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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 “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 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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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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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!...

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2019 has been an amazing year of music within the realms of independent and underground artists. With so much amazing talent that has come across my path over here at First Angel Media, I can’t help but be excited for what new music 2020 has in store! Here is my Top 10 releases of 2019 that have been in constant rotation for me and why they should be yours as well! In no particular order:...

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based rap/metal duo East Koast Craziez are back at it again with the release of their upcoming Ep “Mudpit Monsters”. With their spastic energy and murderous intent, the duo plan to devour all those who dare step in their path with their horror tinged brand of hip hop. Mudpit Monsters is a gruesome affair within realm of the horrorcore genre. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but those acquainted with the genre are sure...

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On this week’s Find Your Muse(ic) we have 9 Stitch Method with their single “Ceiling” off of their album “Jaywalking Somnambulist“. Ceiling hits straight for the gut with punishing groove and technical guitar work along with the menacing vocal work that the band have become known for. The infamous duo have had a rather proactive and productive year in 2019 and we can’t wait to see what the band plans to unfold in the year 2020...

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Ohio-based black metal fanatics Plagueweilder have just dropped their newest album Suffering From Self Inflicted Wounds. With its lo-fi tendencies and dark atmosphere, the band aims to unleash their fury on the underground with this release. To be point blank, Plaguweilder’s newest batch of tunes are ungodly (no pun intended) to say the least. Nothing is sacred (besides maybe the Dark Lord himself) as the band rips through five tracks of unrelenting mayhem. Suffering From...

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Noise pranksters and mathematicians On Pink have recently dropped their Ep “Scarlett“. With their brand of experimental shenanigans and obscure noise manipulation, the New York based trio set out to expand their horizons and bring something new to the table with the release of their new Ep. “Scarlett” is the kind of release that is filled to the brim with quality material, but will be hit and miss given its experimental and quirky virtuoso. It’s the...

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Find Your Muse(ic): Video of the Week – Silk 9 “Find My Way” Pittsburgh rock n’ roll titans Silk 9 are back at it again with their brand new video “Find My Way”. With its “light in the darkness” tinged lyrics and augmented power chords, the band pave the way for quite the emotional rocker. The track’s massive hook had inclined to wave my lighter in mournful unison with its arena ready sound and sheek...

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So I’ve said it once, I’ve said it twice, and I’ll probably say it many more times……..Ohio is a breeding ground for excellent heavy metal. Dubbing themselves “ambient metalcore”, Columbus, Ohio’s Fear Culture are no exception with their EP “Room to Breathe“. I’ll say this like I do in most of my reviews, Fear Culture doesn’t exactly tread any new ground here, BUT these guys play modern metalcore and darn tootin’ they do a damn...

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Something gruesome comes this way from the wicked west. Washington-based horrorcore act Lyrizone is about to drop his highly anticipated debut album (ironically) titled “Sweet Relief”. With a molotov cocktail of deprecating catharsis, slasher film aesthetic, and schizophrenic charisma, Lyrizone’s “Sweet Relief” promises to be quite the opposite of it’s title……. I want to start off by saying something about this album: from the very get go it is very clear there was a lot of...

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#findyourmuse – Heartsick “Shadow” Heartsick have dropped the brand spanking new video for their single “Shadow“, and boy is it a doozy. Featuring a dark industrial vibe, the track creeps and crawls with enough emotional anguish to wake the dead. Heavy, low tuned guitars crush and pound with rhythmic precision amongst the band’s electronic and ambient backdrop. It’s been done before, but man these guys hit the mark in all the right places with dynamic...

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#findyourmuse: Icons of Industry – “When the Sky Fell” Icons of Industry from Austin, Texas show they are more than a force to be dealt with on their new video “When the Sky Fell“. The band rock like the better parts of Jet and The Black Keys during a bout of “Roid Rage”, and swag with the likes of Wolfmother and Queens of the Stone Age. The track hits hard with a simple, yet effective...

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    A new contender in the black metal community has emerged from the depths of hell named Horse Drawn. When this was given to me, I was quite excited as I was on night shift. Listening and taking notes on this demo sampler was gonna carry me the rest of the night and boy was I in for a treat.        Horse Drawn have recently dropped their sampler Nonbeliever in preparation for their upcoming album. The band...