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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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“Wake Up” (Single) by Black Veil Brides

Artist: Black Veil Brides
Title: “Wake Up” (Single)
Label: Lava Music/Republic Records
Release Date: 1/12/2018
Genre: Melodic Metalcore
Rating: 4/5

I guess I spoke too soon when I assumed that “The Last One” was going to be the final single from the recently released Black Veil Brides album “Vale”. The full album came out yesterday and since we haven’t gotten an official copy yet I decided to speak to this single as well. Sure I can listen to the whole thing on Spotify which is the common thing to do nowadays but with the BVB I like to see what they do with the overall packaging and in terms of photos. Here we go.
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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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“Lightning Strike” (Single) by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Lightning Strike” (Single)
Label: Columbia
Release Date: 1/5/2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

It’s been a couple of years since Judas Priest kicked our respective behinds with the molten Metal melodies on “Redeemer Of Souls” and after an international tour, a live video and audio release one almost expected them to begin to map out the final plans as a band. Fortunately for all the worldwide fans The Priest went back to the studio and completed a brand-new album which we shall see in March and in the hopes that it starts our own 2018 off better – the first single was just recently dished out. The album is called “Firepower” and the debut single from it is “Lightning Strike”. Here’s my thoughts about the tune.
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“The Last One” (Single) by Black Veil Brides

Artist: Black Veil Brides
Title: “The Last One” (Single)
Label: Lava Music/Republic Records
Release Date: 12/22/2017
Genre: Melodic Metalcore
Rating:

The guys in the Black Veil Brides have really been keeping their fans excited about the looming arrival of the album “Vale” as we arrive at the fourth and I imagine final single from the album. The song is called “The Last One” so one would assume this to be the final “taste” of the new work until it hits the shelves in your local brick and mortar shop and the online retailers. Having discussed the previous singles “The Outsider”, “My Vow” and “When They Call My Name” over the last few months I figured why not keep the process going and share what I thought about “The Last One”.
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