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LEGO To Unveil Lifesize “Thanos” Statue @ SDCC 2018

If you’ve been following along with the steady stream of content for the upcoming Comic Con International: San Diego (which begins this week), you have already gotten to enjoy a whole gamut of the coolness that is heading to the homes of collectors and fans that attend. If you’ve missed these posts just click HERE for the rundown.

Today, LEGO announced the unveiling of the latest LEGO life-size model that will debut at San Deigo Comic-Con – Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War. The 450-pound model is about 8-and-a-half feet tall, contains 91,350 bricks, and it took LEGO Master Builders 418 hours to design and build. The photos provided come from LEGO Official Press. Indulge.

lego, thanos, lego lifesize statues

lego, thanos, lego lifesize statues

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Isn’t this awesome? Holy mackerel what an imposing statue and one that I wish I was going to be able to see in person. Most of you already know we are not doing SDCC so if you get to this take some photos and load to Instagram. I’ll close up now by saying to check out some of the LEGO builder playsets that focused on the recent film which hits home video in the coming weeks. Some cool links are below for you to peruse. Until we meet again.

Official Website: http://www.lego.com

Nuclear Blast – JSR – Stern Pinball Announce SDCC 2018 Exclusives

We’ve been showcasing the exclusives that will be heading towards the fans at the upcoming Comic Con International: San Diego aka SDCC for the last couple of weeks and our past posts can be examined HERE. Now its time to learn what exciting stuff will be available for purchase from Nuclear Blast Records, JSR and Stern Pinball. It’s a lengthy release so sit back and take it all in. Here we go.

We’ve been showcasing the exclusives that will be heading towards the fans at the upcoming Comic Con International: San Diego aka SDCC for the last couple of weeks. Now its time to learn what exciting stuff will be available for purchase from Nuclear Blast Records, JSR and Stern Pinball. It’s a lengthy release so sit back and take it all in. Here we go.

The Press Release:
Nuclear Blast is excited to return to San Diego Comic-Con International for the company’s 15th year, at the Nuclear Blast/Stern Pinball/JSR Merchandising Booth (#501)!

Having partnered with the likes of Kirk Hammett, Transformers, The Walking Dead in previous years, Nuclear Blast continues to push the limit to bring Comic-Con attendees the biggest names in Metal and more! This year bringing exclusives from SLAYER, IRON MAIDEN, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY, EL HIJO DEL SANTO, COURT OF THE DEAD, and more! As well as signings with members of SLAYER, TESTAMENT, and CARNIFEX plus EL HIJO DEL SANTO, the creator of Court Of The Dead, Tom Gilliland and one of the writers of IRON MAIDEN’s Legacy Of The Beast, Llexi Leon.

EXCLUSIVES: Nuclear Blast, JSR, and Stern Pinball bring the heaviest hitting exclusives to San Diego Comic-Con 2018, available at the Nuclear Blast booth #501. The complete list of items follows:

SLAYER Limited Edition Enamel Pin
(Price $20.00; Available at Booth #501 at San Diego Comic-Con)
This super limited edition enamel pin commemorates the successful, repentless long career of California kings of thrash metal, SLAYER! Comes in a custom hand-numbered box. Limited to 100.


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Behemoth Announces North American “Ecclesia Diabolica America” 2018 Tour

I had to say that it was feeling like a pretty slow news day but then like a crack of thunder, the darkness hit the skies above us and the Earth nearly skipped off its axis (speaking figuratively of course) as the announcement about Behemoth’s return to the US territory for a headlining run known as “Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018”. Read on to the full press release and tour dates. I’ll close up with additional editorial.

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The Press Release:
This fall, Polish black/death overlords BEHEMOTH will return to North America to headline the Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. tour. featuring special guests At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room. The tour will run from October 20th through November 24th.

Behemoth vocalist, guitarist, and main-man Nergal comments, “I hereby announce BEHEMOTH’s triumphant return to the North American shores this fall. We will be in the noble company of At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room, who will be supporting us on our eleventh opus. Even though it’s only been a few moments since we played for you, our American legions, we cannot wait for this tour to start! It’s gonna be the first headlining run supporting new music and we are bringing all the artillery, which means the biggest production thus far! Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. arrives soon and we want you to celebrate this sonic pandemonium with us!” See all confirmed dates below.

BEHEMOTH Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. Tour w/ At The Gates, Wolves In The Throne Room:

The Tour Dates:
10/20/2018: Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
10/22/2018: House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/23/2018: The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
10/24/2018: House Of Blues – Houston, TX
10/26/2018: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/27/2018: Janus Landing – Tampa, FL
10/29/2018: The Underground – Charlotte, NC
10/30/2018: The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
11/01/2018: House Of Blues – Boston, MA
11/02/2018: The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
11/03/2018: Playstation Theater – New York, NY
11/04/2018: M-Telus – Montreal, QC
11/06/2018: The Danforth – Toronto, ON
11/07/2018: St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
11/09/2018: House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/10/2018: Cabooz – Minneapolis, MN
11/11/2018: The Truman- Kansas City, MO
11/13/2018: The Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
11/14/2018: The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
11/16/2018: MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB
11/17/2018: Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
11/20/2018: Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
11/21/2018: Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/23/2018: The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/24/2018: The Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

BEHEMOTH recently completed work on their eleventh full-length album, which will see a worldwide release via Metal Blade Records in North America and Nuclear Blast in Europe this fall. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Did I already say “Oh HELL YES” about this one? I think that it was my opening line and well, need I say anything more? I don’t think so but if you need another line or two let me just stress at how perfect this tour package is. With support coming from the legendary At The Gates along with a still growing Metal phenomena like WITTR fans will be advised to get there as early as possible to not miss a single crushing note. Thinking on Behemoth for a moment, this is a band that I have been fortunate to watch climb the ranks slowly but meticulously and now they are perhaps one of the best presenters of Blackened Death Metal. Imposing in melody and in stature, one does not leave a Behemoth show unscarred and unaffected. It’s truly something that fans talk about for weeks and months. Their recent appearance on the final go-round of Slayer was something to be witnessed but since they went on second, it was barely a taste of what they could accomplish on the stage. November cannot get here fast enough and to be honest, part of me is saying this based on it being about 90 degrees outside in NYC. Perhaps the environment is catching some extra heat from the region way, way, way……down below. Let me know what you think of this one in the comments section. See you next time.

Official Websites:
http://behemoth.pl
http://www.facebook.com/behemoth
http://www.instagram.com/behemothofficial

New York Comic Con Partners With Anime Expo To Debut Anime Fest @ NYCC X Anime Expo

The Press Release:
ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, today announced that it is partnering with The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) to launch Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo. The four-day event will take place at Pier 94 from October 4-7 and provide fans the ultimate East Coast anime festival and celebration of Japanese pop culture.

Fans will join Japanese guests, prolific artists, and other New York Otaku at a festival of autograph signings, cosplay, Instagram-worthy activations, a curated Artist Alley, live music, and creative Japanese pop culture classes. More surprises will be revealed in the coming months as Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo creates programming and content that brings the best of both worlds into one major anime festival.

“We’re thrilled to give our fans added Japanese content during the week of New York Comic Con and to partner with the leading anime event in the United States to do so,” said Lance Fensterman, Global President of ReedPOP. “Anime and manga are increasingly popular among our fans, and we wanted to give them a fuller experience with uniquely interactive sessions, the opportunity to connect with the anime community, an area dedicated to designing wearable fashion, and much more. With a partner like Anime Expo, we’re excited to build upon our already robust anime content and create an experience that is unlike anything we’ve been able to deliver before.”
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Daughtry Announces Second Leg For Headlining Tour

Fans of Daughtry and his band of merry musicians will be stoked to learn about the second leg of his tour for the upcoming “Cage To Rattle” album. Check out the full press release and dates below.

daughtry band photo

The Press Release:
GRAMMY-nominated rock band Daughtry have announced details for the second leg of their 2018 headlining tour. Set to hit multiple cities across the U.S. and the U.K., Daughtry’s tour dates will kick off on July 21st in Goshen, Indiana and will wrap in December. Tickets will be available for pre-sale through the bands fan club starting today and on sale to the public July 14th at 10:00 AM local time.Please see routing for the tour below. Click HEREto buy!

In addition to the tour, Daughtry are also gearing up to release their new album, Cage To Rattle, on July 27, 2018. The group’s powerful new single “Deep End”is out now!
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