PiercingMetal Talks To Force Of Evil’s Hank Shermann

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Guitarist Hank Shermann has long been a powerful creative force in Heavy Metal music. For years he combined efforts with King Diamond in Mercyful Fate and brought a sense of horror and evil to the front for Metal fans worldwide. Now, working with long time collaborator Michael Denner he has formed Force Of Evil. This no nonsense act is sure to please all fans of his work. Currently their release “Black Empire” (the second CD by the group) is receiving critical acclaim and a tour is being discussed. Hank took the time to answer a number of questions and we present them to you now.

PIERCINGMETAL: Hank it is great to get the chance to talk to you about your newest band “Force Of Evil”. The first CD was a very exciting and heavy piece of music. Now with “Black Empire” being released tell me about the response you have been getting from the followers you have had over the years.

HANK SHERMANN: Everyone seems to “dig” the new piece of music, which of course makes everyone in the proud. We always do our best at the moment of recording, so positive feedback is a nice reward.
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Motorhead: Live Photos @ B.B. King Blues Club (5/5/2005)

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The mighty Motorhead was delivering the crushing goods with a show at B.B. King Blues Club that was discussed in full on THIS LINK. Now please enjoy a healthy dose of photographs that were captured by PiercingMetal’s own Nell.

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Motorhead by Natalia Liaszkiewicz (2005)
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Motorhead by Natalia Liaszkiewicz (2005)

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Motorhead @ B.B. King Blues Club (5/5/2005)

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Artist: Motorhead
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club – NYC
Opener: Gizmachi & Slunt
Date: 5-5-2005
Label: Sanctuary Records

There is no denying the power or impact that Motorhead has had on heavy rock music over their 30 years of existence. While the lineup has changed in respect to guitars and drums the material has consistently remained as hard as it can be. The cause for this consistency is clearly the work of that Ambassador of music Mister Lemmy Kilmister. So this evening when the Mighty Motorhead invaded B.B. King Blues Club it was sure to be a rocking night. The group was apparently closing out the US tour with this show and it would feature a number of classics as well as some newer numbers from their latest killer release “Inferno”. The stage was filled way past capacity with speakers where normally you don’t see anything. To say that this would be a loud one would be an understatement. The club was packed to capacity once again and stood true to the fact that Motorhead’s appeal did not fade from their fans. The group had only played this same venue a couple of months earlier and as a matter of fact some people I stopped to speak to had attended this other show. I could not believe that the mighty Motorhead was going to be playing here once more and that I was going to witness it in such an intimate space. I loved being on point with photographer Nell to do our thing for the now one month old PiercingMetal.com brand name.

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Motorhead by Natalia Liaszkiewicz (2005)

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“Gettysburg” by Iced Earth

Artist: Iced Earth
Title: “Gettysburg”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 6/6/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal/History
Rating: 7.5/10

The long awaited DVD release for the Iced Earth opus “Gettysburg (1963)” has finally been released. This is an interesting piece on a few fronts when you take a look at it. In early 2004 Iced Earth released their Metal Masterpiece “The Glorious Burden” and this CD received a large amount of critical acclaim from Metaldom. One of the main reasons behind this albums overall success was not only the level of quality in the song-writing and musicianship, but also since this release would also feature Tim “Ripper” Owens on lead vocals. It was a good match and Metal fans around the world raised their fists in approval. The release covered a theme that was both Military and Historical. The signature track on the record was the 3 part epic “Gettysburg”.
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Soilwork @ B.B. King Blues Club (5/1/2005)

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Artist: Soilwork
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club – NYC
Opener: Dark Tranquility, Hypocrisy and Mnemic
Date: 5-1-2005
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Genre: Heavy Metal

It was clear very early in the night that this was to be another one of those great nights to see a show. It was tonight that Soilwork was to begin their US Leg of their first headlining tour in support of their Nuclear Blast Records release “Stabbing The Drama”. I was really loving the CD and I had never seen them in action before. Joining them for the grand spectacle would be Dark Tranquility, Hypocrisy and Mnemic. Each of these groups offer an interesting blend of Heavy Metal for you to enjoy. It would be at B.B. King Blues Club and even though I had been here about a dozen times already in the past I was set to get myself on an almost continual run of shows at the place.
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