KISS To Issue "The Very Best Of..." In August

KISS will be issuing a "greatest hits"-style compilation CD, entitled The Very Best Of KISS, via Mercury/UTV Records on August 27th. The album, which "collects the original versions of all of their biggest hits on one 21-track album," will contain the following track listing: 01. Strutter (original version from Kiss, 1974) 02. Deuce (from Kiss, ...

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ARTISAN Commence Work On Debut EP

ARTISAN, featuring ex-DESTINY'S END guitarist and Metal Maniacs contributor Perry Grayson, are currently recording their debut EP with engineer Vince Levalois (guitarist/vocalist of PROTOTYPE). They took a short break from tracking to play a gig opening for ARCH ENEMY, NILE, HATE ETERNAL and ORIGIN at the Key Club in Hollywood, California on July 17th. Next ...

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AGONY Ink Deal With SUM RECORDS

Colombia's AGONY have signed a South American record deal with Sum Records. The group's new album, entitled Reborn, will be out in the group's home country in August, with the rest of the continent to receive the CD by the end of the year. ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Among Judges For 2002 SHORTLIST MUSIC PRIZE

METALLICA's Lars Ulrich is among the judges for the 2002 Shortlist Music Prize, which spotlights lesser-known acts for their artistic merit, according to Launch. Others musicians accepting the role as so-called "listmakers" for the second annual Shortlist include BLUR's Damon Albarn, BECK, THE NEPTUNES, and THE STROKES' Albert Hammond Jr. Through the summer and fall, ...

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TAPE Announce Month-Long Stint At L.A.'s Spaceland

Acclaimed Los Angeles newcomers TAPE are scheduled to play Spaceland in Los Angeles every Monday in August. For more information on the group—who were described by one journalist as a cross between "MY BLOODY VALENTINE's sculpted noise, AT THE DRIVE-IN's oblique sonic architecture and the darkly sexual atmospherics of Pornography-era CURE"—visit the band's official web ...

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BEWITCHED: No Poland In October

Sweden's BEWITCHED have announced that they will not be participating in a planned 10-date tour of Poland alongside MONSTROSITY and VOMITORY in early October. No reason was given for the group's non-participation in the trek. ...

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ONWARD Frontman To Make Guest Appearance On Forthcoming NEW EDEN CD

NEW EDEN's forthcoming full-length CD, entitled Stagnant Progression, will include a guest appearance on "ambient voices" by ONWARD frontman Mike Grant (who previously spent time in an early incarnation of NEW EDEN). Featured in the lead vocalist role on the album will be ex-STEEL PROPHET frontman Rick Mythiasin, who has just completed laying down his ...

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SINNER Hard At Work On "There Will Be Execution"

The current incarnation of the long-running German act SINNERMat Sinner (vocals/bass, also in PRIMAL FEAR), Frank Rössler (keyboards), Fritz Randow (drums, ex-SAXON), Henny Wolter (guitar), and Tom Naumann (guitar)—are at House of Music Studios in Winterbach, Germany recording their brand new CD, entitled There Will Be Execution, for a January 13th, 2003 release through Nuclear ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE's NIKKI SIXX, Wife Conceive TV Sitcom

Rock star Nikki Sixx from MÖTLEY CRÜE and TV actress wife Donna D'Errico are branching out into the world of television sitcoms with a show, titled The Blonde and The Rock Star. The sitcom, created by Sixx and D'Errico, is centered around a divorced Rock God with two kids who falls in love with a ...

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