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Breaking Benjamin took Keybank Pavilion by storm this past Friday night with Chevelle, Three Days Grace, along with special guests Dorothy and Diamante! The crowd for this one was epic, topped only by the bands compassion for them.   Photography by: Amanda Baker     Diamante         Dorothy         Three Days Grace         Chevelle         Breaking Benjamin          

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On this week’s “Find Your Muse(ic)” we look at Texas synth metal duo “Color Chemistry” with their lead single “Extra Life” off of their album “A Light Above” that is dropping today! Retro pop keyboards with Nintendo soundtrack flair and alternative metal vibes run rampant as the band storms through this scorcher of a track! Be sure to pick up a copy of “A Light Above” today and get your synth on!

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      Something wicked comes this way from the deep south. Texas prog aficionados “Color Chemistry” are about to unleash their new album “A Light Above” and plan to hit hard from just about every angle with their take on synthy prog rock and metal.       Where do I even begin to start with this album? “A Light Above” hits fast and hard with many influences and styles that come from all angles and genres,...

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Let’s face it, we live in a day and age where musically……..originality is hard to come by. That’s not saying bands don’t try to break the mold, but we live in a time where almost everything has been done and every genre has been mixed and matched to form a new sub genre. Every now and then you find a band that releases an album that creatively sticks out a little more than some and...

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One could say that nascent  promoter Steel & Bone Productions has a Marshall Plan in store for the Pittsburgh underground metal scene. To kick off their crusade, we were given a seven-act Saturday night showcase at Cattivo featuring a number of bands that played last year’s Migration 2 Festival, allowing fans to sample what they may have missed out on or relive it if they attended it. Note: Migration returns in 2020. Abysme, a local act...

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This year’s Pittsburgh Hard and Heavy at SUB Alpine was pure, joyous, hard hitting insanity. Featuring local bands Oceans to Ash, Shrouded In Neglect, and Conflict Cycle, as well as North Carolina based Outliar. The beast was brought, faces were melted. As always, band and venue links are in the comments!   Photography by: Amanda Baker     Oceans to Ash           Shrouded In Neglect         Outliar        ...

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Post hardcore aficionados “Secret Eyes” have recently dropped the video for their newest single “Never Gave A Damn” and boy is it a scorcher. With sounds echoing the halls of 00’s era post hardcore and emo flavored rock, your inner goth kid will be dancing with joy like it was the Myspace era all over again. With its hard hitting riffs, echoing guitar melodies, and soaring vocal lines, “Never Gave A Damn” hits nostalgia in...

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It’s the kind of piano line that should be played in a dark and smoky bar. Simple, emotional, powerful.  The vocals start: soft and sultry. The music keeps its simplicity and emotion as the verse leads the way to the chorus. The guitar is reminiscent of Larry Carlton – every note perfectly tasteful. It’s almost understated, but you couldn’t imagine the song without it. Like a subtle perfume, you’re not really aware of it but...

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The 3rd annual Descendants of Crom event!: ASG Solace Valkyrie Black Pyramid Argus Irata Backwoods Payback Enhailer Icarus Witch Brimstone Coven Foghound Kingsnake Sun Voyager Witchkiss Leather Lung Frayle Tines Spacelord Pillärs PALE GREY LORE Lightning Born NIGHT VAPOR Riparian Fox 45 Void King Official: COMA Action Camp White Alice Old Dream Motometer Killer of Sheep SUBMACHINE Brown Angel PotslammerSponsors and vendor information coming soon. tickets https://www.facebook.com/events/216035832675553/

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This week on Find Your Muse(ic) we take a look at the song “Claudia” by Delaware’s seafaring beast Bastion’s Wake. Featuring chunky dropped tuned alt metal, enriched guitar melodies, and symphonic elements…it is a welcome change of pace in the world of metal we have today. What will catch the ear most about “Claudia” is the intense harmonious vocals featured in the track. The vocals act almost as another instrument as beautiful 3 part harmonies...

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If you were to listen to any individual song by Baltimore-based alternative rockers Night’s Edge, you may classify them as something they’re not. Their debut album, ‘Shades of Dusk‘, was released on June 29th, and each song on the record brings something unique to the table. Although not necessarily genre-fluid, I didn’t get the feeling that this was a group trying to find their sound, but rather one that knew precisely who they were. I...

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Every year, Rock for Life Concert Series Inc. puts on shows at the Iselin Ballfield near Saltsburg, PA. These shows are charity, benefiting sponsored children and their families through tough times with medical expenses and also moral support. It’s way more than a fundraising event. Gigaroo and the main event, Rock For Life are two day events with free camping. These shows go on rain or shine and are staffed by some of the most committed...

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North Carolina death metal/thrash titans Outliar are about to hit the road and make their way to our neck of the woods in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was handed their album “Taste the Blood” at a show I was playing a couple weeks ago and asked to do a write up on it. While I was excited, upon first glance of the album art and song titles I had already written off in my mind what to...

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In the past few years, the underground sludge and doom metal scene in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has begun to really thrive. A newer band has emerged recently, having dropped their sophomore album in the back half of 2018, and it is a welcome addition to the Pittsburgh scene. Today we take a look at “Cultivating Mass” by East Pittsburgh’s Salt the Snail. “Cultivating Mass” is mostly what one would expect it to be within this style...

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The Keynote Cafe in Jeannette, PA started twelve years ago because the owner Jill Sorrels wanted to hear more music. The last Saturday in June was the venue’s final show. Jill had decided it was time to retire. The show started at noon and there was act after act continuously until after midnight. Even though the venue is in a small town in southwestern PA, the amount of talent that played the last day was...

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Philadelphia nu-thrash/hard rock outfit Infinity have recently dropped their debut album “Awakening“. With a commanding presence and a knack for melody and blistering technicality, the band are ready to hit the road and not look back with their brand of aggro-thrash. While “Awakening” doesn’t rewrite the handbook on old school thrash in any way, shape, or form….the band does however unite to provide a solid front with their influences on their sleeve. With their militant...

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The Keynote Cafe in Jeannette, PA started twelve years ago because the owner Jill Sorrels wanted to hear more music. The last Saturday in June was the venue’s final show. Jill had decided it was time to retire. The show started at noon and there was act after act continuously until after midnight.  Even though the venue is in a small town in southwestern PA, the amount of talent that played the last day was...