Celebrating Metal At Its Core! PIERCED Releases “Cheers to Brutality” Video

Title Track From Their Debut Album Dropping March 18th.
Watch HERE!
Announces Record Release Show March 25th
at Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck, NJ
“Cheers to Brutality”
Debut Album Release Date: March 18, 2022
Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Mike Orlando 
@ Sonic Stomp Studios in New York
PIERCED is back with a new video for the title track of their forthcoming album (dropping March 18th) Cheers to Brutality. Produced by Shotwell Productions, the video was filmed at Alex Wilkie’s Martial Arts Academy in NJ using several members of the Academy as actors in what is a powerfully engaging narrative video.
Sit back and enjoy “Cheers to Brutality” HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPgJKIqjAOI 
PIERCED shares, “We had an absolute blast making this video and we want to thank all involved. Collaborating with our buddy Rob Shotwell (“Shottie”) and having our Wilkie Warrior friends involved made this a super special project for us. We got to show off the spirit of our live performance AND be actors in the video ourselves which was awesome.”
The band has also announced their record release party on Friday, March 25th at Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck, NJ to celebrate loud and proud, local music with an amazing support lineup.
“The record release party will be a celebration of our local music scene which we are so proud to be a part of. This album is a product of that scene, and we want to honor where we come from and the brothers we have shared the stage with over many years. Loud and proud, east coast metal is alive and well thank you very much! Our scene is alive!,” declares PIERCED.
PIERCED Cheers to Brutality Release Party
Friday, March 25th – Debonair Music Hall, 1409 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ 
photo credit: Sean Klein, Eye of the Beholder Photography
Rob Middleton/Vocals
John Barone/Guitar
Pete Rizzi/Bass
Joe D’Aqui/Drums
PIERCED embellishes the power and integrity of old school thrash metal adding their unique blend of thunderous vocals, riveting guitar mastery, brutal power bass, and a relentless drum assault. The result is a sonic experience perhaps best described as an amplified and rejuvenated interpretation of combat metal with groove. Working class ethics, pride in their roots, and a defiant demeanor personify the boys of PIERCED and their music conveys the essence of these values with a roar!
PIERCED was formed in August 2017 with former members of NJ local bands Division 1.1, Lion-Hearted and Freak of the Day. The band was the brainchild of vocalist Rob Middleton and guitarist John Barone, who immediately began writing aggressive, groove style metal with blistering vocals and riffs. The two fortuitously found the perfect drummer in Joe D’Aqui, whose punishing drum attack and ability to change tempos from groove to all out chaos was just what they were looking for. Bassist Mike Thomas completed the lineup, and the band was off and running.
In mid-2018, PIERCED recorded an 8-song offering with Eric Rachel of Trax East Studios in South River, NJ. It was recorded live with full takes, no digital wizardry or “punch-ins!” Seven of the songs on that album were re-recorded and are included on Cheers. In 2019, PIERCED opened for Ratt at the BergenPac Center and despite the polarity of the two bands, PIERCED received a standing ovation, earning the respect of the Ratt audience; a tribute to the power of their live show and their ability to win over crowds of all types.
In late 2020, PIERCED were approached by renowned guitarist/producer Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob, Noturnall), who had come to know PIERCED through mutual friends and members of the
Old Bridge Metal Militia, with an invitation to work together. Orlando wanted to capture the high energy of PIERCED’s live show and give their sound some creative enhancements. Midway through the recording process bass player Mike Thomas left the band and was quickly replaced by Pete Rizzi of rock band Who on Earth. Pete brought a uncompromising low end presence to the band’s overall sound and a unique groove that was an additional contribution to an already unique sound.
Despite several Covid related delays, the energized band and their fearless producer forged on. Cheers to Brutality, release date March 18th, is a 13-song collection that is guaranteed to keep your horns in the air from start to finish with no filler and no ballads! It is metal, loud and proud, raw and powerful!
The first single/video “You Can’t Play God With Me” was released January 25th.
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