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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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On this week’s Find You Muse(ic) we have groove masters Paradigm and their lyric video “Die Trying“. With sounds akin to that of Pantera and Machine Head, “Die Trying” proves to be a heavy hitter packed with fantastic riffs that serves as a tribute to our men and women in the armed forces. The lyric video displays personal pictures of various troops and soliders from the United States military  submitted by fans, creating a visual...

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On this week’s Find Your Muse(ic) we bring you Nazareth, Pennsylvania’s Enda Vera and their new single “Burn”. Caught somewhere between Emo and Post Hardcore bravado and brooding Post Grunge antics, “Burn” is a slow burner (no pun intended) that swells and exudes the emotions of a human being at the end of their rope. With beautiful acoustic arrangements topped with amazingly emotional and convincing vocal performances, it makes me wonder why a band of...

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Arguably one of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s heaviest, Post Mortal Posession have just released their brand new single “Gates of Lyssa” exclusively through Slam Worldwide and boy, is it a grinding barrage of Slam and Brutal Death Metal. If Waking the Cadaver and Embryonic Devourment had invested in modern recording production, you would get a glimpse of what we have in “Gates of Lyssa”. I closed my mind while I let Post Mortal Possession bash my head...

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On this week’s Find Your Muse(ic) we have repeat offenders The Fading Light. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based Indie rockers just dropped a brand new video for their single “Ten Years” and we couldn’t be more excited to share it! “Ten Years” rocks with the best parts of 90’s radio such as The Goo Goo Dolls, Tonic, Sister Hazel, and even Third Eye Blind for a good measure. Emotional acoustic arrangements  and melodic interplay lay the...

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We have a very special Find Your Muse(ic) this week over here at FAM. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based guitarist Andy Oddo has been rather busy as of late and well…..everywhere to be frank. Having recently joined local Alternative Metal titans Transcendance and with his other project Victoria Fire picking up steam rather quickly, it goes without saying the music is just flowing from the man. While all of this is excellent (and believe me it is),...

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So we have quite the surprise for all of you from First Angel Media. Today, we unleash a fantastic and haunting cover of The Cranberries’ hit song “Zombie” performed by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rockers amplifiers. Amplifiers. have been working their way up the ranks of the Pittsburgh scene for quite some time now, wooing audiences with their graceful brand of post rock and captivating light show. While on the surface it seems odd for a band...

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One of my favorite things about my job at First Angel Media is the little gems I get handed along the way. With the way the market is nowadays, it’s all too common that bands with stellar music come out of the gate with strong material, but somehow manage to slip through the cracks and go unheard due to the oversaturated market or maybe even lack of business skills. We all know what’s popular and...

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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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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 “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...