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Presenting The 2019 Grammy Award Winners In Rock & Metal

Tonight, the Recording Industry is in a tizzy for “The Biggest Night In Music” (but that’s their own branding and not those of us here in the trenches support that which Rocks and Makes The Metal. Based on the time that I am posting this, we are still about 45 minutes away from the broadcast of the 2019 Grammy Awards but you Heavy Music loyalists don’t even have to tune in since they have already given out the awards for the five (count ’em FIVE) Rock and Metal Categories. I’ve listed those winners down below and left those who were also nominated to you can have a point of argument if your favorite didn’t end up winning the Grammy. Let’s go.

Best Rock Performance:
“Four Out Of Five” by Arctic Monkeys (from “Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino”)
WINNER – “When Bad Does Good” by Chris Cornell
“Made An America” by THE FEVER 333 (from “Made An America”)
“Highway Tune” by Greta Van Fleet
“Uncomfortable” by Halestorm (from “Vicious”)

Best Metal Performance:
“Condemned To The Gallows” by Between The Buried And Me
“Honeycomb” by Deafheaven
WINNER – “Electric Messiah” by High On Fire (from “Electric Messiah”)
“Betrayer” by Trivium (from “The Sin And The Sentence”)
“On My Teeth” by Underoath (from “Erase Me”)
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Presenting The 2019 Rock & Metal Grammy Nominees

We’ve just learned who the Rock & Related Nominations are for the upcoming 2019 Grammy Awards and since this stuff is always a good talking point, I’ve presented the few categories that our readership would be more interested in. At the end I’ll offer up some predictions about how I see it flowing. Let’s go.

Best Rock Performance:
“Four Out Of Five” by Arctic Monkeys (from “Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino”)
“When Bad Does Good” by Chris Cornell
“Made An America” by THE FEVER 333 (from “Made An America”)
“Highway Tune” by Greta Van Fleet
“Uncomfortable” by Halestorm (from “Vicious”)

Best Metal Performance:
“Condemned To The Gallows” by Between The Buried And Me
“Honeycomb” by Deafheaven
“Electric Messiah” by High On Fire (from “Electric Messiah”)
“Betrayer” by Trivium (from “The Sin And The Sentence”)
“On My Teeth” by Underoath (from “Erase Me”)
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UMe Celebrates Record Store Day Black Friday 2018 With Exclusives

Fans of the vinyl medium are already in countdown mode as at 12:01AM, “Black Friday” begins and this year the annual Record Store Day happening is expanding its reach once more with a boatload of exciting limited edition releases. I’ve just received the lowdown from the fine folks over at Universal Music and while NOT everything on this list is Metal and Hard Rock, I am posting it here just the same. Take a look and start mapping out your battle plan for you to secure the ones you want the most.

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The Press Release:
UMe is celebrating 2018’s Black Friday Record Store Day (November 23) with 10 must-have, limited edition vinyl releases from some of the biggest artists spanning the worlds of rock, reggae, jazz and beyond. This year’s bounty of releases ranges from several vinyl debuts, unique color vinyl pressings, one-of-a-kind picture discs, and specially designed packaging, which in the case of the 45th anniversary edition of Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Catch A Fire resembles a flip-top lighter while Sublime’s Greatest Hits is presented as an oversized matchbook.

Fans of both U2 and Arcade Fire will want to snatch up the double A-side of U2’s classic “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” from the Batman Forever soundtrack. The 12-inch LP features a new remaster of the original song on one side, and a remix by St Francis Hotel featuring vocalists Gavin Friday and Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne on the other. Chris Cornell’s incredible legacy is honored with a 7-inch of the recently unearthed track “When Bad Does Good” found in Cornell’s archive of recordings, pressed on black and white marble vinyl and backed with a live version of Temple of the Dog’s “Stargazer.” Following on the heels of Record Store Day’s wildly popular colored vinyl edition of Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella At Zardi’s, a completely unreleased live performance captured just 10 days before, will be released as Ella At The Shrine: Prelude To Zardi’s on translucent yellow vinyl.
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“Nothing Compares 2U” (Single) by Toni Cornell w Chris Cornell

Artist: Toni Cornell/Chris Cornell
Title: “Nothing Compares 2U” (Single)
Label: Independent
Release Date: 6/18/2018
Genre: Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

It’s been just over a year since the world lost the voice of the great Chris Cornell and while so many of us still mourn the singer, there is no one his passing has affected more than his daughter Toni. Now, in honor of Father’s Day, she has released a cover single of the hit made famous by Sinead O’Connor with “Nothing Compares 2U”. The amazing thing about this is that it is done as a duet with her Father Chris and was recorded shortly before his death. Over the years I can admit to never really following the career of O’Connor, but I always enjoyed this track since it was such a powerful and heartfelt number. Could a duet by the Cornell’s work in the same fashion? The answer to that question is a rousing “YES”, it can, and it does.
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Reflecting On The 2017 Deaths In Music

If you’ve been reading the PiercingMetal website for a while then you already know that I occasionally need to share the sad news about deaths in the entertainment world. Historically speaking, I’ve been doing them since the days when I had “PiercingMetal Musings” as a side blog that had not yet been integrated into the main site as you see now. Back then I always felt weird about doing such posts but as much as good news should be announced so should the bad stuff and as a known “voice” for the Metal Scene, I try to keep up on them when the news hits the wire. Now with this being said, there is no way possible for me to address every single one of them based on the size of the team and the time that we have so starting this year I will be doing a larger rundown of many of the names that I think you would know. Some have already been discussed in our “In Memoriam” Features, and those artists will be highlighted so you can examine the longer toast that we did. Let’s start from the beginning of the year and raise a glass to their memories one more time.

January 16, 2017: Steve Wright (66), American power pop bassist and songwriter (The Greg Kihn Band)
January 18, 2017: Mike Kellie (69), British psychedelic rock and power pop drummer (Spooky Tooth, The Only Ones)
January 22, 2017: Pete Overend Watts (69), British glam rock bassist (Mott the Hoople)
January 24, 2017: Butch Trucks (69), American rock drummer (The Allman Brothers Band, Les Brers)
January 28, 2017: Geoff Nicholls (68), British rock musician and keyboardist (Black Sabbath, Quartz)
January 31, 2017: John Wetton (67), British progressive rock singer, bassist, and songwriter (Asia, King Crimson)

February 1, 2017: Robert Dahlqvist (40), Swedish alternative rock guitarist and singer (The Hellacopters, Thunder Express, Dundertåget)
February 4, 2017: Steve Lang (67), Canadian rock bassist (April Wine)
February 8, 2017: Tony Särkkä (44), Swedish black metal multi-instrumentalist
February 12, 2017: Al Jarreau (76), American jazz singer
February 13, 2017: Trish Doan (31), American heavy metal bassist (Kittie) (death announced on this date)
February 19, 2017: Larry Coryell (73), American jazz fusion guitarist
February 25, 2017: Rick Chavez, American progressive metal singer and guitarist (Drive)
February 25, 2017: Bill Paxton (61), American new wave keyboardist (Martini Ranch) and actor
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