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Sometimes you come across an album so dense it takes you and pushes you out in front of the proverbial bus. Sometimes you find an album so heavy and caustic you can’t help but wonder how someone could create something that dark. Well ladies and gentlemen, Alberta’s grind mathematicians Spurn have delivered just that album with their release “Comfort in Nothing”. “Comfort in Nothing” wastes no time sucking you in for the sonic assault that...

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Sometimes in order to find the beauty in something you need to strip away the glitz and glam and break it down to bare bones. When doing this you find all the imperfections and the true face value of something for what it really is. Mckeesport rockabilly grunge act Garage Space offer us just that on their latest offering of tunes. “Garage Space” is a melding pot of different styles and genres formed together to...

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With a lot of buzz and hustle, Pittsburgh alt metal act Reign of Z are gearing up for the release of their debut Ep “Mirrors and Memoirs”. Having a sold out show ready for their release and a busy schedule, it’s pretty easy to say these guys are ready to hit the ground running. I’ll be upfront, “Mirrors and Memoirs” is not for the faint of heart. With a dirty goth-tinged vibe and lyrical exorcism,...

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Discontent with the world around you? Feel like opening up a can of whoop ass? Well good news, Pittsburgh metal act Conflict Cycle have just the soundtrack for your pent up aggression. The kings of groove are back and have recently dropped their sophomore album Dark Days Ahead. Mixing southern metal riffs and metalcore (think Hellyeah, Pantera, and He is Legend), Dark Days Ahead doesn’t stray far from the beaten path, but they keep you...

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Coming from across the pond in Germany, Caynug has recently dropped a mammoth of an album titled “Mental Junkyard”. With amazing production and stellar songwriting spanning across multiple genres, “Mental Junkyard” is another notch in the belt of an already excellent catalog for Caynug. “Mental Junkyard” plays out like a soundtrack in the mind of the mentally unstable. The album is best served to be played from front to back to fully appreciate the journey....

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Feast on the Fallen Metal No Saviors   Pittsburgh Zombie-core act Feast on the Fallen/ are back at it again with their new Ep “No Saviors”. With better production and matured songwriting, Feast have come back to stomp and pillage all within their path. With an intro track and 3 news songs, Feast on the Fallen doesn’t waste time getting down to business. “No Savior” plays out like a zombie flick that terrifies and keeps the...

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Victoria Fire Alternative Hard Rock New kids on the block Victoria Fire have come out of the gate swinging with a fresh new demo. While being only a two track demo, these guys more than prove that they will be a force amongst the Pittsburgh scene once they get their bearings. Victoria Fire presents us with tracks “Haunted” and “Low”. A good dose of alternative metal, churning out vibes reminiscent of bands like the Deftones, Flyleaf,...

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Something sludgy comes this way from Kingston, New York. Stoner rock giants Geezer have dropped their newest Ep “Spiral Fires” to infect the masses with their brand of cosmic doom. So grab your closest pair of headphones, turn off the lights, and immerse yourself in the sonic journey that awaits you. “Spiral Fires” is an amalgamation of various sounds and influences from the past that meld together to make Geezer. Take the psychedelic tinge of...

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Vetis The Invitation From the woods of West Virginia, horror metal juggernauts Vetis have emerged to haunt your dreams with their newest sonic assault “The Invitation”. This album is a must have for any metal fan, playing out like a walk in the woods at night with that suspicious feeling something or someone is watching you. Without a doubt, the shrieks and sounds that are heard on “The Invitation” are ones we have all heard...

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From the other side of the tracks in Scranton, Pennsylvania comes Traverse the Abyss with a brand new self titled EP. “Traverse the Abyss” is a fun, brutal Ep to rock out to. The band shows they have plenty of tricks up their sleeves in melding various sub genres of metal on this release. From the metalcore Tom Foolery of “Failure” to the fret board blazing that takes place in “Battle Cry”, nothing is off...

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FAM is a Pittsburgh, PA based music media company that’s all about the personal, emotional and social experience of music. The internet is awesome for finding music – living it is better! We’re bringing you professional photos from shows, articles, videos and more to remind you that your weekend doesn’t have to be spent here in the virtual world but with people who have at least one thing in common with you – a shared taste for music. Music media has been done before, but we flipped the script and concentrate on the stuff you haven’t seen yet – the local and regional bands that aren’t just a name on a billboard and a face on a stage. You’re probably still going to find some national level stuff happening around the Pittsburgh area but that’s because when they come to town, they’re part of our family… and once upon a time they were a local band from somewhere.

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