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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.

“Essence Of Infinity” by Of Infinity

Artist: Of Infinity
Title: “Essence Of Infinity” – Demo
Label: Demo – unsigned
Release Date: 9/2004
Genre: Melodic Power
Rating: 8/10

San Antonio Texas’ own “Of Infinity” has just released their 3 track CD Demo entitled “The Essence Of Infinity”. This is a moody and heavy piece. The almost Angelic voice of Alessandra Zinicola cutting through the well orchestrated melodies. She really does have a great voice, and it is very powerful. One can see how her influences in such bands as Nightwish show in her delivery. Nazareth Sando on guitar plays to a frenzy over the drumming (which on this release was programmed). Kurtis Kyllo holds the whole piece together on the bass.
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“Fallen” by Evanescence

Artist: Evanescence
Title: “Fallen”
Label: Wind-Up Records
Release Date: 3/4/2003
Genre: Alternative Metal
Rating: 7/10

The first time I heard Evanesence was while watching the movie “Daredevil”. The song was “Bring Me To Life” and I felt this song had an energy that was missing from a lot of the newer bands that were making appearances most recently. Someone had described them to me as a “Linkin Park with a girl singer” but that is a wrong assumption. Singer Amy Lee is a far cry from some demure Waif as she belts out the numbers on this CD. Her voice packs a punch like some of the great rockers of our time. I immediately think of Pat Benetar and Lita Ford. Yet she is also capable of delivering a sensual ballad which you will hear in “My Immortal”.
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Otep @ The Knitting Factory (2/25/2005)

Logo - Otep

Artist: Otep
Venue: Knitting Factory NYC
Opener: American Head Charge, Candiria, Blood Simple
Label: Capitol Records
Date: 2-25-2005

American Head Charge performed an electrifying set at their appearance at the Knitting Factory last night supporting their latest CD Release entitled “Feeder”. The band was the main opener for Otep and this combination was the perfect mix of quality songs as well as stage intensity. The Knitting Factory is a cool place to see a show, and according to the staff this well known Jazz club has been featuring the heavier music for some time. However, the tricky part is navigation and room. The stage is a little smaller than you would expect if you had a decent amount of equipment. This was painfully the case when AHC hit the stage. The band is 6 members strong, and not only had a full drum kit, but also a keyboard rig. The guys seemed to be almost tripping over one another, yet it did not get in the way of their performance at all. Playing what seemed to be just under an hour’ time, the group proved that their material is strong and will be interesting to see the future developments of the band.
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“Stonelake” by Stonelake

Artist: Stone Lake
Title: “Limited Edition”
Label: unknown
Release Date: 2004
Style: Melodic Hard Rock
Rating: 6/10

From Sweden comes the band Stone Lake. It’s tasty metal with a very retro 80’s sort of feel. However, the band lineup is only the Singer and Guitarist who pretty much do everything on the CD. Given the amount of talented Swedish musicians over there, I felt that they could have at least recruited a couple of their friends to play the tracks on the CD. The group members are Peter Grundstrom (vocals) and Jan Akesson (guitars/programming). The use of the programming takes a little of the punch out in these tunes especially in the area of drums. They sounded too fake to me in that area. The tracks are definitely immersed in the poppy side of metal. Bands like Danger, Danger and Warrant come to mind when listening to this piece.
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“Heading For The East” [DVD] by Gamma Ray

Artist: Gamma Ray
Title: “Heading For The East”
Label: Sanctuary Visual Entertainment
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 6/10

My first exposure to the music of Gamma Ray was back in 1991 when Kai Hansen had left Helloween to start this side project of power metal. I really liked the first CD entitled “Heading For Tomorrow” and fortunately for me the core of the material comes from this release. Power metal was slowly becoming my music of choice since the States was being consumed with the Grunge movement. Now, I liked most of the bands that came out from this movement, but I preferred the majesty and drive that European Power Metal had to offer.
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