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“Donny Brook” is the latest single released by Artwork for the Blind. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Artwork for the Blind is a metal quartet whose current line-up consists of Sean Curry on lead vocals, Sol. E. Williams on guitar and backing vocals, Michael Hoehn on bass and backing vocals, and Larry Myers on drums. They are currently in the studio finishing up their 3rd full-length album, which is, as of yet, untitled. Ahead of the...

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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus hit the scene hard in the year 2006 with the release of their debut album, Don’t You Fake It. I remember blasting that album in my bedroom at my parents’ house on repeat. A few years later, I saw them live with a band called Tickle Me Pink as their opener. I remember every minute of that night as clear as day. Even though that album, with big hits like “Face...

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On this week’s Find Your Muse(ic) we have Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Hip Hop artist Lo and his single “One Up“. Featuring a melodic back drop and a visceral rhyme scheme, Lo holds nothing back as he exercises his demons and spills his guts about his past and battle with depression. For as much angst that hangs in the atmosphere of this gigantic track, Lo manages to somehow show that there is a light at the end...

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On this week’s “A Look at the Lyrics” we learn the very personal meaning behind Awake from A Common Crown.  I spoke with front woman Jennifer Craven and she describes the song being about a 3 day bender and how she overcame the demons pulling her into the darkness.  Listen along to the lyric video and pick up a copy of their new CD “The Reckoning” When I was in high school I was some...

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If you have followed my work at First Angel Media at all in the past year, you have probably picked up on the fact that I have an unnatural love for two specific kinds of Metal subgenres: Alternative Metal and Mathcore. Runts have recently dropped their debut EP and I am in my car as we speak, heading to the closest Hot Topic to purchase a white belt, skinny jeans (as unflattering as that image...

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Kittanning, Pennsylvania based rock outfit A Common Crown have been pretty busy as of late, dropping their new single “Awake” recently and slating to release their upcoming album The Reckoning this weekend. Their rise in the Pittsburgh scene has been somewhat of a slow burner, having really branched out within the last year and establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with (no pun intended). Having already started with top notch musicians; they have...

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North Carolina Thrashers Outliar are back at it again with the arrival of their new EP Thrashing the Vault. After reviewing their previous effort, I have been greatly looking forward to the arrival of this release. So, let us round up the dead and feast on what Outliar has brought forth with this release……… ….and boy was it worth the wait. Thrashing the Vault, interestingly enough, harkens back to the band’s past, featuring re-recorded versions...

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On this week’s Find Your Muse(ic) we have Pittsburgh based Power Metal outfit Iron Brigade and their debut single “Out of the Urn“. Featuring a blistering gallop and melodic lead guitars, Iron Brigade charge through unabashed with technical flair and melodic gusto. The band sets the perfect backdrop for singer Jared Carns to lead the way with his soulful bravado in a rather commanding and powerful vocal performance. I’ve been waiting a long time to...

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On this week’s “A Look at the Lyrics” we learn the very in depth meaning behind the song from Pittsburgh rock veterans After The Fall- “New S.A.”.  Read what lead singer Doug has to say about their new song and watch the lyric video.  Show some love, leave a comment and let us know what you think. “New S.A.” is a song about where we are as a country at this point in time.  Our...

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“I’m no good with secrets” – Ozzy Osbourne   Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that 2019 was the “worst, longest, most painful, miserable year of my life”. This news comes on the heels of a recent, and very false, rumor that the 71 year old vocalist was on his deathbed. Fans of the established metal icon will remember that in early 2019 it was reported that Osbourne had postponed upcoming North American tour dates following an...

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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...