Hello readers of the PiercingMetal Reviews and Reports. I am here to share something a little different and not too long after our third anniversary as a website as well. Based on the structure of templates that are used for these website posts and how they are accessed in the database, it’s not as easy to do something outside the usual box but this little bit of news is to share that I have created an Official YouTube Channel for PiercingMetal.com – I don’t know what I will do with this just yet but it is there to be subscribed to and maybe we can share some ideas in the Forums on what I should be recording and placing on this channel. My Channel description is below. Sounds pretty good right? Continue reading PiercingMetal Launches An Official YouTube Channel→
You’ll have to forgive me here for taking a moment of the time for a bit of a public service announcement but its indeed true. Our now officially in play side blog for the PiercingMetal site, my “PiercingMetal Musings”, has reached its first anniversary. The Blog’s Year One is only a few days after our main PM.com anniversary and while I did not raise the banner about it in these writings, PiercingMetal.com is now three years old as well. The planning in that was more of a coincidence than synchronicity and we are now broadcasting to you all based in WordPress as opposed to its original Blogger account. So what do you think so far? Are you liking the idea of this?
I admit that I am not 100% sold on the idea of having a blog in addition to a traditional website because its an added facet of work to pay attention to. So far I’ve managed to list some of our older Editorial pieces along with the various side tales that I have experienced in my adventures as a Music Journalist. This has been fun to do because the side tales are perfect for this kind of thing. I’ve done an intro post about leading into the concert reports that I have over on the main site and that is purely because I want the search mechanisms that are involved in blogs to be able to find this stuff all the more easier. Additional traffic to the PiercingMetal.com brand is the main reason that I moved this blog to WordPress from Blogger in the first place because this is now 100% under my domain as opposed to sending the traffic somewhere else. An online presence is a constant numbers game and being from an Information Technology background, I love keeping my statistics up. Continue reading PiercingMetal Musings Blog Hits 1st Anniversary (4/8/2008)→
Well it’s that time of the year again and that means it’s time to share with you all what I felt were my very favorites from all of the stuff that was reviewed here on PiercingMetal for the musical year of 2007. I will keep this introduction short and instead let these highlights shine a little brighter. Here we go.
Best CD’s of 2007:
Let’s just consider this a sampling of some of the music that we found ourselves listening to on more than one occasion be it on the stereo loud enough to wake the neighbors or on our music players. We review hundreds of discs each year and this batch are among the best and most enjoyed by our editorial offices.
Epica “The Divine Conspiracy” (Nuclear Blast Records) – So the singer you have heard on some Kamelot stuff and her band have delivered their third release, a magnum opus that is meatier than beef stew when it comes to satisfying content.
Kamelot “Ghost Opera” (SPV Records) – If you wondered how the guys could top “The Black Halo”, then pick up a copy of this one.
After Forever “After Forever” (Nuclear Blast Records) – You’ve heard her in Ayreon stuff for years now the larger populace can enjoy
Daath “The Hinderers” (Roadrunner Records) – Crushing, thunderous, topical. Interesting lyrical premise as well.
Nightwish “Dark Passion Play” (Roadrunner Records) – Tarja who? The band is back and on fire with new singer Annette Olzon, “Bye Bye Beautiful” indeed, “Hello Beautiful” as well…..
Dream Theater “Systematic Chaos” (Roadrunner Records) – New DT was quite satisfying. I’ve been a fan for years and this album reminded me of why that is the case.
Opeth “The Roundhouse Tapes” – An Opeth live concert recording that finds them on tour supporting their newest album and yet making time to fit in their classics. Stunning.
Since launching PiercingMetal.com back in early 2005 I’ve made sure to get one of these editorials done annually as a means to not only look back on the previous years Metal activity but to also offer some insight into the things that lie ahead. As a web presence for the genre that we all hold near and dear, I’m happy to report that PiercingMetal.com has grown exponentially since the idea first dawned on me. The original premise that we began with was based on the need to tie all of my writing together yet it was only a few months after launching that I came to realize that it would become my primary focus as a means to deliver as much Metal information as the readers could absorb. I feel fortunate to be the overseer of this little enterprise and based on the things that we heard and the adventures we had in 2007 it’s time for us to take a trip back into the not so distant past. As in our previous editorials we have divided the commentary into areas of focus as this allows us to form some easier frame of reference. 2007 was quite the musical ride across all genre aspects and I found this to be a positive sign of change as Metal continues to claim ground and prove the naysayers incorrect as to its place in popular media. Let’s begin our examination shall we? Continue reading PiercingMetal’s Editorial for 2007→
If you are like every Metal fan that I’ve come to know over the years then you most likely have a pile of used ticket stubs stashed in a drawer somewhere in your house or one very overstuffed envelope with the same such contents. The pile exists based on your diligence in keeping the ticket stub for any and all of the events you attended safe and sound until you got home so you could place it with its new brothers and sisters. Some of these warriors fail to make it home from the battle of music and alcohol or others fly off to the winds as we search other things in our pockets yet through it all we try our best to know exactly where they are before the clothes go in the wash. Each of these trinkets hold a special place in your heart and I am willing to bet that if you browsed through them on any given day you would have a story or a particular memory that revolved around the show that it originated from. This little Blog is an effort to offer you some suggestions about how to turn them into something worthy of admiration because this stashed pile has been all too long hidden and should once again become part of your life. It might even spark Blogs and stories of your own and cause you to sit with friends and reminisce on the shows and times long gone. So get some paper and a pencil and take notes as necessary for Professor KP now moves from the Music Channel to something more akin to the Arts. Consider this a PiercingMetal.com PSA.
The first idea is to set them up into some sort of binder or photo album and the aspect of doing this does come off by definition as “scrap booking”, for our purposes the intent is a little more regal and powerful like the music we are focused on. We are presenting the means of accessing some of the worlds greatest shows to the world once again so let’s keep a strong and stern “The Ticket Book” as our working title. Now there might already be thousands of you who are way ahead of me on this but my deciding to do this myself leads me to increase the power of suggestion among you acolytes to the cause. I just decided to do one when a large amount of free time made its way to me (on this I shall say no more), so since I had been only beginning the music journalism and was not as consumed with it I had another little avenue to set this thing up.
The necessary ingredients for the recipe are found in Staples, and these include:
* A decent sized binder
* Those clear plastic sheets that hold one sheet in tight and not a mass amount of pages.
* A reasonable amount of your favored color construction paper, and since we are dealing in realms Metal here lets move with good old Black.
* Scotch tape helps as well and you need a fair amount of it.
Once you have all these things the sense of order and organization is up to you on how you put it together. Here are my recommendations.
1. Set It Up Oldest To Newest: See how it looks historically from the oldest show to the most recent – this is the common way to do it and it makes for more fun to retrace your concert adventuring past from your earliest memories to the ones that just might have happened.
2. Set It Up By Band: If you are one of those people who followed a band everywhere and as result have dozens more of their concert stubs you might want to make a section devoted solely to them. Using the Internet I am sure you could find some legacy posters for tours and with a decent color printer can make some nice start pages for ticket stubs for the particular tour. The especially applies if you only go to see this one particular band. I had friends who would only to go see The Grateful Dead or Dave Matthews Band if it came to concerts and they would travel hundreds of miles for any gig that they were doing.
3. Set it up by Venue: The least common thing is setting it up by Venue attended. People will be more inclined to show interest in the bands or historical aspect as opposed to where you saw the show. This aspect is purely for reference inspiration. Think of it like this, what interests you more – how many times you saw Guns N Roses or how many times you went to Madison Square Garden?
** Remember that you don’t have to limit this to concert ticket stubs. Perhaps you are one of those hardcore Yankees, Mets or Rangers fans that goes to almost the whole season and sometimes to away games. It becomes a worthy perusable for the room you watch the game in with the guys.
My own Ticket Book is presented by the first two ideas I lined out above. We have some appearing in date order for the most part and for those bands I saw more than a few times, well they get their own page. The downside of Music Journalism is the fact that it lowers the supply of tickets you get to collect. While I am certainly not complaining about getting in – more often than not being on the list does not get you a ticket for the event. I do get photo passes and sometimes they reflect the tour or the band name. These can also be placed in the book in a section lined out for such stuff. Maybe one of these days I will compile a post for you of all the photo passes that I have. Let’s see how time allows. A page from my book is up above in the article for your viewing pleasure. It’s more interesting to browse in person but the apartment is not big enough for you to all come over and see it. Hmm, maybe I will scan all of these pages for a future post as well.
Now back to the usual stuff that you come here to read. Thanks for listening to my little crafting piece.