Category Archives: Tours and Festivals

Tour and Festival announcements. Also featured are the themed musical cruise excursions that our demographic rally behind.

Paganfest America for 2014: Lineup/Dates/Venues Arrive

You might be wondering why I am posting this a few weeks after the tour was first announced and the answer is quite simple. I decided to wait until the full itinerary of dates was unveiled so the fans can begin plotting and planning their attendance for this years “Paganfest America Tour”. The exciting event will find both Korpiklaani and Turisas on the co-headlining status while Chthonic and Varg get things started properly. More after the poster.

PiercingMetal has attended every single “Paganfest America Tour” when it happened to land in our fair Metal Metropolis and I am happy to add that we have supported all of the bands on this package during their other visits as well. That being said I can attest with some level of certainty that the fans who attend any of these events across the tour run will greatly enjoy themselves. For those new to the bands performing for some reason let me quickly line out that Korpiklaani are the lords of the Finnish Folk Metal scene and their blend of traditional instruments and melodies amped up to twelve makes for a whirlwind of a good time. The mighty Turisas will find you seeking armaments to ride into vengeful battle with their songs of might and adventure. These Finnish Metal warriors sport battle paint and mean business with every note. The Darker Metal sounds of Taiwan’s Chthonic will bring a Far East vibe to the night that will enthrall and of course Varg while similar in appearance to Turisas with the warrior paint have a different musical presentation and leave us with an event that will please all Metal senses. The U.S. run will also feature a band from our own soil called Winterhymn who are new to my ears but you can be sure I will be looking into them as well.
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Sound The Alarm! Destruction Is Coming To North America In 2014

Fans of the Teutonic Titans Of Thrash will surely be appeased with the news that Schmier will be bringing Destruction to North America in the tail end of March and while the folks at Homeland Security need not be concerned since it’s not “THAT” kind of Destruction, you can rest assured that our celebration of March Metal Madness will likely be intensified when they stop here in NYC. More from me after the poster and the press release.

The Press Copy:
“Touring to support their 2013 release Spiritual Genocide, German thrash metal institution DESTRUCTION will launch their North American headlining tour on Tuesday, March 18th in Worcester, Massachusetts with direct support from Brazilian death metal kings KRISIUN. Guest openers will be North Carolina metallers WIDOW (March 18th – 24th) and California death thrashers EXMORTUS (March 25th – April 14th).
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Anvil Announces “Hope In Hell” Spring 2014 Tour

The card carrying members of the Anvil Pounder’s Union will be excited at the news that those Canuckleheads of Metal will be returning for a Spring 2014 tour that they are calling “Hope In Hell”. It’s the name of their most recent album in case you didn’t know and more information comes after the poster below.

The Press Release:
Together now for over thirty five years, the band Anvil received a shot of adrenaline toward their Metal renaissance thanks to the “Anvil: Story Of Anvil” film back in 2008. It was through this documentary that more and more fans found themselves discovering this “brand new Metal thing”so many years after their original inception. Fronted by the Wildman himself, Lips Kudlow along with the pounding drums of the great master Robb Reiner the band continues to deliver exciting and fun Metal shows with Sal Italiano on the bass. It’s loud, it’s fast and its obnoxious at times but at the end of the day you know exactly what you witnessed and you will likely return time and again when possible. The tour seems to begin in our own NYC (bolded below) and helps our concert going fans properly close out on “March Metal Madness” and you can bet that I am going to plan on being there to bring our faraway fans into the mix.
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The Ocean & Scale The Summit Pair Up For 2014 “MMM” Tour

So you say you like The Ocean and you mean the band and not the cooling calming surf of vacations spots everywhere AND you also like Scale The Summit, we;; my fiends do I have a tour announcement for your because both of those bands are headed out on a run that will span the entire month of March. Talk about getting your March Metal Madness planned early (that’s why I did the “MMM” in the subject in case you wondered). More from their official Press Type Resources after the poster.

Official Press Proclamations:
“In just over a month, THE OCEAN will be returning to North America for the first time since last year’s Summer Slaughter takeover. Sponsored by MetalSucks, the journey will commence on March 5th in Seattle, include two performances in Austin, Texas at SXSW and finds the band co-headlining with Prosthetic Recording artists Scale the Summit. Additional support will be provided by special guests The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes. The tour welcomes new THE OCEAN recruits, drummer Paul Seidel and guitarist Damian Murdoch, who replace Luc Hess and Jona Nido, both of whom departed the band on mutual terms late last year. Comments THE OCEAN founding guitarist Robin Staps: “Summer Slaughter was the final US tour for Luc and Jona. These clips bring back good memories of our last Summer together and a lot of crazy parties in parking lots across the country. Now I’m really looking forward to getting back to the US with our new guys. We’ve started rehearsing for our upcoming tours this week, and there’s a really good vibe in the room. We’re hungry to get out again, we’ve only been home for two months now but it already feels too long.”
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Satan Is Coming For North America In 2014

Now this should be interesting, it appears as though the legendary underground Metal band Satan will be embarking on their first-ever North American Tour thanks to the folks at BBQ Booking. The press release follows the super dramatic poster.

Tour - Satan - 2014

“BBQ Booking presents NWOBHM legends Satan and their first-ever tour of North America! Starts on April 11th at Black Bear Bar (formerly Public Assembly, 70 North 6th Street) in Brooklyn NY and wraps up at The Metro Gallery in Baltimore MD. Dates marked with * will feature BAT, the new band featuring Ryan Waste of Municipal Waste, Nick Poulos of Parasytic and Felix Griffin, formerly of crossover legends D.R.I. These shows will also be the very first for the band! Links to each show will be posted in the coming days so stay tuned”. Tickets can be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets and I suggest you act fast.

4/11 – Brooklyn, NY at Black Bear Bar
4/12 – Montreal, QC at Katacombes
4/13 – Worcester, MA at Ralph’s Rock Diner
4/14 – Philadelphia, PA at Kung Fu Necktie*
4/15 – Richmond, VA at Strange Matter*
4/16 – Baltimore, MD at The Metro Gallery*

Satan is one of those bands that escaped my attention during their original heyday and with so many lineup and name changes going back and forth from either Blind Fury or Pariah and putting out albums under those monikers its easy to see how this could happen. Despite this musical faux pas, I have been enjoying the Hell (sorry I had to) out of their “Life Sentence” album on Listenable Records and am going to try my damnedest (man this is easy) to be a part of the show that will be taking place in Brooklyn. This is the same night as Carcass for the NYC Metal Scene but I think I can work out both events and bring you kind readers the full story and photographs if at all possible. You can learn more about the band via their official Wikipedia entry which is linked below.

Official Wiki Entry:

Historically speaking there are only three albums out by the band under the name Satan and the original first album is VERY hard to find for a reasonable price and this seems true of the second release. Perhaps someone will be wise enough to remaster and re-issue these if we demand that it be the case enough.