Iron Atrocity


A documentation of the Pittsburgh Metal Scene as compiled by the Innervenus Music Collective

IA v.1
Hero Destroyed
Complete Failure
Storm King
Fist Fight in the Parking Lot
Molasses Barge
Brutal Epidemic
Beneath the Remains
Ten of Swords
Torrential Bleeding
IA v.2
Liquified Guts
Lady Beast
Grisly Amputation
Ascend the Fallen
Blackmarket Bodyparts
United By Hate

When Innervenus released it’s first compilation back in 2003, I wrote an essay called “The Muse/Sick Business” that pretty much summed up my ideology at the time and explained the reasons behind making the comp in the first place. It may not have been, but I thought it was pretty good and for this, I wanted to do something like that again. So, I thought for weeks and weeks about what I wanted to write. I thought it should be something deep and meaningful about my love for music and the Pittsburgh scene in general, possibly even show you all how cool and witty I am. I wrote and I wrote, page after page of things I wanted to say, and I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t coming together right, and then it hit me… A) I’m not that smart, and B) I’m not that cool. No, as it turns out, I’m just an average married guy with kids who works in a print shop and happens to love music. But that’s just it, to certain extent, aren’t we all?The funny thing about music is that it’s all subject and relative to not only the listener and their current state of mind, but also to the time and to the place. So, it only makes sense that scenes fluxuate and the attendance levels at shows or the sales of certain genres rise and fall depending on the overall mentality and connectivity of bands and listeners alike. It either clicks or it doesn’t, and at times it seems like it doesn’t click at all for years. But then other times, like right now in the Pittsburgh metal scene, there is an abundance of greatness.

The thing I’ve always appreciated about the Pittsburgh underground music scene in general, is that it’s working class, dirty hands, Iron City rock. You can hear it in the sound and you can see it on the stage. There are of course exceptions, but for the most part, if you go see a band play in Pittsburgh, the members will probably look like they just finished a 10 hour shift. I like this. It just feels more real to me and I can get down with it on a personal level because there’s a good chance I just did a shot 5 minutes ago with that guy who’s now on stage, wiggling his cord around to figure out why his guitar doesn’t work. That’s pretty much how we roll. Laser lights and fog machines, not so much. I’m not bashing all that – after all, I grew up on Guns N’ Roses – these are just my personal experiences and observations.

I started thinking about doing this comp in 2008. There were a lot of new bands coming out around that time, my band being one of them, and I thought it would be pretty cool to document it. As far as I know, there hasn’t really been a good collection dedicated specifically to the PGH metal scene since the Steel City Aggression series back in the late 90’s. A lot has changed since then and, one way or another,this just needed to happen. In February 2011, I figured that we’d waited long enough, so I set the wheels in motion by contacting a list of my favorite bands.

Something I knew and decided on right away was that, if I was going to get all the bands I wanted, I couldn’t charge them. A lot of bands at this level don’t have a lot money, and I didn’t want to cheapen the experience with money anyhow. Another thing I knew was that the comp had to be a physical release. I used to make a lot of zines and mix tapes for my friends when I was a kid, so I decided to look at the whole thing kind of like that, and a download just wouldn’t cut it (though it is available for download as well at And finally, it had to be free to the public. This isn’t just your average compilation, it’s more of a documentary and therefore, it’s something I don’t feel right about making money on. I’m not rich, I’m not a saint, it’s just the way I feel it needed to be. If you like it and what it represents, you can go to more shows and support the bands directly, order merch online or, hey, I’m not against donations. I’m not against making money either, I should add, but this project is special. I absolutely, positively did not want it viewed as just another product to a consumer. As a scene, we are family. Consider it a gift.

And that’s about that. A couple years of thought and a few months of work = what you now hold in your hand. 16 amazing bands and adetailed booklet to tell about them. Honestly, this project came out better than I even imagined it would, and it’s up there among our greatest accomplishments at Innervenus, so please, enjoy it. Support it. Live it.

Until next time…

Scott Massie / Innervenus
June 2011


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