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Label News: A Pale Horse Named Death Signs To Steamhammer/SPV

Every now and again I’ll be using the blog to share some label news when it comes to a band that we’ve been looking into or are longtime fans of. I figure that by doing these we help keep the buzz about the groups a little louder. This little bit of news comes from one of my fave publicity channels and announces the signing of A Pale Horse Named Death to Steamhammer/SPV Records. Dig in.

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The Press Release:

SPV is pleased to announce that A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH, the new band lead by Life of Agony’s Sal Abruscato have signed a worldwide recording contract with Steamhammer/SPV. Their debut album entitled “And Hell Will Follow Me” is currently scheduled for release in June 2011.

Sal Abruscato was born in Brooklyn, NY Started playing drums at age 10. He is the co-founder of Type O Negative with Peter Steele and performed on Slow, Deep & Hard, Origin Of The Feces, Bloody Kisses and various best of and soundtracks. Sal is the drummer for Life Of Agony and performed on River Runs Red, Ugly, River Runs Again, Broken Valley. Additional projects include Supermassiv & My Mortality. He is now the singer, songwriter and guitarist for A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH.

Sal Abruscato had the following to say about signing with SPV/Steamhammer:

“I am so stoked about joining SPV, I’m Looking forward to a fruitful and successful relationship with such a reputable label as SPV”

A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH’S live lineup includes Sal Abruscato (Life of Agony) on guitars and vocals, drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Seventh Void), Bobby Hambel (Biohazard) on guitar, Matt Brown (Supermassiv, Seventh Void) also on guitars and Eric Morgan on bass.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Hey this is cool news for me since I have long enjoyed the label output from Steamhammer/SPV AND I have been digging into the gloomy Metal sounds of APHND as far as the tracks that I have heard go so think this is a great pairing. I haven’t seen the band live yet so if you are someone who has please let us all know what they are like in concert. Folks with topical viewpoints about this new label signing can offer them up in the comments section below.

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PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Setlist FM

I will admit that is not entirely a “social network” when you use the traditional definition of the words but I will add that it does have a unique purpose that it serves and brings some serious value to the table at the end of the day.  Hence my brief inclusion of it to these Social Networking overviews we have been putting into the PiercingMetal Musings blog.  So what is it exactly and what does it do?  OK, here it is in a nutshell.

When you create a account you can offer up set lists from shows that you might have seen or change an existing one that might have a mistake that you know just was not performed at the show.  Non-signer ups can peruse the content of the site but they cannot change anything.  Once you have an account you can sign in with Facebook, Twitter or your Open ID.  I generally just use my Twitter since that connects to a lot of things.  I mentioned this has added value to my adventures as a writer and this is because I sometimes compare notes across a tour when I am seeing a band.  Some groups actually do the same set night after night while others mix things up quite a bit and by checking into I have a general idea of what I am in store for.  Yes its a bit of a spoiler thing but when you are tasked with taking photos along with your notes its nice to have a head’s up.  I try to never ruin it for anyone in the crowd though.

When I return from a show I go to if I know I am coming home with a photograph of the set list that was performed that night.  When you key this in, the site makes note of the covers performed and even lets you click an arrow to hear the track or see a video of it.   That much is wonderful and very useful if you had questions about a particular tune.  Since this brings together the fans of live performances and has them all offer up their input its a kind of a social network but you cannot seem to add anyone as a friend or become a follower of one particular contributor.  Your profile does let you feature links that you have and my own account showcases all of the relevant links for good measure.  I am not too sure how many readers it has sent to my page but even if the number is only a small few, I consider that a success.

While my contributions to the site can be viewed HERE. I will admit that I have not added every single show and band that I have seen over the years since becoming a music scribe because I have enough on my plate already. I think it lists me as having seen something like 150 shows and 100 artists at the time of this writing and I will let you know right now that this is an incredibly low number to what I have really done. Since starting I have seen over 500 shows and probably closer to 1200 artists (if you give each concert three performers). So if you enjoy shows and frequently jot down the performed set you should look into this site/service because you will be enlightening other fans with your contributions and making it even better.

Toy Fair 2011 Begins Today!!!

and I am happy to report that I will be one of the approved members of the Internet Press in attendance for this surely amazing affair. You might have heard of it from news reports or industry postings online but not been all too sure about what it actually is and that makes total sense because this event is not open to the public at all. This industry centric function will bring together the toy manufacturers, buyers, retailers and their publicists along with approved members of the media and showcase the latest games, toys, figures and video games. This will be my very first time attending Toy Fair and I cannot contain my excitement about going and being able to report back to the world about what I saw. I’ll be hitting the show with our good friend Skeleton Pete Parrella.

You might be wondering how attending this event even applies to the stuff that we do on the main PiercingMetal website and in some sense there is no correlation at all. However when it comes to the sites blogging aspect and the type of reporting that I am bringing to the table over here it makes absolute sense. After all I’ve been hitting the comic conventions, discussing the illustrated medium and even doing the occasional product review since its inception so the chance to use all of this background and perhaps instill some interest in the up and coming toy and game releases with them among my global readership gives me a lightning bolt of positive energy for the task.

As I expect the coverage to be both in-depth and very comprehensive, I envision myself offering it up in numerous chapter segments much like I have done for the Comic Conventions. I hope you enjoy whatever we bring to your attention. Stay tuned and wish me luck.

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I had honestly almost completely forgotten about this one until I was going through a spreadsheet to make sure that I was using a standard ID across as many of the Social Networks that I belonged to as I possibly could. So what is Nextcat? Why have I never heard of this one you might ask, well, I think the answer is on the simple side.

Not enough people took advantage of it to make it a general success. If memory serves me correctly I had a Nextcat account long before I had a Facebook and a Linked In account but I stopped using it when I was not really connecting with anyone in the Metal Scene or Music Industry that I focused on. Oh yeah, you are still waiting on a description. For the sake of keeping it simple, Nextcat had a great premise. It was a place for actors, actresses, musicians, artists and those in the overall entertainment field to connect with each other and hopefully enrich each others lives. When I created my account, I used it sparingly and did like it. I met three singers and three models who were interested in the Metal realm so that was a plus, but it didn’t extend past that. I did like it, but how good is the party going to be when the music is boring and no one shows up right?

When I last checked it out the site was still running but was inaccessible. It said changes were coming and I have to admit that now with my Facebook Fan pages for the two sites I run and a Linked In page and Twitter accounts that all talk to each other I hardly see the need. If it does come back I will likely participate and try to lock out or at least list as a company somehow for good measure. Let’s see what happens in this whirlwind dynamic of Social Media. I wish them luck.

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PiercingMetal Spotlights: Motorhead

When it comes to honesty in one’s delivery of the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal justice you will find no one better at the task than Lemmy Kilmister and his comrades in Motorhead. At the time of this posting, it’s been just under thirty five years that the band has been in action and their albums are bonafide classics. Growing up as an eighties Metal youth I remember seeing the cover for “Ace Of Spades” and knowing that it just had to be purchased and I cannot stress how glad I was to snare it way back then as it’s remained my very favorite in the bands catalog. Over the years the lineups have changed and found Lemmy to be the only constant and yet no matter who has come and gone from the ranks, the music remains vital and their live shows deafening. They are truly louder than anything else. We’ve covered a number of the bands releases and some live appearances since the website began and readers can enjoy all of this content by clicking the logo below. It will launch a search query on the bands content on the main website.

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Remember that you can learn more about the bands activities on their social networks, official page and Wikipedia entry. All have been linked below for your edification.

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