The 'cuse area bands I'm most familiar with (through the festivals) and who stand out to me the most include LowKey, Knuckle Burn, Just A Peace, Her Tragic Murder, and Killaton. And though they're from Ithaca, I'll include Ire Clad.
CrowFest sounds like good times. Definitely sounds like the kind of event Pool of Thorns would want to play.
I'll have to look into those bands. I don't spend much time there anymore to be honest but I'm around from time to time.
Oh and hey I'll let my buddies know I have a rad metal band ready to melt some faces next time I see any of them.
NP Tom Waits - "Tango Till They're Sore"