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Occasionally something very interesting finds its way to the writing desks of First Angel Media. For instance, a new song from a French vocalist. No, not someone who just got their DNA test back and is now wearing berets and correcting everyone on their pronunciation of the word crepes. An actual artist based in France with new material to be looked. A chance to review material from an artist of another artist is certainly a...

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There was a time when black and death metal were considered the same thing. Those days are no more. However, these genres have melded quite often and have remained kindred. Tonight’s gory revue was an opportunity to examine and celebrate that. In one corner, hailing from Austria, we had the occult death/black metalists known as Belphegor snorting brimstone and kicking with cloven hooves. In the other, hailing from Long Island, it would be the baseball...

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So, if your buddy said to you, “We’re gonna hold an event where we post a public set list of songs and open it up to all musicians and let them randomly jump on stage and take the place of a member of the band.” You’d probably say he’s totally nuts and wish him luck on that madness!  Well I said that to my guys and they said “Well alrighty then, let’s go!!!!”  So that’s...

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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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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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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...