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  There was a time when acts in the vein of Icarus Witch were the temporarily exiled aristocracy of the heavy metal scene. However, Icarus Witch are no nostalgia show. While paying tribute to the past in their singular way, they also look forward, blazing paths with the precision of lasers and the aplomb of a fireworks display. Icarus Witch are on their fifth album and fourth singer, current throat Andrew D’Cagna also moonlighting in...

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There is nothing I like more than seeing a young band come into their own. That’s exactly what’s happening with the up and coming Prog Rock band Unfinished Evolution. So far, I’ve seen them play times – twice last year and most recently on October 12th, 2018 at the Smiling Moose on Southside.  Every time I see them play, they get tighter and more polished. While that is generally supposed to happen with a band,...

  Having formed in 2003, The Breathing Process are a band that has endured myriad changes in terms of personnel and style. From the title to the actual content, Samsara, the band’s third album and first in six years, sounds and reads to be an allegory for their cyclical nature. https://thebreathingprocess.bandcamp.com/ Vocals either hiss like locusts or roar like bears awakened from hibernation. Guitars die, decay, and are reborn, in triplicate no less. Cryogenic keyboards...

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  I heard the whirring blades and tank treads in the distance. I caught a glimpse of the colossal, titanium abattoir rolling over the defilers and gluttons and tyrants. I heard their screams as the killing machine gurgled in satisfaction. I saw its four operators grin approvingly. Post Mortal Possession are the band that devoured Cannibal Corpse, butchered Cattle Decapitation, and buried Six Feet Under, all with a handful of material in their war chest....

Vermithrax are what American power metal used to be: gritty, salt-of-the-earth, lead-heavy, fast, melodic, and built for war. Their recently hatched full-length debut album (after a widely circulated EP that was released in 2013), Imperium Draconus, continues Vermithrax’s glory-bound crusade with a dragon-lunged singer in imposing, stout-hearted captain Chris Roy to lead them. Nothing has ever been rote about Vermithrax’s brand of power metal, and Imperium Draconus is no exception. There is no tedious, derivative...

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     In 2015, Breaking Benjamin re-emerged after a 4-year hiatus due to a mixture of health issues and legal battles with a new team, (Keith Wallen, Jasen Rauch, Shaun Foist and Aaron Brusch) and new energy with the release of Dark Before Dawn. While received positively, the album fell short in the eyes of some fans because the material itself had been quite old; being written almost single-handedly by Ben during the hiatus period,...

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     I wanted to write this review as something special. No it’s not just because I love these guys. It’s because I truly believe the world needs to hear this music. Its heavy, its got amazing deep meaning, it crushes, it’s the true definition of Hardcore. I was given this EP as a gift from the band themselves, but that does not at all affect my opinion.  Listen to the EP for free or check out...

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    The Crowning comes to us out of Stroudsburg, P.A., with a sound that crosses Rock genres. A level of professionalism in all that they do, combined with the major talent of each member, is quickly making fans for them everywhere they reach with good reason. When Micah Martin first sent me the unreleased copy of their single “Stay” I knew by the third chord that I needed to stop everything I was doing and listen...

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     NeverWake is a leading metal band that has roots in the Pittsburgh music scene. First formed in 2010 they have crafted a sound that is dark, melodic, and a twisting road of metal mixed with enough rock to keep it in a world of its own. They have shared the stage with members of Disturbed, Slipknot, Korn, and Nonpoint, just to name a few, and can be found at many national shows during...

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    Half Wheel is a two piece instrumental band that brings together the existing talents of Jazz Byers and Sean Nestor. Originating in Pittsburgh, PA, and often seen teamed together in their heavier band, Homicide Black, Half Wheel seems to be the lighter creative side of two of the best known members of the Pittsburgh music scene. In live performances these guys show how much they love their work with a fun vibe, smiles, and the...

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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