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Some great photos from last Sunday’s grind takeover of the Rock Room. Pittsburgh’s gore grinders E.F.6., Ohio grind punk band Body Farm, Star Wars grind duo Sarlacc, dad grinders to the max Chiller, and New York grind band Prepare for the Mindscan melted faces, and brought the mosh.     Sarlacc         Body Farm         Chiller         Prepare for the Mindscan         E.F.6....

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Music Reviews30 Days of Pain

4 months ago1522 min

Pittsburgh seems to be entering a phase of new talent emerging on the scene. Enter newcomers 30 Days of Pain. Featuring veterans of the Pittsburgh circuit over the last decade or so, the band are ready to throw their hand in the mix and take to the stage for their debut appearance at Yinzfest on July 27th at Mr. Smalls. Featuring a sound akin to late 90’s-early 00’s hard rock and metal (ala Pantera and...

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If you’re going through something, Eneferens 2018 album “The Bleakness of Our Constant” is one you may want to listen to. With this work, Jori Apedaile (who writes and records all instruments and vocals) has painted a vivid soundscape through which he filters the emotions of struggle and the search for understanding. Unconventional song structure, a mixture of heavy and bright tones, and distinct, oppositional vocal styles make this album worth listening to a few...

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Catharsis is an amazing thing as it comes in all shapes, sounds, and sizes. Sometimes the process leads to an angelic beauty of release while other times turning into a violent purging of sorts. Illinois based one man experimental cyber-grind outfit Fetish Hotel opts to put both in a blender all the while laughing maniacally on his new record “Ding Dong Ditcher“. “Ding Dong Ditcher” is just that. A cathartic record that purges everything negative...

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Feast on the Fallen – “Boneyard” This week’s Find Your Muse(ic) we are rocking “Boneyard” by Steel City’s Feast on the Fallen. “Boneyard” comes in like a 10 ton hammer and sledges away for its 4 minute duration, waking up the dead in the process. Metallic hardcore laced with it’s murky death metal vibe pulses and churns as the band pummels their victims to rubble. People have been waiting for the zombie apocalypse, Feast on...

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Feel like a dose of nostalgia sprinkled with a refreshing take on your rock n’ roll? Look no further than Canadian rock trio Danko Jones‘ new album “A Rock Supreme“. It’s easy to tell Danko Jones has been around the block for a minute (since ’96 to be exact). With a tight, punk infused sound ala Social Distortion, touches of retro rock flair (hey there JET and Wolfmother!!!) and infectious melodic tendencies……it doesn’t take long...

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Robert Collins is equal parts Angry Anderson, Bon Scott, and Howard Stern, and the ex-Dirty Charms crooner has a new joint you need to be schooled on. They’re called Royal Honey, and if you like your rock hard, a little red, sleazy, greasy, and vintage, I regret to inform you that you missed a right corker of a homegrown jam if you didn’t catch their record release shindig at Howler’s this past Saturday night. The...

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  The morbid Yakuza known as Church of Misery have been at large for around 24 years, with only bassist Tatsu Mikami remaining since the day they were born in blood and decided to dedicate their careers to musically documenting the lives and crimes of the very real ghouls that have walked among us. These samurai of doom were to play Pittsburgh once before in 2013 only to be halted by visa restrictions, making this...

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Royal Honey have been slinging, raw, dirty, fun, retro hard rock for almost a year now, and their debut EP, Hype, Money, and Misbehavior is set to drop tomorrow night at a record release show at Howler’s Coyote Café upon the stroke of ten. While they may be a new group, what this quintet has recorded thus far makes them sound as if they are a decades-old veteran act. Opener “Dirty Romance” gets the party...

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On the seventh of June, the greater Pittsburgh area gained a new concert venue tailored towards locals. The inaugural show at Broken Plow combined the efforts of First Angel Media, Three Rivers Music Therapy, Creatures and Creep Rods, and Broken Plow Western Martial Arts, and acted as a benefit for Soothing Sensations Music Therapy Groups. The venue itself is located off of route 28 in Creighton, PA. The building was once used as a church,...

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Seven – Vision/Down Progressive/Alt Metal Atlanta, GA This week’s Find Your Muse(ic) features prog-rocker Seven and his new single Vision/Down. Seven offers us a familiar yet refreshing take on some prog tinged alt metal and a glimpse of what’s to come off of his upcoming album. If you dig the grooves of metallic prog like Sydonia, Tool, and The Deftones mixed with the goth pop melodies of the Depeche Mode, you are in for a treat.

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  When the spidery riffage and bombast of Coheed and Cambria’s “The Dark Sentencer” clashed with the spiraling mist and blustery wind of an unseasonably gloomy and crisp June evening, I was reminded of how formidable this prog-metal band is and how ferocious and proud they are as a live act as they eschewed their lighter, more syrupy material almost completely. Even poppier fare such as “A Favor House Atlantic” possessed tremendous bite as leader...

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In the mood to get some angst out with some croon and swoon? Libson, Ohio alternative rockers Three Vultures may just be the fix you’re looking for. They have recently dropped their new album Rebirth and they are aiming for the heartstrings and jugular. Rebirth rocks likes the best parts of 2003. Bearing a heavy post grunge/nu metal sound, you get a pretty good idea what Three Vultures has to offer with bands like Smile Empty Soul,...

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Slough Feg have no parallel in modern metal. They take the obscure gems of the NWOBHM and use them to build new suits of armor while lead by a philosopher/axe warrior/brainac cult leader. I was both mesmerized and astonished by Slough Feg at 2014’s edition of the Alehorn of Power festival in Chicago. Meeting frontman/guitarist Mike Scalzi was like having a brush with a hero of myth. Trying to photograph him was like trying to...