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Daisuke Wachi is a one-man Groove Metal band straight from the streets of LA. Recording and performing under the moniker Divine Era, his third and most recent release is called Scripture Codes Summon Suicidal Thoughts. As you would expect, this album is extremely dark, with lyrics covering everything from suicides to snuff films.  Within the darkness, however, there is beauty.  Daisuke’s musicianship is impeccable. Whether he’s playing guitar, bass or programming the drums, there is...

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On this week’s “Find your Muse(ic)” we have Progressive Metal shredders Viking Guitar and their homage to the video game classic Legend of Zelda! With an excellent play through video, we see the band do what they do best with ease and finesse: shred that 7 string thing! With the progressive and technical tendencies of similar bands such as Blotted Science and the smooth delivery of guitarist Steve Van in his prime, Viking Guitar waste...

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The Fading Light “In the Morning” This is a song I wrote about someone in my life who would constantly disparage themselves, they would always seek assurance that I thought they were pretty, always refer to themselves as ugly, and even give me push back when I said I thought they were beautiful. It was frustrating, to say the least, to try to express to someone that you think they’re wonderful only to be met...

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The ground was shaking in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the night on January 11th at Cattivo. Twist of Fate Productions rang in the new year with one banger of a show that surely marks one of the best line-ups the company has put together in its short but prolific existence. To be point blank, if you missed this show, you missed something magical. Obviously it’s winter (despite the lack of snow and being handed copious amounts...

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Within the last couple of years there has been a strong resurgence of Stoner and Doom Metal within the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania scene. Today we are going to take a look at new kids on the block Makeshift Urn with their debut Self-Titled EP. To start off, Makeshift Urn was a rather refreshing listen. I dabble within the genre of Stoner Metal every now and then when I get the itch, but let’s face it, if...

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On this week’s “Find Your Muse(ic)” we have Vice Grips by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Skies of Terra. Vice Grips serves as a powerful single with exercises in emotional exorcism cast from the sounds of post-hardcore madness and metalcore groove. Opening up with a rather catchy bass lick and melodic vocals, it doesn’t take long for Skies of Terra to lure listeners in before fully capturing them with Vice Grips’ larger than life chorus. With a back...

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The story behind “Shine Again” is very personal.  In 2015, my band at the time had grown to its biggest stature in its 10-year history.  We were playing to capacity crowds, our latest album had been positively reviewed internationally, and we were writing the best songs of our time together. However, in December 2015, both of my parents became extremely ill.  My father nearly passed away from pneumonia and my mother’s weight had dwindled near...

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Post-hardcore kids Skies of Terra have begun to make their impression on the scene here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this past year. With an emotionally charged and diverse sound via their album Lunar, there’s a reason the name Skies of Terra has begun making its way around the City of Steel. The most notable thing about Lunar that reveals itself early on is that it is an album not afraid to wear its influences and heart...

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What do you get if you mix the slight vocals of Smashing Pumpkins and the chaotic art noise from Cage the Elephant? If you said Friendo then you would be correct! Friendo is a punk band based out of Philadelphia/New Jersey. Putting out their self-titled album in May of 2019, Friendo brings a full range of chaos and and a whirlwind of emotions to your ears. Friendo is like your modern-day garage band, something that you...

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I was fortunate enough to chat with Xander Demos, of Xander Demos Band (XDB), formerly of Ghost of War and Sabbath Judas Sabbath. I have been a big fan of Xander’s after seeing XDB open up for Stryper at the old Altar Bar. Here is our conversation: 1) First of…where in the hell did you learn to shred like you do?? Well, first of all, thank you for the compliment! As far as where I...

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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania rockers The Crowning just dropped their brand new single “All I Want”. With blistering melodic tendencies and soaring vocals, the band waste no time gripping your brain and not letting go. With an amazing backdrop musically and a massive yet emotional chorus, The Crowning more than prove their salt here. Somewhere between hard rock and indie flare, The Crowning find a unique yet familiar sound that will keep you coming back for more!...