Rich Howells

NEPA bands plan holiday concerts throughout December in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Nanticoke, and more

NEPA bands plan holiday concerts throughout December in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Nanticoke, and more

As everyone shops and prepares for the holidays, local musicians are planning some festive concerts, with many serving as their final shows of 2019. For those looking to get into the spirit of the season while supporting local music, NEPA Scene has wrapped up this season of shows you need to see in a nice […]

 Rich Howells

Wilkes-Barre nu metal band Lifer plays Christmas show at Stage West in Scranton on Dec. 21 with University Drive

Wilkes-Barre nu metal band Lifer plays Christmas show at Stage West in Scranton on Dec. 21 with University Drive

Since reuniting for the first time in eight years in 2018 (and only the second time since breaking up in 2003), Wilkes-Barre hard rock band Lifer has surprised local music fans by jumping from the nu metal era to the present with a handful of concerts, including “A Not-So-Silent Night” Christmas show last December at […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Metal band Ice Nine Kills plays free acoustic show at new Art Haus theater in Scranton on Nov. 24

Metal band Ice Nine Kills plays free acoustic show at new Art Haus theater in Scranton on Nov. 24

From a press release: It was announced today that Hazleton active rock radio station 97.9X will bring Boston metal band Ice Nine Kills to the new Art Haus movie theater in downtown Scranton for a live unplugged show this Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. The “97.9X-Clusive Pop-Up” is free on a first-come, first-served basis. […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton black metal band Black Nihil offers party bus to EP release show in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 7

Scranton black metal band Black Nihil offers party bus to EP release show in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 7

Scranton black metal band Black Nihil, who recently premiered their brutal first music video, are now ready to unleash their ferocious debut EP with a special event that they say will “ensure maximum debauchery.” This week, the group announced that their record release show will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre, […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Black Nihil brings black metal to Scranton in horror-inspired debut ‘Cross My Heart’

Seeing Black Nihil on stages across the area, one may initially assume they’re a Norwegian band touring through Northeastern Pennsylvania, but soon it is clear that they represent Scranton’s own take on the controversial black metal genre. They’re not lighting churches on fire, but they are burning down the conventions of what metal can be […]

 Scott Kucharski

PHOTOS: Disturbed and In This Moment at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, 10/05/19

PHOTOS: Disturbed and In This Moment at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, 10/05/19

“My brothers and sisters, my blood… speak to me!” Disturbed vocalist David Draiman yelled as the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza echoed with screams on Saturday, Oct. 5. It’s been 19 years since the release of the Chicago heavy metal band’s quadruple-platinum debut album, but Wilkes-Barre proved it’s still down with “The Sickness” at […]

 Ken Jones

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Metal warriors Canedy blow away blues fest with heavy debut

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Metal warriors Canedy blow away blues fest with heavy debut

So here I am, a passenger in the car of one of the area’s preeminent hard rock guitarists, Charlie Russello, driving to Binghamton, New York on Sunday, Sept. 8 for the 18th annual Blues on the Bridge, thinking about and jamming to nothing but metal. This isn’t so odd for two guys our age who […]

 Rich Howells

REVIEW/PHOTOS: We are your kind – Slipknot celebrates 20 years with Scranton

REVIEW/PHOTOS: We are your kind – Slipknot celebrates 20 years with Scranton

When Slipknot first broke out as national artists in 1999, many dismissed the nine masked maniacs as a gimmicky novelty act whose popularity would soon fade along with the nu metal genre of the early 2000s. But 20 years later, as they top Billboard with the No. 1 album in the United States and the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Metal legends Dokken and Lita Ford perform at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Oct. 25

Metal legends Dokken and Lita Ford perform at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Oct. 25

From a press release: It was announced today that multi-platinum ’80s metal band Dokken and the legendary “Queen of Metal” Lita Ford will perform at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets, which are $34 in advance or $39 the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, […]

 Rich Howells

Carbondale drummer Carl Canedy of The Rods debuts solo band in Binghamton on Sept. 8

Carbondale drummer Carl Canedy of The Rods debuts solo band in Binghamton on Sept. 8

2019 continues to be a busy year for Carbondale musician and producer Carl Canedy, best known as the drummer of The Rods since they formed in 1980. The legendary heavy metal band released their first full-length album of new original material in eight years, “Brotherhood of Metal,” on June 7, and soon after, it was […]

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