Rich Howells

4th annual NEPA Metal Meltdown festival on May 5-6 announces 2017 lineup in new venue

4th annual NEPA Metal Meltdown festival on May 5-6 announces 2017 lineup in new venue

The two-day NEPA Metal Meltdown festival is returning for its fourth year, this time to a new venue but with the same independent, underground feel, on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, promising to “be bigger, better, and louder.” After three years at Diane’s Deli & Internet Cafe in Pittston, this year’s gathering of […]

 Jess Meoni

Come to Grief come to Scranton for night of doom and thrash metal at Irish Wolf Pub on March 31

Come to Grief come to Scranton for night of doom and thrash metal at Irish Wolf Pub on March 31

Some say it’s that small-town mentality that brews aggression and conflict. Some attribute a distinct generational gap between the era of new wave post-punk groups like Nervous Eaters, Mission of Burma, and The Modern Lovers and the emerging straight-edge hardcore scene, reflective of bands like Gang Green, The Groinoids, The F.U.’s, and the ever-seminal Jerry’s […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton metal band Behind the Grey signs with Inner Light Agency, adds bassist Grant Williams

Scranton metal band Behind the Grey signs with Inner Light Agency, adds bassist Grant Williams

After opening for Flaw in Duncannon near Harrisburg last week, Behind the Grey made some big announcements this week about the future of the Scranton metal band. On their Facebook page, the band revealed that they just signed an exclusive management deal with Damon Moreno and Bruce Swink (former A&R at Roadrunner Records) of the […]

 John 'Fud' Zavacki

BUT I DIGRESS: Metal and real country songs are always relevant and ripe for rediscovery at any age

BUT I DIGRESS: Metal and real country songs are always relevant and ripe for rediscovery at any age

I’ve been trying to avoid belaboring it, harping and sounding like a one-trick pony about it. But I’ve come to a decision. And that decision is as follows: This is my column, right? I get to talk about what I feel like talking about, right? Well, since that’s the case – fuck it! Here’s another […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton groove metal band Threatpoint

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton groove metal band Threatpoint

Threatpoint City: Scranton Genre(s): Metal, heavy metal, hard rock Years active: 2012-present Sounds like: From day one, Threatpoint has defined themselves as “Electric City groove metal,” and they’ve lived up to that label ever since, whipping up mosh pits across the country with aggressive vocals, frantic riffs, pounding drums, and hooks that sink into your […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Watch Scranton metal band Behind the Grey play their first-ever acoustic set

At solo bassist Grant Williams’ early release party for his debut album, “Suspended Animation,” on Friday, Oct. 14, his longtime friends in Behind the Grey opened the night with something they’ve never attempted in their four years as a band – a stripped-down acoustic set. As their new singer Dom Vito noted, it was quite […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre heavy metal band Beyond Fallen

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre heavy metal band Beyond Fallen

Beyond Fallen City: Wilkes-Barre Genre(s): Metal, heavy metal, hard rock Years active: 2003-present Sounds like: If you wish more modern bands had the same epic feel of the classic metal rockers you grew up with, Beyond Fallen creates badass, mosh-ready music just for you. Sounding more like they came from Europe than Wilkes-Barre, their rebellious, […]