Light the candles in the study as we open the arcane tomes in celebration of King Diamond’s sophomore album as a solo artist with the seminal work “Abigail”. An album that was released thirty years ago on this very day. It was the King’s second outing as I’ve noted but his first full length concept recording. He touched upon his sinister storytelling with “Fatal Portrait” on a few numbers but with “Abigail” a terrible tale was woven across each and every track. You can read more about the whole premise and the finer details down on the official Wikipedia entry as I always include them here.
At the time of the original release I must admit that I was not listening to much that King Diamond was dishing out. I was a very latecomer to Mercyful Fate and while some of their stuff intrigued me back then, I always felt it was a bit much for me and I leaned more towards the building Power Metal genre. It wouldn’t be until King’s “Them” album that I immersed myself more into his work. As I listened to the release once more for its anniversary, it’s amazing to find that it still holds up really well and still sends chills down your spine as the tale plays out. The whole album was written by King but guitarists Andy LaRoque and Michael Denner tossed their talents into a couple of tracks as well. The band was rounded out by bassist Timi Hansen and drummer Mikkey Dee. Andy and Dee would quickly become a lot of aspiring musicians favorites based on their his skillful playing. The King Diamond band was a quick lock for fans of the Mercyful Fate group based on that bands bassist Hansen and guitarist Denner being in the lineup with the King. Let’s take a look at the original track listing and then toss together our favorites. Continue reading King Diamond’s “Abigail” Hits Its Thirtieth (1987-2017)→
The Details: As a comic book reader growing up there were two series that I loved and they were “Marvel Team-Up” and “Marvel Two-In-One” and essentially these were tales that took two great characters and united them for a single purpose. I thought of this when it came to the upcoming tour that features the legendary Scorpions and the mighty Megadeth as they plan to hit the awesome Madison Square Garden this Saturday. I have been listening to these two bands for as long as I can remember and was getting very excited about bringing a story and images to your attention soon after. Then I learned that thanks to the fine folks in the Marketing division of the LiveNation team that will be putting in some truly lucky fans into the show on the house. I am stoked because I think this amounts to our biggest bands to have given away tickets to yet. Check out the details on how to participate.
When and Where: Saturday, September 16th @ Madison Square Garden (NYC)
To Participate: This is NOT an easy one at all but still runs on the same premise as our other contests. I am sticking to the three things about the band that makes your fist pump high into the air and raise the love of the Metal in your very soul but for this one I am assigning some homework. Please give me “3” things that you like most about the bands and I mean each of them so “6” total points. There shouldn’t be any newbies to the music of Scorpions and Megadeth that’s for sure. Perhaps there are albums that “spoke” to you or concert appearances that sent you to the music shop to snag some of the band members earlier works. Just give me three solid answers for each and how important it is to be at this show. I know I make you work but I work here too so whining about the process will not win out at all LOL. Make this good reading because the stuff remains on the website and can likely inspire new fans as well on how our freebies work. Writing “because they slay dude” is just too un-original and boring. I’ll be responding to the comments that I like most right below their answer. Kindly review some guidelines before entering your submission. Extra credit is welcome of course if you’d like to laud the greatness of the other performers as well. We don’t have a lot of tickets for this one. Continue reading Win A Ticket To See Scorpions and Megadeth at Madison Square Garden on 9/16/2017→
The Kat was continuing her Metal prowl across Germany and tossing back some views on truly great artists and sharing the skinny with us back home at the Metal Command HQ in NYC. As these came in I also made notes on where I will need to go should I ever get there and now we hear a quick summary of her Scorpions experience.
Written By: Katherine Wilson (copyright 2017) for PiercingMetal.com
After ditching me to see the historic Deep Purple, my dad thought we was going to enjoy a night of rest at home sans concert. Wrong. I’ve only seen Scorpions as a clueless and young kid with a lack of familiarity as to who the people with funny accents were talking with my father, so I was going to attend a show I would remember.
Germany has produced its fair share of hard rock and heavy metal, but no act has had the stay that the Scorpions continue to enjoy 50 years on! Every single member of this legendary outfit was running around the festival stage as if they were 18 again. I met 2 pre-teens who had never been to a concert before and all they could say was, “When is the next show?”. It was great to share this amazing experience with them. Continue reading Scorpions @ Hessentagsarena; Rüsselsheim, Germany (6/11/2017)→
The mighty Motorhead was hitting the beach hard with a wall of sound that sent ripples out to sea. Their show would also feature Anthrax and Crobot and the concert was documented in full on THIS LINK. Here is the photo gallery that we captured during their set.
Artist: Motorhead Venue: Jones Beach Theater (Wantaugh, NY) Opener: Anthrax and Crobot Date: 9/16/2015 Label: Universal Music
When the announcement came that the mighty Motorhead would be doing a summer closing show at Jones Beach Theater I knew that I had to be there because it has been a super long time since I have seen the band in action. Another concern of mine was based on Lemmy showing some seriously scary health issues that have been halting events and keeping the band off the road every now and again for the last year or so. Personally speaking I did feel that Jones Beach Theater was a strange choice of venue for this show that paired “Team Lemmy” with Anthrax and would find support from Crobot because I had seen Slayer with King Diamond here not too long ago and the attendance was marginal if you could even say that. One would hope that with this being the only regional show for New York before the band was off to their Motorboat Cruise that the masses would assemble. When I arrived to the Jones Beach parking lot there were not a whole lot of cars yet and I just assumed that most were getting here for the beginning of Anthrax set. Here we go.
Crobot: Adding to my overall show excitement tonight was the fact that the band Crobot was opening up the shows on this tour. Now I’ve heard the name for a couple of years but for some reason or another I just have not yet managed to catch them in action. I was glad that this was going to end tonight so I could see what some other journalistic friends were all generating the buzz about. The band is a four piece and fronted by Brandon Yeagley who comes off as a modern day hippy rocker from the days of old. Sonically the band has a dirty groove to them and the vibe is like a Psychedelic Riff Rock band when it comes down to it. I had to say that they were really solid in sound and knew their stuff on the stage when it came to rocking out with each other. The bassist performed like a man possessed and you would have thought that he was performing inside a packed to the doors Madison Square Garden and when preacher man vocalist Brandon spoke to you the folks that were wise enough to arrive early were surely being entertained. I would definitely like to catch them again if the means allow and while I know they are a part of the upcoming “Food Truck and Rock Carnival” I am not yet sure I have cleared the necessary credentials to get you the closest and most accurate narrative. Now it was time for Anthrax and of course with that being the case more of the Metal faithful had gotten into place but still when I looked around it was not what I was anticipating. Continue reading Motorhead @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (9/16/2015)→