Artist: Last In Line Venue: Mexicali Live (Teaneck, NJ) Opener: Gothic Knights, Tempt Date: 3/24/2017 Label: Frontiers Records
Written By: Katie N. (copyright 2017) for PiercingMetal.com Performance Photos By: Rich Catino of Metal Asylum
Perhaps I am oblivious due to the fact that I grew up decades after the roaring energy of the 70s and 80s, but attending intimate club shows exposes and propels the crowd into an ambience unbeknownst to that of the grandeur of the festival stage. Sure, at the end of the day, it’s all about the music, but there’s just something warmer about the closeness and enthusiasm of being face to face with the music.
Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ embraced such an atmosphere. At first glance, I wondered how the 20X30 inch stage could provide sufficient room for Vinny Appice’s legendary drum setup along with the loud and grandiose movements of Vivian Campbell, but there was more than enough space for the guys to bring the house down. In fact, the only area that seemed cramped was the floor due to the fact that the show sold out. The first band was Lunatic Fringe and I’m always surprised and beyond ecstatic to see a younger generation embracing rock-n-roll and heavy metal. They were an eclectic bunch with an age range from braces to beards and an energy level of 11 measured on the classic 1-10 scale. Behind the energy was a very heavy and dark sound most reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Blizzard of Ozz” album. Although the venue wasn’t full at this point, there was an impressive showing and enough people standing to merit the group a large ovation.
Tempt: This one was an interesting addition to the night’s lineup. Although the band brought a more Bon Jovi-like vibe, they had more than enough vigor to drive the night onward. Most songs included an identifiable and melody mixed in with enough poppy synth and extravagant guitar solos to give me more of a feel of what the 80s actually sounded like. The growing crowd was more than happy with their performance. Continue reading Last In Line @ Mexicali Live (3/24/2017)→
Artist: Asia Title: “Only Time Will Tell” (Live) Label: Frontiers Records Release Date: 1/27/2017 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 4/5
Back in 2013, Progressive Hard Rock legends Asia performed in Bulgaria with the Plovdiv Opera Orchestra for their excited fans on that side of the world. The performance was captured on recording and video and will be released at the end of February on an album called “Symfonia: Live In Bulgaria 2013”. Yesterday, the Frontiers Records people in the press released the first single from the concert with the bands seminal hit “Only Time Will Tell”. Here are a few thoughts about it. Continue reading “Only Time Will Tell” (Live) (Single) by Asia→
Artist: Jack Russell’s Great White Title: “Blame It On The Night” (Single) Label: Frontiers Records Release Date: 11/30/2016 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 3.5/5
It feels like forever ago when I spoke about the single “Hard Habit” by Jack Russell’s Great White and considering that I did that at the end of 2014 it pretty much was. Especially with how fast our daily lives move these days. If you missed that review just click HERE to see it. That being said it was great to hear a new single from the singer from his forthcoming album “He Saw It Comin’” which will be hitting the racks care of Frontiers Records in January of the New Year. Let’s discuss. Continue reading “Blame It On The Night” (Single) by Jack Russell’s Great White→
Back in early June, Stryper was set to perform at the Stage 48 venue but due to circumstances beyond their control the show was postponed and rescheduled for this new date that you see below on the poster. I’m happy to announce that in addition to the rescheduled show, there is a new contest to get some more fans into the event. The contest below is exactly the same as the last one that we featured so check it out.
The Details: It’s always great when those Soldiers Under God’s Command drop by our Metal Metropolis for a show and once again they will be bringing their great live sound to the Stage 48 venue on the West Side of town. Though I’ve said this before I think that the attack of the yellow and black keeps many fans on a positive Metal path and while we will surely be getting some new greatness from the most recent album “Fallen”, we are closing in on the 30th Anniversary of their classic “To Hell With The Devil” album from 1986 as well. I can assure you that this is going to be a fun night of music from beginning to end and will even feature some talented local players as the opening bands. Now, add to this coolness the absolute levels of awesome in the fact that the Marketing Team behind Stage 48 who have asked PiercingMetal to hold this contest and put some people in the room for free. This excites me almost as much as the fact that the band still possesses all original members still in 2016. Read more on how to participate in this one.
You’ve heard me say this a couple of times before I am sure and that is how it’s never too late to get into a promising Metal band. For me, Circus Maximus is such an act as while I have heard a couple of tracks over the recent years I cannot really consider myself a diehard acolyte. This fact makes me excited to share the news about their upcoming and very short group of US appearances. Check out the press copy and poster below and then I will close it out with additional thoughts.
The Press Copy:
Circus Maximus will be doing select North American dates prior to their return to ProgPower USA this September. The worldwide-renowned melodic metal band will be joined by Detroit’s rising stars Imminent Sonic Destruction as special guests. Rounding up the lineup is Canadian newcomers Ascendia. South American fans need not worry – dates for Chile, Mexico and Brazil will be announced later this week. Tickets will be available this week and links will be posted soon on Circus Maximus and Infinity Concerts pages. Continue reading Circus Maximus Announces Select North American Dates for 2016→