Metallica has moved the release of its upcoming Elektra album, "St. Anger," up to Thursday (June 5) from its scheduled June 10 arrival. According to the label, the move is being made "to ensure that c

Metallica has moved the release of its upcoming Elektra album, "St. Anger," up to Thursday (June 5) from its scheduled June 10 arrival. According to the label, the move is being made "to ensure that counterfeit copies of the band's first studio album in six years do not proliferate in the marketplace." In the past year, release dates for high-profile albums from Eminem and 50 Cent were moved forward for similar reasons.

As previously reported, initial shipments of "St. Anger" will come with a bonus DVD featuring Metallica playing the album tracks in a live setting. Fans who purchase the CD will also gain access to a special Web site, Metallicavault.com, featuring exclusive rare tracks from throughout Metallica's career.

The new album's title track was transmitted via satellite last Tuesday to U.S. radio outlets and is expected to debut within the top-5 of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks airplay chart this week.

Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, the Deftones, and Mudvayne embark on the Summer Sanitarium tour July 4 in Detroit.

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