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Music Luminaries Share Their New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012: Part 4

So as we hit the three days left in 2011 mark let me ask you something. Did anyone else think that the year flew by us at a record pace? I know it did for me and perhaps this instant society we are living in with the Internet being such a core of our daily happenings and Facebook/Twitter addictions being par for the course are the reasons. Whatever the case may be here we are once more in our presentation of the “New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012” from some of the finest musical people that I have had the opportunity to interact with. Please enjoy our fantastic fourth chapter.

Johnny Kelly (drummer for Type O Negative, Seventh Void, A Pale Horse Named Death): Not sure if I have a resolution or not. My first one isn’t music related and that’s to stop smoking! My musical one though is to keep working hard to be able to do something that I still love doing. I want to see great things happen for APHND and I want the new Seventh Void record to come out in 2012!

Steve Blaze (lead guitarist for Lillian Axe): …to become a better, more patient human being. This will enable me to become more well rounded and pure iin all aspects of what I feel are the important elements of a truly great musician. Talent is one aspect but the soul and spirit are what drive it to its limits.

Margarita Monet (lead vocals for Edge Of Paradise): My New Year’s Metal Resolution is, besides writing the best song ever made, to further solidify and spread the heavy sound of my band. It’s not very common these days that bands have their own sound distinguishing them from thousands of other bands, like Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden have, when you hear their songs, you instantly know that it’s Sabbath! So this is the New Year’s resolution, to strive to create epic music with a sound that’s unique to ourselves and of course to tour the world and make everyone hear it 🙂
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Ross The Boss @ Bowery Electric (9/12/2010)

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Artist: Ross The Boss
Venue: Bowery Electric (New York, NY)
Opener: Martyrd, Seventh Calling, Magus Beast, Horrifier, Ravage
Date: 9/12/2010
Label: AFM Records

I think it was about a year ago that I last caught Ross The Boss in action and for that show he was touring with the NWOBHM Legends Raven. The show was at Club Europa and the gig also featured White Wizzard, Zandelle and another band whose name I have forgotten. I liked what I saw as Ross was at the time supporting his album “New Metal Leader” and this incredible release was miles ahead musically than any of the recent output by his former band mates in Manowar. If you didn’t hear the album and think me insane for the statement, I suggest that you snare yourself a copy and be your own judge. The event this evening was listed as “Thunderfest” and would be held at the Bowery Electric club, a space that I had heard about but not adventured into until this very night. That is always a plus for me since it lets me enjoy the music in a totally new setting and it just makes the night cooler unless the venue turns out to be a hole. There was a lot going on at this rather early starting gig and while it said 6:30pm as a start I would not arrive until almost 8pm. I figured it would not be long after that for me to enjoy Ross The Boss and perhaps a couple of the other openers for the Thunderfest.
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Ensiferum @ Gramercy Theatre (12/5/2009)

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Artist: Ensiferum
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Ex Deo, Blackguard, Martyrd
Date: 12/5/2009
Label: Candlelight Records

See if you can stick with me on this. Ensiferum announced the “Heathen Crusade” a few months ago and this would be the bands first US headlining go round since they commanded the stage during the first Paganfest in 2008. The show was going to find them joined by Hypocrisy, ExDeo and Blackguard and it was sure to be something to remember. However, the wonderful and often problematic Visa situation found Hypocrisy pulling off the tour and this disappointed many because the band was going to have Children Of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho as a part of their lineup for the tour. The show was also originally set for The Fillmore NY but as it drew closer to happening the Metal faithful found it moved to the Gramercy Theatre a few blocks away. If you have visited both venues you will know full well that Gramercy is a bit smaller in terms of bodies that it can fit inside. Are you still with me? Good because this gets a little more interesting. Given the fact that a show was already happening at Gramercy that night with Winds Of Plague, the Ensiferum show would begin immediately after the Winds show ended. This would make a very late night for the Viking Metal fans of NYC who were coming to the show. My plan was to try and photograph some of Winds since I would be in the same space but my timing was off and instead I went to a showing of the Black Metal documentary “Until The Light Takes Us”. With Hypocrisy off the bill, ExDeo and Blackguard were moved up a notch on the event roster and to guarantee a little extra attention local boys Martyrd would start off the now very late show. Here is how the night went down.
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Deicide @ B.B. King Blues Club (7/5/2009)

Deicide has always kept the darkness in play for the Metal scene and after the stunning “The Stench Of Redemption” would release “Till Death Do Us Part” on their fans. A brief touring run found them returning to New York City with Vital Remains as direct support and local openers Martyrd from Queens making an appearance for this stop. While this was a holiday weekend that was loaded with good eats and good company, I could hardly think of a better way to close it out then with a display of Extreme Death Metal like this. To learn more about our experiences this evening just click the bands logo to be taken to the article on the main PiercingMetal.com site.

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Artist: Deicide
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Vital Remains, Martyrd, Regain The Heart Condemned
Date: 7/5/2009
Label: Century Media Records

New York City does not often get an appearance from the legendary Death Metal band Deicide and according to my recollection, the last time that the band played here was in late 2006 making it just over two years since they crushed our regions fans with their unique brand of blasphemy. This show at B.B. King’s was the final stop on a very short U.S. Tour and they would bring along Vital Remains for the gigs and give us local openers Martyrd and Regan The Heart Condemned for good measure. With four bands on the bill it would start off rather early and as result I was finding myself missing the obviously short set by RTHC. I would have been interesting in hearing what they were all about but it was not in the cards for me to do tonight. Maybe next time. There was a healthy crowd in place when I did arrive and here is how the night progressed should you have missed out on the Metal mayhem.
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Sonata Arctica @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (9/27/2008)

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Artist: Sonata Arctica
Venue: Nokia Theater (New York, NY)
Opener: Martyrd
Date: 9/27/2008
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

I had mentioned that my weekend was turning out to be a bit of a “Finnish Invasion” based on all of the activity that the countries musical Metal bands of note were bringing to the Big Apple. It started for me last night at the Apocalyptica show at this very same venue and tonight’s fun was originally going to find me enjoying the music of Nightwish who would be closing our their most recent tour for their much acclaimed album “Dark Passion Play”. Sadly, the bands new singer Anette had fallen ill about a week before and cancelled a few shows based on this. The speculation was hopeful that she would recover and do the show in NYC but the evening previous being cancelled led up to the cold hard fact that this would not be happening. Luckily for everyone who had tickets, the show was not cancelled and now free with Sonata Arctica being moved up to the headlining spot. When the doors opened, the assembled fans that still wanted to take part in the event were able to meet the musicians in Nightwish who had come to NYC to meet their fans and sign autographs. I entered the venue when this was going on and it was like walking around in a Funeral Home based on the truly depressed feelings that people were broadcasting. After the signing session, some local talent by the name of Martyrd would kick off the night of Metal before Sonata would take to the stage. Here are some of the evening’s highlights.
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