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One could classify The Melvins as grunge or hardcore or sludge or affix the tricky label alt. metal to their leathery hides, but as evidenced at yet another Rex Theater stand, there’s bits of prog in that soup along with blues and classic rock. With two bassists in the fold, The Melvins rumble as never before, trotting out prehistoric slammers that borrow as much from The MC5 as they do from Black Sabbath and Hellhammer, wattage...

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It was a turbulent, gloomy Saturday night. Storms had hampered the Millvale Music Festival as other semi-famous groups such as Rival Sons were in town also happened to be in town, but in an old, decrepit forgotten building left untouched by Lawrenceville gentrification, one punk band and three fervent NWOBHM revivalist acts set what is now known as “The New Shop” ablaze with the same magical fire that once burned in London decades ago. Eel...

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  It is as if there is a friendly rivalry going on between Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium, two bands that parallel each other in style, influence, and charisma. Each group repurposes old thrash and NWOBHM, plating them with a chrome sheen, something that makes them controversial in certain metal circles. There are those who would say that both bands are entirely commercial, their photogenic, heartthrob frontmen, high production values, and big arena choruses...

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     Cattivo might as well have been Megiddo as four bands channeling the Horsemen of the Apocalypse laid waste to each other and around 300 astonished devotees in the packed basement club, punishing the world with four divergent takes on death metal. On this night, all four bands eviscerated, something that’s not always the case.      The first band up, Delaware’s own Scorched , were insanely innovative and riff-driven, bubonic chords that could...

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Stunning vocalist Katie Simone joins Petticoat Rule to talk about her insane schedule as a full time working musician, splitting her time between original solo work, weekend cover gigs, weddings, coaching, and, of course, practicing… as well as a bit of fun thrown in at open stages and karaoke! She also wows us with her unbelievable ‘siren’ call, and explains her perspective on the differences in attitudes towards women between the original music and cover...

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Soulfly can be a divisive act. There are three tribes: those who will not give Soulfly their time, those who prefer the early Soulfly, and those who prefer that latter day Soulfly. I can recall the rank smell of disappointment of the entirely overhyped nu-metal that was the debut and a few records after that but have watched and listened to the band grow into an almost idealized modern Sepultura, a band that is still...