Pierced wins battle of the bands this week on MDR with a pulverizing 1,313 votes!
"PIERCED” was formed in August 2017 with former members of NJ bands Division 1.1, Lion-Hearted and Freak of the Day.
Initially, the band was the brainchild of vocalist Rob Middleton and guitarist John Barone, who began writing music in December 2016. It was the music they always wanted to play - aggressive, groovy metal - blistering vocals and riffs. The last piece of the puzzle was a punishing rhythm section which they found in Mike Thomas on bass (from a mutual friend), and Joe D’Aqui (Rob found on BandMix). Their first rehearsal/tryout was instant chemistry - they played the first song Rob and John wrote - Warchief. From there, all the music initially written by Rob and John took on a life of it’s own - heavier, challenging and well thought out.
Fast forward to Mid 2018, their DEBUT album was recorded and mixed by the infamous Eric Rachel of Trax East Studios in South River, NJ. It was recorded old school - full takes, no digital wizardry or “corrections", under pressure and with full on aggression! What you hear on this album is what you will hear live and their live shows are always an event - expect the unexpected. The album release show on Dec 29th was a huge success with excellent turnout and opening acts - truly a night to remember (captured on Facebook).
Their First Video for the song THE FIST was filmed by SpinCycle Productions at the JugTown Mountain Motor Club - a perfect setting and vibe for the song featuring members of Hell’s Angels MC and Wilkie’s Warriors. Check it out - It’s pretty intense!