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“Rocktopia” Press Preview @ SIR Studios (1/16/2018)

It was only a few days ago that I had gotten my hands on the Official Press Release about the upcoming Broadway musical experience known as “Rocktopia” and since the worlds attention span is so fleeting nowadays HERE is that notice in case you missed it for some reason. This past Tuesday I had the honor and pleasure of watching a few numbers from the upcoming show at the legendary SIR Studios. Check out my brief about the experience and get excited for “Rocktopia”.

For me, a Broadway show is one of those experiences that cannot easily be explained. I think that they are wonderous and while I don’t get to as many as I would like to based on the occasional difficult ticket or the price tag on a good seat, when I do go it’s something that I find myself talking about for weeks on end. I’ve leaned on the musical more than anything dramatic and have added “Grease” (during its original run and redo), “Miss Saigon”, “Pirates Of Penzance”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Little Shop Of Horrors”, “Wicked” and “Rent”. Hmm, maybe I should start doing reviews of this stuff on PiercingKen.com but I digress. My appreciation for the theatre and all of the talented people that make things happen made the invite to the press preview for “Rocktopia” at SIR Studios a very awesome thing. Here’s my thoughts on the proceedings.


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“Trampled Down Below” (Single) by Black Label Society

Artist: Black Label Society
Title: “Trampled Down Below” (Single)
Label: E1 Entertainment
Release Date: 1/8/2018
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

We’re only about ten days out from the next full length Black Label Society album “Grimmest Hits” and with the timing so close, I was actually surprised to find another single being released with “Trampled Down Below”. Since I’ve already discussed “All That Once Shined” HERE, I figure let’s keep the overview train running. “Trampled” is longer than the other track and begins with a solemn riff and tasty bass and when the twin guitars begin blazing over the pounding drums you find yourself wrapped up into a solid headbanging track.
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“The King Wants You” (Single) by Avatar

Artist: Avatar
Title: “The King Wants You” (Single)
Label: E1 Entertainment
Release Date: 12/19/2017
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Rating:

With a little over a month to go before the release of “Avatar Country”, Sweden’s Avatar have offered up another single with “The King Wants You” – It follows “A Status Of The King” which was discussed HERE for those who might not have seen it. Clean vocals lead us off with this one and there is an almost Broadway performance vibe to it. What I mean with this is how I could envision it being performed in that setting with the singing being done at the audience as a part of a larger narrative. Fun stuff.
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“Christmas In New York City” (Single) by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Christmas In New York City” (Single)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 11/24/2017
Genre: Holiday/Hard Rock
Rating:

Now that the Thanksgiving celebrating is out of the way, it’s time to start focusing on the Christmas holidays and what better way to do this than with a brand-new holiday single from the Helsinki Vampires in The 69 Eyes. Having been a fan of their Gothic Rock and Roll style for more than a decade now, I was glad to find this one hitting the streaming services and felt that it would be a fun way to lead us into the season. Though we haven’t had the band here in far too many years, the members of The 69 Eyes; Jyrki 69, Bazie, Timo-Timo, Jussi 69 and Archzie, all have a deep love of our teeming metropolis. Here’s a few thoughts on the Nuclear Blast Records released tune.
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“All That Once Shined” (Single) by Black Label Society

Artist: Black Label Society
Title: “All That Once Shined” (Single)
Label: eOne Entertainment
Release Date: 11/20/2017
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

I guess it was about a month ago that I shared the news about not only the upcoming BLS Tour (seen HERE in case you missed it) but also about their forthcoming in January album “The Grimmest Hits”. Well, the time has come for the first single from said album to be given a few thoughts about and here we go into the Berzerker fray to discuss what Zakk Wylde and Company are planning on dishing out. Zakk starts off with a softer voice and riff before a crunching, very Doom-laden flow take over. The tune itself is a powerful and moody groove and when the chorus came in there was some slight Alice In Chains vibe to it. I didn’t mind this at all since today there are influences pulled from everywhere.
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