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Sirenia @ The Kingsland

Sirenia returns to NYC and lays it down in beautiful Brooklyn with support from Threat Signal and more. Come early and see all the bands and support the scene.

Arkona w Sirenia @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Arkona is back in NYC and bringing along for the first time ever the band Sirenia from Norway. This early starting show will also feature two support acts so don’t be late. You can expect an early end to this performance as well based on the later evening Dance Hall happenings in the entire space.

Arkona Announces 15th Anniversary North American Tour with Sirenia

While there didn’t seem to be any word from the label itself, the Napalm Records recording artist Arkona have recently announced their imminent return to North America with the band Sirenia in tow. Check out the brief statement and the tour poster below. I’ll return with some thoughts at the close.

The Facebook Statement:
North America, we are going to celebrate our 15th Anniversary with you! Arkona is coming back in May to play a big special set for you on tour with Sirenia! Expect new songs and also you favorites!
Support is coming from MindMaze, Graveshadow and Sicosis!
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“Nuclear Blast Records Sampler” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Nuclear Blast Records Sampler”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 3/4/2011
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

I just love when a good idea keeps repeating the process and delivering the goods again and again and this is my immediate view of samplers like this when they bear the Nuclear Blast Records label imprint. Since starting my website back in 2005 I have seen a lot of changes in how music is being delivered and many of the record companies are having a tough time which makes items like this a smart business move. Thanks to the means of digital delivery of sampler issues that focus on the latest and greatest from their artist roster, they are putting those bands into our music players and mobile phone devices and giving us an immediate means to purchase a full on album of work. The latest sampler from Nuclear Blast starts off strong with a dose of Meshuggah and throttles us a little more with the Lords of Symphonic Black Metal Dimmu Borgir and this is only the beginning of the aural adventure. There was a lot that I didn’t have much background on in terms of the bands being offered this time around and I admit that while Hell was new to my Metal ears that I really loved its traditional and almost Old School Merciful Fate kind of vibe while the newest from Before The Dawn was a welcome sound as I have not heard them in many years. The new listener is fortunate and can safely climb aboard with this latest offering from the band and pick up on them with little incident. I felt that Sylosis were interesting and a band I want to hear more from as this seemed to be a cross between Technical display and Metalcore at first listen. I like that stuff when it is done properly.
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Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 9

These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the reviews, so “Hear Us Out”.

Righteous Jams: “Business As Usual” (Abacus Records)

As much as I think elements of Hardcore truly work in the various brands of Metal as we have seen in bands like All That Remains, and I Killed The Prom Queen we are pointed out to how stagnant it can be if there is no change whatsoever. The RJ guys surely give it their all but there is nothing that stands out on this release and much of it comes across as repetitive. Similar riffs and vocals on top of a very short album make this as uninspiring as it was uninteresting for me. Want something original? Keep looking.

Sentenced: “Buried Alive” (Century Media Records)

Live recordings are not unusual these days but one that captures the final show in a bands career are rare. Presenting Buried Alive as it brings you the end of the band Sentenced who ended their life on The Funeral Album (their studio recorded suicide note to the world). The concert features most of that album as well as older material and allows their fans to pay last respects one final time before the casket is lowered into the ground. The intended purpose of this Dark Gothic Metal band completed, its members have moved on. May they Rest in Peace.
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