It’s almost amusing to me that not two full days after the season finale of “The Walking Dead” how the news that Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will be touring a performance of his music which was written for “Dawn Of The Dead” film. Hopefully you all know that this film is the sequel to the legendary “Night Of The Living Dead” feature. Read more about it after the poster.
Before I get into more stuff about the event, here is some information about the band as lovingly cribbed from their Official Wikipedia entry “Goblin (also Back to the Goblin, New Goblin/Goblin Rebirth, the Goblin Keys and Simonetti’s Goblin) is an Italian progressive rock band known for their soundtrack work. They frequently collaborate with Dario Argento, most notably creating soundtracks for Profondo Rosso in 1975 and Suspiria in 1977. CD re-releases of their soundtracks have performed well, especially in Germany and Japan. Goblin returned with a series of live concerts in Europe in 2009 and in North America in 2013.” Continue reading Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Brings “Dawn Of The Dead” To Life In 2014→
The Scoop: The mighty Turisas is back in NYC to deliver a dose of Finnish Battle Metal like never before and they are doing so with the help of Gus G. and his band Firewind and the lead off group of experimental musical maniacs in Stolen Babies. Whew is all I can say when I think of this package too much and I am as always excited to welcome such talent back to our region. I’ve seen all three of these bands on a number of occasions so I know full well that the fans will not be disappointed. It’s also exciting to inform the readers that thanks to the fine folks at Livenation, PiercingMetal.com will be putting a couple of its readers into the show. Check out how to enter our contest below.
When and Where: Wednesday, February 6th at 7pm @ The Gramercy Theatre ( 127 East 23rd Street, NYC) Continue reading Win Tix For Turisas/Firewind In NYC (2/6/2013)→
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”.
With Staind, Aaron Lewis and company most certainly dished out the Melancholy with their major label debut “Break The Cycle”. It was an album whose lead single actually owed some level of popularity based on Fred Durst’s (Limp Bizkit) initial interest in them. Durst had performed the song “Outside” with Lewis on the Family Values tour before the albums release in 2001. The performance built an interest and buzz that kept until the album hit. As a band Staind laid down the radio friendly Alt-Metal with apparent ease and this hits collection is a great way to remember their finest moments from the span of their releases. “BTC” has four presentations on the album, and sadly the studio version is omitted to include the acoustic pairing with Durst. While it’s a good version I am sure that many fans would prefer to have had the darker and heavier studio cut included. Other highlights include the hits from “14 Shades Of Grey”, an album that found the group a little more mainstream as they sang tributes to fallen friends and their family as well. A touching track is “Zoe Jane”, Lewis’ daughter. It was an album that showed there was also light inside the once dark and brooding band. In addition to the main hits there are several acoustic numbers and among them are covers of both Pink Floyd and Tool. The songs show that there is added passion to this group and it’s an interesting manner to hear a Tool song in the first place. Floyd generally translates well acoustically and on this I found the classic track “Comfortably Numb” to be just a little more ominous. I enjoyed Staind as a band, and felt that they strived to be different from the crop of Seattle Sound bands that the decade had just closed us out from. They used elements of this melancholy and angst to a great effect with a dose of Hard Rock that worked out very well in the end. As a result this band has far more memorable tracks than many others would from this same time in music history. Don’t believe me? Name three Limp Bizkit hits……see, I told you so.
Static X: “Cannibal” (Reprise Records)
There are not many bands that sound like Static X nor are there many who are able to infuse the level of Techno-Industrial vibe into Heavy Metal music as good as they do. For over 13 years, they have been continually impressing and surprising their fan base with what they can do and with their fifth recording “Cannibal” – they show that they stand poised to repeat the process once again. Led by Wayne Static, Cannibal finds the group also with their fifth different lineup in terms of the recording of the new music. The changes however, mark the return of their original guitarist Koichi Fukuda who now joins Oshiro (drums) and Campos (bass) to complete the four-piece Industrial Metal Masters. Despite the lineup shifts the listener will still find the aggressive and powerful sound that makes Static-X such a special band to the world of music and truly second to none against those who use this style. The assault begins right away with the title track “Cannibal” – a song that is a not so subtle hint at the overall assault that is looming on the other tracks. This is a heavier release than I every remember them delivering and they use their unique elements to success and make songs like “Chemical Logic” a form of “Techno-Thrash”. When it gets to “Forty Ways” they use the feel of Disco meets Rave music and give a number that you just know is going to have the audience on the feet jumping as they perform it. Static himself seems to be in top form once again as he screams in rage repeatedly and delivers his point with determination and intent. The listeners will find a very “live” sounding record instead of an over-processed piece and the reasoning was for it to maintain the level of an “in your face” album as opposed to sounding too bland and over-produced. They succeeded here as you feel the need to make this a louder and louder listen on your stereo and I continually felt my head bopping and foot tapping in time with the songs as I played it the first time around. This album welcomes new friends while at the same time embraces the old ones. If you like Metal coupled with a solid groove then this is for you, there will be “No Submission” this time. While never truly away, Static-X has returned. Continue reading Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 10→
Lacuna Coil was headlining a tour that was labeled as “The Hot Chicks Of Metal”, and each of the groups had a female lead vocalist leading their charge into Metal. The bands featured this evening were Stolen Babies, In This Moment, Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil and while we had seen both Coil and In This Moment before, it would be the first time seeing Stolen Babies and Withn Temptation. To my knowledge WT was making their very first NYC appearance tonight. Peter Parrella and I were on point at this incredible show to document and photograph so scroll past the logo to see the full scoop.
Artist: Lacuna Coil Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY) Opener: Within Temptation, In This Moment, Stolen Babies Date: 5/12/2007 Label: Century Media Records
When you hear about a tour being called “The Hottest Chicks In Metal” you know your curiousity is going to flare up to see what it is going to be about and believe me folks I am glad that I had my attention called to this one. It was a tour that would feature Lacuna Coil in the headlining spot and most of the Metal Male demographic can agree that Cristina Scabbia is one of the calendar pinup favorites when it comes to female lead singers. To up the ante on this in terms of appeal and interest they would also feature Holland’s Within Temptation, melodic Metalcore upstarts In This Moment and the quirky Stolen Babies. Tonight the show would be at The Gramercy Theatre and be my second visit to the venue. Since I had just attended the Dark Tranquillity show at this same club I was able to know in advance that this would be the perfect setting for the goings on. As I walked in I was informed that it had been sold out for weeks and that’s never a bad thing in Metal. Here is the scoop on an incredible evening of music. Continue reading Lacuna Coil @ Blender Theatre at Gramercy (5/12/2007)→
Artist: Stolen Babies Title: “There Be Squabbles Ahead” Label: The End Records Release Date: 10/3/2006 Genre: Dark Gothic Cabaret Rating: 4/5
Come with me dear readers on a journey deep inside the depths of the beer halls where the insane come to mingle. For the price of entry and a two-drink minimum, I ask that you join me at a table off to the side of the stage where tonight’s performers are the Stolen Babies. TSB is an Avant-Garde/Gothic/Metal Cabaret group that is led by Dominique Lenore Persi who is the bands singer/screamer and accordion player. Ms. Persi has a voice that is beautiful and melodic in one second and then the raving screams of a lunatic at the others. She is quite the dynamic performer and the rest of her group is no different. They are indeed a fascinating, interesting and very mystifying unit and their debut release on The End Records will leave you scratching your head even after several listens. It is really one of the most eclectic and curious groups that I ever had the pleasure of listening to. The four-piece ensemble has a very strong visual presence but sadly you lose this on an audio CD – the photos on their website and by the included video for “Push Button” prove that they are a “must see” type of band and come off like a cross between the weird kids in the school band mixed with Alice Cooper ala Torch Singer with a dab of Metal. Confused? Good, because I have listened to it four times and I am still like “hmmmm”. The winning tracks like “Push Button” and “Lifeless” show the levels of diversity that is possessed by the group while the opening track “Spill” is simply a throttling Metal number. The groups association with the members of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum leads to appearances of that band on the recording and it helps add a little more to the overall strangeness of the piece. We have Dan Rathburn from SGM doing tuba and vocals while Carla Kihlstedt adds violin. Rounding out the lineup of The Stolen Babies are Rani Sharone (guitars), Ben Rico (keyboards) and Gil Sharone (drums). Continue reading “There Be Squabbles Ahead” by Stolen Babies→