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At the end of Martin Popoff’s excellent, poignant 2006 book about Dio titled Light Beyond The Black, a work I highly recommend to any heavy metal fan, Popoff states… “One day, Ronnie won’t be there championing the common cause — a cause dear to his heart because it’s dear to yours. Experience it and enjoy it while you can.” That was the first thing that came to mind when I read the news that Ronnie...

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SaVenger has been working on writing songs for the last two and a half years. Hailing from Gibsonia, PA, the band wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered their first full-length album in their drummer’s home studio. Future Nerves dropped on May 5th, 2020 and it is well worth the listen. Combining punk-inspired vocals and heavy, driving guitar riffs, saVenger creates a unique style of straight-ahead Melodic Metal. The album leads with its single, “Friends of Failure”...

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Talion is a thrash metal band that hails from Pittsburgh, PA, and on March 27th, they released their latest EP known as Wretched Gift of Life. Featuring 5 blistering tracks of mayhem, the album begins by luring you in with a gentle touch before pounding you with non stop in your face thrash metal. The lead singer Nick Fischer displays his voice talents, being able to go from screams to singing within a matter of...

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For going on 11 years now, Horseburner have been on the run, making music and playing gigs as if there were prices on their heads. In August, Horseburner set off a bushel of fireworks in “The Thief”, a tricky stoner metal ode to the giants of the 70’s that was a watershed moment for the genre in 2019 and is worthy of some of your iPod space and headphone time. A short, titular instrumental sets...

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From the icy, bitter, perpetual night of space arrived Automb. Allow your imagination to blind you to the fact that they were formed by a European immigrant and a Connecticut transplant. Do not be deceived by their relative youth. Automb are vessels for gods long lost and older than the eldest sun. Chaosophy, the now three-piece act’s second album, is a cry from a void, a primordial frequency that only occultists can decipher, hurled from...

Rainscape call their style of music “Doomericana,” which implies a sort of “Bluegrass Sabbath” sound. With just a 3-track 2018 EP out prior to the release of their latest single, Rainscape are obviously just getting their tires wet. What I’m hearing with “Low Tide” is a sort of psychedelic. desert grunge. Think maybe Mother Love Bone partying with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Kyuss. If dreamy, hair-band melodies, jangly guitars, and fuzzy Seattle dino-riffs...

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I’ve been a Verity White fan for somewhere between three and four years. It was originally her powerfully soulful vocal style that reeled me in and kept me coming back. The British bombshell from Cheltenham always delivers on her unique style of straight-ahead rock. Having already been familiar with the full-band version of “Inside Your Love” from the Reclaim album, this acoustic version does not disappoint. Unlike many electric guitar lines, this heavily blues-inspired guitar...

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In the early nineties, the metal band, Dhvaras, played what they referred to as “Skogsrock” (Forest rock) in Groruddalen, Norway – inspired by both the beauty and dark rawness of nature itself. All of the songs used classical guitars as the melodic foundation and from there were turned into a loud and melodic soundscape. During Fall 2019, the band‘s founder, Kyrre Riksen, was able to restore an old DAT tape demo previously believed to be...

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The Fading Light was formed in Pittsburgh in 2009 by guitarist/vocalist Josh Doran after purchasing an acoustic guitar so he could get a new perspective. I’m almost never a fan of abandoning electric guitar for acoustic. In this instance, however, Josh made an excellent choice and I can find little reason to disagree. The Fading Light’s newest single, “On My Own” dropped on April 25, 2020. Starting with a synchronized bass/vocal groove, the intro very...

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Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish are known for their grandiose albums, and their newest album Human:||:Nature, which released on April 10th, is definitely the very definition of that. This is technically a double album, except with a unique twist. The second disc contains one whole song that is broken up into 8 parts. Their closing tracks are usually the longest, and Nightwish really put their all into their longest song yet. Human:||Nature is a concept...

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March 20, 2020 saw the release of the third full length studio release from Danish artist Amalie Bruun’s post black metal project Myrkur. Indeed, that label was tenuous at best with previous releases and it appears she had shed it entirely with ‘Folkesange’ (“Folksongs”). That being said, this album still captures the soul of what makes that genre so compelling… no longer raw and gritty, but still etherial; cinematic yet deliberate songs. Now that the...

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I never realized how much I missed Hair Metal until I listened to Wildstreet’s latest single, “Born To Be”. To once again hear a song with a motorcycle engine revving is oddly satisfying. Especially when it’s followed by synchronized bass and drums with the inevitable chainsaw guitar fast on their heels. While totally predictable given the genre, it’s still ever so gratifying, simultaneously providing a trip down memory lane and a little something new for...

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Lady Beast are a band I’ve had the pleasure of watching/listening effloresce over the past 6 years after first catching them at a festival.  Their debut, self-titled record caused me to grin in approval at its derivative worship of British metal traditions, conventions, and convictions and little more. However, their exponentially explosive live performances kept my ears fixed on them, and I was rewarded with a succession of stellar releases that improved upon each other....

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The Birthday Massacre, hailing from Canada, released their 8th album Diamonds, and what an album it is. It is very fitting, especially during this time where things seem uncertain and everything looks dark. The album‘s theme is about being guided from the dark back into the light, providing a beacon of hope, which is very much needed especially now. The music is just as magical and soaring as ever with the beautiful and ethereal vocals...

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It’s a tough time for those of us who are used to being out and about. It’s even worse when we’ve learned to count on the extra income from gigs, photo and video shoots, weddings, etc. With the quarantine we are all relegated to a very small fraction of our worlds right now. Many artists have taken to putting that time to good use by taking their performances online, providing online lessons and extra videos...

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When Millaze first described her music as Piano Dreamhop, I was thoroughly confused. I got the piano part. It was the “Dreamhop” part that gave me pause. And then I got to listen to her current EP, The Malaise – Teaser Vs. Warning and it all made sense. I have always chosen music that was over-stimulating: Progressive Rock, Classical, Jazz, Heavy Metal. This was definitely not in my comfort zone. Of course, the music I...

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I was fortunate enough to chat with Blues Diva, Miss Freddye, who was the 2018 Blues Foundation Double Nominee for Best Emerging Artist and the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female). Miss Freddye, tell us how you got your start, and why you wanted to sing the blues. I started singing at a young age with some neighborhood kids. I did not think I could sing. Started singing in church at 15 and, oh boy!...