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Ken Pierce is an NYC based Music Journalist and the Editor In Chief of PiercingMetal.com; He's been documenting the live Metal and Rock scene of the Big Apple since 2003 and believes that there is always something exciting happening in this Metropolis.

Presenting PiercingMetal’s “2019 Wrapped” in Spotify

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Hey there my friends, so we’ve arrived at the time of the year where the Music Streaming service Spotify, allows you to see a rundown of your activity from the current year. Since December is already underway and I don’t see any dramatic usage changes affecting this all that much so I’ve run their analytics and am sharing the results down below with you all. I’ll speak a little about each image because I am not 100% behind the results and I wonder how they showed like they did. Let’s go.

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The begin with the seasons and Winter kicks us off. I know that I listened to the New Years Day song since I reviewed it (right HERE actually), and I don’t recall why but I did look up the classic by Moving Pictures a few times. I think I had heard a terrible cover of this song and decided to stream the original in Spotify. They also show a podcast that my friend at Ghost Cult Magazine is often involved in and my listening to that was to hear what he had to add to the mix. I do not specifically listen or even participate in podcasts.
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Marvel Comics Announce “Strange Academy” Series For March 2020

As the new year steadily approaches, the new comic book series announcements begin to pick up steam. We’ve already talked about “INCOMING” and “SPIDER-WOMAN” and next up comes this really interesting title featuring Doctor Strange and more. Let’s investigate.

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The Press Release:
Through its history, the Marvel Universe has seen magic rise and fall to warp minds, control the future, and even destroy the very fabric of reality. Now, magic has changed and is more powerful – and dangerous – than ever, and Doctor Strange is forced to do what he’s avoided for decades: he’s opened a school for young sorcerers…but as they will soon learn, magic always comes at a cost. Welcome to STRANGE ACADEMY!

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Announced by the Associated Press, STRANGE ACADEMY will launch this March as a new ongoing series helmed by best-selling comic book veterans: Eisner Award-winning writer Skottie Young (Deadpool, Rocket Raccoon) and critically acclaimed artist Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man, Champions). The new series will bring together a whole new class of students from Earth, Weirdworld, Asgard, the Dark Dimension, and beyond to learn how to control their gifts in the Mystic Arts under Doctor Strange, Brother Voodoo, The Ancient One, Scarlet Witch, Magik, Hellstrom, and all of Marvel’s most iconic magicians. But with a new threat looming on the horizon, is it too late?
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3Teeth & Carnifex Announce Spring Co-Headline “Meta X” Tour

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The Press Release:
3TEETH and Carnifex announced that they are coming together this spring for a North America co-headline tour. META X starts on March 13th in Santa Ana wrapping up on April 17th in Los Angeles, making stops in major markets including New York City, Nashville, Chicago, and more. The tour will also feature support from Skold and The Browning. Tickets go on-sale starting Friday, December 6th and can be found HERE.

3TEETH will be on tour in support of their latest album METAWAR, released this past July, following a headlining run in Europe. METAWAR, which was produced by Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), is available HERE. Carnifex will be supporting World War X, which was produced by Jason Suecof, released August 2nd, via Nuclear Blast Records, available HERE.
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This Just In: Motley Crue & Def Leppard Announce “The Stadium Tour” For Summer 2020

Ever since Motley Crue announced their cessation of breaking up by blowing up the contract that they swore was binding and shall forever stand (discussed HERE), the chatter has been high about what will come to pass from it. Sure some websites said a co-headlining run with Def Leppard would take place and then there was teases from Poison that some big news was a coming and well, here it is my friends. Presenting the full on details about “The Stadium Tour”. Read on down below and I’ll be back for more at the close if I can catch my breath admidst all this excitement.

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The Press Release:
The world’s most iconic and celebrated rock legends will hit the road together next summer for a coheadlining tour SO MASSIVE that it could only be held in America’s biggest stadiums. THE STADIUM TOUR featuring DEF LEPPARD, MÖTLEY CRÜE, with POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS will hit select cities in the U.S. where each band will bring their electrifying stage shows while promising to perform their stadium sized anthems. Produced by Live Nation, the summer tour is set to steamroll through America, visiting the country’s most iconic stadiums, was announced today at SiriusXM’s Hollywood Studios live on the Volume Channel 106.

Tickets will go on-sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 13 at 10am at www.LiveNation.com, check local listings for details. Citi is the official presale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, December 10 at 10am local time until Thursday, December 12 at 10pm local time through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.
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Vader Announce North American Tour For 2020

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The Press Release:
Polish extreme metal veterans VADER are proud to announce their North American 2020 Tour! The 23-date trek will kick off at Brick By Brick in San Diego on February 4th and will make stops in Orlando, Brooklyn and Chicago before concluding on February 28th at 1720 in Los Angeles. Joining the band on tour are special guests ABYSMAL DAWN & HIDEOUS DIVINITY!

The band comments, “VADERMANIAX in North America! I am so excited to inform you all about our come back to USA and Canada after almost three years. 2020 is very special for VADER and that’s why we are so proud to start on your continent. In cooperation with Continental Concerts, Massive Music and Nuclear Blast, we will visit 23 cities in February and we will indeed bring madness for you. Three albums have anniversaries and we’ll focus on those: De Profundis – 25 years; Litany – 20 years and The Art of War – 15 years. We will definitely play some tunes from our last record Thy Messenger and something real fresh from VADER’s upcoming album. ARE YOU READY?!”
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