By Jason Myers (Icarus Witch):
This proud blue-collar town nestled between three rivers in the green rolling hills of western PA is frequently ranked as one of America’s most livable cities by many national publications. Here are ten regional destinations that make the Steel City even more livable for metalheads and should be on the must-visit list of any traveling heshers passing through our rust-belt ‘burgh.
10. PPG Paints Arena – I’ve now served three tours of duty in the City of Champions and been a Steelers fan since the days of the Steel Curtain, so this isn’t to take anything away from the sports organization with the most Lombardi trophies in the league. But what’s more metal: tight ends in spandex performing Dancing-with-the-Stars-esque choreographed end zone celebrations while Styx’s “Renegade” plays in the background or six-and-a-half foot bearded Scandinavians and Russians slashing each other with blades on sticks and punching one another in the face until blood and teeth pour onto the ice while “Ride The Lightning” blasts through the arena PA? Yes, hockey is the most metal sport and this town loves its hockey. Also, the Pittsburgh Penguins have five Stanley Cups, two of which were won in the past two years and those are made of, you guessed it, metal. So, while the PPG Arena will never have the same dingy, smoky raucous vibe as the old Igloo (RIP Pittsburgh Civic Arena home to hundreds of classic metal concerts), It’s still one of the premier venues in the nation to enjoy high-speed professional hockey and the occasional Metallica concert.
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First new album in 6 years from the band Blabbermouth calls “Well-executed, superbly mixed heavy metal!”
Features new vocalist Andrew D’Cagna (Brimstone Coven, Ironflame) and drums by Jon Rice (Scorpion Child, Skeletonwitch, Behemoth) as well as a gorgeous duet with Katharine Blake (Mediæval Bæbes, Miranda Sex Garden) and the band’s first ever instrumental!
Pre-production by Neil Kernon (Queensrÿche, Judas Priest) and mastered by Erik Martensson (Eclipse, H.E.A.T.)!
Will appeal to fans of dark AOR like Ghost and The Night Flight Orchestra, trad metal like Maiden and Priest and heavy melodic rock like Eclipse!
Having played with Black Sabbath & Queensryche, toured as Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul DiAnno’s backing band and featured guest stars such as Rainbow’s Joe Lynn Turner and Dokken’s George Lynch on previous albums — no US group combines traditional heavy metal and dark AOR like Pittsburgh, PA’s Icarus Witch!
1. Goodbye Cruel World
3. Lightning Strikes
5. Through Your Eyes
6. The Flood
7. Silence Of The Siren
8. Possessed By You
9. Antivenom feat. Katharine Blake
10. Until The Bitter End