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Familiarity can be comforting. Repetition can calm the mind and soothe anxiety by giving you the idea that because you know what’s going to happen, everything is going to be okay. A lot of people turn to familiar music to get their head in the right place when everything seems to be going awry, while others accept chaos and harness it, using it as an opportunity to bravely push forward into unfamiliar territory, creating new...

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The Bl@ck List: A Growing List of Black Musicians, Artists, Writers, And Then Some written by Alicia Lynn This is an interesting time to be alive, isn’t it? I think we can all agree on that much. Keen as I am to get on with discussing the inspiring artists I’m about to present to you (and I will), I can’t figure a way around establishing that specific truth between us first. Common ground, you know?...

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Filter is no stranger to politically charged music, for example their most famous song “Hey Man, Nice Shot”. The band was formed as an industrial metal band in 1993 by Richard Patrick, who is the brother of the actor Robert Patrick, and they released 7 albums the last one being in 2016. Their music was developed to make a statement, and they gained quite a popular following, with the debut album Short Bus being the...

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Ryder is releasing another single off of their album Killer Karma, which is now slated for release in August of 2020, called “Slave For Love”. It will be available June 9th, and the single contains an acoustic version as well. “Slave to Love” is a pretty fun to listen to, and I found it catchy. You definitely get a feel for what direction they are going for with the record as a whole. Highly recommend...

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Post Mortal Possession recently released “Catacombs of Bedlam”, which in’t your ordinary album but a journey through an institutionalized hell and, as our writer Josh Doran put it, “A relentlessly brutal horror show”. We asked him to give it a review and he broke it down for us…   Catacombs of Bedlam by Post Mortal Possession 1. “Demented” Introducing the concept of the album, this track paints a picture of the story of Bedlam, a...

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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. Imagine Mother Love Bone partying with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Kyuss with whiskey in their gullets. If dreamy, hair-band melodies, jangly guitars,...

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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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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...