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Corpse God Releases a Lovecraftian Horror – Onward to Oblivion

If you’re familiar in any way with the heavier side of metal in the Pittsburgh area, the members of Corpse God may look familiar. It’s comprised of some OG...

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Get Skankin’ with The Sneaky Heat Missiles’ New EP, Illusions of Sonic Brilliance

I’m not going to lie; I was never much of a ska person before. It was in my peripheral vision, but I never got up close and personal with...

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Killin’ Me Makes No Apologies

Hi FAM fam, it’s yo boi the Denman here, and I have the privilege of reviewing the debut album from the Pittsburgh based punk band Killin’ Me! Let me...

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Ancient Torture by Olivia M.

The dark swamps of my sludge playlist fester with bands Acid Bath, Chat Pile, and Daevar, and from the tar that bubbles in its underbelly rises Pittsburgh’s Ancient Torture...

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The Karens are one ‘Piss In The Sink’ Away From it Overflowing. I’m Ready With The Paper Towels!

Hey punk music lovers! You love that old school in your face punk music? Where the guitars are just nasty aggressive and right up in your face? And the...

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Xanxia Signs with Wormholedeath for Reissue of “Maha Kalpa”

New Jersey-based experimental metal band Xanxia is proud to announce their partnership with Wormholedeath Records for the reissue of their highly acclaimed album “Maha Kalpa” on May 5th, 2023....

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Nova Skellis – Energetic, Classic Power Metal from New York!

Nova Skellis, “Life Amongst The Damned” contains ten tracks in the best US Power Metal tradition. In addition to typical powerful numbers like “Fall In Line”, “Mother, May I?”...

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Mustan Kuun Lapset – Suruaika EP released!

Finnish extreme metal pioneers Mustan Kuun Lapset turns 30! This is celebrated with several live performances after years of hiatus and releasing of Suruaika 1993 – 2023 Anniversary EP....

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News & Opinions

‘Music Makes Me’ – Vol. 13 – Inspire Me

Happy New Year!  I am excited to welcome in the new year as my 2021 ended on a high note.  I am looking forward to what 2022 has in...

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‘Music Makes Me’ – Vol. 12 – Who’s Kissin’ Santa Now

November’s theme was Gone To Soon. I shared with you some of the artists that we lost way to early. I also talked about the infamous “27 Club”. This...

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‘Music Makes Me’ – Vol. 11 – Gone To Soon Spotify Playlist

October’s theme was Pretty in Pink. It was not a discussion of the Molly Ringwald movie, but female musicians that had an impact on the music scene. This month’s...

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Crash Army Liberates New Single, “Happy Never After”

Crash Army, a local rock band, seems to be fresh to the Pittsburgh music scene. When I say fresh I mean I couldn’t find the individual names of these...

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A Celebration of the Legend Paul Simon

When I’m asked about my own influences, as if it can all be brought down to one or two people… (there are musicians, writers, historical moments and movements, close...

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Red Eleven gives listeners a high-powered message of forgiveness with single “Before I Fall”

A lot of bands take on an emotional, true-life outlook when it comes to writing music. For Red Eleven, their music is an overflowing outpour of the true situations...

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“There is no Dana, Only Zuel”, Gatekeepers and Other Fairy Tales

gate·keep·er –  /ˈɡātˌkēpər/ – noun a person or thing that controls access to something.   When I first started learning about the music industry in Pittsburgh there were these...

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Introducing the Official First Angel Media Playlist!

First Angel Media has scoured through our writers, reviews, catacombs, and vaults and is pleased to launch the ever-evolving, rotational, and official First Angel Media Spotify playlist, “First Angel Music”!  All...

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Event Reviews

Sleepwalker Ball

On October 21, I had the chance to visit the Hard Rock Cafe for my first ever Sleepwalker Ball. The show featured NeverWake with special guests Victoria Fire and...

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Day 16,956… Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania 18th Annual Blues Challenge

Day 16,956: Ever have one of those days that just slogs on and takes forever. One of those days that is just one of the many that you’ve lived?...

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Magical night at the Sub Alpine!

On Friday March 24th, I hit the Sub Alpine Society for a local live show featuring some of the hottest bands in the area. The energy was palpable before...

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Three bands, one great evening at The Bridge!!

I’ve been hearing good things about The Bridge Music Bar in the heart of Pittsburgh, PA, so I was excited to be able to check it out for the...

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Memphis May Fire Brings Heat to the Enclave

This past Thursday February 9th, I hit the Enclave with Josh Montedoro Photography, another FAM member, for a live concert that consisted of four bands. It was my first...

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The Collection of Souls (with Coffee!!)

It was time to hit what would be the final show for me of 2022 at Black Forge Coffee at Mckees Rocks, PA, and I was joined by none...

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An Evening with Eva X and Friends

This past Tuesday November 22nd, Distortion Productions hosted their last show of 2022 at the Black Forge Coffee in Mckees Rocks, PA. It was a solemn night with the...

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Nexev Does It For The Kids!

Twice a year, they gather for one sole purpose. One singular mission. Playing video games 24 hours to help raise money to go the Extra Life charity to help...

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