Belgian metallers ANCIENT RITES have posted the following message on their official web site:

"This is a big one! The organisers of the Graspop Metal Meeting [set to take place June 23-25 in Dessel, Belgium] contacted the band just a few hours ago to tell them ANCIENT RITES will NOT play on Friday the 23rd of June on the Metaldome stage. Instead, ANCIENT RITES will now take the slot alotted to U.S. death metallers DEICIDE at Marquee 1 on Saturday the 24th! As you might know, DEICIDE canceled their European tour and this included a gig at GMM. According to the GMM organisation, ANCIENT RITES is the perfect subtitute to fill this slot. While the band will not headline, they all feel it's worthwile to make the exhchange. So, update your calendars so the Hordes will stand as one on the 24th of June!"

ANCIENT RITES's new album, "Rubicon", was released on May 15 via Season of Mist. The follow-up to 2001's "Dim Carcosa" was recorded at the Spacelab Studio in Germany under the watchful eye of veteran ANCIENT RITES producers Oliver Phillips and Christian Moos.

ANCIENT RITES are now a septet following the return of former members Domingo Smets and Raf Jansen in 2004.


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