Artist: Starkill Title: “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Single) Label: Prosthetic Records Release Date: 12/1/2017 Genre: Holiday/Heavy Metal Rating: 5/5
At the time of this little summary, I think that I have managed to see the band Starkill about five times over the recent years. They’re always an exciting band in concert and good folks to talk to at their merchandise table after the set. They’re all engaging and appreciative of the interest shown in them. Recently, they added a fifth member to the lineup with a young lady name Sarah Lynn Collier joining as their vocalist but don’t worry, Parker Jameson is still handling some of that. The band has chosen to introduce her to their world of fans in this throttling version of the Christmas classic made famous by Mariah Carey with “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. If you think the idea of Starkill doing a Christmas song is a bit strange I suggest that you dig into the Twisted Sister, Misfits and Dropkick Murphys offerings before casting stones. So, what of this Christmas ditty by the Trans-Starkill Orchestra? Let’s discuss. Continue reading “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Single) by Starkill→
It’s Halloween and with this post I am giving you a treat that will not promote tooth decay nor lead you to issues with your waistline. In the spirit of my inquiries that featured “Music Resolutions”; I’ve polled a number of Metal and Rock musicians in my world and asked them “What is your favorite Horror movie and why”. So get some popcorn, dim the lights and sit under a cozy blanket as we learn of some awesome talents favorite creepy film. It’s a lengthy list but splitting this one into parts didn’t make sense. Let’s go.
Chris Caffery (Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra): “Halloween”. Because it was the only movie that not only scared me in the theaters it scared me afterwards in real life. In my opinion it’s the best horror film ever made. In the sense of true horror. A real killer. There was no superhuman bs in the first one. Just pure evil.
Gogo Melone (Aeonian Sorrow): From old films was “Dracula”… I really like the atmosphere and as a kid I was a big fan of vampires. The movie that scared my ass off the most and had nightmares for days with, were “The Ring” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”…I don’t think I’ll ever see them twice again ??
Jimmy Kunes (Cactus): God there’s so many. “Fearless Vampire Killers”, I know it’s a spoof. But what a film!!!
Elise Ryd (Amaranthe): “The Shining”. Those two kids are the most scary thing I’ve seen. And I don’t like that dude Johnny towards the end. “Here’s Johnny” ? And this is true.. Every time I’m in a hotel with long corridors I expect those kids to show up in the end of the hallway. Haha, that image is haunting me, STILL! It’s Enshrined in my memory.
You’ll have to pardon me on this one since I didn’t seem to find any sort of official press mailer so either I missed it or one was not sent out. It’s a moot point anyway as the band members took to their social networking pages and made the announcement about their tour. I culled together two notices for you (essentially editing the later one right after the one that I had on this post date). Check out the skinny on the Starkill “Shadow Over North America” Tour.
Gonna be back out doing the thing in a few weeks. Let’s drink some rum and headbang. Tell yo’ kids, tell yo’ wife, tell yo’ friends. If you don’t see your city on there right now, you probably will in a few days. More dates being confirmed as we speak! Come see us blasting through our new album Shadow Sleep on our first-ever tour as a five-piece band! This is Sarah Lynn’s first tour with us a full-time member, and we have an incredible show planned, and will even be performing a brand-new song of our forthcoming record. Which shows will YOU be at? Spread the word!
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Wait a minute what???? New member? Why wasn’t I notified of this new development and an obvious shift in the galaxy shattering sound of these lads? Hmmm, perhaps I missed an email somewhere along the line but you know what that doesn’t matter at all and welcome to the band Sarah Lynn. I look forward to hearing what you can do and how your skills up the game for the band as they continue their climb towards the peaks of success. Sure that’s all a little creative jibber jabber in terms of how I’m speaking but you know what, I’ve seen Starkill about five times over the past couple of years and not only have I enjoyed them on the stages of my great Big Metal Apple, but I’ve even chatted and joked a bit with them at their merchandise booth and can speak plain truth about their awesomeness. They’re all great guys and a couple of them are big KISS fans so it’s easier for me to give them the nod of approval. I’m excited about the visit that they are making to NYC but have to see if I can make it since it’s on the holiday weekend. If not, I know that I will get another chance sooner than later. This is a band that I need more of you readers to get behind and believe me when I say trust me. I am not here to steer you wrong or make you listen to some horrible stuff. My goal is to build up your personal arsenal of Metal awesome and since it’s never too late to get into a band, you can set your coordinates on Starkill. Let me know what you think of this new tour announcement and the additional member. Especially if you’ve seen the band before and wish to convince people to come along in your line of thinking. I’m going to close this up now, I’ve got to get myself tickets to see “Wonder Woman”. You should do that as well since I am hearing good things so far and its only just opened.
Christmas is right around the corner and for some fans of the Melodic Death Metal stuff, the presents have arrived a tad early as the band Starkill have just announced their first-ever headlining tour. Check out the bands official Facebook statement on the matter and I’ll return with some additional thoughts afterwards.
HEADLINING TOUR!!! Hey Starkillers, the time has finally come! We’re extremely excited to announce that after three years of rigorously touring the globe as support for many incredible international acts, we will now be doing our first US headlining tour, along with labelmates and heavy-metallers Spellcaster. Many of you for years have been requesting longer setlists, and now is your chance to catch us playing over an hour of material that will equally represent ALL THREE albums from our catalog. Please make sure to comment, share, and tag your fellow metalheads to ensure maximum exposure is ensured for this tour, as we need YOU to turn this into the party we’re all waiting for. See you all soon! – Parker Jameson
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve been saying for years that fans who attend the shows should be arriving early enough to see the support acts because you never know what sort of wonders that you will witness up on the stage. There are far too many awesome groups out there who are generally locked into the first or second support slot on a massive band bill and by missing groups you don’t get your money’s worth. For me, Starkill is one of those bands that always helped to kick the night into gear but sometimes the legions were not all in attendance yet and were killing that last or second to last cold beverage. The time is now for all to listen a lot more closely to what comes next and this is the perfect time and place to begin the process. End public service announcement, so how awesomely awesome is it to learn of a Starkill headlining run? I think its uhm…awesomely awesome. I’ve seen the band at least four or five times now and had some fun exchanges with them at their merchandise table and can state that they are good dudes who really know how to engage you in music, on the stage and in person. That’s a Metal Trifecta for me my readers and while the sounds of Spellcaster still elude me I will be looking into them after the holidays. Let me know what you think about this tour down in the comments section and hey if you still need something to fill your Christmas stocking, how about a little Starkill music? There are links down below for you to use for the naughty or the nice. See you next time.
The guys in Starkill are currently out on tour supporting the Dark Tranquillity/Swallow The Sun dates and if there is still the means to catch this great package I cannot stress enough that you do it. The bands material now resides comfortably among the Prosthetic Records artist roster and the latest album is entitled “Shadow Sleep”. Just a short while ago, the new label released the first video from the brand new album wiith “Erase Me”. Check out the clip below and then I will toss in some thoughts about it afterwards.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: This is a simple one for me since this is pretty much a straight up performance and preparation sort of clip. During the exciting song we watch the guys on the concert stage interacting with their fans and working in the studio on their craft and potentially some new music that they are eager to release as well. I think of this kind of clip as a glimpse into the days of their lives if you should happen to be hanging around with Starkill. Everyone is in the clip of course with Parker, Shawn, Tony and Spencer but with him being the lead singer as well as one of the guitarists, Mr. Jameson gets the most screen time. The song is pretty badass as well but I will be discussing that stuff in the larger album review coming soon. I hope you enjoyed the short film and have managed to catch them in concert as well. This is a very good band and one you’d want to support.