Prime 8’s Praiseworthy Pursuit, Gods of the Anthropods

Pittsburgh favorite Prime 8 just dropped their new album, Gods of the Anthropods, on all streaming services. Of course I had to give it a little lookie-loo, and I’m here to share my findings with the class. This album starts off with a really cool synth track called “Misdirection” that’s both dancey and dark. The metal vocal samples were the perfect match to the electronic groove, and it was a great intro for what’s to...

The Death of Zenith – Sun and Moon

The work on the official soundtrack to the upcoming film Overnight produced by Solunar Records has been very fruitful indeed. On May 31st, the fourth single dropped, this time it is a solo effort from Caleb Straus’s new musical project The Death of Zenith. It is a cover of the song “Sun and Moon” originally performed by a band called Above and Beyond. Where the original song was peppy and dance-centric, this version is more...

Blood of the Beloved and The Death of Zenith, a grunge-metal collaboration that’ll leave you “Haunted”

Blood of the Beloved has released its latest brain-shocking, grunge track featuring The Death of Zenith on April 29. “Haunted” is another addition to the various genres that the group has explored through its singles and band features in other works.  A dark, soul-searching vibrato is accompanied by weighty instrumentals and horror-esque synths in this five-minute song. It gives listeners a fresh look at how Blood of the Beloved can conquer any style of the...

Dualism – Sam Astaroth(produced by Kristof Bathory)(Review)

When it was announced that Sam Astaroth would be collaborating with Kristof Bathory, who is the front man of Dawn of Ashes, I knew it would be a match made in Hell. After listening to their latest track “Dualism“, I ended up being right on the nose. Sam Astaroth has that vocal style can match with nearly any genre, but he feels right at home in the aggrotech universe that Kristof has to offer. In...

Lo Pays Respects to His Roots and His Growth on New Single

Lo isn’t sure he wants fame.  He’s put off by the idea of everyone knowing who he is, and he’s not shy about admitting that.  That being said, he’s still keen on finding a way to share his gift of gab with the world.  After a brief hiatus and reassessment, Lo is back with new single “Skatin'”, a remix/reboot of the song “Ain’t I” by Yung LA.  Lo follows a long-standing hip hop tradition by...

Pressure Dissect a Modern Love Façade in New Double Single

Pressure, the Swedish Melodic-Rock band from SamBone Promotions / Xing Records return with a new conceptual double-single, “Just Undress” and “Barb Wire Love”, the story of the “perfect couple” who secretly have lost all their magic and are both secretly pining for the girl in the apartment across the street from them.  The sounds of these two songs are in line with what you’ve come to expect from the band if you’ve heard them before,...

Winter’s Descent Conducts Chaos with “Black Magic Symphony”

Released in early February, Winter’s Descent comes out swinging again with an even heavier hitting single, “Black Magic Symphony” that showcases so many strands of growth from these Pittsburgh native headbangers. The track starts off with a killer bass and cymbal groove that washes into the main riff, and you’re instantly on the ride of a life time. Crunchy guitar, hard hitting drums riddle the verses with drive and intent, and if that wasn’t enough,...

sourloon-1

I knew when I first heard Sourloon perform live and they covered a Jethro Tull song that I was going to become a fan of their music. I’ve not only seen this band perform many times, but they have become friends. I was excited to hear a couple months ago that an album was on the way and just recently was privileged to be the first person to buy it. I can’t talk about the...

Devin Russian

Sometimes it takes a challenge to motivate us to do something we may not have done otherwise, and so it was with Pittsburgh singer/songwriter Devin Russian. Russian routinely plays at the open mic at the Starlite Lounge in Blawnox, PA. If you have a real good memory, you may remember an article about his open mic from last year.  One evening another open mic player, Wild Bill, challenged the musicians to write a song about...

From one Old Steel City to Another – Stone Divide

I am slightly late to the game on this one. Stone Divide released their song, “Old Steel City“, on November 14, 2021 and made their live debut on December 12, 2021 at Khyber Pass Pub. The band says fans of Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Black Sabbath, Halestorm, Kyuss, and Clutch will like their musical stylings. Having only heard the one track, I am not going to steer you in any direction on those names, but...