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PiercingMetal’s Editorial for 2010

Editorial: The Year in Reviews for 2010

Did anyone get the license plate number on the truck that hit us all and called itself 2010? Wow what a year for the Metal Scene and individuals as a whole this was. It was one of those years that just when you managed to dust off your jacket and get your head clear that something else would come at you and knock you back down. Of course there were those who felt that it was not all that bad for them but the larger consensus that I established was that it was a year that many were happy to see go away so we could hope for better memories and experiences in the coming one. The economy didn’t change for the better for many of us and for those who pursue the medium of being a review scribe there were changes in how we did things that while some viewed as more economical made the task all the more hard. Despite some of the harder moments of the 2010 months I had to say that the focus and resolve of what I do for you on PiercingMetal remained strong. It was a year where more emphasis was based on the concert reports and delivering photos to you instead of just being one of the many product reviewers out there. I have always made it a point about the site being something of a catch all that gave you more than just a standard expectation. We also worked more closely with those representatives of the media who have been our best allies since site launch and didn’t bother with the ones who felt that our voice was not as important to them as some others might now be. Let’s face it; there is a ton of places to surf online and perhaps based on all of the other stimulus available, a little too much. I’ve broken down some parts of the site into segments to speak on them as I have been doing since we started with this little experiment back in 2005. It’s not a best of list or a what I felt was amazing against that which was not, but more my views on the various facets of the industry I am dealing with as a writer and founder of the site and how I see it moving forward for the greater Metal good. There’s a lot to absorb so thanks in advance for continuing along in this. Let’s get down to business with this “State Of The Site” observation.
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Buckcherry & Hellyeah: The Jagermeister Music Tour 2011

Logo - Jagermeister Musictour

The fine folks who handle the press for the Synergy Entertainment Group asked me to share this video with you readers and since we just knew that you would eat it up, we kindly obliged. The short video features the band Buckcherry (an often mentioned favorite of That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk) as they discuss the upcoming 2011 Jagermeister Music Tour which they will be headlining.  To make matters more interesting this event will feature Hellyeah as their direct support (you know, that Outlaw Metal band that features Vinnie Paul of Pantera and a couple of the guys from Mudvayne). To kick things up a notch we also get All That Remains who kick many levels of ass and the brand new project from Anthrax and Fall Out Boy members with The Damned Things.  Check out the video and make sure you get your tickets for the performance in your town before they sell out.

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Rockin’ In Brooklyn @ The Bell House

These days you don’t have to trek all the way into Manhattan to have a seriously rocking time. Here’s why….

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PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Reverbnation

This latest “craze” online is not truly a “Social Network” but something that seems to be a rapidly growing replacement being used by the bands that used to rely on outlets like MySpace to get their music around. It’s name – Reverbnation.

So what is Reverbnation? I have to admit that I was not too sure what it was myself, but then my friend Penguin took me aside and shook me with amazing strength and said “PiercingMetal needs to have a Reverbnation account!!!!” How was I to bypass such a passionate commanding order when the goal was to expand my own reach? When I took time to look into it, I agreed with her as to its usefulness and felt that yes she was correct in my needing a “presence” for on it. So I created an account; oh and by the way there are several different kinds for you to choose from. You can be a “Fan”, a “Label”, “Management”, “Venue” and most important of all “Artist”. At the end of the day PiercingMetal is an online resource and a type of a magazine focused to the genre but there were no such frameworkds for us to use. Yes we are “fans” of the music we report about, but we don’t fall into the conventional fan sense when it comes to dealing with the aforementioned artists, labels and venues. So we created an account using “Artist”.

Before you get cross with me and think my being deceitful on behalf of the brand name, be aware that I did write to their support and said “what do we do”. They scratched their Internet chin a little bit and replied that for now, “Label” seemed to be the best choice to maintain a professional account. Maybe if others who do similar stuff as I do all write to them they will create something a little more accommodating. Anyways, so we have a “half-built” profile as result, and it links off to our Blog, Site, Facebook Page and Twitter account. I would like to use it more, but until some additional changes get implemented I don’t see it happening. I do recommend it for bands for their own works provided they are legally protected first because I don’t think anyone is getting signed off of a MySpace or Facebook Page anymore. I could be wrong, but the working musicians should be a little clearer on what mediums is bearing the most fruit. I wish all of them luck.

UPDATE: 4/105 – I wrote to support to find out what the status was on having a profile that made proper sense for a medium such as my own (since I was told this was a battle plan of their). After a few weeks had gone by with no answer from their teams I feel that option is not coming anytime soon. Good job in answering inquiries Reverbnation, you’ll get no money from my brand that’s for sure.

If you feel like adding PiercingMetal to your own Reverbnation Page please feel free to do so. We don’t mind. You can find the link to us by clicking the logo above. Should you want to learn more about the company itself, please take a look at it’s Wikipedia entry HERE.

Introducing “PiercingComics” (Kapow, Zok, Whamm!!!)

Perhaps I should explain what I am talking about. For many, many years I was a comic book collector and as result have several thousand of them in various locations of the city and even some in our illustrious PiercingMetal Command HQ. I’ve freely admitted that I have been close to a lifelong fan of the adventures of Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men, Hulk, Green Lantern, The Avengers and at this point far too many others to even list. My appreciation of the medium led me to give an overview on a comic book that featured Norway’s own Dimmu Borgir called “The Dark Fortress” and only last month I attended the NY Comic Con for 2010 as a member of the accredited press. This was my first comic convention in years and it was super exciting to be able to present my findings to the fans of my website and blog. I’ll be hitting similar events going forward using the “Convention Adventures” category. So without any further adieu I would like to announce the beginning of the “Comic Booking It” category here on the PiercingMetal Musings Blog. Queue dramatic music and stop 🙂

So What Will This New Category Feature? I am getting to that. Right now I envision this as a means to do additional synopsis or reviews of comics that might feature Metal bands as their protagonists or be the result of a creative team that features a musician or band of note. Over the years there have been a few comics dedicated to the mighty KISS, The Beatles and even a series that was called “Rock & Roll Comics” which I enjoyed reading depending on the issue and the artist that was featured. You can read about the Rock comics HERE if you like. That will be my starting premise but I know that I would really enjoy the chance to speak a little about some of the new mini series that might come out from Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Dark Horse if such a thing becomes possible based on resource availability. Whatever happens I am really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this kind of reviewing. I’m sure you will like it.

Closing up I just wanted to thank our good friend and unofficial Art Director Joe Kaufman for this new and wonderful logo so we could make a big deal about this new feature on the Official Blog.

UPDATE: Since the original time of this post, has integrated all of its blog content into the main presentation and this category is now labelled “COMICS” – Also, the previously labelled “Convention Adventures” Category has been removed from the website and all event coverage was moved to “EVENTS”. This merge and reorganization has made for a better reader experience.