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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.

“Tyranny Of Souls” by Bruce Dickinson

Artist: Bruce Dickinson
Title: “Tyranny Of Souls”
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 5/24/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

As the charismatic front man of Iron Maiden; Bruce Dickinson certainly needs no introduction. He has been giving the people Metal at the helm of this band since he debuted with “Number Of The Beast” in 1982. He broke off from the band to do some solo records for a few years and eventually returned to Maiden for recording and touring full time once again. Somehow he managed to get another solo CD completed in the midst of the constant world touring he has been doing. His latest solo effort is an impressive piece of Metal and will appeal to all of his legions of fans who support him in Iron Maiden. Dickinson’s last solo release was seven years ago with “The Chemical Wedding” (a CD that received a large amount of critical and fan acclaim and very rightly so). This was a dark and heavy CD that kept with Bruce’s Metal roots and now with “Tyranny Of Souls” he is proving that lightning can strike twice on someone’s solo efforts. Working on similar dark themes, this new CD is very much the solid listen from start to finish and perhaps this is partially Dickinson and partially the skills of guitarist/producer Roy Z. Z. not only worked with Dickinson before, but is also known for his work on releases by Helloween, Halford and the reunited Judas Priest on their CD “Angel Of Retribution”.
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“Transgression” by Fear Factory

Artist: Fear Factory
Title: “Transgression”
Label: Calvin Records
Release Date: 8/23/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines “transgress” as to “step beyond or go beyond limits”. With the release of “Transgression” by Fear Factory the band has done just that. This CD works on previously introduced themes and introduces a wide variety of new ones mixed in with what you expect from them. The CD starts off with “540,000 Fahrenheit” and “Transgression” which are very heavy and intense but people who have followed the band for awhile might find some of the CD confusing. You need to be of the mindset that bands change styles and musical delivery as time goes by. Noted for their industrialized sound first and foremost you can recognize that texture in the beginning tracks, yet midway through the CD you will notice a change. Some of this piece is classic Fear Factory with brutal riffing, drumming and vocals. However, the atmospheric ballad of “Echo Of My Scream” will take most fans by surprise. It’s a highlight of the record since it shows how subtle and melodic Burton Bells voice can be. Perhaps some of the change is due to having new members recording with them for the first time. Joining Bell and Hererra are Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Byron Stroud of Strapping Young Lad also makes his first appearance on bass. The lineup works very well together and besides the killer guitar work of Wolbers, I think Stroud brings a little of that SYL madness to the band. The song “Empty Vision” exemplifies this new roster especially well.
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Megadeth: Live Photos @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center (8/21/2005)

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“Gigantour” was coming at you live from the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and PiercingMetal.com was on point as early as possible to catch all of the bands. That show was documented and discussed in full on THIS LINK; Now please enjoy the photos taken during Megadeth’s set.

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Megadeth by Ken Pierce (2005)

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Megadeth by Ken Pierce (2005)

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Dream Theater: Live Photos @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center (8/21/2005)

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“Gigantour” was coming at you live from the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and PiercingMetal.com was on point as early as possible to catch all of the bands. That show was documented and discussed in full on THIS LINK; Now please enjoy the photos taken during Dream Theater’s set.

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Dream Theater by Ken Pierce (2005)

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Dream Theater by Ken Pierce (2005)

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Fear Factory: Live Photos @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center (8/21/2005)

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“Gigantour” was coming at you live from the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and PiercingMetal.com was on point as early as possible to catch all of the bands. That show was documented and discussed in full on THIS LINK; Now please enjoy the photos taken during Fear Factory’s set.

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Fear Factory by Ken Pierce (2005)

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Fear Factory by Ken Pierce (2005)

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