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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.

DC Universe “Titans” Official Trailer: SDCC 2018

Now that the Comic Con International: San Diego has kicked into gear, the trailers for all of the upcoming new shows and returning ones along with the films will be presenting their trailers. As is our usual practice around this time, I will be featuring all of the ones that speak to our geek-minded readers the most. That said here is the first full trailer for the DC Universe program “Titans”.

The Premise:
When Dick Grayson (Robin) and Rachel Roth (Raven) require assistance to deal with a plot that threatens the entire planet, they join with Koriand’r (Starfire) and Gar Logan (Beast Boy) to form the Titans.

The Cast/Characters:
Brenton Thwaites as Richard “Dick” Grayson/Robin
Anna Diop as Koriand’r/Starfire
Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth/Raven
Ryan Potter as Garfield “Gar” Logan/Beast Boy
Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall/Hawk
Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger/Dove
Lindsey Gort as Amy Rohrbach
Seamus Dever
Bruno Bichir as Niles Caulder/Chief
April Bowlby as Rita Farr/Elasti-Woman
Jake Michaels as Clifford Steele/Robotman
Dwain Murphy as Larry Trainor/Negative Man
Curran Walters as Jason Todd
Conor Leslie as Donna Troy/Wonder Girl

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Well I have to say that this first offering from the new DC Universe service looks rather exciting. Clearly by the language we get in the trailer, this is not for network television but I am fine with that. Though I’m not sold by the look of Starfire in the clip, I do love the inclusion of Hawk and Dove and Doom Patrol in this series. One thing that I enjoy about the Marvel films is the ever expanding universe and its good to see DC following suit. What do you think of the clip? Chime in down below and get ready for a whole lot more of this kind of content.

Official Websites: http://www.dccomics.com
Official Series Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titans_(2018_TV_series)

Wednesday 13 Announces North American Tour Dates

We might be dealing with the summer heat in my neck of the woods, but that doesn’t stop Mr. Wednesday 13 from announcing a brand new Fall tour. Check out the press release below. I’ll close out with editorial notations afterwards as always.

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The Duke of Spook WEDNESDAY 13, will continue to support his highly successful Condolences release and embark on a North American tour this fall. Several dates will include performances with legendary guitarist JOHN 5 and shock-rocker DAVEY SUICIDE.

Comments mainman WEDNESDAY:
“We’re really excited to be hitting the road this fall. Doing the first week with JOHN 5 should be nothing short of a MONSTER show, and we’re super stoked. We’re also really excited to be touring Canada, as this will be our first time with this many dates. Looking forward to playing some new places and performing for all of our Canadian fans. We will be wrapping up the tour on the West Coast at the world famous Whisky a Go Go right before we head to the studio to record the follow up to Condolences. Looking forward to seeing everyone on tour!”

For more info, tickets and meet and greets visit the website at the close. Confirmed dates are as follows:

The Tour Dates:
10/31: Harrison, OH – Blue Note (supporting JOHN 5)
11/01: Joliet, IL – The Forge (supporting JOHN 5)
11/02: Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero (supporting JOHN 5)
11/03: Flint, MI – The Machine Shop (supporting JOHN 5)
11/04: Pittsburgh, PA – Jergel’s (supporting JOHN 5)
11/06: Quebec City, QC – La Source De Le Martiniere
11/07: Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
11/08: Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
11/09: Toronto, ON – The Rockpile
11/10: Niagra Falls, ON – The Seneca Theatre
11/11: London, ON – Rum Runners
11/13: Sudbury, ON – The Asylum
11/15: Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
11/16: Regina, SK – The Exchange
11/17: Calgary, AB – Dickens
11/18: Edmonton, AB – Buckingham
11/19: Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
11/20: Seattle, WA – Club Sur (w/ DAVEY SUICIDE)
11/21: Portland, OR – Dante’s (w/ DAVEY SUICIDE)
11/23: Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver (w/ DAVEY SUICIDE)
11/24: Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go (w/ DAVEY SUICIDE)

Condolences was released on June 2, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (HATEBREED, ROB ZOMBIE). Artwork was created by Travis Smith (OPETH, KATATONIA, NEVERMORE).

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: So I’ve been a fan of Wednesday 13 and his slick brand of Horror Hard Rock with its occasional Metal/Punk edge and think that more people need to get their a$$es out and support his live performances. Sure I’ve seen him play to crowded rooms over the years but it’s usually the already converted to his dark cause and we always need new blood at these sorts of affairs. The “Condolences” album is a heavy one and his show always manages to pull out all the stops. If you like a garish front man who gets right up in your face with a devilish message, why wait until there is another Papa fronting Ghost? The Grooviest Ghoul of them all is waiting for your soul and if you don’t give it willingly, I’m sure he’ll send someone (or something) after it regardless. Let me know what you folks think of this one, and if you are one of the already faithful perhaps you can help me convince some newbies to get a little scare into their systems.

Official Website: https://officialwednesday13.com

GWAR and Hatebreed Announce Co-Headlining “Gore, Core, Metal and More” Tour This Fall

So you’d like another tour would you? Well, how about this news from the monstrous GWAR who recently announced a co-headlining run with Hatebreed. The full press release and dates are down below for you to examine.

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The Press Release:
It’s that time of year again, the time when GWAR comes to destroy your town and eviscerate your eardrums. However, this is no ordinary tour, this year they do it together with Hatebreed. The “Gore, Core, Metal and More” tour will be co-headlined by your Lords and Masters GWAR, and the mighty Hatebreed. Support will come from Miss May I, Ringworm and American Sharks These shows begin October 17th in Buffalo, NY and run through October 28th in Peoria, IA.

On October 29th, GWAR will then kick off a headline run, that sees them stopping in New York City on Halloween and continuing their aural (not oral) devastation of the nation through November 19th.
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Cannibal Corpse Announces Headlining Tour

Tour announcements? You want tour announcements? Well how about this here news from the legendary Death Metal specialists in Cannibal Corpse which came to light earlier today. As I was flying far above your heads at the time, you had to be patient on this one. Read on.

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The Press Release:
Following the release of their critically-lauded fourteenth studio album, Red Before Black, last year, CANNIBAL CORPSE will head back out on the road this winter for US live takeover. The tour will run from November 2nd through December 6th with support provided by Hate Eternal and Harm’s Way. See all confirmed dates below.
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War Machine Marketing Announces SDCC 2018 Booth Signings

The folks at War Machine Marketing have recently unveiled their in-booth signings for the around the corner Comic Con International: San Diego (aka SDCC). Check out the scoop below.

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AUTOGRAPH SCHEDULE FOR SAN DIEGO COMIC CON WAR MACHINE MARKETING – BOOTH #1415

FRIDAY JULY 20:
1pm to 2pm: Connor Garritty
3pm to 4pm: Scott Lewis

SATURDAY JULY 21:
1pm to 2pm: LIGHTS
3pm to 4pm: Nathan Hamill
5pm to 6pm: Carla Harvey

SUNDAY JULY 22:
1pm to 2pm: Carla Harvey
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