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Win To See Volbeat & HIM In NYC On 9/28/2013

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The Scoop: The Rock Allegiance Tour has been rumbling through a healthy number of states for a few weeks now and is finishing up in our beautiful home base of Brooklyn this coming Saturday. The tour itself is an exciting one because the co-headlining sets of Volbeat and HIM alone are worth the price of admission and when you add All That Remains to the mix, well, I guess you don’t need me to say any more. Airbourne was originally scheduled to appear but had to cut their tour short based on personal business back home. Now I’ve enjoyed the music of HIM the longest out of the performers and am very excited to see them especially since the bands earlier in the year tour was scrapped due to illness. Volbeat of course is a live concert heavyweight and their fans are super supportive. This is going to be a good one if you can trust what people are posting on their social mediums. That being said I am psyched to offer up this next contest that comes care of the fine folks at AEG marketing and lets me put a few lucky PiercingMetal readers into the show. Read on.
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Metallica-Slayer-Megadeth-Anthrax: The Big Four @ Yankee Stadium (9/14/2011)


Artist: The Big Four: Metallica & Slayer
Venue: Yankee Stadium (New York, NY)
Opener: Megadeth, & Anthrax
Date: 9/14/2011
Label: Warner Music Group

Ladies and gentlemen of The Metal Republic we were witnessing a time of absolute chaos because it seemed that indeed Hell had frozen over. Okay, so maybe that is just a little dramatic but let’s be honest with each other here for a second. When did you ever think that you would see these four titans of the Thrash Metal movement doing any shows together? To me this was one of those kinds of events that you only postulated about happening when you talked to your Metal colleagues while hanging out and debating this stuff and yet here we were and it was truly happening. Actually, it had already happened over in Europe several months ago when you think about it. Despite that, it was amazing to know that Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax would be performing together under the title of “The Big Four” in the United States and after a successful event over in California, this evening it would be taking place at the home of the world’s greatest baseball franchise, the one and only Yankee Stadium. For me this would be the second time that I ever attended a show at this particular space – Oh wait, that was at the “Old” Yankee Stadium. Sorry friends. The running order of the show would be Anthrax first followed by Megadeth and then Slayer with Metallica closing up the entire event. That worked for me and I felt that all bands were in the proper order when it came down to the overall popularity of each of them. I was fortunate enough to be sitting in the Press Box for the show which meant that instead of being down in the swirling masses, that I was high above like the sportscasters usually are when there are baseball games. It was a different head for sure, but still I would be able to enjoy the event and bring you the scoop. Here is how it went down for those who for whatever reason on Earth would miss it.
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Anthrax @ Best Buy Theater (9/12/2011)

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Artist: Anthrax
Venue: Best Buy Theater (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 9/12/2011
Label: Megaforce Records

To speak on a more personal level for a moment, I have to say that this was probably going to be the busiest week that I have ever adventured into in my role as a scribe in the Metal Republic. I’m not complaining of course because it was jam-packed with amazing and interesting things to do. For me it began last Friday night as Doro Pesch did a show over at the Gramercy Theatre while Arch Enemy performed right here at the Best Buy Theater. Two killer appearances in one evening but I made the best of it all. Fans can read about those events elsewhere on the website. So here we were at the start of a brand new week and this evening started off with what was titled “The Metal Masters Clinic 2” and while I felt that it was a little slow in getting started, it ended with a resounding Metal bang but that is all I am going to tell you as the finer details are for another narrative that you can enjoy at your leisure. Now it was time for Anthrax to tear up the stage and the show came about in a very interesting way. You see the bands brand new album “Worship Music” with singer Joey Belladonna was out today and if fans purchased it from a particular Best Buy they would get a free ticket to the event. They got cute and called this “secret show” an evening with Satan’s Lounge Band. Given the manner and speed in which the Internet works the bands secret show was talk of the town in minutes. Somehow I think that was the original plan.
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PiercingMetal Spotlights: Anthrax

Back in the early days of Thrash Metal, the guys in Anthrax were the hometown heroes to those Metal fans who lived in the New York area.  Formed in the Bronx, the guys were wild and their riffs insane on top of some knock you down drumming.  The UK might have given us the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal a few years earlier, but it was clear to many fans on this side of the fence that the USA was doing well at making a mark of its own.  During these formative years of my own Metal development, I had to admit that I preferred a lot more of the Anthrax stuff to that of Metallica and this surprised some of my friends but found me in kinship with those who felt the same way.  Eventually I found myself enthralled by the Tallica’s and Slayer’s but for the beginning it was NYC for me without question and few band spoke to NYC like Anthrax did.

When PiercingMetal.com was launched it was very close to the time that the original or “staple” lineup of the band had reunited and once again reminded fans about why they were so enjoyed in Metal’s history.  We also began reviewing whatever releases came out at the time as soon as we got our hungry Metal hands on them.  Click the logo below to be taken to all of the Anthrax content on PiercingMetal.com and find yourself “Caught In A Mosh” once again.

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Anthrax @ East River Park (2/5/2009)

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Artist: Anthrax
Venue: East River Park (New York, NY)
Opener: Valient Thorr, Black Gold
Date: 2/5/2009
Label: Megaforce Records

When I glanced at the temperature in NYC today and found it to be about zero degrees according to the “real feel” aspect, I had determined that it would probably be a better idea to spend it inside and catch up on the CD and DVD releases as opposed to going anywhere out about the town. Of course tonight would also be the night of the Red Bull Snow Scraper event where a number of top ranked snowboarders would be competing, and the event would be closed out by the legendary Metal sounds of our city’s own Anthrax. Since I had braved the elements only a couple of evening’s previous to this to go to see The Answer at another venue, I felt that I could easily handle this nights adventures as well. That night found the city being hit with a pretty decent snowstorm and I felt that if I could get to that show then I could not let the mere brutal cold air be responsible for stopping me from checking out Anthrax. The night would also feature performances from Valient Thorr and Black Gold and sadly by the time I got down there the Valient guys had already finished their set and Black Gold was closing up on their own. I had about an hour to kill so I looked around the event and really loved the set up they did. They had a giant structure which seemed to be about ten stories high and this is where the heavy competing was to take place. It really seemed as though the fans of the sport were getting a great experience from this free event that was hosted by the popular energy drink makers. My goal was the music and while I would have enjoyed seeing Valient, I had to say that Black Gold was not doing it for me. I didn’t like what I was hearing and their sound came off as out of place between what I knew Valient was all about and what I was full aware of what Anthrax would do. Lucky the time grew close for the brief set of the legendary thrashers as 9:00pm was closing in on my watch.
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