Mark Uricheck

Prosody keep metal alive with Black Crown Initiate, debut new music

Prosody keep metal alive with Black Crown Initiate, debut new music

NEPA’s own steel-belted boot to the head, Prosody, will open the show for Black Crown Initiate at The Factory: Underground in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Oct. 24. Guitarist Chris Stroud and vocalist Ken Ebersole couldn’t be happier to give the boys from Reading a proper metallic welcome. “I’m not a fan of seven-string guitar players unless […]

 Mark Uricheck

Black Crown Initiate vent heavy, emotional metal in Wilkes-Barre

Black Crown Initiate vent heavy, emotional metal in Wilkes-Barre

Reading rockers play The Factory: Underground on Friday, Oct. 24

Black Crown Initiate’s bio is as heavy as their sound. The Reading, Pennsylvania-based progressive death metal band, which recently signed to eOne Music for the release of their album “The Wreckage of Stars,” describes their sound as “a sentient being at war with itself and everything else; an entity holding on for dear life as […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Graces Downfall ‘Change. Adjust. Continue.’ and satisfy rock fans

ALBUM REVIEW: Graces Downfall ‘Change. Adjust. Continue.’ and satisfy rock fans

For their fourth studio album (fifth overall, if you count their live unplugged “A Night in the Woods” release), NEPA’s own Graces Downfall come out of the gate like a pack of wild horses, virtually daring the listener to bear the threshold of volume and metal-tinged intensity with which they threaten. In other words, it’d […]

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Bobaflex hits the road hard to avenge rock ‘n’ roll

Bobaflex hits the road hard to avenge rock ‘n’ roll

West Virginia band's Rock Avengers Tour stops at The Factory: Underground in Wilkes-Barre

Life on the road inevitably requires musicians to take the lemons they’re dealt – grueling travel, broken sleep, flat tires, and uncertain business dealings, among many. If you’re Shaun McCoy, however, you’re pretty adept at making some pretty tasty lemonade out of the sour situations. “I got out of the old bus, picked up our […]

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NYC’s IKILLYA take relentless touring to Pittston to support Threatpoint

NYC’s IKILLYA take relentless touring to Pittston to support Threatpoint

Megaforce Records metalheads befriend NEPA band, open CD release show Friday

ere’s the scenario. NEPA’s own groove metal mavens Threatpoint play a couple of out-of-town gigs opening for an international touring act, the New York City-based IKILLYA. The two like-minded heavies bond like brothers on the road, leading to IKILLYA – a band currently in a potentially career-making distribution deal with the legendary Megaforce Records and […]