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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.

M-Theory Audio Signs Poland’s Varmia

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The Press Release:
The Polish pagan black metal group VARMIA – who pay tribute to their Baltic roots by combining black metal sounds with traditional instruments such as the goat horn and the tagelharpa – has signed with M-Theory Audio. The band’s third album, “bal Lada,” will be released in Spring 2021. An early taste of the spirits soon to be summoned can be seen in this video showcasing the making of the album: (it’s in Polish but has subtitles so whew…)

VARMIA was formed in 2016 by vocalist/guitarist/composer Lasota with a mission of fusing black metal with musical influences that pay tribute to the ancient Baltic tribes of the historical Warmia region of northern Poland. On vocal duties, Varmia emits harsh growls that shroud the band’s music and native Polish lyrics in a visceral aura, the only breaks from this vocal assault occurring when using the traditional, ancient technique of “whitevoice” clean singing as utilized during ancient East-Central European rituals, rites of passage and festivals. Meanwhile, the power of the band’s metal influences are enhanced on “bal Lada” by traditional ethnic instrumentation of the Baltic Rites via sounds of tagelharpa, goat horn, wood tuba and krivula. The final result is a compelling mix of dark metallic sounds that channel the spirit of early Enslaved, Satyricon, and Wolves in the Throne Room and folk elements that drive acts such as Wardruna.
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Marvel Announces “Avengers Mech Strike” Series For 2021

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The Press Release:
A brand-new enemy has emerged in the Marvel Universe and even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are no match against it. But the Avengers aren’t so easily beaten, and when new threats arise, powerful new tools must be brought to bear! Suiting up in high-tech individualized armor, the Avengers stand ready for one of their greatest battles yet in the extraordinary new comic series, AVENGERS MECH STRIKE!

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“Avengers Mech Strike” #1

Written by Jed MacKay (Black Cat) with art by Carlos Magno (Fantastic Four, Empyre: Avengers), AVENGERS MECH STRIKE will kick off a bold new age of action-packed Avengers battles that will send shockwaves throughout the comic book industry and beyond! Uniting against an unstoppable enemy, AVENGERS MECH STRIKE #1 is just the beginning of this epic story that will unfold throughout next year!
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Mammoth WVH Present “Distance” Official Video

The sad loss of the great Eddie Van Halen still resonates hard in the hearts of his millions of fans and that pain is even greater in the heart of his son, Wolfgang Van Halen. Born into a musically gifted family, Wolfie was schooled from infancy by a true master of many instruments and now presents to the world a piece of solo music and a video that will truly find you reaching for a box of Kleenex. Behold “Distance”…

About The Video: “As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I was imagining what my life would be like without him and how terribly I’d miss him. While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life. I never intended ‘Distance’ to be the very first piece of music people would hear from me, but I also thought my father would be here to celebrate its release. This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop.” – WVH

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I really don’t have too much to add in terms of my “thoughts” on such a clip because its both heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the very same time. I loved the use of the home movies showing the family arriving home together for the first time and seeing the joy on everyone’s face and also the interaction between father and son. The song itself is a solid number and one that leaves me curious on how the rest of the stuff to come will be. Wolfie has a nice voice as a lead and I can share that he played all of the instruments on the track as well. Nice work and I hope you play this until the very end because the final piece will most likely knock you for a loop. Best of luck to Wolfgang on his continued musical efforts, you now have one of the greatest champions for music rooting for you in the Great Beyond. Stay safe my friends and call your folks if its possible to do so. I know I am….

Official Website: https://www.mammothwvh.com/

Blackthorn 51 Owners Permanently Shutter Queens Location Due To Coronavirus

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The Facebook Post:
Blackthorn 51 has permanently closed its live music venue in Elmhurst Queens NY; But Blackthorn has announced that they do expect to reopen at some point and at a new location.
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Anime NYC Online Announces “LOVE LIVE! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club” Panel and Concert

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I’ve discussed the upcoming virtual convention Anime NYC Online a couple of times already with the main announcement HERE for the interested. Now its time to share some awesome Anime news with the masses. Dig into this “Love Live” news.

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The Scoop:
Love Live! comes to Anime NYC Online! Join a special Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club panel featuring a greeting from cast members Hinaki Yano (Voice of Yu Takasaki) and Tomori Kusunoki (Voice of Setsuna Yuki) and a very special concert – a 30 minute digest version of the Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club First Live “with You” and Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club 2nd Live! Brand New Story & Back to the TOKIMEKI at Tokyo Garden Theater!

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Streaming free worldwide from Thur, Nov 19 at 7 PM Eastern / 4 PM Pacific until the end of Dec 1.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As I’m not all that up on too many Anime properties I don’t have much to add to the mix. What do you readers who are fans think about it? Chime in down below in the comments section and I will see you next time around.

Official Websites:
Anime NYC: http://www.animenyc.com
Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com
NTWK: http://thentwrk.com

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