As I prepped myself for this evening’s Opeth/In Flames show a press piece hit the PiercingMetal HQ mailbox and shared the news about the upcoming “Skate and Surf Fest” for 2015 and I felt that sharing this with you all was a paramount action before heading out the door. This Festival is entirely new to my Metal ears but it sure seems to be a great way to spend a weekend in the Summer of 2015 based on some of the bands that immediately caught my attention. I mean this one has The Dropkick Murphy’s who I have been listening to for a few years but still need to see and some cool others like Motionless In White, Attila and The Story So Far. Check out the poster below.
Now I know full well how good the Dropkicks do in concert as they sell out each and every time and there are also a lot of fans in The Metal Republic that are spinning on their heads based on the noise that the band Attila is making. If you think that I am lying about that, then let me share the fact that the band actually just played two sold-out shows in NYC on the very same day my friends. The same, frigging day! That is an accomplishment to be applauded whether you are into them or not so this event is going to be some kind of exciting for anyone that attends. The two day affair is going to go down in Asbury Park, NJ and while its far away from us right now, I am going to check the Farmer’s Almanac to see what it says for the forecast because I want to dress in my Metal beachcomber best 🙂 Since I don’t have much more information about it other than how it will also feature some cool wrestling and skateboard stuff I will leave you with referencing their Official Facebook Page. Should I hear more then I will keep you up to speed.
Fans of the Finnish Melodic Metal sensations HIM will be excited that the band has announced a return to the USA and parts of South America that will begin in March of 2014. More on this after the poster.
The Scoop: For Today will headline the “Fight The Silence” Tour that is being presented by Outburn Magazine. They’ll be joined by Memphis May Fire, The Word Alive, Upon A Burning Body and Gideon so you know this is going to be a rousing time. This early starting show is being presented by Livenation and thanks to their powers that be, some of The Metal Republic will be attending on the house. I am personally excited because this is our very first contest for the Metal Music Year 2013 and my spreadsheet is ready to calculate what we do to see if we can surpass the coolness of last year.
Twisted Sister as a Christmas Act? Yeah it might seem weird to read but the band recently released their album of holiday favorites entitled “Twisted Christmas” and it’s a bona fide hoot. Tonight in Sayreville, NJ we would witness the bands first live presentation of this stuff along with a number of classics and you have to see it to believe it when it all comes down to it.
Artist: Twisted Sister Venue: Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ) Opener: Baptized By Fire Date: 12/22/2006 Label: Razor & Tie Music
It was truly a dark and stormy night when we trekked out for this one, but how could you pass up the chance to see the one and only Twisted Sister as they perform music from their recently released Christmas Album. No, you are not seeing things and I am not crazy but the S.M.F’s actually put together the hardest rocking, candy cane smashing set of songs this side of the mistletoe and tonight would definitely be one for the memory books. The venue would be the Starland Ballroom out in Sayreville, NJ and while I had hoped for a closer appearance, I love this room when it comes to certain bands. It just feels better. After missing the exits a couple of times we were inside and witnessing a dreadful Trash meets Glam band. I made no note of their name and I was not the only one wishing them off the stage. The follow-up group would be more interesting and their name Baptized By Fire. They’re a band that delivers hard-edged Rock and Roll with a slightly Punk twist to it. There was some catchy stuff to be found in their set but the shining star in the band was a young lad named Jesse Blaze Snider (yes, the son of the Twisted Sister front man). He has a lot of his Dad in him as far as stage presence and delivery goes and this should take him far. Watch for these guys if they should be opening a local area show near you.
Artist: Twisted Sister Title: “A Twisted Christmas” Label: Razor & Tie Music Release Date: 10/17/2006 Genre: Holiday Hard Rock Rating: 3/5
When the Holiday Season is upon us we all sit back and think of good times with loved ones, good food and of course – Twisted F’n Sister!!! I have to admit that I never expected a Christmas themed album by Dee and the boys but as wild as the idea sounds there are some really good moments to be found on the CD. Opening up with a mellow very non-TS “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, the band soon gets down to the Hard Rock business they excel at with Dee growling intensely making the once sedate track a shock rocker. Winners are found in “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” as the lovely Lita Ford has a duet guest spot and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” is about as close to the originals but with a hard rock backbeat pushing them forward. “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” sounds very close to “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “Let It Snow” has a truly Black Sabbath vibe going on. ACDC’s style comes to visit like a Ghost Of Christmas Past on “Silver Bells” which lead you to believe that Santa is wearing a bullet belt and a leather jacket this year while Rudolph’s nose is extra red on account of all the head-banging. Dee, Eddie, J.J., A.J. and Mark give some tight and clever playing on the album and it is totally aimed at those listeners who want a little more Metal in their holiday tunes. They just might be onto something for if Savatage riffs worked for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra the same can be thought to help those Sister chords. It’s more tongue in cheek than the TSO is that’s for sure and I don’t think Mr. O’Neill has to worry about his franchise with this one on the shelves at the same time. Continue reading “A Twisted Christmas” by Twisted Sister→