizio Iacono has posted the following message to the group's official web site:

"In response to the numerous e-mails we have received and pissed off fans we've encountered, we would like to apologize to all of you who came to the shows in Houston, Dallas, Tempe, Los Angeles and San Francisco to see Kataklysm and missed us or got our last song. This is the situation...

"Before Kataklysm joined the tour as replacement for Skinless, a deal was made which was not clearly specified to us. The deal was that Skinless would switch positions with Bleeding Through half way through the tour. Obviously the agent who booked this underestimated Kataklysm's value and didn't make his research properly considering we've drawn a lot of people on this tour. Bleeding Through were nice enough to give us back our rightful position for certain markets, but we had to let other ones go to avoid a mess between labels, agents, etc. So again, we are really sorry for this and we promise to make it up to you guys very soon. One thing is for sure — we will never open another tour again. We've done that already in the past and paid our dues, we've proven ourselves with blood and sweat for over 10 years. Funny how things work sometimes — here we are supporting our biggest selling record and the only band on this tour with constant MTV airplay, and we also have the biggest catalogue... Yet shit still happens to us like this in the States, but we are warriors and we will keep fighting. More...

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Mercenary to Open for TON in Denmark

Denmark's Mercenary will be supporting Type O Negative at Train in Århus on June 22. In other news, the band have begun negotiations with legendary Danish thrashers Invocator about filling the support slot on their 17-gig Danish tour in November/December.

Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Grave tour US for first time in seven years

Swedish death metal stalwarts Grave have returned to U.S. shores are in the midst of their first stateside trek in over seven years as direct support to fellow metal titans Immolation. Opening the tour are Goatwhore and Crematorium. Their highly touted new release, "Back From The Grave", is garnering rave reviews from across the metal and mainstream spectrums.

Ola Lindgren (founder, vocalist, guitarist) checks in with the following tour report: "The first week of the tour is completed, four more to go. It was great to finally hook up with our longtime friends of Immolation and also the great guys in Crematorium and Goatwhore. We had some really good shows so far with fans that waited seven years or more to see us since our last visit. Since we have so much material to choose from it's impossible to play it all, so we mix the good old stuff with some of the songs from the new album. We want to thank all the fans who came out for the shows this far, be sure to check out the upcoming show dates for your chance to catch this killer package."

Remaining Grave tour dates: More...

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Watch Them Die sign with Century Media

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Oakland-based purveyors of the extreme Watch Them Die have signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Century Media Records. Armed with a bold mission statement stating that they can play with any band on any stage at any time, and crush them all in the process, this quintet is out to annihilate anything that stands in their way. More...

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Linkin Park Postpone/Cancel Euro Dates

Chester Bennington, vocalist for Linkin Park was admitted to a Los Angeles area hospital last Friday afternoon after an attack of severe back and abdominal pains. Bennington remains hospitalized as doctors are still trying to determine the cause of these ailments.

"All touring and video shoot plans in Europe have been put on hold this month as we make sure Chester fully recovers," states a spokesperson for the band "we wish him the best, and will keep everyone posted as to his condition.

The following European dates are being postponed or cancelled: More...

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