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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...

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If you’re going through something, Eneferens 2018 album “The Bleakness of Our Constant” is one you may want to listen to. With this work, Jori Apedaile (who writes and records all instruments and vocals) has painted a vivid soundscape through which he filters the emotions of struggle and the search for understanding. Unconventional song structure, a mixture of heavy and bright tones, and distinct, oppositional vocal styles make this album worth listening to a few...

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Royal Honey have been slinging, raw, dirty, fun, retro hard rock for almost a year now, and their debut EP, Hype, Money, and Misbehavior is set to drop tomorrow night at a record release show at Howler’s Coyote Café upon the stroke of ten. While they may be a new group, what this quintet has recorded thus far makes them sound as if they are a decades-old veteran act. Opener “Dirty Romance” gets the party...

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For forty years on, since the halcyon New Wave Of British Heavy Metal era, a movement that spawned only a handful of superstars, there has been a English-borne act plying their trade sporadically through touring or recording like errant paladins searching for honor more than fortune. They never reached the heights of Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Saxon, or even Diamond Head, and their line-ups have been too numerous to keep track of, bassist Lee Payne...

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Heads old and young were bobbing blissfully on a wet, unseasonably chilly Monday evening in Baldwin, a quiet Pittsburgh suburb, to the tunes of progressive, power, and thrash, Metal Church leading the brigade with their fusion of all. Ellwood City’s spray paint vandals Whitethrash cast the first rock with a sardonic and fun set of Nuclear Assault/S.O.D. cherrybomb worship that sufficiently stoked appetites. Locals Storm Dragon were hampered a bit by a bad mix, but...

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Surely at least some FAM readers were busier concertgoers than I was in 2018. Let us know how you did! Post your lists in our comments section here or on our Facebook page! Concert Log 2018 Note: All concerts were held in Pittsburgh,PA unless otherwise noted. 1. (1/29) The Skull @ Howler’s Coyote Café with Serpent Lord 2. (2/7) Black Label Society @ Stage AE with Corrosion of Conformity and Red Fang 3. (2/10) Lady...

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Like your metal with a touch of ambience and proggy djent? Maybe some mentally deranged and psychotic vocals served on the side? New Chicago based outfit “Psithurism” have just released their debut EP and it might just be the flavor your looking for……. The guys waste little to no time getting down to what they are all about. Djent flavored metalcore with just the right amount of technical flair, Psithurism have certainly produced a tasty...

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Today, I sat down with DiGregorio brainchild & lead guitarist Suzanne DeCree to find out about her history and vision for DiGregorio’s future: Denman: How long have you been playing guitar? Suzanne: Oh dear Lord! It will be 43 years this year. I started noodling with my dad’s old classical guitar when I was 6. But if we’re talking when I seriously started playing….that would be 10 years later. Denman: Do you play any other...

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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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An amazing time was had by all when the Winter Blackout: The Yeti Strikes Back tour stopped at the Rex Theater recently. Good times and great freaking music but who would have thought it would be anything less with bands like The Expendables, BALLYHOO!, Kash’d Out, Keystone Vibe, and Amplified.!! This tour still has dates coming so be sure to see when they’re coming to a stage near you! Event Dates Below – check out...

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Immolation are a band I haven’t always been keen on, their perpetual blastbeat downpour being somewhat impenetrable to me as a man who prefers his death metal melodic, tricky, and with a sense of groove. Yet upon a revisitation of Immolation’s catalogue, particularly more recent albums such as Atonement, I found many connectable and intelligent moments to latch onto, more so than I had previously. Beginning to feel as if I were a fighter ducking...

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9 Stitch Method Black Sheep (2019 Single) There’s something a little different about 9 Stitch Method.This insanely full sound is brought to you by just two men who take their joint creativity to new levels in recorded music and live shows. Constantly developing everything they have done, these guys have pushed themselves to build their name and bring professional music to their fans… and they’re getting noticed for their hard work. Their latest single “Black...

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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...