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Wayne Static & Powerman 5000 Team Up For Fall 2014 Tour

Tour - Wayne Static - PM5K - 2014

In a never-ending effort to bring your bodies into the venues for the touring acts, I’m sharing the just announced dates for the November run by Wayne Static’s Static X. He will be co-headlining this run with Powerman 5000 and American Head Charge. If you love these bands you are going to want to be a part of the Industrial Metal action.

Tour Dates:
11/6 — Waterloo, Iowa — Spicoli’s Rock Garden/Reverb
11/7 — Madison, Wis. — High Noon Saloon
11/8 — Kimberly, Wis. — Savagefest @ Tanner’s Entertainment Complex
11/9 — Fort Wayne, Ind. — Piere’s
11/11 — Joliet, Ill. — Mojoe’s
11/12 — Cleveland, Ohio — Agora Theater
11/13 — Flint, Mich. — Machine Shop
11/14 — Syracuse, N.Y. — Lost Horizon
11/15 — Stafford, Ct. — Palace Theater
11/16 — New York, N.Y. — BB Kings
11/17 — Baltimore, Md. — Baltimore Soundstage
11/19 — Wilmington, N.C. — Ziggy’s
11/21 — Atlanta, Ga. — 120 Tavern
11/22 — Winston-Salem, N.C. — Ziggy’s
11/23 — Knoxville, Tenn. — The International
11/26 — San Antonio, Texas — Backstage Live
11/27 — Tyler, Texas — Clicks
11/28 — Houston, Texas — Scout Bar
11/29 — Dallas, Texas — Trees
11/30 — McAllen, Texas — Metropolis

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I must admit that I am not what can be considered a “diehard” follower of any of these bands but I do like a handful of tunes from each of them and have seen them all in action over the years of my music scribe adventures. As a matter of fact, American Head Charge was one of the earliest shows that I went to as a member of the music press. It’s going to be a room full of movement when this show hits the Times Square venue B.B. King’s which is the stop nearest me so I will be aiming at being there to support the fun. What do you readers think about this tour? You can let me know in the comments section below so we know where your own head is at. Thanks for reading.

Official Website: http://www.iamwaynestatic.com
Official Website: http://www.powerman5000.com
Official Website: http://www.headcharge.com

Genitorturers @ Blender Theater at Gramercy (11/17/2009)

Logo - Genitorturers

Artist: Genitorturers
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Sex Slaves, Nassau Chainsaw
Date: 11/17/2009
Label: Retribution Music

Although I remember reviewing a CD or DVD release or two in the past from the Genitorturers, I had to admit that they were never really my thing and I was more focused on the blazing Power Metal or the crushing sounds brought on by those dark Norwegian powers that be. Of course there was a certain amount of curiosity about how they did their stuff in the live sense and fortunately when the group came through town to promote their latest album “Blackheart Revolution” I felt it would be the perfect chance to learn. The show would be at The Gramercy Theatre and have Nassau Chainsaw and Sex Slaves as the openers. I wanted to see what everyone was like tonight so I made sure to arrive nice and early. Here is how the show went down for those who are wondering.
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“Adios” Live by Ministry

Artist: Ministry
Title: “Adios” Live
Label: 13th Planet Records
Release Date: 3/31/2009
Genre: Industrial Metal
Rating: 3/5

They say that all good things come to an end and such would be the case for Al Jourgensen’s Ministry who embarked on their “C U La Tour” back in the middle of 2008. Yes, believe it or not, Uncle Al had decided that the bands time was done and after a career that spanned some twenty eight years that he would wrap it up and focus on other adventures in music. The CD “Adios” is a good way to own a little piece of the bands history and keep it forever in your collection where it will remain and gather dust on the shelves long after you have uploaded it to your music player of choice. Such is the grim future of many of our CD’s as technology advances farther and farther each year. The tour was one that ran for about two hours each night when it was hitting the various spots along the way and that makes this release a little bit hard to swallow because it’s only one single CD and gives us thirteen tunes as opposed to a full show which would have been a smarter option. Having seen the concert I can say that it was a long night and the band delivered quite a few tunes, but here as I mentioned are only thirteen. While a powerful recording for the songs that it gives us, the other downside that some fans will find out when they begin to play it is the fact that it focuses on the bands final album “The Last Sucker” as opposed to presenting a lot of the time honored material which would have been perfect for a closing chapter live album. Of course with the downs also come the ups and one of these is the fact that Burton Bell (Fear Factory) makes an appearance and adds points to the concert. The band for the tour also featured Tony Campos (bass), Tommy Victor (guitar), Sin Quirin (guitar), Aaron Rossi (drums) and John Bechdel (keyboards). They sound energetic and do deliver the required goods but for someone who is a diehard fan this might end up being a disappointment more than something they cherish based on all of the exclusions that can easily be researched online.
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“Past, Present & Future” by Rob Zombie

Artist: Rob Zombie
Title: “Past, Present & Future”
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 9/23/2003
Genre: Industrial Metal
Rating: 3.75/5

In my musical mind I was never more than the casual supporter of White Zombie and band leader Rob’s solo efforts even though I enjoyed quite a number of the tunes that are presented here in this collection. The opinion had less to do with the quality of the tracks performed and more to do with the state of mind that I was in at the time of their release. I led the Power Metal and Dark Metal lifestyle much more than the Groove meets Industrial Metal vibe that Zombie seemed to not only excel at, but largely perfect to a style that has grown exponentially since his earliest efforts. That being said this CD compilation is the perfect place for the casual fan to begin their journey into the pulsing and infectious groove that has made Rob Zombie such a well-respected performer. It begins with selections from the two major label releases from White Zombie and leaves off the bands earliest efforts by starting with “Thunder Kiss ‘65” and “Black Sunshine” from “La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1.” This was the album that moved the band from the cult level underground outfit that they had been for years and slowly scared the life out of mainstream listeners based on the difference that they were bringing to the table. These particular tracks found heavy presence on the Metal programming of MTV who was still airing videos for this kind of music. We got the favored numbers from “Astro Creep 2000”, which would actually be the bands final release before Rob chose to give it a go as a solo performer. “Dragula” was the first track we experienced from his solo debut “Hellbilly Deluxe” and to me perhaps his biggest tune of them all based on how often you would hear it played on any number of outlets. There are some weird Industrialized Metal versions of Funk/Disco classics like “Brickhouse” and “I’m Your Boogieman”. These are ok in my eyes, and perhaps mean a lot more to other fans. Zombie’s inclusion to the Howard Stern movie is here with “The Great American Nightmare”, a song that finds the radio personality joining in for the vocals.
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“Fearing The Exit” by Society 1

Artist: Society 1
Title: “Fearing The Exit”
Label: Earache Records
Release Date: 2/19/2008
Genre: Industrial Metal
Rating: 2.5/5

Society 1 is an Industrial Metal band led by Matt “The Lord” Zane, a man most prominently known for his work in the adult film industry and also for being the person who broke the suspension record previously held by illusionist Chris Angel. If you are not familiar with the suspension stuff, well it is exactly how it sounds and found the singer essentially hanging himself above the band by hooks. Pretty wild stuff when it comes down to it but not my own cup of tea. This DVD gives the viewer a little bit of everything that the band is involved in by delivering some live material, videos and interview footage along with a healthy number of bonus features that should please the most ardent supporters. The film begins with a documentary about the band called “One Way To Hell” and it is sometimes interesting and also sometimes boring, but I guess that the hardest core fan would not agree with me on that part. They don’t really feature too much in the way of music in the documentary and instead show a lot of backstage liaisons as well as plenty of onstage berating of the audience by Zane who seems to know exactly what buttons he needs to push to incite them into frenzy. The documentary is loaded with sexual content as well, and while it is shadowed or grayed out, that when coupled with the blunt language makes this a for mature audience item only.
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