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VoiceHacks Presents “We’re Stars” Hear N Aid Cover by VoiceHacks All-Stars

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The younger generation might not remember this but back in the year 1986, the late great Ronnie James Dio assembled some of the most amazing Heavy Metal names for a hunger relief music project called “Hear N Aid”. The bold track was a stark contrast to the previously released UK relief song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and the US Based “We Are The World”. It shocked the entertainment industry like a bolt of lighting and had a pretty cool video of everyone singing and all the incredible guitar solos. This clip was done under the guidance of singer/instructor Mary Zimmer and recorded at this past years NAMM show. Let’s check it out and then you can learn more about it from their exact words.

About The Clip: Back when we filmed this video, we had no idea how bittersweet it would be just a few months later. This was the last time most of the people in this video were together in one place at a large music event before Covid-19. Filmed and Recorded at NAMM 2020! Right there on the show floor! This Hear ‘N Aid/Dio tribute/cover is a metal version of the song featuring clean and harsh vocals by a bunch of guest metal vocalists! Also this is the first time I’ve been able to introduce you all to the Voicehacks Metal Choir! Voicehacks Soloists: Taylor Washington – Paladin Carlos Zema, Immortal Guardian/Heaven’s Guardian Mary Zimmer, Helion Prime/Voicehacks Cammie Gilbert – Oceans of Slumber, VK Lynne – The Spider Accomplice Bill Hudson – NorthTale Trey Xavier – In Virtue/Gear Gods Alex Nasla – Witherfall/In Virtue/Gear Gods Marc Lopes – Ross The Boss/Let Us Prey Ty Christian – Lords of the Trident Bass Guitar Tracks provided by Josh Lopez (Immortal Guardian/Widowmaker studios) Filming, Recording, Video & Audio Editing – Mary Zimmer Audio Mixing and Mastering – Alex Nasla, Gear Gods Studio Additional Footage provided by: Mel Torres, Chad Bill Anderson, Ty Christian, Eric Quiros

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Very simply put “I loved this”. Well done everyone, you are all to be commended for the fine job of this mind-blowing cover. It was great to find this being posted so close to the 10th Anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s passing. Speaking for me, since I didn’t have much background on a number of the included musicians, I found that this made me more curious about them and has me making notes on their respective bands to look into them in the future for that never ending battle of music journalism that one must continually fight to bring the readers the best in entertainment. Sorry, its pretty late and I am spent but once I saw this I wanted to get it online for you right quick. A lot has changed in the world since they recorded this track only a few short months ago but I am rather hopeful that we will come out of this eventually. Please stay smart and healthy my friends. Until next we meet.

Official Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ8Imf-grdfjccLUcPLCSeA/

Nuclear Blast Presents: Nightwish “Harvest” Official Lyric Video

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When we last discussed the Finnish sensation known as Nighwish, it was to reveal their very brief US tour dates (seen HERE) which was done not long after our overview of their debut single and video “Noise” (seen HERE) from their upcoming album “Human Nature”. The song is called “Harvest” and is a lyric video as opposed to a regular one but let’s have a look at it down below.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Much like my posts about “teaser trailers”, I don’t really feel there is much to say about lyric videos. I will save my song thoughts for a proper single review which I will attend to shortly for good measure. I did find the presented scenes behind the song to be very nice though and think that most of you will enjoy them. Stay tuned for the song narrative, see you then.

Official Website: http://www.nightwish.com

Nuclear Blast Presents: Nightwish “Noise” Official Video

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It was only a few short weeks ago that we helped share the news about the upcoming Nightwish studio album, “Human :||: Nature” and if you didn’t manage to see that announcement just click HERE to be up to speed. Just a short time ago, the world got the first peek at this new music with an official video for the track “Noise”. Let’s take a look and then I will return with some thoughts on it all.


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Ozzy Osbourne Presents “Under The Graveyard” Official Video

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The Prince Of Darkness of Metal, Ozzy Osbourne has been receiving great praise for his latest single “Under The Graveyard” and now this song has a video to enjoy. Let’s check it out down below and then learn a little more before I cull my editorial thoughts together.

About The Video: For his new video for the #1 rock track “Under The Graveyard,” OZZY OSBOURNE reteamed with acclaimed film director, screenwriter and music video director Jonas Akerlund (who worked with OSBOURNE on videos for “Let Me Hear You Scream” and “Gets Me Through”). The semi-autobiographical video was recently filmed in Los Angeles and features actors Jack Kilmer (as OZZY OSBOURNE) and Jessica Barden (as Sharon Osbourne). Set in the late 70s in the early part of OZZY’s solo career, the clip shows the darkness of life and how a helping hand and love can change everything.
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“Father Christmas” (Single) by The Unlikely Candidates

Artist: The Unlikely Candidates
Title: “Father Christmas” (Single)
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 11/9/2018
Genre: Holiday Rock
Rating: 4/5

The Alt-Rock band The Unlikely Candidates have offered up their take on the 1977 holiday classic “Father Christmas” which was an original composition by the legendary British Rock band The Kinks. This was my first time hearing the band do anything and I was glad to find a holiday track from them since around this time of the year I love to offer up spirited narratives that fit best with the season. The original Kinks version surely rocks but how did The Unlikely Candidates do with it? Let’s discuss.
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