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Turn off your radio and forget what you know about the mainstream. Follow me down into depths the of the underground, a place where many fair weather listeners not dare to tread. Today we take a preview at the infamous Demo Demon’s brand new album “Blackout-Chapter 3“. The album “Blackout” is a purging of sorts, a look into the mind of someone who has “had it up to here” and ready to implode . Vicious...

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One must bathe in blood every so often to find purity of purpose. Such was this encounter… Hulking vocalist/guitarist/leader Ethan Lee McCarthy sees demons. As the leader of Relapse alumni Denver sludge/doom act Primitive Man, he has seen visions of hell and is only…an early man, a Neanderthal blessed with high intelligence and immortality from a meteorite. Those horrors danced before his eyes at Brillobox, a Lawrenceville bar/club/hipster haven that was once a darkened neighborhood...

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I have always done my best work from behind the lens, not from a keyboard. My thoughts jumble, I feel lost, weaving through the chaos of my mind. That’s how I felt as I was being led by my husband through the endlessly crowded weekend evening blocks of E. Carson St. last Saturday night, on my way to cover a show at the Smiling Moose. When we finally broke through the crowd upon arriving and...

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Find your MUSE(ic) is back! After taking some time to run contests and announce some really cool things happening for us, we’re starting the weekly video feature to bring you new artists! Starting back, we’re bringing you something a little different – Demo Demon’s Vendetta. Some experimental rap that’s been getting mixed into metal shows around our area. Off the beaten path, in the realms of the underground, and that’s why we like it! The...

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Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” Here is a man that is famous for his 19th century philosophical musings on nihilism, yet many don’t know that he suffered great pain and mental illness throughout his life, severe migraines from childhood, psychiatric disturbances, and depression. Fewer still know that one of the ways he coped with these obstacles was...

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Heads old and young were bobbing blissfully on a wet, unseasonably chilly Monday evening in Baldwin, a quiet Pittsburgh suburb, to the tunes of progressive, power, and thrash, Metal Church leading the brigade with their fusion of all. Ellwood City’s spray paint vandals Whitethrash cast the first rock with a sardonic and fun set of Nuclear Assault/S.O.D. cherrybomb worship that sufficiently stoked appetites. Locals Storm Dragon were hampered a bit by a bad mix, but...

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Surely at least some FAM readers were busier concertgoers than I was in 2018. Let us know how you did! Post your lists in our comments section here or on our Facebook page! Concert Log 2018 Note: All concerts were held in Pittsburgh,PA unless otherwise noted. 1. (1/29) The Skull @ Howler’s Coyote Café with Serpent Lord 2. (2/7) Black Label Society @ Stage AE with Corrosion of Conformity and Red Fang 3. (2/10) Lady...

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Cattivo, an almost unnoticeable bar in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood was the site of a punk/metal uprising the other evening. Call it “crossover” or thrash or plain old punk, this Friday night gig was one of the most unhinged I’ve ever attended. Iron Reagan, a side project formed by alumni of Municipal Waste and Darkest Hour, came barreling out of Richmond, Virginia’s hotbed of a metal scene in 2012, and since then have been burning it...

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  This was a night for those who miss hooks, clean vocals, and melodies in their metal, the curmudgeons who gripe about the supposed drought of “good” current bands. In 2014, some friends and I managed to catch Chicago’s High Spirits; once in Pittsburgh and again in their hometown as part of the Alehorn Of Power festival, which was headlined by Slough Feg, who drop in next month. The festival is where I also first...

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A few shots from local culture e-magazine Mr. Bones Knows’ first anniversary at Mr. Smalls, featuring local top notch Pink Floyd tribute band Pitt Floyd, supported by The Liberty Tubes and Vertigo-GO! Mr. Bones Knows     The Liberty Tubes           Vertigo-GO!             Pitt Floyd        

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Kechi is a smile. Kechi is a laugh. She is a voice, a lyric, a message. She shares hope, demonstrates strength, and manifests bravery. Her charisma emanates from her core like an infectious melody. Around her, you will sense ease, peace, and tranquility. Once you’ve met her for two seconds, the last thing you will ever consider are the scars that mottle her face and body. Her story is one of a transformation of faith,...

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Wily West Virginians alchemists Horseburner have been grafting NWOBHM to stoner metal with thrilling outcomes for a decade now, and this new single “Hand of Gold, Man of Stone” continues their glorious experiment. Imagine a sort of outlaw speed metal that would be too loose n’ lethal for thrashers but would make a doomlover grin. Their third full-length album The Thief, arrives this summer. In the meantime, get a taste here… https://horseburner.bandcamp.com/