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Metal News for May 16, 2003

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10 news articles posted on this day.

St. Vitus Still Unclear on Future

The legendary band St Vitus has re-united ,although it is still unclear if they'll record an album or not. Here's the update: “After we (Debris Inc.) performed Born Too Late at Wacken Open Air in Germany last summer I saw that people still care about my music. I wanted my old band mates to see the reaction of people today to our music. We are going to play the With Full Force Festival in Germany and thought we should do a club show to warm up. We picked Chicago because it has always been one of the best cities we ever played in.”

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Incantation's Single Series Vol 1 Out Now

Relapse have just released Incantation’s Single Series Vol. 1. The set includes the first four 7"s released by Relapse, which are long out of print.

This CD is limited to 1000 copies worldwide and includes the EP’s Entrantment Of Evil, Flesh Ripping Sonic Polka, Face Of Decline and Apparition (Sorrow).

In live news, the Blasphemy US Assault continues, this time with Cleveland’s Soulless. Dates include: May 23 - Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY and 24 - Symposium - Lakewood (Cleveland).

Also coming up is the Blasphemy Downunder - Australia/New Zealand tour. The dates are: More...

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Venom's Rarities to be featured on 'Best of" disc

Venom's best of collection, Witching Hour, is due out on in Europe on May 15th through Delta Deluxe and on June 30th elsewhere.

The 2CD set contains over 90 minutes of music including rare 12” mixes of ‘Manitou’ and ‘Lady Lust’. All tracks are original recordings, mainly released on Neat Records between 1981 - 1986. The album also includes the full 20 minute mix of ‘At War With Satan’, from the album of the same name, released in 1984

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Ancient Ceremony to take on "The Church"

The formal statement by Andevil Booking:
Church and city government have forbidden the performance of Ancient Ceremony at Summer Breeze Open Air (one of Europe's biggest Metal festivals) because of the band's Satanic and blasphemous attitude.

Promoters were even set under pressure by getting told the whole event was canceled if the band was allowed to play so that the organizers had no other chance than taking them from the billing.

This scandal is a fist in the face of the entire Metal scene and neither band nor management are willing to accept this cancellation without fighting against it. Of course Ancient Ceremony will continue following their Satanic ethics consequently and are almost "proud" that they are the only controversial act that was chosen as "enemy" by these radical Christians - but there is no legal base for the behavior from church and authorities so that Ancient Ceremony hope for massive support from fans and media in fighting against this censorship.

Next week there will be a homepage which will feed you all with further details

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Promoter Cancels Skyclad's London Show

Britain's Skyclad have been forced to bow out of their previously announced headlining appearance at the London Garage. "We are sorry to say that due to financial problems the promoters 'Chaos Promotions' have cancelled the show at London Garage on August 2," reads a message on the band's official web site. "Several other bands have suffered the same fate with the promoter and all we can do is promise to book a show in London to coincide with the release of the new album later in the year. The band are very disappointed as they were very much looking forward to playing in London again and would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused."

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Trail of Tears to Tour Mexico with Sirenia

Norway's Trail of Tears will embark on a Mexican tour with Sirenia during June.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Jun. 11 – Cuervaca, MEX @ TBA
Jun. 12 - Toluca, MEX @ TBA
Jun. 13 - Morelia, MEX @ TBA
Jun. 14 - Aguascalientes, MEX @ TBA
Jun. 15 - Torreon, MEX @ TBA
Jun. 19 - Puebla, MEX @ TBA
Jun. 20 - Monterrey, MEX @ TBA
Jun. 22 – Leon, MEX @ TBA (TRAIL OF TEARS only)

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Dio, Kreator Confirmed for Metal Mania Fest

Dio, Kreator, Hammerfall, and Stratovarius are the latest acts confirmed to perform at Metal Mania Festival, a three-day event set to take place July 11-13 at Auditorio Municipal de Villarobledo in Albacete, Spain.

The acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival are as follows: More...

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Guano Apes Forced to Cancel UK Tour

Germany's Guano Apes have been forced to cancel their U.K. tour after frontwoman Sandra Nasic was taken ill during the band's tour opener in Sheffield. The following is the group's official statement on the matter:

"Hi folks, on this tour, bad luck seems to follow. First we had to put off the dates for our last month's gigs in Holland because Sandra had a bad flu she now fell ill again.

"During our first tour gig in Sheffield/UK, Sandra had an omphalocele. She could finish the show but afterwards had to get to the hospital immediately. The next day she had to fly back to Germany for further examination.

"That's why we had to cancel the upcoming gigs in the UK. We're not yet sure, if we can play these shows later and the Holland gigs are still in 'Stand-By'-Mode. "As soon as we have more information concerning Sandra's health, we'll inform you on our website. Infos about our next shows are soon to come." More...

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Opeth and Porcupine Tree Team Up for Tour

Opeth will be teaming up with Porcupine Tree for a co-headlining North American tour beginning in early July. According to Porcupine Tree's official web site, "Opeth have recently been touring North America extensively to promote their 2002 album 'Deliverance', but on their tour with [Porcupine Tree] they will be focusing on their non-metal material for the first time, in particular songs from the recently issued 'Damnation' album which was produced by [Porcupine Tree frontman] Steven Wilson."

Confirmed dates so far are as follows: More...

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James Murphy Update

Former Death, Testament and Obituary guitarist James Murphy sent out a recent update on his health (Murphy was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor in September 2001) and activities within Disincarnate and a new Death tribute project, featuring members of CKY and Malevolent Creation.

"Hi Everyone, I just want to let everyone know that I received some really great news last week from my Ophthalmologist. Since my surgery my vision has been steadily improving and late last week my doctor officially pronounced my vision as "legal to drive" again. This is a very big announcement because when I first saw this same eye doctor over a year ago he told me that I would not see much improvement in my vision, and would never be able to drive again. " More...

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