https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/DSC2116-1280x720.jpg

A proper prelude for the third annual Descendants of Crom took place at Howlers yesterday evening, tingling spines with an eclectic mixture of bands doom and stoner and some that strayed far from that particular Venn diagram. Motometer, a quirky hometown power trio, broke the seal for the festival with a set of groovy, progressive 70’s fuzzrock that put Budgie, Primus, Led Zeppelin, and the guitar mathematics of Robert Fripp into a tornado. The act’s...

https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/68863301_736301673493744_5265388218496319488_o-1280x720.jpg

This weeks Find Your MUSE(ic) feature is Sleep, a track from the upcoming release “Jaywalking Somnambulist” by 9 Stitch Method. These guys have been making waves and it’s no surprise. With the ability to take you through a roller coaster of emotions with dark, emotionally driven music that doesn’t follow the ‘industry standard’ of easily ingested lyrics and simple riffs, they weave a web of tortured dreamland with “Sleep” that exists only in the minds...

https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/64741811_2289710607955016_2880872841622847488_n.jpg

To whet appetites for Descendants of Crom 3, which occurs this Saturday and Sunday at Cattivo in Lawrenceville, Howler’s Coyote Café in Bloomfield will host a pre-party featuring Icarus Witch, Fox 45, Enhailer, Motometer, Void King, and Submachine. Icarus Witch’s trad/power/prog will do battle with Enhailer’s doom/stoner/sludge, Submachine’s punk attack, Void King’s rock-n-roll Sabbath twist, Fox 45’s cosmic molasses, and Motometer’s nameless, genre-defying blues. While DOC may lean towards the slower end of the heavy...

https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/a3118360963_2.jpg

Desecendants of Crom III begins this Friday night with a pre-gala at Howler’s in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood and continues at Cattivo in Lawrenceville for the remainder of the weekend. One of the many bands that will grace the fest with its collective presence is New York’s Sun Voyager.   Self-reporting as “earthy heavygaze rockers,” Sun Voyager simply wail regardless of what they call themselves and do so with a bent towards the more unusual 70’s...

https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/46522594_1967819143304438_6756537199367290880_n-959x720.jpg

As Descendants of Crom approaches not far off in the distance I can hear a rumble and see a fog descending. It’s a rumble that shakes the earth beneath my feet and has an unsettling vibe about it. It’s a dark fog that smells of whiskey and cheap cigarettes; thick and dense with a whole lot of attitude….and my friends I’m here to say that disturbance of the senses is Baltimore stoner rock outfit Foghound...

https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/54228774_2393363044021629_8738155450983251968_n.jpg

Music truly is an amazing thing. You can express the same emotion within the construct of various sounds and moods. You can take an expression and blow it out of the water to blistering heights and volumes or pull it back to a quiet whisper to the get the same point across. Singapore screamo/emoviolence act Bethari opt the extreme measure on their newest split, proving very quickly this isn’t your standard Hot Topic/mallcore screamo affair….....

https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/64832956_695775250879720_3454040784234348544_o-1280x720.jpg

In two weeks time, 9 Stitch Method will release their second full-length album, “Jaywalking Somnambulist“. It’s been a good year for the band, from joining the Brutal Business Entertainment roster, to opening shows for national headliners such as Trapt (along with a plethora of other shows both in and outside of Pittsburgh). The bottom line is, they’ve shown a lot of growth this year, and what better way to top it all off than with...

https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/CDA2446B-EDF8-4648-9FD9-17ED6F89CC69-1280x720.jpeg

R’n’B isn’t normally my thing, so of course I felt completely out of place when I showed up to Pittsburgh’s Very Own 2 on August 10th at Mr. Smalls in time for the closing act: INEZ. This was a very special show for the ‘Burgh. Pittsburgh is not a town known for it’s female R’n’B stars, but after this phenomenal showing by some of the hottest talent in the city, that needs to change. That...

https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/IMG_5223-1280x720.jpg

Scott “Wino” Weinrich has found himself darkening the corridors of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area numerous times with his many bands, but it his particularly free-wheelin’, easy ridin’ biker doom vehicle The Obsessed that will roll into Cattivo next weekend. Yes, Pittsburgh’s Descendants of Crom III festival has seen a change in its lineup for its 2019 edition. ASG were to headline Day 1 (Saturday 9/21), but due to unforeseen circumstances, The Obsessed are taking their...

https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/pars-coverart-2019-9-1280x720.jpg

It’s amazing how an idea can be born out of nothing. It’s amazing how that idea can begin to grow and prosper given the right amount of work ethic and dedication. Often times when this happens, time evades us as we become busy with progression and losing sight of all we have accomplished along the way. Every now and then it is essential to pause, take a step back, and see where you are now...

https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/58802452_2855593387814003_2743524950047457280_o-1280x720.jpg

Find Your MUSE(ic): The Fading Light – “I Will” Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania alternative rockers The Fading Light recently dropped a new video for their single “I Will” and boy is it a scorcher. The track tells the tale of a long distance relationship as it wears it’s heart on it’s sleeve throughout the heavily acoustic arrangement. Sorrowful, yet full of hope, “I Will” is sure to tug on the heart strings and having listeners everywhere wondering...

https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/45156409_311918629398122_5757920035616063488_o-1080x720.jpg

New doom/stoner punks Coma are an emerging entity in the Pittsburgh Doom Metal scene. Having released their debut Ep “Saturnalian” back in the yesteryear known as 2018, the band have been busy writing a new album and crushing stages across the tri-state area. With a punishing Ep like “Saturnalian“, its plain as day why Coma will be at this year’s Descendants of Crom Festival…… “Saturnalian” struts a little faster than the modern doom affair, hanging tight...

https://www.firstangelmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/IMG_5193-1280x720.jpg

Beginning the evening of Friday September 20th at Howler’s and running through until Saturday September 21st and Sunday September 22nd at Cattivo, Pittsburgh’s third annual Descendants of Crom festival brings doom and stoner metal to the forefront while touching on some other sub-genres and leaving no hessian dissatisfied. I chatted with the event’s organizer, Shy Kennedy, who also fronts the band Horehound and heads up Blackseed Records when she’s not promoting shows. Here’s what she...