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WV/MD/PA/VA/OH-area Independent Bands…for all of you local (or not so local) music lovers…

Posted in Music Reviews, Uncategorized on March 5, 2016 by Annie O'Dell

Okay folks, here it is, my list of my most favorite-est local bands…bands you should check out- bands you should most certainly go see, if you get the chance (and if they are still around).

A little background info: I am a resident of the Eastern Panhandle of WV; the partner of a bass player; the daughter of a guitar and dulcimer-playing father and a mother with a lovely voice; the aunt of a 12-year old young man who knows music by ear and can play any instrument you put in front of him; a lover of live local shows; and a newly- inducted member of a local band that includes my husband, and two of my good friends (brothers from another mother). I’ve been tagging around with my husband for the last 10 or so years as he’s played in 2 different bands and with various solo folks. I’ve taken thousands of photographs, made tons of flyers, recorded hours of video, and attended every show. Local musicians are artists who put their souls on display and create performance art at every. single. show. they. play, whether it is for an audience of 10 or 100.

Anyhow, I invite you to give a listen to the following local, independent bands, but keep in mind, this is certainly not a complete list. If you like what you see or hear, please subscribe to their pages, listen to their tunes, go see them in action (unfortunately, like I said, a few of them aren’t around any more)…it will be well worth your time, and it’s always a good thing to support your local artists (I should know)!


(Hard rock psychedelic doom from MD)

Watch: Beelzefuzz- All the Feeling Returns

Six Ton Shogun

(3 piece instrumental/audiovisual band from WV)

Watch: Six Ton Shogun- Rennaissance


(Psychedelic doom metal from VA)

Watch: Helgamite- The Apiarist

Admiral Browning

(Instrumental bliss from MD)

Watch: Admiral Browning- The Binary Language Of Moisture Vaporators


(Straight-up rock with soaring vocals from OH)

Watch: Lo-Pan- Chichen Itza


(Heavy instrumental from WV)

Listen: Hovel on Myspace


(Stoner doom ambient post-rock noise from WV)

Listen: Nagato on Myspace


(Doomy thrash from MD)

Watch: Slagstorm live in Hagerstown, MD


(Sludgy noise rock from MD/VA/WV)

Listen: Akris on Bandcamp


(Dark Appalachian Pop from WV)

Listen: Cheshi on Bandcamp

Arming the Architect

(Metal from VA)

Watch: Arming the Architect- House of Claymont


(Old-school heavy metal from VA)

Watch: Monolith live in Strasburg, VA

Noetic Pull

(Funky, groovy rock from WV)

Watch: Noetic Pull: Cobra Kai

Black Blizzard

(2 piece love from WV)

Listen: Black Blizzard on Bandcamp

Pale Divine

(3 piece doom metal from PA)

Watch: Pale Divine- Angel of Mercy


(Cosmic sludge from VA)

Listen: Foehammer on Bandcamp


(Punk assault from WV)

Listen: RHIN-Bastard

Karma to Burn

(Instrumental stoner desert rock from WV)

Watch: Karma to Burn music vids

Faith in Jane

(Groovy stoner doom metal from MD)

Listen: Faith in Jane on Bandcamp

Old Indian

(Jammy rock from MD)

Listen: Old Indian on Bandcamp

At the Graves

(Heavy sonic one man band from MD)

Listen: At the Graves on Bandcamp

Eat Asphalt

(Metal from MD)

Listen: Eat Asphalt on their website


(Slow terror from MD)

Listen: Fortress on Bandcamp