Category Archives: Features

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Goodbye To Riff Clothing NYC (4/29/2012)

As my readers already know, there is a lot of live concert coverage on and whenever possible the goal is to seek out the new and exciting ways that some establishments are presenting it to the general public. With that being the case, I was absolutely intrigued and hoped to be as supportive as possible when I learned that Riff Clothing NYC down on the Lower East Side was having live music each and every Saturday. Riff Clothing was a quirky little Rock & Roll clothing shop that was holding residence in the Morrison Hotel Gallery. This same space was once the CBGB’s Gallery, and located right next to the legendary now shuttered CBGB’s club.

Riff Clothing NYC on The Bowery

In addition to selling all sorts of super cool stage wear and vintage looking shirts they had topical books and accessories along with amazing photographs of some truly awesome music personality. In the rear of the shop they had a full on back line of amplifiers and speaker cabinets along with a full on quality drum kit and this is what separated them from the pack because in this space we got free Rock and Roll music almost each and every week. Sounds pretty cool right? You bet your sweet patoot it was cool and we were able to enjoy a performance by our Finnish friends in Naked on St. Patrick’s Day of all things. I’ve linked that below for your indulgence. Just after that show I learned how the store was risking closure since the proprietor felt it was not earning what he hoped it would so discounts were offered and I was even permitted to showcase said discounts with our PiercingMetal Facebook page but unfortunately it was too late and not enough as the stage lights were dimmed and the doors closed for good yesterday afternoon. What a shame.

Riff Manager Vicky Vale, PiercingMetal Ken and Friend

I was really saddened by the closure of Riff even after only really going to one event because the overall premise was super cool. Yes the bands might not have been getting paid in the conventional sense but on the same token they were getting to perform for new people in a manner that made it all the more pure Rock and Roll. The music scene suffers when something unique goes away but that is sadly out of our control. On behalf of PiercingMetal I wish the managers of the space (Vicky Vale and Rick Edwards) the very best of luck going forward and cross our fingers that they can return like the Phoenix and bring something like this to life again. Please keep us posted if you do. We’d be happy to lend the required support.

As I mentioned up in the other paragraph, I got to enjoy a performance by two of the members of the band Naked. You can enjoy that article and photos and even some video by clicking HERE.

Roadrunner Records’ Dramatic Turn Of Events

There’s been a lot of wild news about Roadrunner Records being reported over the last few days so I wanted to make sure that I posted something for our readership to be up on the developments as well. The first bit of shocking news is how the labels founder Cees Wessels has left the label, the move coming about 17 months after the labels complete sale to Warner Music Group.

The WMG company had purchased a major stake in Roadrunner Records back in 2007 and at the time many were hopeful that this would allow Roadrunner to flourish better and have a bigger financial armament behind them for use in their efforts of keeping Metal in the public eye. My own view at the time was that this would be great for the bands that fell into the Metal genre and who needed to have a label behind them but didn’t perhaps fall into the current focus of what Warner might have been doing. Now with Roadrunner being owned entirely by Warner we are learning of full office closures and additional staff layoffs. At the time of this writing, the UK and Canada office are closed and word seems to point to Netherlands office going as well. On top of this we have learned of stateside layoffs. From this one has to wonder what will end up happening to the US representation of the brand.

I am hopeful that the stateside offices remain intact because I feel the label does serve the Metal fans well and has kept us enthralled with releases by Opeth, Nightwish, Dream Theater, Slipknot and too many others to line out here for so many years. Yes some fans might slight them for paying mind to bands like Nickelback or weirder signings like Lenny Kravitz, but at the end of the day everyone needs to keep cash flowing in to keep afloat. This kind of corporate stuff is not fun at all and I am speaking from personal experience having seen my own jobs of the past vanish due to it on more than one occasion. It really is a disruptive process so I wish anyone facing it the best. Clearly there is a need for a sound Metal focused label, as we have just celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Metal Blade Records and that proves the fans are out there for the genre.

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Five Finger Death Punch & The “Trespass America” Festival Are Coming

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Why? Because the guys in Five Finger Death Punch are in charge of their own festival and they are coming to a city near you soon. The tour looks to be an exciting one and features Five Finger Death Punch as the closing headliner along with Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, God Forbid, Emmure & Battlecross. The tour is presented by Metal Hammer magazine which is a power house in its own right in terms of holding the banner high for the genre.

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Coming Soon: Summer Slaughter 2012

For the last couple of years I have taken a page out of my fellow bloggers books and used our PiercingMetal Musings Blog to speak up about the major happenings in The Metal Republics realm. It’s honestly been the perfect place to spark up some discussion with you readers about major concert tours or big package presentations that fall under the festival model. With that being said I now present to you the official poster for the Summer Slaughter Tour for 2012 and its roster of performers. Check it out.

The most interesting part about this particular tour is that it is bringing Cannibal Corpse as the main band with support from Between The Buried and Me, and each are two of Metal Blade Records most vital acts in terms of popularity. We’ll also get The Faceless, Periphery, Veil Of Maya, Job For A Cowboy, Exhumed, Goatwhore, and Cerebral Bore. The event will also features some special guest bands in each city so there might be some cool surprises in store for the attending Metalhead. Participating labels will be of course Metal Blade Records (who have five of the nine featured bands) along with Relapse Records, Sumerian Records and Earache Records. Some of these bands have appeared on the Summer Slaughter tours of the past as well but there are those who don’t mind that at all. While I generally like to see new things I am on the okay side with the ones who have been here before for the most part.

The tour dates were announced yesterday and our New York City region will find this tour landing at Irving Plaza on August 8th. Check your own local listings for where this will be if you plan on going and by all means get your tickets early enough to not be shut out. So tell me readers, does this tour excite you or leave you left for want? Speak up in the comments section, I would be interested in hearing what you have to say.