Category Archives: Features

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Legendary KISS Display @ Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City (10/5/2009)

You never know what you are going to see when you go traveling and decide to pay attention to that which is around you. That being said I offer up this brief narrative and the suggestion to always have some kind of camera onhand.

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I had spent the previous day and night in Atlantic City to get away from the hustle and bustle of Metal Media Madness in NYC and when I realized that I was near the Hard Rock Cafe over there I went in and joked with the staff to “point me to the KISS stuff” and the unexpected answer was “just walk down this corridor since its all right there”. Indeed it was as these couple of photos clearly demonstrate demonstrate.

KISS Display Case - Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City, NJ
KISS Display Case - Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City, NJ

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PiercingMetal & Social Networking:

Continuing the series on the existing Social Networks and how they are being used by the PiercingMetal outlet, this is VampireFreaks.

VampireFreaks: Finally there is a place where all of the Goths, Darkwavers and Metal fans can go to mingle and discuss whatever is on their dark minds. Several months ago while out in the field covering a show, I met with some of the people who formed the site and was impressed with their dedication about not only bringing a fan base together, but also forming something united for a sub-culture that is all too often ignored. At their suggestion, we created a profile and as expected its goal is to direct a little extra visiting over to what we do on – if you are someone with a profile already, feel free to add us but understand that we maintain the sites Facebook, Twitter, and Blog pages more regularly. This of course all being done after the regular writing and photo editing has been finished.

Clicking the logo above will take you to my very limited profile but it is still online for you to see. To learn more about just click the Wikipedia entry below.

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UPDATE: 12/3/2017: After a very long period of non-use I have deleted the PiercingMetal account from – We shall not be returning in an effort to keep a better focus on where the brand has an account.

All You Need Is “The Beatles”: Now Remastered (9/9/2009)

Metal website’s official blog or not this is some pretty big and super cool news. The Beatles catalog has been fully remastered and is available as of a couple of days ago and what a day to offer it up to their fans, September 9th 2009 or “9-9-9” (you know like the song “Revolution #9 that says “number 9, number 9, number 9” again and again. This is also cool news for those fans who are a little too young to have fully appreciated the band and might be curious about those round black plates in their parents music collection. Sadly those entrenched in the digital age will need to hold on as these are purely physical releases and not available in iTunes or even MP3 providers at this time. I am sure we shall see this happening soon enough though.

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PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Orkut

Continuing the series on the existing Social Networks and how they are being used by the PiercingMetal outlet. This is Orkut.

Orkut:: Orkut is a social networking site that is run by Google, and originally the users needed an invite to create an account of their own. According to research this is the top most visited site in Brazil and the second most visited site in India. Based on these statistics it made perfect sense to check out what was going on over there and see if it applied for some proper use for and my writings. Like MySpace and Facebook, the service had a unique look and feel to it and offered Groups and Forums to its members. Since we didn’t want too much in the way of maintenance we created a “Community” for PiercingMetal and for those who might not be aware of it, the community is how they label what we know as groups over on things like MySpace and the others. We use the community on the network to post major site initiatives, concert reviews and interviews and rather than copying and pasting all of the stuff on the main site, I instead post direct links to the content on the official domain. So far this has been met with a positive response and of course we hope that any of our Orkut supporters are subscribing to the blogs RSS feed or following the more used mediums of Facebook and Twitter.

I made a couple of my real world friends the moderators of that particular community but admit that it is in dire need of some updating. There is only so much time in the day and when given the option to update the main site or the Orkut, guess which one wins……I guess I should ask those people to begin copying and pasting the most relevant links to keep up appearances. To learn more about the social network itself, just look into their Wikipedia entry below.

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PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Linked In

Continuing the series on the existing Social Networks and how they are being used by the PiercingMetal outlet. This is LinkedIn.

So what is LinkedIn you might be saying, well the answer is simple. LinkedIn is a business networking tool and while a lot different from the conventional Social Network, there are some similarities in how it is set up. With this particular service you can essentially build your work and freelance resume and add contacts that you have dealt with in business over the years. You can also reach out to those whom you wish to work with in some context and get recommendations from people that you have done business with. If you are inclined you may return the favor but it is paramount to keep this as professional as possible. When it first launched LinkedIn did NOT offer you the means to add friends and while this is now an option, I prefer to only add my very closest circle of friend contacts to this because this is more focused on business. If Friends wish to add me, they already know how to add my personal page on Twitter or Facebook. If this becomes a place where you add all of your friends, you limit its effectiveness as a business networking tool. That’s just my two cents.
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