Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Concert Photos: BlackThorne Performing at Altar Bar in Pittsburgh on November 10, 2015

BlackThorne is fronted by two powerful vocalists:  Lindsay Victoria Ketchum and Thomas Ullom (not pictured)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Amaranthe and Butcher Babies Tag-Team Pittsburgh for a Night of Diverse Metal

In many ways, headliner Amaranthe and direct support act Butcher Babies are opposites. 

Amaranthe lights up the stage with a European sweetness.  Butcher Babies pound the stage with a brutal disposition unmatched in all but the most violent of American streets.

Amaranthe weaves in plenty of electronic tracks that - if it weren't for distorted guitars and the occasional growl - give their music an almost dance-club feel.  Butcher Babies bleed the heaviest of metal as if the genre was invented for them alone.

But, when these two currently-hot acts are put on the same bill as they were at Pittsburgh's Altar Bar on Tuesday, audiences are treated to a night of music that runs the gauntlet of metal.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Disturbed Mixes Classic and New Styles on "Immortalized"

Disturbed has always been one of those bands that's been able to achieve balance.

Accessible enough for mainstream radio, yet heavy enough for some of the snobbiest metal purists.

Unique enough to be recognizable in five seconds, yet not so different as to sound strange to the everyday listener.

With its latest release, Immortalized, the band has put its balancing capabilities to a new test.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Stryper Rises Again With New Album, "Fallen"

The casual metal observer may not have realized that Stryper has been regularly pumping out new records since 2005.  The cynical metal observer may say that no one missed anything.

But, holy cow, has Stryper returned to relevance big time with their new album, Fallen.  It is without a doubt their most exciting release since 1986's To Hell With The Devil.