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King Diamond’s “Abigail” Hits Its Thirtieth (1987-2017)

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.
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Arch Enemy and Trivium Announce Co-Headlining North American Fall Tour

Wow, talk about a team-up of epic Metal proportions. This is surely some exciting news as Arch Enemy and Trivium will share the stages of North America this fall and decimate for sure. The full press release, poster and dates are below but don’t worry I will return with some closing editorial notes. That’s how we roll over here after all.

The Press Release:
ARCH ENEMY and TRIVIUM are excited to announce plans for a co-headlining tour across North America later this Fall. Featuring support from English metalcore outfit While She Sleeps and New Jersey deathcore act Fit For An Autopsy, the tour will kick off on October 27 in Orlando, FL and make its way across the U.S. and Canada before finishing on December 6 in Houston, TX.

Founding ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott exclaimed, “Very much looking forward to returning to North America with this tour! We are aware that it has been long overdue and we appreciate everyone’s patience while we’ve been creating our new “Will To Power” album. This run will be like a family reunion with our old friends in Trivium; together we’ll be crushing city after city with the power of Heavy Metal! Good times ahead, don’t miss the fun!”

TRIVIUM further stated, “We’ve been joining forces with Arch Enemy for over a decade now. From Ozzfest 2005, through arenas across the U.K., Europe, and Australia on The Black Crusade. This next chapter is going to be one for the ages: Trivium, Arch Enemy, While She Sleeps, and Fit for an Autopsy!! DO NOT MISS THIS!!”
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Stone Sour Unveil 2017 Fall Tour Dates

The email with the poster got right to the point with very limited discourse and with that being the case I am just sharing the brightly colored posted that showcases the upcoming Fall tour by the guys in Stone Sour. Check it out below.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I love the two main bands on this go round I don’t see myself getting out to any of the shows based on logistics. It would be great to live the life of just jet-setting around the nation to see shows wouldn’t it but alas…..real life. Anyway, I digress. This is surely going to be a good one and a lot of fun so I wonder what you readers think and if you will be catching any of the appearances. Let me know down in the comments section below.

Official Websites:
Stone Sour: http://www.stonesour.com
Steel Panther: http://www.steelpantherrocks.com
Man With A Mission: http://mwamofficial.com/
Beartooth: https://www.beartooth.com/

In This Moment Announce Fall Tour Plans

As the summer chugs steadily along towards its September closing, the Fall tour announcements are starting to come in and that lets me share the latest scoop from the folks handling the media affairs of In This Moment. Check out the poster, press and run of tour dates below. I’ll close out with some editorial thoughts at the end.

The Press Release:
In This Moment will remain incredibly busy upon releasing their new album Ritual, out July 21. The band is currently in the middle of a headline tour in support of the album and will stay on the road through the rest of 2017.

In This Moment are pleased to announce that they will continue their wildly successfully “Half God, Half Devil” headline tour this fall, which will also see them making appearances at major fall festivals. Joining In This Moment on this leg will be Of Mice & Men, who will serve as direct support. Avatar will open the shows.

The tour kicks of on September 22 in Salt Lake City and runs through November. Fans can also plan to catch “can’t miss” sets at festivals: Rock Allegiance (Philadelphia), Louder Than Life (Louisville), Open Air (Houston), and Aftershock (Sacramento).
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Korn Announces “Serenity Of Summer” Headlining Tour w Stone Sour and More

Now that the Spring is heading our way, the tour announcements will be coming in fast and furious and I’ll be doing my best to bring you as many as possible to keep you in the awareness zone. Korn is the latest one and this tour will very likely please some while annoying some others based on the roster. Dig in.

The Press Release:
Roadrunner recording legends KORN have announced plans for a truly diverse and epic summer tour, set to get underway June 16th at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT and then continue through early August. Presented by Live Nation, “The Serenity of Summer” tour will feature special guests and fellow Roadrunner recording group Stone Sour on all dates. The powerfully eclectic tour is rounded out by support from Japan’s female fronted Baby Metal, southern rapper Yelawolf and Islander (6/16 – 6/25), followed by a second leg (7/19 – 8/2) which will see KORN joined by Skillet, Yelawolf and DED, creating a versatile bill reminiscent of KORN’s famed “Family Values” tours in the past (see itinerary below).

Fan club and VIP ticket packages for the upcoming tour will go on sale beginning March 7th at 10:00 AM local time at www.korn.com; Citi(r) Cardmembers presale begins that same day at noon local time. For complete Citi pre-sale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com Live Nation presale starts on March 8th at 10:00 AM local, followed by a Spotify presale beginning March 9th at 10:00 AM local and a Blabbermouth presale starting March 9th at 10:00 AM local. All presales end March 9th at 10:00 PM local timing. Remaining tickets for all dates will go on sale to the general public on March 10th at 10:00 AM local time at livenation.com. For complete details, please visit the link at the close of this post.
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