Live Bands

The darker Pittsburgh bands you’re likely to see performing live shows around town.

Recording Projects

Dark music made in Pittsburgh. These projects are currently active but studio-only.

  • Adam Christian: Goth/experimental electronic rock. Has had some live performances beginning in 1997. Released several recordings and had a track on Cleopatra’s Goth Bible.
  • Derek C. F. Pegritz: experimental electronic from Derek of Morpheus Laughing (who also releases music as Nyarlathotep, The Crawling Chaos and PEGRITZ!)
  • Ganymede: IDM project by Jarrod Leda (formerly of Next Level X).
  • Heathen Earth: ’70s industrial-inspired, dark ambient/noise project by Josh Howell
  • Powder French: Formed in 1987, this is Pittsburgh’s longest-running dark-ambient/industrial-experimental artist, Gregg Puchalski.
  • Red Lokust: side project of Jim Semonik from Rein[Forced] and Lee Lauer of Aslan Faction
  • Una de Luna: electro/alternative/trip hop/dubstep band featuring Marla Degenhardt on vocals and Peter Guellard on guitar and programming. Was performing live from 2008-2012; currently a recording project.
  • Vampire Nation Fredrik Von Hamilton’s gothic electronica project blends elements of darkwave, world music, and hip-hop. Founded in 1994, Vampire Nation performed live frequently in the ’90s and still records from time to time when not being thwarted.
  • Veniculture: dark ambient solo recording project by Chad Hammitt of Agnes Wired for Sound
  • Violaria: Members of seminal Pittsburgh goth/ethereal band The Garden reformed circa 2005 as this recording project.

For dark Pittsburgh bands that are no longer active, see Bands That Were.