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Lady Beast are a band I’ve had the pleasure of watching/listening effloresce over the past 6 years after first catching them at a festival.  Their debut, self-titled record caused me to grin in approval at its derivative worship of British metal traditions, conventions, and convictions and little more. However, their exponentially explosive live performances kept my ears fixed on them, and I was rewarded with a succession of stellar releases that improved upon each other....

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    A new contender in the black metal community has emerged from the depths of hell named Horse Drawn. When this was given to me, I was quite excited as I was on night shift. Listening and taking notes on this demo sampler was gonna carry me the rest of the night and boy was I in for a treat.        Horse Drawn have recently dropped their sampler Nonbeliever in preparation for their upcoming album. The band...

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Gator Shakes is a band you’ve probably seen on a flier or two if you’re a follower of the Pittsburgh metal scene. After a memorable performance at Deutschtown Music Festival and a conveniently-timed epidemic of alligators running wild in the city streets, Gator Shakes has been shrouded in a fog of intrigue and mystery. To cap off an active summer, they unveiled a 7-track album on August 24th with a release party at Cattivo. There...

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Music truly is an amazing thing. You can express the same emotion within the construct of various sounds and moods. You can take an expression and blow it out of the water to blistering heights and volumes or pull it back to a quiet whisper to the get the same point across. Singapore screamo/emoviolence act Bethari opt the extreme measure on their newest split, proving very quickly this isn’t your standard Hot Topic/mallcore screamo affair….....

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Vetis The Invitation From the woods of West Virginia, horror metal juggernauts Vetis have emerged to haunt your dreams with their newest sonic assault “The Invitation”. This album is a must have for any metal fan, playing out like a walk in the woods at night with that suspicious feeling something or someone is watching you. Without a doubt, the shrieks and sounds that are heard on “The Invitation” are ones we have all heard...

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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...

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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...