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Win A Ticket To See William DuVall @ The Cutting Room on 10/23/2019

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It wasn’t too long ago that we discussed William DuVall here on the website with the first single from his now released album (seen HERE) and the announcement about a short tour (discussed HERE). Now its time to add this talented musician to our run of awesome contests. Read on down below.

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The Details: William DuVall is the voice behind the mighty Alice In Chains and now that they have completed a massive tour, it’s time to deliver something much different to his world of fans. As noted just above, he’s recently released a solo acoustic album and has embarked on a brief tour at a number of the City Winery locations. With the NYC space being worked on at the moment, this show will be held at the awesome Cutting Room. This will be a special night of music and perhaps even some stories behind the new music he has released. It’s going to be a great time for sure and thanks to the marketing powers that be at The City Winery, some of the PiercingMetal readership will be attending this event at The Cutting Room for absolutely free. Let’s go over some of the details on how you participate in this giveaway.

When and Where: Wednesday, October 23rd (7PM) at The Cutting Room; 44 East 32nd Street (NYC)
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Iron Maiden Announces Studio Catalog Remasters: Phase 4

Hopefully you’ve been following along with our features regarding the Iron Maiden “Studio Catalog” Remasters initiative since they began doing them just about a year ago. Now its time for the “Phase 4” releases to join Phase 1 and Phase 2 and Phase 3. Read all about it care of the Press Release that I am sharing with you down below.

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The Press Release:
BMG will continue their reissues series of the IRON MAIDEN catalog with the fourth and final set of Digipak CD titles in The Studio Collection – Remastered, to be released on November 8th.

The albums are “Dance Of Death”, “A Matter Of Life And Death” (standard/collectors), “The Final Frontier” and 2015’s double-album “The Book Of Souls”.

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The Studio Collection – Remastered follows on from 2014/2017’s black vinyl releases and 2015’s Mastered for iTunes project and features recordings taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases. The most recent studio album – The Book Of Souls – was released that year in the same quality audio, but is appearing in Digipak for the first time.
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Nuclear Blast Records Signs Amaranthe

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The Press Release:
Today, Nuclear Blast is very pleased to announce the signing of modern metal outfit AMARANTHE. The Swedish/Danish six-piece is currently working on their 6th studio album, which will tentatively be unleashed in 2020. More big announcements are currently in the pipeline, stay tuned!

AMARANTHE’s Olof Mörck states, “It feels amazing to unveil our cooperation with the giants at Nuclear Blast! Ever since we held our shiny new Nuclear Blast CD’s in our teenage hands back in the mid-90’s, they have been at the forefront of bringing the best of the best to the metal scene, and to have them as partners is a dream come true! They are not only massively experienced in the metal scene, but also wonderful people and it has been a pleasure getting to know them. We are already nailing down great plans for the future, and things are looking brighter and stronger for AMARANTHE than ever! Keep your eyes open for our next leap forward together in the near future!”

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Marcus Hammer, Managing Director of Nuclear Blast, adds, “We’re more than happy to welcome AMARANTHE and Kult Management to the Nuclear Blast family. I’ve already been following the group for a while as they were touring with some of their new label mates. Being both great musicians and humans, that have a clear vision and are supported by an experienced team in the back, it was a no-brainer to try to win this outstanding band for our roster. Now we’re stoked to be the new partner at their side pursuing one goal: adding a successful next chapter to their already shiny career. The future looks bright for both, AMARANTHE and Nuclear Blast.”
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Lucifer Announce North America Part III Headline Tour

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They say that the third time is the charm; and this is likely one of the main reasons that the band Lucifer has offered up the news about a third go-round in these United States. Check out the full press details down below the groovy poster and dates and know that I will return with some editorial mumblings.

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The Press Release:
Heavy-rock band LUCIFER have just announced their third and final leg of their North American headline tour today. The band will hit the road starting on January 15th in Memphis, TN and ending on January 26th in Tampa, FL. For more information and to purchase tickets for the band’s upcoming tour dates, visit LUCIFER’s Facebook page HERE.

LUCIFER has been touring nonstop in support of their recent full-length album Lucifer II. The band recently wrapped a tour with The Hellacopters for select European shows in May and their first two North American headline tours. Additionally, the band has performed at festivals like Metal Days, Bukta Festival, and Beyond The Gates. They have previously performed at KISS Cruise, Psycho Las Vegas, Desertfest, Hellfest, Muskelrock, Sweden Rock, and Freak Valley.
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The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2020 Nominees Are:

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have just revealed their “Class Of 2020” Nominations, so after some reminder premise on how one achieves such an “honor” I will line out the list for you in full and then offer up some personal editorial viewpoint. Let’s go.

The Criteria: Currently, groups or individuals are qualified for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Nominees should have demonstrable influence and significance within the history of rock and roll. Four categories are recognized: Performers, Non-Performers, Early Influences, and Sidemen (as of 2000). The General Public aka “Fans” get to participate in an online “Fan Voting” process but at the end of the day this really doesn’t amount to anything in terms of the induction process as it all sums up to one single vote.

The Nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 Are: Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, Motorhead, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, MC5, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy.
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