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 and movements of life, especially with their latest moody single, “Before I Fall.”  Red Eleven is a hard-rock band out of Finland ready to make an influence on the rest of the world. They’re currently working on their fourth album, “Handled With Chaos,” but along the...

“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 odd clips of ideas about Gatekeepers. I sort of felt like Dorothy in Oz, attempting to follow a path that would lead me to these powerful people who held the keys to growth and refused entry to so many. Much like Dorothy, what I stumbled upon...

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 artists contained therein have been reviewed, covered, or in some way promoted by First Angel Media, and in some cases, even work for us! Here is how you can support this endeavor and thus, continue building the scene: Follow the playlist. Share with someone you think...

The Dead Daisies

Honestly, when I heard the first line of “Chosen and Justified” by The Dead Daisies, I immediately took the review onto my plate. What I wasn’t ready for, was how amazing the song and this band in general, actually are! Once I heard this song and watched the visual, I kept asking myself why I was even writing this; I didn’t think I could have anything else to add! The experience truly speaks for itself!...

Rock for Life: 22 Years of Defining Summers

22 years ago I added a section to a band’s website for a benefit concert that they were holding. I didn’t know it then, but I signed and sealed most of my summers’ itinerary for almost a quarter of a century. It started in 2000. Let that sink in for a moment, 2000! I am talking about the Rock for Life Concert Series. Started by percussionist Matt Ferrante and bassist Steve Craven of the band...

LGBTQ+ Fronted Pop-Metal, Fallen Stars, Announce Album “Execution”

Fallen Stars is a pop-metal band from Vancouver that is adding a new voice to the metal community with their LGBTQ+ frontwoman. The band has announced their album “Execution” which will be released on June 18. The album features a plethora of anthems for any type of listener backed by mighty vocals and a four-person, collaborative, and well-blended instrumental band. The band prides itself on its support for the queer community as well as its...

Joe Bonamassa – “Now Serving: Royal Tea – Live From The Ryman”

Get ready! June 11th, Blues Rock Star Joe Bonamassa is set to release his groundbreaking live album, Now Serving: Royal Tea – Live From The Ryman. This 2-disc clear vinyl is releasing through the Provogue/Mascot Label Group and will also be available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray. Last year when COVID-19 put the live touring industry on hold, guitar hero Joe Bonamassa did something unprecedented for his fans – he put together a one-night-only show at...

‘Music Makes Me’ – Vol. 4 – Easter Eggs Spotify Playlist

March was the month of thinking that there may not be any good music coming out of the USA with my ‘Import Charge’ playlist. Don’t worry though, in July I will be addressing that very question. But for this month I will be smashing a perceived stereotype of a specific genre of music with my ‘Easter Eggs’ Spotify playlist. This month is Easter and so it’s the time of year where if you attend to...

‘Music Makes Me’ – Vol. 3 – Import Charge Spotify Playlist

February was the month of broken romance with my ‘Love Songs?’ playlist. But this month we are sneaking across the American border with my Spotify playlist ‘Import Charge’. I know I never really paid attention to the country of origin for most bands. Sure most people, even if it was before your time, remember hearing about the ‘British Invasion’ in music. Bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were the recipients of young ladies...

Marimba TV

I was watching a TV show called Rosewood the other day when one of the songs in the show’s soundtrack caught my attention. I immediately had to pause the show, grab my phone and find out who performed the song. Once I found out who the artist was, as you may have guessed, I added it to one of my Spotify playlists. Unlike my monthly series “Music Makes Me”, this article is not about playlists....