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Metal News for April 21, 2002

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5 news articles posted on this day.

Headline News

Government Fights Goth

A youth-outreach program in Missouri expected to spend $273,000 to combat "Goth culture" was among the $20.1 billion that Congress doled out for pet projects in fiscal year 2002, according to the "Pig Book" released today. I'm sure there are better places even such a small sum of money could be spent...

Read the full article at Blue Springs.

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Summary/Misc

Daily Interviews

Tartarean Desire has two new reviews with:

  • Norwegian heavy metal band Scariot
  • French progressive metal band Final Tragedy

And Metal Kings has a couple of new interviews as well:

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Ex-Shotgun Messiah Singer Samples

FastLane Records have added MP3 song samples of the new Zinny J. Zan's solo record "City Boy Blues" to it's site to give the fans a preview of what to expect from this great rock and roll effort. Also just added are two new MP3 samples of Needle Park bonus tracks that feature Donnie Vie on lead vocals.

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Daily Reviews

Heavy Metal Universe has a few new reviews:

  • Mercenary - Everblack (fr/uk)
  • Dark Moor - The gates of oblivion (fr/uk)
  • Soilwork - Natural born chaos (fr/uk)
  • Megadeth - The world needs a hero (fr)

WhiteTrashDevil has many more:

  • Alabama Thunderpussy - Staring At The Divine
  • Black Label Society - 1919 Eternal
  • Metallica - Classic Albums (DVD)
  • The Crown - Crowned In Terror
  • Decapitated - Nihility
  • Murder Squad - Unsane, Insane And Mentally Deranged
  • Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears (2002 Resissue)
  • Solar Dawn - Equinoctium
  • Vaz - Demonstrations In Micronesia
  • Place Of Skulls - Nailed

And Electric Basement has new reviews of The Jelly Jam (formerly Platypus), The Glass Pack, Stepkings, and Killingbird.

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Breaking News

Layne Staley Found Dead

ALICE IN CHAINS frontman Layne Staley has been officially declared dead after The King County Medical Examiner positively identified Staley's body following an autopsy earlier today (Saturday, April 20, 2002), CNN has reported. Exact time and cause of death are pending, as laboratory results could take several weeks.

Here are some more details about Staley's tragic death, as reported by MTV: “Police responded to a call to check on a person's well-being at Staley's address in Seattle's University District at 5:41 PM PT on Friday, according to the police report. Upon discovering the body, which is presumed to have been there for several days, officers called investigators from the medical examiner's office, who arrived on the scene at approximately 7:30-8:00 PM, a spokesperson said. The body couldn't immediately be identified as that of Staley, whose longtime battle with drug dependency was a central component of his band's music — a dark and bombastic sound that continues to influence artists some 15 years after the group first formed.”

Here are some various quotes from Layne Staley: More...

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