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North Carolina Thrashers Outliar are back at it again with the arrival of their new EP Thrashing the Vault. After reviewing their previous effort, I have been greatly looking forward to the arrival of this release. So, let us round up the dead and feast on what Outliar has brought forth with this release……… ….and boy was it worth the wait. Thrashing the Vault, interestingly enough, harkens back to the band’s past, featuring re-recorded versions...

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Daisuke Wachi is a one-man Groove Metal band straight from the streets of LA. Recording and performing under the moniker Divine Era, his third and most recent release is called Scripture Codes Summon Suicidal Thoughts. As you would expect, this album is extremely dark, with lyrics covering everything from suicides to snuff films.  Within the darkness, however, there is beauty.  Daisuke’s musicianship is impeccable. Whether he’s playing guitar, bass or programming the drums, there is...

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Within the last couple of years there has been a strong resurgence of Stoner and Doom Metal within the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania scene. Today we are going to take a look at new kids on the block Makeshift Urn with their debut Self-Titled EP. To start off, Makeshift Urn was a rather refreshing listen. I dabble within the genre of Stoner Metal every now and then when I get the itch, but let’s face it, if...

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based rap/metal duo East Koast Craziez are back at it again with the release of their upcoming Ep “Mudpit Monsters”. With their spastic energy and murderous intent, the duo plan to devour all those who dare step in their path with their horror tinged brand of hip hop. Mudpit Monsters is a gruesome affair within realm of the horrorcore genre. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but those acquainted with the genre are sure...

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Ohio-based black metal fanatics Plagueweilder have just dropped their newest album Suffering From Self Inflicted Wounds. With its lo-fi tendencies and dark atmosphere, the band aims to unleash their fury on the underground with this release. To be point blank, Plaguweilder’s newest batch of tunes are ungodly (no pun intended) to say the least. Nothing is sacred (besides maybe the Dark Lord himself) as the band rips through five tracks of unrelenting mayhem. Suffering From...

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Noise pranksters and mathematicians On Pink have recently dropped their Ep “Scarlett“. With their brand of experimental shenanigans and obscure noise manipulation, the New York based trio set out to expand their horizons and bring something new to the table with the release of their new Ep. “Scarlett” is the kind of release that is filled to the brim with quality material, but will be hit and miss given its experimental and quirky virtuoso. It’s the...

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  Epic, Pittsburgh traditional metal power trio Legendry recently let slip their third full-length concept album within a four-year span, The Wizard and the Tower Keep telling a harrowing, musical fantasy tale of virtue challenging evil in a far-off land that time has forgotten. The album begins with an earnest medieval folk tune and never looks back, its Manilla Road aspirations effectively filling a void left by the death of that band’s key member Mark...

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  Throwback metal dominators Savage Master have been campaigning ruthlessly within the underground metal scene for the past 6 years, their Bitch/Exciter alchemy entertaining audiences at large festivals and intimate club gigs alike with a NWOBHM verve to compliment their leathery, spiked, shock-rock showmanship. A mere stroke of luck is not the reason for Savage Master’s growth in stature as a sought-after support act for bands such as High Spirits and even GWAR! Rather, Savage...

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So I’ve said it once, I’ve said it twice, and I’ll probably say it many more times……..Ohio is a breeding ground for excellent heavy metal. Dubbing themselves “ambient metalcore”, Columbus, Ohio’s Fear Culture are no exception with their EP “Room to Breathe“. I’ll say this like I do in most of my reviews, Fear Culture doesn’t exactly tread any new ground here, BUT these guys play modern metalcore and darn tootin’ they do a damn...

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Something gruesome comes this way from the wicked west. Washington-based horrorcore act Lyrizone is about to drop his highly anticipated debut album (ironically) titled “Sweet Relief”. With a molotov cocktail of deprecating catharsis, slasher film aesthetic, and schizophrenic charisma, Lyrizone’s “Sweet Relief” promises to be quite the opposite of it’s title……. I want to start off by saying something about this album: from the very get go it is very clear there was a lot of...

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As the sun set over Millvale this past Saturday the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls filled with witches, ghouls, goblins, steam punks and more otherworldly beings. What was the impetus for such gathering you may ask? Why, none other than the latest collaborative effort by The Crucible Project and Twist of Fate Productions. The all ages event was a Halloween themed show that saw four bands perform for costumed fans young and old. Opening the show...

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Are you a fan of blues rock? Do you often find yourself looking for guitarists who can use a wah pedal for more than just making pornographic movie theme songs? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then The Jay Trainer Band may very well be what you are looking for. The band’s latest release “A Whisper of Ruin (Deluxe Edition)” is a fifteen-track album with a lot to offer. A Whisper of...

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The pen is mightier than the sword, but Stosh Jonjak’s guitar virtuosity is mightier than both. I’m speaking, of course, of the PGH stoner rock veterans MaxXouT’s hottest new single, “Chasing Ghosts”. A hard charging, fist pumping ode to the insecurities of modern life. One of which definitely proves that no matter the adversity, sometimes a creative soul’s will to perform never dies. Upon first listening to this blazing hot track, one immediately notices Stosh’s...

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Most musicians dream of writing THE album. The album that defines you. The album into which you’ve poured every ounce of your heart and soul. The album that IS you.  THE album. Most musicians probably can’t fathom taking thirteen years to write that anthemic album. If you could write the soundtrack of your life, how long would it be? What type of music would you choose? Would you be willing to take more than a...

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    A new contender in the black metal community has emerged from the depths of hell named Horse Drawn. When this was given to me, I was quite excited as I was on night shift. Listening and taking notes on this demo sampler was gonna carry me the rest of the night and boy was I in for a treat.        Horse Drawn have recently dropped their sampler Nonbeliever in preparation for their upcoming album. The band...

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Gator Shakes is a band you’ve probably seen on a flier or two if you’re a follower of the Pittsburgh metal scene. After a memorable performance at Deutschtown Music Festival and a conveniently-timed epidemic of alligators running wild in the city streets, Gator Shakes has been shrouded in a fog of intrigue and mystery. To cap off an active summer, they unveiled a 7-track album on August 24th with a release party at Cattivo. There...

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In a world full of synthesizers, auto-tune and drum loops it can be very easy to buy into the worn-out saying of “rock is dead”. Texas outfit Icons of Industry prove the exact opposite on their latest effort Alchemy in Waves (2nd Anniversary Edition). The Ep is a showcase of solid rock n’ roll through in through, beckoning back to the likes of Cream, Steppenwolf and Led Zeppelin while simultaneously remaining fresh and modern. The...

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On Friday, September 13th, Chicago-based progressive deathcore act Psithurism released a new single titled Bloodlust. While the track maintains the style I’ve come to expect from the band, there’s a bit more genre-fusion when compared to their self-titled EP from earlier this year. The EP was filled with brutal, battering riffs, a mixed bag of bone-crushing screams from vocalist Matt Matigian, and ambient sections designed to build anticipation and anxiety. Bloodlust contains those same elements,...