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Robb Flynn is a warrior born. Early in the year — the team captain of a band with a very complicated trajectory that took them from groove metal to nu-metal to thrash to a place where they embrace their entire history–stopped a show 45 minutes into what was to be a 2 1/2 hour spectacular after a throat infection put up an insurmountable wall. A date was rescheduled. Tickets from the prior date were honored....

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Me: I am sitting here in Starbucks, yet again – story of my life, with Katie Simone, singer extraordinaire, voice for hire. Katie: (laughing) That’s right! Me: That is right. Katie and I met through Dave, because all things come through Dave. Dave Sykut is my audio engineer. Katie is actually singing on my project and I believe the first time you’ve attempted Heavy Metal. Katie: Heavy Metal of that nature, yes. When I was...

It was like a well-attended family reunion that was being held on a misty Saturday night close to Halloween in a decidedly industrial part of town. The venue, Get Hip Records, also doubles as a record label, shop, and warehouse and was highly apropos for such a historic event and a general showcase for Icarus Witch, one of Pittsburgh’s most exciting metal acts. Andrew D’Cagna, a multi-instrumentalist known for his work in Brimstone Coven and...

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Thirty years ago, my father, then a limousine driver, chauffeured Alice Cooper around Pittsburgh when he toured here. To this day, my dad can’t get over how “normal” and decent he was. Since then, I’ve had an affinity for the gruesome old devil and his violent vaudeville spectacle, which I’ve caught on numerous occasions since 2010. Alice Cooper, rock’s most macabre villain, made it to The Steel City yet again the other night at a...

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Featured Video of the Week: NeverWake – Hard Rock/Metal  – Pittsburgh, Pa NeverWake just released this video two days ago, so this is a definite ‘Hot off the press’ item! A single from their upcoming EP release Misguided,  Are You in There, has something familiar buried in the music, but it’s a more developed and slightly new direction for this band. These guys aren’t just hometown favorites. Recent shows have included Nashville, their annual benefit for Children’s Hospital, The...

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A Clutch concert is always a quasi-religious experience, and last night was ideal for such a church service. It’s become an annual tradition in Pittsburgh for Clutch to swing by for an evening of worship, a fall classic if you will. And you will. Rock that is, by the will of iconically bearded electric evangelist Neil Fallon and his murder of crows. This having been my seventh Clutch show, I found the set to be...

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There is nothing I like more than seeing a young band come into their own. That’s exactly what’s happening with the up and coming Prog Rock band Unfinished Evolution. So far, I’ve seen them play times – twice last year and most recently on October 12th, 2018 at the Smiling Moose on Southside.  Every time I see them play, they get tighter and more polished. While that is generally supposed to happen with a band,...

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  That Deceased aren’t as renowned as other thrash and death acts, be they mid-level or major league, is an injustice. They should be headlining festivals large and small and packing the denimed, leathery, mophead mobs in. Instead, they gave their all in front of a small Pittsburgh crowd on a patchy, concrete floor at an odd, appropriately disheveled new Oakland venue called Babyland, which serves as a workspace for struggling artists during the day....

If Metallica hadn’t released Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, an album I feel is their best in thirty years, I may not have bothered to shell out a small ransom to catch The James and Lars Show at PPG Paints Arena. The years have made me a cynical hessian. I let my expensive (over-priced?), upper-level ticket walk. Twice. Metallica began as underground heroes only to end up as metal’s mainstream, multi-platinum, mass-merchandised top heel stable. Changes in appearance...

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Featured Video of the Week: Homicide Black – Heavy Metal – Pittsburgh, Pa This weeks featured video is from Homicide Black – their third release from the brand new EP The Road to Hell.  Usually known for lyrical storytelling just as much as their crushing metal, We Will Remain shows the diversity of these multi-talented professionals. This is relaxed, softer, yet still dark and beautiful. This style of video allows the music to take center stage. Don’t be fooled, these...

  Having formed in 2003, The Breathing Process are a band that has endured myriad changes in terms of personnel and style. From the title to the actual content, Samsara, the band’s third album and first in six years, sounds and reads to be an allegory for their cyclical nature. https://thebreathingprocess.bandcamp.com/ Vocals either hiss like locusts or roar like bears awakened from hibernation. Guitars die, decay, and are reborn, in triplicate no less. Cryogenic keyboards...

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Horehound – Pittsburgh, Pa – Genre: Stoner/Doom This week’s featured video comes from the band Horehound. They’re an underground scene favorite in Pittsburgh that has made it clear that they’re showing the rest of the world what they can do! Forming in 2015, they brought a unique sound one year later with their self titled album and they haven’t stopped there! Holocene is due out November/December (stay tuned to their page for more details) and this time they’re releasing...

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  I heard the whirring blades and tank treads in the distance. I caught a glimpse of the colossal, titanium abattoir rolling over the defilers and gluttons and tyrants. I heard their screams as the killing machine gurgled in satisfaction. I saw its four operators grin approvingly. Post Mortal Possession are the band that devoured Cannibal Corpse, butchered Cattle Decapitation, and buried Six Feet Under, all with a handful of material in their war chest....

In Southside Pittsburgh’s The Smiling Moose, a place known as much for co-ed carousing as it is for underground live music, a cramped attic of a venue hosted a storm of black metal that brewed slowly, starting as a fine mist and finishing as a torrential thundershower. Local act Veiled took the stage first, their dripping, mossy, frigid black metal, the band formerly known as Gnosis of the Witch, Windir and Drudkh riffs crawled from...

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We have a brand new, early release of a project coming to you from separate countries! Pittsburgh, Pa and Brazil have teamed up to bring you South of Clarity!! Their Brand New Video is a perfect example of how amazing music unites! This project is so new, you’re going to have to keep tabs on them because their pages are just getting rolling – but we couldn’t wait to share on of our favorite Pittsburgh metal...

Vermithrax are what American power metal used to be: gritty, salt-of-the-earth, lead-heavy, fast, melodic, and built for war. Their recently hatched full-length debut album (after a widely circulated EP that was released in 2013), Imperium Draconus, continues Vermithrax’s glory-bound crusade with a dragon-lunged singer in imposing, stout-hearted captain Chris Roy to lead them. Nothing has ever been rote about Vermithrax’s brand of power metal, and Imperium Draconus is no exception. There is no tedious, derivative...