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“Auld Lang Syne” (Single) by Diamante

Artist: Diamante
Title: “Auld Lang Syne” (Single)
Label: Better Noise Records
Release Date: 12/7/2018
Genre: Hard Rock/Holiday
Rating: 4.5/5

A few months ago, I gave my first thoughts about Hard Rock singer Diamante when I did a summary on her single “Haunted”. It was in anticipation of checking her out live during her appearance on a tour but sometimes the best laid plans do not work out. Though I’d also been meaning to reviewing her full debut on Better Noise Records, time unfortunately escaped me which brings us to now, the last day of December on the last day of 2018 in music to formulate some notions on her cover of the traditional classic “Auld Lang Syne”. Though she released this single a couple of weeks ago, I decided that there was no better way to end a fantastic year of music and media than by discussing it today so let’s chat about it shall we.
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“A Very Spidey Christmas” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “A Very Spidey Christmas”
Label: Sony Classical
Release Date: 12/21/2018
Genre: Holiday/Comedy
Rating: 4/5

I recently caught the brand-new animated Spider-Man feature by Sony Pictures called “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” which was a whole lot of fun for a wide age range of viewers. We’re big superhero fans here at the PiercingMetal Media Command HQ and regularly offer up critique on the comic book and film industry that releases such as this are geared towards and some items about the film can be enjoyed HERE. During the film, the original Spider-Man of the film lines out a number of his accomplishments with one of them being a Christmas Album. That brings us to “A Very Spidey-Christmas” and with today being Christmas Eve, I figured lets do a quick overview of this fun little EP. There are five tracks in all but the entire release is only 10 minutes in length so you can give it a quick listen in Spotify if you are so compelled when all is said and done. Now let’s discuss the tracks.
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Ghost @ Barclays Center (12/15/2018)

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Artist: Ghost
Venue: Barclays Center
Opener: n/a
Date: 12/15/2018
Label: Loma Vista Recordings

There is a spectre haunting the world, the spectre of Ghost. Having gone from playing theaters only a year ago to dominating the same sold-out arenas as Iron Maiden, Ghost is a phenomena. From an outsider’s non-metal perspective, Ghost is “basically a satanic Alice Cooper mixed with KISS and a little bit of Marilyn Manson, right?” Although a decent attempt to brand Ghost with a single visual label, this endeavor is ill-fated as it forgoes the group’s depth, and even insults Ghost’s core ideology, and musical wizardry.

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So if Ghost isn’t just a satanic Alice-KISS-Manson mashup, what are they and how is what they do any different from the others? Easy. Ghost, as explained by frontman Tobias Forge, is a Mass, a celebration if you will. An evil satanic Mass celebrating the Lord of the Underworld, you ask? Nay. The Ghost spectacle is a celebration of life, knowledge, exploration, and of course, heavy riffs, big drums, and a bass line that will “wobble your ass,” as Cardinal Copia might say. Still not following how a bunch of Swedes (or so we think) dressed up as ghouls commanded by the antithesis of religious piety is actually a loving, caring, and genius gift to the fate of humankind? Fair enough. Without going into further examination of their lyrical content, as I faithfully believe you can research the true meaning behind most songs by a click of a mouse, let’s highlight Ghost’s 2018 tour: A Pale Tour Named Death.

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Behold Ghost’s “A Pale Tour Named Death” 2018 Recap Video

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The band Ghost recently completed their brief “A Pale Tour Named Death” run of happenings and now have offered up this video recap from across the cities that were infiltrated. Directed by Bill Yukich with Photography by Ryan Chang, the clip captures the spectacle quite well. The song featured in the clip is “Faith” from their latest album “Prequelle”. Indulge.


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“No Presents For Christmas” (Single) by King Diamond

Artist: King Diamond
Title: “No Presents For Christmas” (Single)
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 12/25/1985
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

It was about a week ago that I shared my thoughts on the debut single from the upcoming live album by the legendary King Diamond which you can see HERE. Now, in the spirit of Christmas, I’m going to briefly discuss another single by Mr. Bendix and its one that not only came out more than thirty years ago but was also the very first single to introduce his new band to the people. I’m speaking of nothing other than that Heavy Metal holiday ditty “No Presents For Christmas”. If you’re a card-carrying Metalhead with some tenure behind themselves, I’m sure that you’ve heard this track and if not, its surely a bit of an odd treat. Let’s discuss a little bit deeper.
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