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  Weary, sore, and overwhelmed by so much incredible music over the past two days, a race to the finish had begun. Would I be able to withstand one more eight-hour assault? Only the gods would be able to determine that. Brooklyn’s Pyrolatrous, a band new on the scene, quickly became the band to defeat, blotting out the sun with their melodic Immortal deathstorm/blizzard and early Venom savagery along with a NWOBHM-level mastery of riff....

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With Day 1 of Migration Fest 2 behind us, I eagerly anticipated the next wave of acts to invade Mr. Smalls in Millvale. Chicago fiends Immortal Bird busted the day open wide with their rumbling, wrathful, almost groovy Mastodon/Goatwhore/EYEHATEGOD blackened sludge stomp, marking their territory and establishing a vibe like predators at the top of their primordial food chain. Speaking of predators, Scorched, whom I caught before earlier this year, proved that man is the...

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  Wheeling, West Virginia served as a confluence for several metal scenes last night at River City, a mighty fine and friendly and saloon-ish venue that brings to mind Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in the Pittsburgh suburb of Cranberry. Hometown doom metal heroes Brimstone Coven were there to party without pretending to be there anything else, and rightfully so, their very recently dropped newest album, What Was and What Shall Be serving as their proudest achievement...

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    It was a night of  twin-harmonized leads and Sabbatherian love. I last caught Chicago’s Bible of the Devil 4 years ago at 2014’s Alehorn of Power festival. Having been a fan of their NWOBHM, Thin Lizzy-ish stylings since hearing their 2006 masterpiece The Diabolic Procession, I can’t say I was disappointed then and will say that they exceeded my expectations the other night in a basement bar. Lawrenceville’s unassuming Cattivo has become a...

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Greywalker’s latest album, Without Control, is poised to make them as identifiable with Pittsburgh’s metal scene as current shooting stars Code Orange, and did they ever turn out a swelling crowd at Southside’s Rex Theater last night. That much was encouraging, showing the nation that Steeltown does care about its bands. Greywalker, like Klaymore, have a sense of whimsy to them, their frontman Brian Howe performing like a comical rapper at times, and at others...

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Lady Beast and Legendry are both becoming local mainstays, the former having had a brush with national fame for appearing briefly on a cable television program last year. They are also difficult bands for a touring act to follow. Legendry’s immensely satisfying NWOBHM revivalism eclipses better-known traditionalist darlings Night Demon through more original songwriting and dead-serious performances. Lady Beast, are of course riding along that same track albeit on a somewhat more Euro-oriented car, at...

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    Last week Devil Inside Promotions put on a weekday show at The Stage at Karma, in Pittsburgh, PA, that ended up being more than anyone expected. This company has become well known in Pittsburgh in a short time for the help it gives bands with show promotions and a lot of leg work to find bands shows they can play but it took a step further this past Wednesday when they put on their own...