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Scion A/V Berths Revocation’s “Teratogenesis”

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Thought I have to admit that I have seen them only once in action, and very early in their still growing career, I’ve heard the music from Revocation a few times and really think that they are one of the bands that I need to dig a little deeper into. They are a favorite of some of my fellow Metal website providers and once you hear what they do and how its done in their hands you will easily see why. The band has been around since 2006 with this name and are currently signed to Relapse Records where they last released “Chaos Of Forms” back in 2011. Since this has been a long time between new music for the fans makes this new EP from the folks at Scion A/V something really cool.

The EP is entitled “Teratogenesis” and it features five songs that will surely impress their legacy and new fans alike. You can click the cover art above to download it but do it quick in the event it does not remain on the server forever. I still don’t know how long the Scion A/V folks keep things up there but I am glad that they let us get at them in the Metal Community. Enjoy and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section.

Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/revocation
Official Website: http://www.scionav.com

Here’s some links to the other releases from the band in case you wanted to add them to your collection.

The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame 2013 Nominees Are….

Yep. It’s that time of the year again when the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame informs the world of their nominees for the honor to be in their esteemed institution. If you caught my not too subtle sarcasm, you can stop laughing now please so we can continue along in this post.

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I decided to bring this up once again because so many of the big wigs in music media like to complain about it publicly so why not follow suit and let our own site readers toss in their views into the mix as a result of my bringing it up. Yeah the Rock Hall is not all that Metal and I think that I will have grand children by the time we see groups like Judas Priest, Slayer and Iron Maiden being added but I digress. Let’s go over the criteria for inclusion once more for those who might not yet be aware:
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PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Official Google+ Fan Page

I’m not going to go into too much detail here since I have already discussed Google+ as a part of these narratives about the myriad of Social Networks that are out there and how they are used to help out the PiercingMetal.com site. It was back in May of 2011 that I first signed up for G+ account using an additional email address related to the website because it never hurts to have an alternate to ones main site email. That was great to connect with those musical types that also used Google+ and it gave me another means of posting our content as soon as it went live on the site. While that was great in the beginning it was not something that was accruing “Likes” or in this sense “Followers” like you want to do in the Social Networking dynamic. Now there is the permission to have what are viewed as the Branded Pages and with that being the case there is a companion Official PiercingMetal Page to serve the needs of those readers who have moved on from Facebook for one reason or another. Clicking the logo graphic above will actually take you to the Google+ Page for the website but before you do that let me tell you how it works for the content that you will be seeing on it.

Google+ is based on the idea of “Circles” that you add and remove users from and with this methodology you can also “Add To Followed Circles” certain brands that you enjoy the offerings of. Visitors can click any of the links that are found on this page and be brought to the website to investigate further. Below each posting is the means to give a “+1” which is the equivalent of a Facebook “Like” along with the means to share the item to your own Circles. We love the idea of plus ones and having articles that interest you most being shared but we really hope that you take a moment and add that Official Page to your “Followed Circles”. What this boils down to is the same status of giving a Facebook Page a like and being able to regularly see its offerings in a specific area of your Google+ account. Right now there are not a lot of users following the page but it is very new and since Google+ itself has taken off very slowly the same applies to any branded pages in there. Since I don’t want you to miss a thing with the site I hope you will add it to your followed circles as soon as possible. I don’t think there is a way to connect our Twitter or Instagram to it as a default action but that would be sweet since it would allow me to indulge your senses with maximum PiercingMetal stuffs with a single click.

I’ve noticed in the WordPress Software that we use for the Official Blog for PiercingMetal (aka “PiercingMetal Musings) that there is an option to share to Google+ so that will be happening with every post going forward. If I can get the site redevelopment plan underway when 2013 rolls around I will be making that a default setting for those review posts as well. Of course if you are still not a fan of doing this the Google way, the Official Facebook Page for PiercingMetal can be found HERE and remember that our Official PiercingMetal Twitter is always a busy place too. Thanks as always for listening and your interest in the workings of the PiercingMetal.com website.

Learn more of the finer details about Google + via its Wikipedia entry HERE.

UPDATE 4/3/2019: In December of 2018, Google announced that they would be putting Google+ to bed and yesterday all consumer accounts and their branded pages ceased to be. I will miss using it for PiercingMetal updates and to reach the audience that found value in the network and with its absence encourage those who are interested in our views and content to come and “Like” the Official Facebook Page. I will see you over there. Thank you Google+, you’ll be missed.

Frank Zappa Re-Issues Continue “Joe’s Garage” Marks Wave 3

I’m keeping this one very simple and to the point as its the third such posting, and we still have a couple of more to do unless my count is off. With that being said, let’s raise a glass for the Third Wave of Frank Zappa re-issues that have just come out thanks to the association between Universal Music and Zappa Records. For those who might be unaware of this cool musical news, let me quickly recap and state how for the first time in a very long time that the complete catalog of the legendary Frank Zappa is now in his family’s control. This led to their being re-issued in order for new generations of fans to enjoy and those older fans to finally complete their collection or start building a new one. The Third Wave of releases takes us from 1979 to 1984 and while only a few years are the albums that gave us Steve Vai and made Valley Girl speak a nationwide sensation. Fer sure, Ohmagawd, Totally!!! My favorites from this batch are “Joe’s Garage”, “You Are What You Is”, “Baby Snakes” and “Them Or Us” – What are yours? I’ll leave the comments open for you to share your own insight, but please leave the views to this batch of twelve. You can always check the other postings to speak about the earlier twenty four.
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You Are Not Imaginaeruming Things; Nightwish & Anette Olzon Have Parted Ways

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Kind of shocking isn’t it. I know that I never expected any news like this, but let’s recap the story as it played out from the other day until early today. My Saturday morning on 9/29 was begun by coffee to wake me from the needed slumber after Down’s killer NYC show, when the Finnish Ambassador (my friend Sam in reality) sent a text to inform me that Anette Olzon had fallen ill, was in the hospital and that Nightwish had performed without her by using Alissa White-Gluz and Elize Ryd as Metal Understudies for lack of a better word.

The band wrote to the public saying:

“We were in hell today. Vocalist in a hospital. Show about to be cancelled… But nobody gave up an inch. With the help from the ladies Elize and Alissa from Kamelot we actually managed to pull of a relaxed and great show! The crowd doing the mass karaoke with the band playing was absolutely amazing. We were humbled and grateful at the same time. This is unity and help from friends and fans. Anette is already recovering thanks to the medical staff and whatever powers there exists. The shows will go on. We give our greatest respect to Alissa, Elize and the crowd in Ogden Theatre, Denver. You rule!!!”

My personal take on this was that the guys had no choice but to do the show because the amount of money to be lost would really compromise the efforts for a lot longer than any band wants to have happen. Remember a cancellation only finds the band themselves losing money but everyone else still must be paid out for their work. Since Kamelot had two capable female singers along for the tour, Nightwish was smart to ask both Alissa White-Gluz and Elize Ryd (from The Agonist and Amaranthe respectively by the way) to act as understudies for Anette. Sure the show would be a little looser than preferred but at least it would still happen and be something that kept the ball in motion and allowed Anette the chance to get back to necessary Metal fighting strength.

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