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In anticipation of their long awaited album release, The Art of Burning Bridges took the stage like a squad of storm troopers this past Saturday night and practically blew the doors off the place! Melodic vocals soared over tasty hard rock riffs as Patrick Rominelli’s haunting voice captivated the room. If you haven’t heard of The Art of Burning Bridges, you are depriving yourself. This talented three-piece delivers their set with the flawless execution of a...

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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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This has been an album long time coming and I’m stoked to finally get my hands on it. Everrett, Pennsylvania’s Paradigm have finally dropped the follow up to their 2014 self titled album. The album “Monolith” plays like an album crafted in the twisted distorted mind of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. With a very well placed track list the album overall plays out very smoothly, taking the listener to hell and back. Monolith’s sound...

King Fowley is metal’s equivalent of a late-night creature-feature host or narrator of a old horror comic book. One can picture him spinning yarns from a moldy castle or abandoned mansion as he heartily laughs at your terror with rats crawling about his feet. Having been plying his trade for around 35 years now in bands such as October 31, Doomstone, and Abominog, Fowley’s primary act, Deceased, offered us Ghostly White in 2018, a ghoulish...

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Hailing from the 814, Erie Pennsylvania’s Human Delusion have just unleashed a leviathan of an album aptly titled “Depravity“. From the moment I hit play on the album’s intro track “Sentenced”, I knew I was gonna be in for a wild ride. Pennsylvania’s metal scene has been a breeding ground for amazing metal as of lately and these guys are no exception. “Delusion” harkens back to the familiar sounds of the early 00’s metalcore with a...

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Horehound vocalist Shy Kennedy has become quite the mogul of the Pittsburgh metal scene, particularly in its vibrant doom corner, where she holds court not only as a performer but as an organizer of the Descendants of Crom festival and the owner of the interesting Blackseed Records, a label that is a mission for her as opposed to a mere business venture. Kennedy and her bandmates are in rapturous love with all sounds down-bred from...

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Despite his youth, Serg Streltsov is a veteran of the Pittsburgh metal scene and a survivor having come to the United States from Ukraine. After sharpening his claws in bands such as Dreadeth, Incinerate Creation, Bloodwraith, Haxxan, and even gory death metal pioneers Necrophagia, Streltsov has brought us something new and more intimate in Esoterica, the first offering from Automb. With another even more battle-scarred member in drummer Scott Fuller, who has seen combat within...

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Alter the Design finds themselves heading in a direction with their sophomore release UNDIVIDED, due out December 11 2018. This hard rock band out of Pittsburgh delves into a more metal style that catches the listeners attention quickly. A short creative Intro and you are catapulted into a beautiful darkness of driven riffs and drum beats that that grip you. The vocals find a perfect match in the passion and tone of the slightly rough...

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This has been yet another loaded 12 months of metal. I’ve never listed this many before and decided not to pare it down any further. So…now, in no particular order, I proudly present to you…The Class of 2018! Top Albums 2018 1. Wolftooth-s/t 2. Aparia-Beyond the Walls of Man 3. Gygax-2nd Edition 4. Visigoth-Conqueror’s Oath 5. Immortal-Northern Chaos Gods 6. Portal-Ion 7. Judas Priest-Firepower 8. Primordial-Exile Amongst the Ruins 9. Shakma-House of Possession 10. Tribulation-Down...

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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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