The Press Release:
For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the annual pop-culture celebration, announced that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. In light of this gut-wrenching news, SDCC is keeping the tradition alive and presents Comic-Con@Home 2020! For the first time ever, people around the globe will get free access to prestigious exclusives and panels that bring over 130,000 people to San Diego, California every July. This being our 15th year as exhibitors at Comic-Con, Nuclear Blast is pleased to announce our participation in Comic-Con@Home 2020!
Join us at https://www.nuclearblast.com/comicconathome for exclusive products, live streams, and more! Products will go live on Wednesday, July 22. Sign up to the Nuclear Blast Newsletter to be the first to be notified when exclusives are live!
Nuclear Blast’s Comic-Con@Home 2020 exclusives include T-shirts from SLAYER and GHOST, a new Nuclear Blast T-shirt and mesh shorts with pockets to stay-at-home in, and the IN FLAMES Clayman 2020 picture disc featuring custom artwork by Dirty Donny, one of the most influential artists to invade the pop culture scenes of the punk, rock n roll and heavy metal underground! Joining in on the fun are Swedish modern metal heroes AMARANTHE with their “Manifest Comic Book” T-shirt brought to you by merchandising partner Rebellion Republic.
Nuclear Blast takes great pride in bringing heavy metal signings to Comic-Con attendees each year, known for hosting the likes of SLAYER, Kirk Hammett, TESTAMENT, and El Hijo del Santo. This year will be no different. We are happy to announce live Q&As with SUICIDE SILENCE and members of SEPULTURA, EPICA, AGNOSTIC FRONT, TESTAMENT, and AMARANTHE scheduled to stream on the Nuclear Blast Twitch channel! Follow us on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/nuclearblast.
Long-time partner Stern Pinball, the oldest and largest pinball designer and manufacturer, brings the hottest new pinball machines to the Nuclear Blast booth every Comic-Con. To ensure you’re not missing out on the latest & greatest from Stern Pinball there will be a live demo of the recently announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pinball machines on Twitch. Learn about the game here: https://sternpinball.com/game/tmnt/
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SLAYER Shirt ($25)
In the beginning, when there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries, or steps to follow, SLAYER assaulted the world with its hybrid of metal and punk, thus perfecting thrash metal. This limited-edition T-shirt pays tribute to SLAYER by reminding us where the band came from, Los Angeles!
GHOST Shirt ($25)
First introduced to the incredible crowd in Mexico City as Papa Emeritus IV, this limited-edition GHOST T-shirt is a tribute to that magic point in time when Cardinal Copia became Papa Emeritus IV!
IN FLAMES Clayman 12″ Picture Disc ($22): IN FLAMES pays tribute to their 20-year-old classic, Clayman by re-recording fan-favorite tunes. Exclusive artwork by Dirty Donny (METALLICA, PRIMUS).
1. Themes and Variations in D-Minor (instrumental)
2. Only For The Weak (Re-recorded)
3. Bullet Ride (Re-recorded)
4. Pinball Map (Re-recorded)
5. Clayman (Re-recorded)
Limited to only 1000 pieces worldwide!
AMARANTHE Shirt ($26-$28)
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s AMARANTHE. Today’s modern metal superheroes bring you this soon-to-be collector’s item: The Manifest Comic Book tee! Printed on a super soft Next Level tee, this awesome shirt features an animated version of the band in their superhero disguise that’s sure to get your Spidey senses tingling. Hurry and get yours before they’re all snapped away by Thanos.
Nuclear Blast Shirt ($20)
Printed on a super soft Next Level 3600 tee, this awesome design for Nuclear Blast Records depicts classic heavy metal imagery of the grim reaper. Of course, because the reaper does not want to catch any virus, he’s wearing a gas mask to keep him safe so he can continue doing his business. The back of the shirt also has the text “Socially Distant Since ’87” printed just big enough so people can read it 6 feet apart
Nuclear Blast Shorts ($30)
Printed with metallic silver ink (even our inks are METAL!). These Nuclear Blast mesh gym shorts are the perfect pair for maximum comfort. Whether you want them to lounge around while quarantining in the comfort of your home or you are being active and want to air out your legs. This is just what you need. The shorts also have pockets to keep your keys, cash, or hand sanitizer in there.
Andreas Kisser Of SEPULTURA: July 23 @ 2pm PST
One of the most recognizable and crushing guitarists of our generation SEPULTURA’s Andreas Kisser will be available for a Q&A with you, the fans, at our Comic-Con@Home Event. So tune in and ask him questions about who his favorite Star Wars character is, what his favorite Avengers movie is, what settings he used on his guitar to record Quadra and everything in between.
SUICIDE SILENCE: July 23 @ 7:30pm PST
Watch SUICIDE SILENCE perform a couple of songs from their “Virtual World Tour,” specifically for the Nuclear Blast Twitch channel during Comic-Con! After the mini-performance, hang out with the band, ask them about the first virtual world tour ever, their favorite comic book heroes, horror movies, cartoons, candy, cereal…whatever you want! The entire band will be there to hang out with you @home, on Twitch!
Rob van der Loo Of EPICA: July 24 @ 2pm PST
Ever wonder if Rob van der Loo from EPICA is a Hellboy fan? Or if he has a room dedicated to some of his collector’s items? Now you have your chance to find out and ask him about his collection and what video games he loves to play when he is not playing bass as well as any info he can offer up about EPICA’s upcoming album.
STERN PINBALL: July 24 @ 4pm PST
Stern Pinball will host a live demo of the recently announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pinball machines on Twitch. Learn about the game here: https://sternpinball.com/game/tmnt/
Roger Miret Of AGNOSTIC FRONT: July 25 @ 1pm PST
Hang out with Roger Miret of AGNOSTIC FRONT. Sift through his record collection with him and hear some stories behind the stockpile of vinyl he has amassed! Check out some super limited edition punk rock and hardcore albums from over the years and ask questions to the original Godfather of Hardcore himself!
Alex Skolnick Of TESTAMENT: July 25 @ 4pm PST
Stay @home with Alex Skolnick of the mighty TESTAMENT! Talk guitar chops and setups with the OG thrash shredder himself. Ask Alex about the latest TESTAMENT album Titans of Creation, how to play riffs, warm-up exercises, scales, and more! For all you guitar players out there, you won’t want to miss this as Alex goes between blistering metal, to soulful Jazz. Alex can do it all, and he will show you some of his best-kept secrets and tips!
AMARANTHE: July 26 @ 1pm PST
Join Elize Ryd and Olof Mörck of the Swedish heavy metal band AMARANTHE for a special Comic-Con@Home Q&A on the Nuclear Blast channel! Find out if they are Marvel or DC fans, what video games they play, and their other pop culture favorites! Learn more about their upcoming album Manifest and what makes AMARANTHE today’s modern metal superheroes.
ABOUT NUCLEAR BLAST:
Independently owned for 30 years and counting, Nuclear Blast Records is synonymous with the worldwide advancement of heavy metal, extreme music, and hard rock. Founded in Donzdorf, Germany in 1987 by Markus Staiger, and headed in the US at the Los Angeles office for over fifteen years by Gerardo Martinez. Nuclear Blast boasts a roster of over 100 bands representing eighteen countries. Their satellite office in Los Angeles has helped build the label’s trusted global reputation with numerous Billboard album chart entries, high-profile tours, and continual signings of new & heritage acts.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: It’s really amazing to find this year being what it has become based on the virus because its not unlike something out of one of the Horror, Science Fiction or Superhero movies that this kind of convention always celebrates. The notion of doing a Comic Con at Home was terrific and it truly let’s everyone breathe a little easier for a short time and just indulge in something fun from the safety of their own home. I will be perusing a lot of different streams and offerings during the virtual convention and am surely going to try out some of the stuff from one of my favorite record labels. In looking over the list, I wonder what you readers think about some of the special features being offered up and which ones you are most looking forward to. I have to admit that I kind of want all of the T-shirts that are displayed in the message because I can never have too many black band related shirts. As always, I hope this finds you safe and sound, practicing social distancing and just being mindful of any of your own regional guidelines during the time of this pandemic. We’ve still got a bit of a ride ahead of us for sure
Comic-Con International San Diego: https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2020/athome
Nuclear Blast Records: https://www.nuclearblast.com/en/label/
Agnostic Front: https://www.facebook.com/agnosticfront/
Stern Pinball: https://sternpinball.com/
Suicide Silence: https://www.facebook.com/suicidesilence/