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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.

Playstation Presents “Marvel’s Spider-Man” Gameplay Launch Trailer

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This past weekend I attended the Play NYC gaming convention and while perusing the webs the following day noticed the Official Gameplay Trailer for the soon to be released “Marvel’s Spider-Man” which will be playable on the PS4 gaming console by Playstation. I’m sharing the exciting trailer down below and wow does it look awesome. Check it out.


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Marvel Unveils “Cosmic Ghost Rider” Variants For September

The Press Release:
He took the world by storm when he made his debut in last year’s THANOS #13, and now Marvel is celebrating the Cosmic Ghost Rider with a series of special order all variant covers that feature Marvel’s breakout character battling different heroes of the Marvel Universe! Look for Marvel’s COSMIC GHOST RIDER order all variant covers on these select titles:

1. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 by NICK BRADSHAW

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“Amazing Spider-Man” #5 (Cosmic Ghost Rider Variant)

2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 by PAUL RENAUD

3. ASTONISHING X-MEN #15 by AKCHO

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“Astonishing X-Men” #15 (Cosmic Ghost Rider Variant)

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Goatwhore to Headline The 8th Annual Metal Alliance Tour

It sure seems like Tuesday is going to take the cake if the barrage of touring information that I am seeing hit my Media Mailbox has anything to say about it. I won’t dance around the topic anymore and just say that “The Metal Alliance” tour is returning and brings you GOATWHORE!!! Check out the poster, full press release and dates. I will close up with additional editorial as usual.

The Press Release:
The Metal Alliance Tour celebrates its 8th year of wrecking heads and is presented by hot sauce company High River Sauces. Each year this touring festival assembles a package that celebrates the various genres of Metal. It is with great honor to than to announce GOATWHORE, pioneers of the blackened death metal scene, as the official 2018 Metal Alliance Tour headliner.
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The 2018 “NYDM Music Festival” Is Nigh & In A New Location

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Just the other day, a friend from the NYC Metal Scene that I’ve known for some years asked if I could share the news about the latest developments with the 2018 NYDM Music Festival. This massive annual event is organized by the heads of the NYDM individuals and for those who are wondering what the acronym means it stands for “New York Death Militia”. You’ve very likely seen patches like the one up above on jackets at Metal shows. Originally, this three day happening was set for a space in Tappan, NY but its since been moved to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center for its biggest two days and then to the more intimate Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck, NJ. Take a look at the massive poster that features some amazing Death Metal and NYHC bands.

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Image & Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Team-Up For Anti-Censorship Variants In September

The Press Release:
This September, Image Comics fights censorship with a powerful line of variant covers to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy and education. All proceeds from this dynamic campaign will support CBLDF’s important legal work on behalf of comics creators, retailers, educators and readers.

All proceeds from this campaign will benefit CBLDF, with each title featuring two versions of the CBLDF Charity variant—one censored and one uncensored. Image Comics is pleased to reveal the censored versions here. Spearheaded by HACK/SLASH creator Tim Seeley and Image Comics’ Publisher Eric Stephenson, this benefit includes contributions from Skottie Young, Mirka Andolfo, Howard Chaykin, Justin Greenwood, Geoffo, Ryan Browne, Wook-Jin Clarke, David Rubín, Martin Morazzo, Mark Torres, Danny Luckert, and Seeley himself.

“Comics have been uniquely affected by censorship since the very beginning,” said Seeley. “I wanted to do something with my fellow Image creators to call attention to the problem, and to raise money for CBLDF to help their efforts to fight back. They own the Comics Code Seal of Approval, the censorship stamp that used to govern almost all comics until that organization died in 2011. We thought we’d bring back the Code for one month, to show how ham-fisted those censorship attempts were while having some fun making money for the CBLDF’s important work.”
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