ALICE IN CHAINS: Two-Disc Retrospective Due In March

ALICE IN CHAINS' impressive legacy will be celebrated on a two-disc retrospective, "The Essential", due March 16 from Columbia/Legacy, according to Billboard.com. The 29-track album features familiar songs such as "Them Bones", "Rooster", "No Excuses", "Heaven Beside You", "Would?" and "I Stay Away", plus two contributions to the 1993 "Last Action Hero" soundtrack ("What the ...

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THE EAGLES OF DEATH METAL To Play Headlining Show In London

THE EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, the side-project of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE frontman Josh Homme, have confirmed a headline date in London. The trio, which features Homme on drums, will support THE DISTILLERS at the London Brixton Academy on February 11. In addition, they will will also play their own headline date at the ...

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DIMMU BORGIR Confirm Drummer's Departure, Vow To Carry On

Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have issued an official statement confirming the departure of drummer Nick Barker (as exclusively reported here yesterday). Their statement reads as follows: "Nicholas has been removed from the line up of DIMMU BORGIR. A session drummer will be used in the future. Don't waste your time speculating ...

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Former RADAKKA Members Launch New Project

SLICK, the Illinois-based band featuring former members of RADAKKA and REBELS WITHOUT APPLAUSE, have launched their official web site at www.slickband.com. Consisting of Dean Maltese (lead vocals, bass), Jon Dobbs (guitar, backing vocals), Mark Alano (guitar) and Frank Alongi (drums, backing vocals), the quartet describe their material as a mixture of "the crushing ...

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THE DARKNESS To Embark On First U.S. Tour

Rising British rockers THE DARKNESS will embark on their first U.S. tour on March 26 in Milwaukee, according to Billboard.com. 18 dates have been confirmed, with the trek set to wrap on April 19 in Denver. THE DARKNESS will be touring in support of their debut album, "Permission To Land", which has sold 165,000 copies ...

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SYRENS CALL Mixing Sophomore CD

French progressive metal band SYRENS CALL are currently mixing their second CD, "Emoceans", with Bruno Levesque of the band SILENCE. The follow-up to 2000's "Fantasea" contains about 70 minutes of music and features the following track listing: 01. The World of Emoceans 02. Fears and Hopes 03. Mission To Earth 04. Legasea 05. The Druidesses ...

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THE 69 EYES To Begin Recording New Album

Finnish goth-metallers THE 69 EYES are currently in pre-production for the follow-up to 2002's "Paris Kills", tentatively due late summer/early fall. THE 69 EYES' "best of" CD, "Framed In Blood - The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes", and the group's first-ever DVD, "Helsinki Vampires", were issued on the same day last September. "Framed In ...

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MACHINE HEAD Confirmed To Headline Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

MACHINE HEAD have been confirmed as the first headliners of this year's Rock Hard Festival, a two-day event set to take place May 29-30, 2004 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Other bands currently scheduled to appear are STRATOVARIUS, LACUNA COIL, RAGE, IN EXTREMO, DOOMSWORD, DESASTER and DEAD SOUL TRIBE. Tickets to the festival cost 50 ...

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Swedish THE SWEET Tribute: Audio Available

Current and former members of KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, THUNDER, HUGHES & TURNER PROJECT, EUROPE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JEFF SCOTT SOTO, AT VANCE, CANDLEMASS, TALISMAN, LION'S SHARE, NARNIA and RADIOACTIVE have contributed to the Swedish tribute to THE SWEET, titled "The Sweet According To Sweden", due on February 9 through Rivel Records. Liner notes for the ...

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