Well Happy New Year to my Heavy Metal Legions of the Night!!! Welcome to 2012!!!! How are you all feeling today ? Should I whisper, or are we okay? Grab some coffee, aspirin or water and shake the strain of last night off yourself its time for us to get back to business. So here we are at the dawn of a shiny New Year and I bet you thought that I had finished up with my sharing of some of the New Year’s Metal (or Musical) Resolutions for 2012 from the music luminaries that I have been so fortunate to encounter. “Surprise” because I still have a some to bring to your attention and actually since there were a few more than I had been posting each day I, decided to put them all in one place and close out the topic. Let me stop talking and let you get to indulging in their views. Take a look.
Pamela Moore: My New Years Resolution: Keeping my heart and soul open in ALL areas of life. Being grateful and staying true to myself and others AND…..releasing my new solo CD in 2012! Happy NEW YEAR to all!!
Doris Yeh (bassist for Chthonic): I hope for the next year, I can be braver to face and solve the problems in front of me, and have more persistence to achieve my goal in music career, besides, more smiles with me! 😉
Artist: Satyricon Venue: The Fillmore NY (New York, NY) Opener: Chthonic, Korotory Regain The Heart Condemned Date: 10/25/2009 Label: E1 Entertainment
It seemed like it was an incredibly long time since we had seen the enigmatic Satyr and his band Satyricon doing a show in the United States before the fates could no longer stand this rift in the Metal balance and would send him to our region as the direct support act for Cradle Of Filth back in February 2009. On that tour Cradle had embarked out to support “Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder” and the show in New York City quickly sold out and featured Septic Flesh from Greece as well. Satyricon, while the second of the three acts, clearly had the majority of support from the attending fans who all seemed interested in what he would do perhaps even more so than the headlining band. For many Metal fans this made sense based on just how well the singer’s previous album “Now, Diabolical” had been received. His follow up would come care of Koch Records and be entitled “The Age Of Nero” and like its predecessor was building up some serious Metal steam. This tour continued the singer’s support of the release which found itself on the now renamed from Koch – E1 Entertainment. Continue reading Satyricon @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (10/25/2009)→
Now that I’ve lined out all the music that blew me away during the 2009 year, its time to lend my focus on the Concerts and Events that we attended. In looking back on it, I would have to say that 2009 was probably the biggest year that I ever had as a music writer and photographer based on not only how many cool concerts there were, but how many I was able to find myself taking part in for your eventual entertainment as readers of the site. I think that I caught something like 95 shows which is a new record for me and probably one that will be very difficult to beat but of course I have been saying this for three years. Below are some of the events that I felt were the most exciting of them all.
The Best Concerts of 2009:
“Paganfest USA – 2”: This time around the tour would feature Korpiklaani, Moonsorrow, Primordial, Blackguard and Swashbuckle and really be an impressive one. What made it exciting for me was the chance to see Korpiklaani, Moonsorrow and Primordial for the most part because none of these bands had ever done a proper tour in the USA. I found Blackguard to be a nice surprise as well.
Judas Priest & Whitesnake (Epic Records/SPV Records): Judas Priest would celebrate their 30th Anniversary of the “British Steel” albums while the Snake would be celebrating two incredible releases of their own. The show featured a solid set from both bands and was a gig that many would talk about for months. According to reports, Priest recorded one of the shows and plans for the video/audio to be released with a special edition of “British Steel”. Whitesnake in turn also released deluxe editions of both “Slide It In” and “Slip Of The Tongue” this year.
Marduk @ The Gramercy Theatre (Candlelight Records): After having missed the Blackenedfest a few months earlier, Marduk was on US Soil to crush the Metal legions. This was an intense show that delivered on all counts and impressed all those fans who had wanted to see them a few months earlier.
Saxon @ B.B. King Blues Club (SPV Records): Saxon had not done a proper US tour in some years and this NYC show would be one of two appearances and be done for a sold out room. The mood and the Metal were intense this evening and proved to many that the Old School glory of traditional Metal had not and will never subside.
Paul McCartney @ Citi Field: I was lucky to catch one of the three performances by Sir Paul McCartney who did a night of wonderful tunes. Lots of Beatles and lots of Wings, which is all classic stuff and still relevant to all fans of good ole Rock & Roll. A DVD/CD would be released of this historic visit.
The 69 Eyes @ Gramercy Theatre (The End Records): The Helsinki Vampires were “Back In Blood” supporting a new album that really delivered the goods and reminded their fans why they remain so special to them. It also featured the talents of Dommin and The Becoming. A very dark night in NYC to say the least.
Mayhem @ The Fillmore NY (Season Of Mist Records): This was called the Blackened Metal Fest and while it depressed some that Marduk was off the tour, the True Mayhem delivered a frightening and powerful set of Black Metal that focused on the bands influential years.
KISS @ Madison Square Garden (KISS Records): Love them or hate them, NYC and Madison Square Garden are nothing less than home for KISS and their show always pulls out all the stops. The rousing good time celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the “Alive” CD and found much of the set focused on that live classic. A lot of other different and more unexpected numbers were in place this time around which made it a great experience. I could have done without Buckcherry as they bored me with their set. Continue reading PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2009: The Concerts and Events→
Hello again, and welcome back to the continuing “Best Of” 2009 lists. This is chapter two of my favorite albums for the year since I had so many. Don’t worry, I loved a lot of concerts, books and videos but those will have to get their own chapter as well. With this installment I have also featured those releases which were older albums that found a re-issue. I’ve never minded reviewing back catalog here on the website and as we head towards out fifth year in 2010 can only see that process continuing. Okay let’s take a look at the picks.
The Best Albums Of 2009 Continued:
Immortal “All Shall Fall” (Nuclear Blast Records): The Dark Gods of the frozen wastelands are back and shall take no prisoners. Welcome back gentleman, we’ve been waiting for this one for awhile.
Nile “Those Whom The Gods Detest” (Nuclear Blast Records): This angry little title only briefs you on the massive sound delivered by Nile on their latest. Could this be the bands magnum opus, one might think so after hearing it a couple of times. That’s good for the genre all around.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra “Night Castle” (Lava Records): It’s finally here and offers fans of the Symphonic Hard Rock orchestra a lot of cool treats. There are some covers and remakes on this one for the old Savatage crowd and a lot of new instrumentals and lyrical pieces that both amaze and inspire. Nice work.
The Smithereens “Tommy” (E1 Entertainment): Classic rockers re-do most of the amazing Rock Opera by The Who. Their renditions were solid and worthy of praise. Cool.
The Gathering “The West Pole” (Season Of Mist Records): Another band with some history and yet another new lead singer. Did it work out, well, yes it did indeed.
Chimaira “The Infection” (Ferret Music): Brutal, powerful and very, very heavy. This bands name breathes Metal and the music on this release is the proof in the pudding.
Them Crooked Vultures “Them Crooked Vultures” (Interscope Records): Another super group but this one features John Paul Jones…….JOHN PAUL JONES!!!!! Awesome stuffs.
Shadow’s Fall “Retribution” (Shadows Fall Records): Solid effort from these original leaders in the Nu-Metal field.
The Last Vegas “Whatever Gets You Off” (Eleven Seven Music): Really enjoyed the Trash/Sleaze Rock of these winners of the Guitar Player contest. I sense good and big things a coming for these boys.
Obituary are one of the more legendary of the Death Metal bands out there and tonight they would appear at B.B. King Blues Club with the interesting Taiwanese Black Metal band Chthonic and the Southern Fried Hard Rock of Alabama Thunderpussy. To see and learn more about the show just scroll past the logo below to be brought to our article.
Artist: Obituary Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY) Opener: Chthonic, Alabama Thunderpussy Date: 9/12/2007 Label: Candlelight Records
It wasn’t long after their formation in 1984 that Florida Death Metallers Obituary became one of the most respected and influential groups of its kind. Their successes and accomplishments in the forming genre would help to build the path that future Death Metal groups would walk upon to this very day. The group recently signed to Candlelight Records in May 2007 and the partnership gave us the smoldering “Xecutioner’s Return” and not long after the album was delivered a tour would ensue to bring their message to the Metal masses in the best place possible – in the clubs where this music is best absorbed and enjoyed. The tour would be met with great levels of approval and the show that would be presented at the venerated B.B. King Blues Club would feature the Southern Metal styling of Alabama Thunderpussy and Black Melodic Metal masters from Taiwan Chthonic as their support acts. Having enjoyed these two bands on their albums I was very happy to be able to catch them as the openers for the Death Metal legends from Tampa. Here is a look inside some of the happenings that went down that night. There were five bands set to play and I believed one was At All Cost, but I would not catch theirs or the other band’s set and their name escapes me at present. The schedule said 8:00 for this one so it seemed like it was to be a long night with Chthonic getting things started off for everybody right on the dot. Continue reading Obituary @ B.B. King Blues Club (9/12/2007)→