Hey folks — a very Happy (Belated) New Year to all of you! 2013 definitely turned out to be an interesting year for me, with lots of big changes, new projects, new responsibilities, etc., but an unfortunate side-effect of some of that was (as you’ve surely noticed) that the amount of time I’d been spending writing really tapered off as the year went on, to the point where I didn’t post
anything here for the last few months! Well, as you may have seen, I’ve started writing reviews of some new 2014 releases — and as time allows I promise I will also be sharing plenty of older stuff I’ve missed writing about, because believe me there has been a TON worth sharing!
But more on that later. As I started doing last year, I’ve once again put together a collection of various people’s “best of” lists from 2013. Admittedly I sort of got a late start on this (I didn’t even put out the open invitation until after most websites had already finished with publishing all their year-end stuff), but several people have answered the call and contributed some really interesting lists that you’ll want to check out…
Solarburn CD Release Show
with special guests Sistered and Embers to Ashes
4509 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh (Bloomfield)
Friday 14 September 2012 | doors 9:00 pm | $5 | 21+ only
Yes, folks, it’s finally here: the instrumental metal machine that is Solarburn is unleashing its brand-new debut album 13 (pictured below)! Come on out to Howlers to party with the band, and pick up a CD or one of their newly-designed t-shirts! Also joining in the festivities are local metalheads Sistered (hear ’em here) and Embers to Ashes.
This show also comes with a 100% face melt guarantee. If for any reason your face is not completely melted by the end of the show, simply approach any of the bands involved so we can promptly tell you to go fuck yourself….guaranteed!
at the 31st Street Pub
3101 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh (Strip District at the 31st St. Bridge)
Saturday 15 September 2012 | 10:00 pm | $5 | 21+ only
If you head down to the Pub Saturday night, you’ll be in for a rip-roaring, hard-rocking, beer-guzzling good time. Or something like that. Join local bands Motorpsychos and VⒺⒼA in giving a warm welcome to our Ohio neighbors Black Plastic Caskets in their first-ever Pittsburgh performance!
Concert Chaos Entertainment and Metalsucks Present:
at The Smiling Moose (upstairs)
1306 E Carson Street, Pittsburgh (South Side)
Saturday 15 September 2012 | doors at 5:00pm | $12 advance, $15 at door | ALL AGES
Please note the venue and time change for this show! The poster says Ironworks but the show has been moved to The Smiling Moose! And the doors will be opening at five rather than six as previously reported. Also, Dethlehem was originally scheduled to perform, but due to the changes and the time constraints, they opted to drop off the billing for the evening. (Don’t worry, there will be some Dethlehem news coming your way in the very near future…)
Anyway, the show is being held upstairs, and it is an ALL AGES event, although there is a full-service bar in the lower level of the Moose. Check out some big (and semi-big) names, as they swarm their way through Pittsburgh!
Okay, folks, listen up. Here’s another tour you need to know about. It’s only nine days long and only covers the north-eastern quadrant of the United States, but if you live in or near any of the cities listed below (including Pittsburgh!) you won’t want to miss Chrome Waves. How’s this for a super group: Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth), Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, ex-Nachtmystium), and Iron Bob Fouts (The Gates of Slumber)!