Five Points Festival 2020 Is Postponed Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

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The Press Release:
As of now, Five Points Fest 2020 is postponed. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

With the current public health crisis posed by COVID-19 it is becoming increasingly clear that we cannot hold Five Points Fest 2020 at the end of May as scheduled. We are currently working with The Brooklyn EXPO Center to reschedule the event at a later point in the year. We are hopeful that they will have a concrete date for us sometime in the next week.
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Steel Panther Unveils “Butthole Burner” Guitar Effects Pedal

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The Press Release:
California rock legends and effects pedal entrepreneurs Steel Panther continue to light the music instrument world on fire with the release of their newest guitar pedal – The Butthole Burner. Made in the USA, the latest distortion pedal from the collective brain trust features the exact same circuit as the now infamous Pussy Melter pedal. The new pedal has long been a rumor started by Panther guitarist Satchel and will become a reality when it ships to the public this summer. The limited production run Butthole Burner will retail for $199.99. Not immune to the effects of the current Covid-19 pandemic as their partying has come to a stop because drug dealers are not classified as essential personnel, Steel Panther has set up an interest free 4-month payment plan for all self-quarantined musicians that might want to purchase The Butthole Burner. Also, anyone that purchased the original Melter or last year’s Poontang Boomerang delay pedal will receive 10% off their purchase. Fans must be logged in to their Panther store account and use the code “Melter10” to receive the discount. Anyone who orders The Butthole Burner will be entered for a chance to win a limited number of “Golden Tickets” that comes with Penis Chili Pepper seeds (so purchasers can grow their own butthole burner peppers at home) and a $50 gift certificate to the band’s merch store. Pre-orders for The Butthole Burner are now available here:

The official description of The Butthole Burner from Steel Panther is below:

“It’s Hot! It’s Spicy! It’s sexy and feisty!!! Ladies and gentlemen, Steel Panther presents The Butthole Burner. It’s a new version of the perfect distortion pedal. Built with the EXACT SAME circuit as the legendary Pussy Melter, The Butthole Burner is about to scorch eardrums across the world. If you couldn’t get in the front door last time, now it’s time to hit the backdoor!”

Steel Panther are currently sitting home practicing social distancing and self-gratification thanks to the Coronavirus. The band is planning to return to the road during some month that will kick off in some city with some other bands once the world returns to normal. In the meantime, they are working on ideas for all sorts of new things to better the lives of everyone affected by the pandemic. They recently launched an initiative to help out-of-work strippers affected by the global pandemic by posting about their performances on their socials with links for people to virtually “make it rain” from the comforts of their couches. They are also working on a 24-hour digital stream of adoptable pets as part of their Gods Of Pussy Animal Rescue Activation. More information for all things Steel Panther can be found at

For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is comprised of Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). Hailing from Los Angeles, the epicenter for rock n’ roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther has established themselves as the world’s premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. Steel Panther is a global phenomenon with four full-length albums, touring across the world, platinum-level You Tube status and high-profile television appearances such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Larry King Now, and FOX NFL Sunday.

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Followers of our adventures might recall this fun clip that was captured at the 2nd Annual “Fear The Riff” Guitar Expo. It shows a neighborhood guitarist jamming out on the “Pussy Melter”. Be sure to enjoy the clip and “Like” our page so you can see more things like this regularly.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: By now I am sure that all of the bands fans who sling that axe already have worn out both the “Pussy Melter” and the “Poontang Boomerang” effects pedals, so its the perfect time to order this new one. Of course, if you are just a collector of things related to the band and are stockpiling for later eBay selling you best act fast. With the Coronavirus Pandemic still in its alarming spread, there is no better time than now to pull out some tabs and practice. Why not use such a pedal to make you feel like you are standing on the big stage while throngs of the faithful toss their undergarments at you. I’m a drummer so this only applies to me in the collecting sense but sadly I missed out on the first pedal and the second. Maybe I will get this one or maybe I will just listen to the albums linked below for purchase and hammer away on the practice pad. That’s all I have to say about this one and I wonder what you think about it. Will you be ordering yourself the “Butthole Burner”? Chime in down below with your own thoughts and remember to stay healthy, keep socially distant and wash your hands. Since we are discussing Steel Panther here, you might want to wash them a couple of times. See you next time.

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Infected Rain Announces Their Support Of Eluveitie & Insomnium In Fall

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Continuing on with the sharing of news while under house arrest or self-quarantine as its officially titled, comes the news from Infected Rain. You might remember some weeks ago when everything was “normal”, that Nuclear Blast Records artists Eluveitie had announced a US Tour for the Fall. That was discussed HERE before the world went haywire amid the growing Coronavirus Pandemic. The outbreak caused a number of postponements and cancellations of tours like the one for Insomnium (announced HERE). Now, despite the still growing threat of this deadly virus we are finding bands announce new tours and partnerships and not only will Insomnium join Eluveitie as a co-headliner but Moldava’s Infected Rain will provide support on all dates. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
Today, Moldovan metal favorites INFECTED RAIN are thrilled to announce their upcoming North American fall tour supporting co-headliners Eluveitie and Insomnium! The tour kicks off in Miami, FL on September 21 and will visit several major cities in the US and Canada before coming to an end on October 25 in Houston, TX. INFECTED RAIN will tour in support of their blistering latest full-length offering, Endorphin, out now via Napalm Records. See below for all confirmed tour dates and check local venue listings for ticketing information.
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Fleshgod Apocalypse Announces The “QuaranStream” Live Streaming Event Saturday 3/28/2020

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The Press Release:
Italian orchestral-death metal giants FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE were recently forced to postpone their North American tour due to travel restrictions implemented in response to the spread of COVID-19, “Coronavirus.” What was to be one of metal’s most anticipated spring tours, where the band was to be accompanied at shows by a classical string quartet for the first time ever, will now take place at a later date to be announced as plans are confirmed. To bring the live experience to fans worldwide, the band will partake in a live streaming event labeled “The QuaranStream” on Saturday, March 28th, 2020.


9am PT / 12 pm ET / 5pm CET: Fans can tune in to the Nuclear Blast Twitch and Nuclear Blast YouTube channels to watch a rebroadcast of the special show “An Evening In Perugia,” originally performed on September 22nd, 2018 at Afterlife Club in the band’s hometown of Perugia, Italy with a classical string quintet.

Make sure to click on 🔔SET REMINDER on the lower left side of the YouTube video.

10:10am PT / 1:10pm ET / 6:10pm CET: Francesco Paoli, Paolo Rossi and Francesco Ferrini will be live video chatting with fans on camera on the Nuclear Blast Twitch and Nuclear Blast YouTube channels.

Make sure to click on 🔔SET REMINDER on the lower left side of the YouTube video.

11:15am PT / 2:15pm ET / 7:15pm CET: Tune in to the Nuclear Blast Twitch channel to listen to the albums Veleno, King, Labyrinth and Agony.

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE checks in with the following message:

“These are tough times for all touring bands so, if you want to support and give us a contribution, please have a look at the band’s official merch store. The band just released a brand new t-shirt design, “The Italian Strings,” donated by the amazing Travis Smith (Katatonia, Opeth) and REALPIMP. The design is exclusively available here. Thanks so much everyone for the huge support we’ve been receiving these days.”

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This is a great idea and one that we have seen in practice over the last few days as well. Over the last week, I’ve been watching “Live From The Living Room” clips from artists like Zebra’s Randy Jackson and even some local level friends who are just hoping to entertain anyone who feels like tuning in and escaping the monotony and daily political figurehead press conferences. I even did a quick “check in” clip for the readers of this website to see how everyone was doing and to spark up some chat for a few minutes. I might even make this a weekly endeavor since we really don’t know when our lives will be back to normal so please check that out HERE and tune in for more via our Social Networks since I’m going to be doing all that I can to keep your mind elsewhere. Closing up I wonder what you think about this livestream and if you will be watching. Chime in down below and let me know what you think. See you soon with more things to help you engage with your fellow Metalheads.

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Universal Music Announces 40th Anniversary Editions For Rush “Permanent Waves”

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The Press Release:
On May 29th, UMe/Mercury/Anthem label group continues its extensive Rush 40th anniversary album series with a new, imagination-capturing expanded edition of all the magic music that comprises the band’s remarkable 1980 release, Permanent Waves.

Permanent Waves, Rush’s seventh studio album, was originally released in January 1980, and its forward-thinking music signaled a new direction for the Canadian band as it entered a new decade. The six songs encompassing the album encapsulated the breadth of Rush’s formidable progressive chops meshed with its knack for creating radio-friendly arrangements, all elements that were embedded within the grooves of their previous album, 1978’s widely acclaimed Hemispheres. Permanent Waves also signified Rush’s first of many recording sessions at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec, which was at one point nicknamed the trio’s own personal Abbey Road recording studio.
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