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More than two months ago, intensely morbid, violent, and technical Toronto death metallers Tomb Mold branded the psyches of those who were fortunate, sturdy, and brave enough to attend Migration 2 over the course of their set. On a misty Monday in November, they returned to a nearly full house at Bloomfield’s Howler’s Coyote Café, slamming skulls into gravestones with funereal aplomb. Percussively impressive was skinsman/larynx Max Klebanoff, who was able to growl and rumble...

  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....

In Southside Pittsburgh’s The Smiling Moose, a place known as much for co-ed carousing as it is for underground live music, a cramped attic of a venue hosted a storm of black metal that brewed slowly, starting as a fine mist and finishing as a torrential thundershower. Local act Veiled took the stage first, their dripping, mossy, frigid black metal, the band formerly known as Gnosis of the Witch, Windir and Drudkh iffs crawling from...

The endurance trial of seismic shifts, dinosaur stampedes, and lightning storms continued in what is still an unassuming venue in Lawrenceville’s Cattivo. Who would be left standing come 1 a.m. was a question that was on the minds of performers, attendees, and observers such as myself. Day 2 saw a more eclectic lineup than Day 1. Pittsburgh’s Urns fired the opening shots of day 2 with a slow, atmospheric set of death-infused black doom. Intelligent,...

I had previously dismissed Australian daredevils Parkway Drive in error when last they played Pittsburgh the same night as a decidedly more underground show was taking place on the other side of the city. Perhaps it was their name, which invoked all things “emo” and “nu” and whatnot. However, upon investigating Parkway Drive’s catalogue after their previous show months back, I heard much of what made metalcore a once exciting genre in the high 90’s and...

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Steamy, funky, and anarchic were the operative words of the evening. Whatever “stoner mountain metal” is, West Virginians Horseburner are churning out quite a tasty brew as evidenced by an impressive, late-night stand at Polish Hill’s Gooski’s. The smoky, humid environs only seemed to enhance the Kadavar/Mastodon/Thin Lizzy pyrotechnics that Horseburner, who were a runaway highlight last year’s Descendants of Crom festival, have a tyrefitter’s grip on. Riff after riff assailed the hazy gloom and...

On a sinfully humid night in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield early yesterday evening, one could hear the ghosts of bands past haunting the alleyways. The reconfigured music of acts such as Thin Lizzy and Wishbone Ash wafted into the thick summer air from Howler’s, that perennial classic of the local dive bar scene. There was something alluring and familiar yet new afoot. Ah yes, it was axe crazy mastermind Dave Wheeler’s new band, Limousine Beach, and they...

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     Metal Night on Main street was a very special event put together by the bands playing, and the Main street Tavern in Monongahela. This event proved that the Mon Valley music scene is back and very much alive. Very special thank you to the tavern, the bands and all the faces, familiar or not who showed up.      First band to hit it hard was someone new to me, but that’s 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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