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Ken Pierce is an NYC based Music Journalist and the Editor In Chief of PiercingMetal.com; He's been documenting the live Metal and Rock scene of the Big Apple since 2003 and believes that there is always something exciting happening in this Metropolis.

Marvel Unveils “The New Mutants” Variant Covers For March

Though the news about these latest variant covers came up in January, I’ve decided to wait until they were closer to hitting the racks so those interested could request their comic book dealer to save or order them the necessary copies. These covers will offer up “The New Mutants” who will be the stars of their own 20th Century Fox film soon. Let’s take a look at the ones that were shared with the press. If any others arrive I will edit them into this same piece.

The Press Release:
This March, a paranormal mystery will be unleashed in the Marvel Universe…and only the members of the NEW MUTANTS can stop it! In celebration of this six-issue limited series from writer Matt Rosenberg and artist Adam Gorham, Marvel is excited to announce the NEW MUTANT VARIANT COVER PROGRAM, featuring dark portraits of your favorite Marvel heroes from acclaimed artists such as Dan Mora, Declan Shalvey, Mike Deodato and more. Look for Marvel’s New Mutant variant covers on these select titles:

1. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #32 by Mike Deodato

2. AVENGERS #685 by Terry Dodson

3. CABLE #155 by Tyler Kirkham

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“Cable” #155 (New Mutants Variant)

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Nuclear Blast Records Unveils Nightwish “Decades” Trailer #1

As the excitement for the brand new Nightwish album “Decades” and its subsequent touring amps up, the fine folks over at Nuclear Blast Records have unleashed the first Official Trailer about the recording. Let’s take a look below and talk some more afterwards.

About The Clip: Tuomas talking about ‘DECADES’ a collection of essential Nightwish tracks.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m not going to lie to you, Nightwish is one of my very favorite bands and as I’ve mentioned time and time again over the years was very instrumental in the beginning of this journalistic passion of mine. Hearing about the process involved in deciding what songs make up this release of “essential tracks” is of great interest to me so I will be sharing the chapters as they come out. You might remember that I shared numerous installments when Nightwish gave us “Behind The Scenes” views about “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” and there were a LOT of those clips. If you didn’t see them and have some time to kill just click HERE for a rewind through time. I don’t have much more to add about this but I am very excited about the compilation and of course the tour which will be making a stop in my Metal Metropolis. I’m going to be there for sure. What did you think of this clip? I’ll be posting more as they get released so stay tuned.

Official Website: http://www.nightwish.com

“My Valentine” (Single) by Madame Mayhem

Artist: Madame Mayhem
Title: “My Valentine” (Single)
Label: Headball Records
Release Date: 2/10/2018
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

With today being Valentine’s Day, that rocker among rockers known as Madame Mayhem has delivered a tasty little ditty to help you deal with the day a little better. Now before we get down to brass tacks and indulge in this tasty treat I should share that not only is this an older track that was done by The Herself a few years ago but that its also a cover of a song by the great Sir Paul McCartney. Don’t worry, I didn’t know that information myself and before I dove into this one, I played the Paul track to see just how different or similar that it would be. The Paul original version is a slower, almost Jazz standard sort of piece while the Madame’s will hit you hard where the bouquet of roses won’t shine. Once I began the track and set the volume level to LOUD, it was very clear to me that Madame Mayhem had made the song her own.
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Marvel Celebrates The Life of a Hero with “Mighty Thor” March Variant Covers

Hola my Marvel Comics Legions, its time for us to raise the hammer high and head over the Rainbow Bridge to Asgard as the House Of Ideas celebrates The Mighty Thor with this batch of variant covers on select titles. I received this back in January but we like to post it closer to its arrival so you can ask your retailer for the copies you want the most. Here we go.

The Press Release:
The Mighty Thor’s heroic end is coming! THE DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR ramps up for an epic finale, and as the final chapters of the Asgardian saga unfold, Marvel is proud to announce its MIGHTY THOR VARIANT COVER PROGRAM. Showcasing different key moments celebrating Jane Foster’s run as Thor, the covers feature art by industry superstars such as Leinil Yu, Esad Ribic, Olivier Coipel, Humberto Ramos and Russell Dauterman. Look for Marvel’s Mighty Thor variant covers on these select titles:

1. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797 by Clayton Crain

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“Amazing Spider-Man” #797 (Mighty Thor Variant)

2. AVENGERS #683 by Humberto Ramos
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Amorphis Announce North American Tour w/Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell & Omnium Gatherum

Having missed Amorphis when they last visited our neck of the woods, I was happy to see this tour announcement that hit my mailbox in the wee hours of the morning. Let’s take a look at it.

The Press Release:
AMORPHIS announce N. American tour w/ DARK TRANQUILLITY, MOONSPELL and OMNIUM GATHERUM
Melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will return to North America with a co-headlining trek with DARK TRANQUILLITY this September/October. Joining them are Portugal’s premiere gothic-metallic-force MOONSPELL, and Finnish melo-death contingent OMNIUM GATHERUM.

AMORPHIS will be touring in support of their soon to be announced new album, produced and mixed once again by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA). More details to be announced shortly, so stay tuned!

Guitarist Esa Holopainen commented: “We are extremely excited to start the world tour with new album from North America. There’s been lot of requests to hit the states again after our last tour spring 2017. This time we come over with a killer package. Touring with DARK TRANQUILLITY, MOONSPELL and OMNIUM GATHERUM is almost like having a road trip with best mates around. Every band has a strong fanbase so there will be something for everyone.”
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