Earlier today the nominees for the 2021 Grammy Awards were announced and I always like to dissect that lengthy summary to spotlight what has been nominated for the music that we are more in tune with here on the PiercingMetal website. That means I am taking the Rock, Metal and Alternative out of the pile and putting it on the side for your edification. Here now are the Grammy nominations for these categories which I culled from their resources directly.
Hold onto your hats Chicago because The Original Misfits are coming back to visit you and will likely leave a whole lot of chaos in their wake. Sadly, I didn’t see any sort of press copy that lines out and extols the colorful history of the group and only received the poster below in my email. Since this is a one night only experience, I am thinking that it speaks volumes just the same. Do you agree?
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Having recently caught this show at Newark’s Prudential Center, I’ve gotta say that you are going to want to get yourself out to this if you live in the region and can do so. Hearing these songs done by their original creators once again teamed up was fantastic for me, and of course my show also featured guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein with compliments from Acey Slade (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums). I’m not sure why Doyle isn’t mentioned on this poster but perhaps he is being held back as a big surprise reveal. I would hate that fans of the classic lineup would miss out on him if he had other touring commitments at the time of this show but let’s see what happens. The openers for this performance are also strong with the legendary Punk group Fear and Venom Inc. and Power Trip. It’s the kind of show that you are going to want to arrive for nice and early to enjoy all of the bands. Oh and before I go, let me point out that considering how the last few shows were, this one is very likely also going to be a no-phone show which means you must secure your mobile device in a sealed pouch or leave it locked in your car hidden from prying eyes. That’s all I have on this one, what do you think about the news? Are you excited? Or could you care less? Chime in down below.
The summer might be blazing us into air-conditioned spaces but that doesn’t prevent bands like The Black Dahlia Murder from announcing a tour that will happen in some states during the Fall and cooler months. Let’s check it out.
The Press Release:
This November and December, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will continue its support of their internationally-acclaimed Nightbringers album with a new round of US tour dates. The trek, set to commence on November 24th, includes a stop at the inaugural Los Angeles version of the Decibel Metal And Beer Fest. Support along the way comes from friends in Power Trip, Pig Destroyer, Khemmis, Ghoul, Gost, Havok, Midnight, Skeletal Remains, and Devourment. Tickets go on sale Friday August 3rd. See all confirmed dates below. Continue reading Black Dahlia Murder Announces Fall Tour 2018→
Well, I’m practically thawed out from the recent below freezing temperatures that were hitting NYC and the surrounding areas and fortunately during the lock down it imposed, the news about releases and tours kept on coming. Here is the latest skinny from the band Power Trip who will be heading out on a lengthy headlining run.
The Press Release:
POWER TRIP and SHEER MAG team up this May/June for what is sure to be a wild and unforgettable run through North America — rounding out an impressive year for both bands.
POWER TRIP’s breakthrough album, Nightmare Logic, earned an overwhelming amount of love across the board, ranging in praise from The New Yorker to a Pitchfork ‘Best New Music’ to numerous Top 10 Record of the Year lists. They were awarded the Best Metal Album of the Year from Loudwire and song placement in the WWE.
SHEER MAG’s politically charged, debut full-length Need To Feel Your Love also turned heads. Rolling Stone describes, “Explosive riffing and seemingly encyclopedic grasp of popular music styles – a typical Sheer Mag song crams a compendium of classic-rock, power-pop and garage-punk ideas.” NPR claims their music is “not only a lesson in listening and learning from rock ‘n’ roll masters, but from our humanity.”
As I’m trying to be as “away from my desk” as possible, you’ll have to pardon the more “straight ahead sharing” of the press release and limited editorial insight from me on a couple of items. With that said please dig into the recently announced Fall tour by the crushing Metal power known as Cannibal Corpse. The poster, press copy and dates are below.
The Press Release:
This November, Cannibal Corpse will kick off a USA tour, in support of their upcoming, untitled full-length, due out this fall. The trek also features Power Trip and Gatecreeper, making this one show not to be missed! See below for all dates.
The Tour Dates:
Nov. 3 – Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks
Nov. 4 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
Nov. 5 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Nov. 6 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
Nov. 8 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Nov. 9 – Houston, TX – White Oak
Nov. 10 – Austin, TX – Sound on Sound Festival
Nov. 12 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Nov. 13 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Nov. 14 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
Nov. 15 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
Nov. 17 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Nov. 18 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Nov. 19 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Nov. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Nov. 22 – Denver, CO – Summit
Nov. 24 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
Nov. 25 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
Nov. 26 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Nov. 28 – Boston, MA – Royale
Nov. 29 – New York, NY – Stage 48
Nov. 30 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Dec. 1 – Richmond, VA – Broadberry
Dec. 2 – Wilmington, NC – The Throne Theater
Dec. 3 – Greensboro, NC – Pete’s
Dec. 5 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
Dec. 6 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Dec. 7 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Dec. 8 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
Cannibal Corpse released their 13th studio album, A Skeletal Domain, in 2014 via Metal Blade Records and debuted at #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart (the highest chart position in their storied career!). The band’s new album – which was recorded at MANA Recording Studios with producer/engineer Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Soilent Green, Belphegor, Hate Eternal) – promises to be another aggressive, powerful record in their catalog, that will surely make history once again. To preview and purchase A Skeletal Domain, please visit: metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve only ever casually followed Cannibal Corpse over the years and can say that they are a force to be reckoned with and one that helped form the way that a genre proliferated. I’m going to mark my area date down so I don’t miss them and you readers can let me know what you think about this tour down in the comments section below. See you next time.